Revitalizing, reorganizing, redirecting

It's become apparent over the last few weeks that the FAR System blog needs an overhaul. The biggest problem: there just isn't enough blog-worthy material in the work I'm doing on the FAR Western Old West roleplaying game. However, I am also doing other somewhat related stuff that might be worth writing about (maybe...). Stuff... Continue Reading →

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My own old west(ish) rifle

I happen to have a lever-action rifle of my own, but it's a Marlin, not a Winchester. The Marlin company produced its rifles beginning in 1870, playing a very distant second in the lever-action rifle market. My particular Marlin is definitely not an Old West relic; it was manufactured in 2009. And it's chambered in... Continue Reading →

World Anvil – A new worldbuilding tool

Are you a world builder? Writer? Tabletop roleplaying gamer? If so, you need to check out World Anvil. It's an online world-building tool designed to help you create your world and present it to the public. There are also features specifically for tabletop gaming, giving DMs and players a place to build campaigns and share... Continue Reading →

A quick look at the 1873 Springfield rifle

With the Model 1873 Springfield Rifle -- commonly called the Trapdoor Springfield -- the US military officially entered the era of metallic cartridges (an era we're still in today). It could have done so at least ten years earlier, but as is often the case, military leadership was planning for a different kind of combat... Continue Reading →

Check out this awesome rifle that's up for auction: a Colt Model 1855 Full Stock Revolving Rifle. It even includes the original case in perfect condition. WANT! (Not likely to get...very rare, *very* expensive.)

Confederate cavalry pistol with custom sights

From historynet.com: Graham Gilmor, brother of famous Confederate cavalry officer Harry Gilmor, modified his .44 caliber Remington revolver with a loop at the base of the grip for a lanyard, and more uniquely, with a custom rear sight. The large round sight would make it much easier to focus on a target while riding a... Continue Reading →

Time got away from me last week and I didn't post, but I didn't just do nothing... And the nothing I didn't do...er, the something I did do...was to start a bibliography page, in which I'll keep an annotated list of the sources I find useful as I continue to research the history and weaponry... Continue Reading →

The Kickstarter’s Dream

A few months ago, I bookmarked the Kickstarters for a couple of Western RPGs that looked really cool. I was a wee bit jealous because there they were succeeding at something I wanted to do but didn't yet know how, and also felt like I missed out because they were funded before I even knew... Continue Reading →

A great article comparing the Springfield "trapdoor" rifle carried by Custer's troops to the 1866 Winchester "Yellow Boy" lever-action carried by the Indians that defeated them.

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