A walk to the edge of the world

A few weeks ago, while reading about the Bog Bodies of Europe, the nucleus of a story flashed into my mind. It gave me goosebumps...partly because that's what happens when something fires up my imagination, and partly because the world in which I envision it has been waiting for me to write a story in... Continue Reading →

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DIY tools and their true uses

I can personally verify a few of these rarely acknowledged truths. Fortunately, I've managed to avoid permanently altering my anatomy...so far. Minor cosmetic damage only. 🙂 SKILLSAW: A portable cutting tool used to make boards too short. BELT SANDER: An electric sanding tool commonly used to convert minor touch-up jobs into major refinishing jobs. WIRE... Continue Reading →

Game first, story second

I just now realized that I've been in grave danger of falling prey to the insidious sin of trying to turn roleplaying games into story vehicles. *Crosses self. Out, damned spot!* For all that I talk about telling stories and playing characters in a story, I'm not building a container for stories or even a... Continue Reading →

Pastiche roleplaying: the system

A post by the Mixed GM got me thinking about what I'm trying to do with the FAR System and FAR Western -- in essence, what I've been doing is trying to mix RPG game styles that I like. But not simply as a pastiche. I could probably slap together Pastiche: The System and have... Continue Reading →

A ghost of posts past– Christmas at the sawmill: A true story of the Old West

I posted this last Christmas, and since I don't have any new seasonal content this year, well, here it is again. Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope you enjoy this ghost of a Christmas past. The growing settlements in the mountain valleys of Utah needed lumber, and it was Benjamin Franklin Johnson's job to provide it.... Continue Reading →

The starting line is a trip wire

The starting line is a trip wire. It's a great, brutal song by a band called Armed for Apocalypse (saw these guys play live w/Crowbar a couple years ago; they kicked ass). And it's also the brutal truth. Especially when you have depressive tendencies like I do, it just seems that failure is baked in.... Continue Reading →

Yes, quite deadly

Are those old black-powder Civil War era revolvers deadly? Yes, of course. If not, they'd be pointless. But how deadly were they really? This video post from Loadout Room answers the question by firing replica pistols into ballistic gel, the same way the FBI and gun and ammunition manufacturers everywhere test projectiles fired from various... Continue Reading →

Is this the ultimate Old West pistol?

The Colt Peacemaker is probably the most renowned of American pistols and perhaps the world's most iconic revolver. But I think this particular pistol -- a Model 1851 Colt Navy revolver, serial no. 1 -- is the single ultimate example of an Old West pistol. The quintessence, if you will. It lives in a museum... Continue Reading →

A compact random personality generator

Reading through the Chimera roleplaying system rulebook, I came across this nifty little chart for quickly generating NPC personalities. Two D12 rolls, one on each column, give you a range of random, unique personalities. Roll Outlook Roll Demeanor 1 Bigoted 1 Violent 2 Paranoid 2 Overbearing 3 Bleak 3 Arrogant 4 Fearful 4 Capricious 5... Continue Reading →

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