Why dragons hoard gold

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. The thing you need most is always to be found where you least want to look. h/t Searching For Dragons

Where metal meets the Old West

Here's a song that always gets the juices flowing: Doc Holliday, by Volbeat. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5zdal1MKf0 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 … Continue reading Where metal meets the Old West

Try these games–recommended by the FAR System

The FAR System was inspired by the great features of several other tabletop roleplaying games. We highly recommend that you try them and buy them. And when FAR Western is ready, we hope you’ll buy our game too. If you enjoy any of these, you'll probably enjoy ours. In no particular order, here they are: … Continue reading Try these games–recommended by the FAR System

Old West prescription shades

Did you know that people in the Old West actually wore sunglasses? It was a surprise to me. I've been thinking about guns, horses, clothes, provisions, even eyeglasses...but sunglasses never occurred to me. While doing research on the Allen Pepperbox gun, I stumbled across a dramatic part the gun played in early Mormon history and … Continue reading Old West prescription shades

Christmas at the sawmill – A true story of the Old West

The growing settlements in the mountain valleys of Utah needed lumber, and Benjamin Franklin Johnson's mission was to provide it. The Mormon church's Council of the Twelve had asked him to do it, so he regarded the task as a sacred duty. The sawmill had been sited and built with his brother Joel's expert help. … Continue reading Christmas at the sawmill – A true story of the Old West

Happy Far Western Thanksgiving!

Whereas President Ulysses S. Grant has issued a proclamation enjoining all citizens of the United States to thank the Creator for their blessings on this, the 28th day of November, 1872, the proprietors of this publication feel that it would be proper to re-publish the proclamation that established this national Day of Thanksgiving. By the … Continue reading Happy Far Western Thanksgiving!

Gamemastering tip: How to integrate character backstories into your game

Since the FAR System is all about simulating a character's experience in an awesome story, it's important that every character have some sort of backstory. The backstory places your character's motivations—the FAR System calls them Story Aspects—in context and helps set the tone for the rest of the game. Backstories can be brief summaries of … Continue reading Gamemastering tip: How to integrate character backstories into your game