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 →

When I win the lottery…

I will buy one of these. Or better yet, that one. Because those things are difficult to find, and even if you did find one, it wouldn’t be as nearly flawless as this one. And I will buy a whole bunch of land out here: And I will build a nifty house, not big, but... Continue Reading →

Thoughts on Memorial Day

Well, not on Memorial Day literally, as that's come and gone...but I was catching up on my reading at According To Hoyt, and Sarah's Memorial Day post made me think. (AtH always makes me think, which is what I like most about it.) On Memorial Day, the daily MSN home-page poll asked if you flew... Continue Reading →

State of the FAR System

With warmer weather, fragrant blossoms, and new leaves, this seems like a good time to assess the state of the FAR System and what's next. First, a bit of new news: We're on and as Two Far Publishing. Nothing uploaded yet, but I'm working on a gaming aid that will probably go up... Continue Reading →

The Allen Pepperbox: A “cheerful weapon”

I rewrote my post on the Allen & Thurber pepperbox pistol and submitted it to The Truth About Guns for their spring content contest. Here's the article I wrote for the contest: A "Cheerful Weapon": The Allen Pepperbox. They're publishing the best submissions (mine got published the day after I sent it in, so I... Continue Reading →

The thing you need most is always to be found where you fear to look. Don't let fear and doubt -- or even simply the lure of comfort -- hold you back. Go out into the storm, enter that dark cave, and face down the monster inside. h/t Searching For Dragons This song always gets the juices flowing. Maybe it's a bit incongruous, but although I love the Old West, I have no liking for country/western, bluegrass, or any other music that commonly evokes those bygone days. I'm a metalhead through and through. Which is where Volbeat comes in. This is where bluegrass, Johnny Cash, and... Continue Reading →

Friction checks: A way to add realism and excitement to your game

It's like the fog of war—but different. Where the fog of war usually refers generally to battlefield confusion, the concept of friction goes a step farther, quantifying the natural unpredictability of human reactions to threat, surprise, and stress. People who study human performance in combat have found that a predictable percentage of people—even trained soldiers—will fail... Continue Reading →

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