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22nd-Aug-2004 08:30 am
so, i've been giving some thought to what game to run next. i've decided it will be a supernatural western. something along the lines of "sunnydale 1850"

does anyone have any suggestions they'd like to offer up? maybe some past experiences with a similar kind of game or whathaveyou... i'd love to hear what folks have to say about the idea.
22nd-Aug-2004 09:09 am (UTC)
Well, Pinnacle publishes a d20 version of their Deadlands game, but I'd prefer to use the d20 Past book.
22nd-Aug-2004 09:13 am (UTC)
I forgot to mention that the d20 Modern vampire seems to perfectly fit the Buffytype of vampires.
22nd-Aug-2004 10:42 am (UTC)
actually, if i were going to follow with the actual buffy vampires, then i would use the buffyverse system, especially since this isn't a modern game. plus, i haven't heard anything good about d20 modern.

which i likely will. i'm not so worried about which rules system to use, but more of the plot ideas or character ideas that people have thought of or had experience with in the past.
what has and hasn't worked for other folks.
23rd-Aug-2004 10:00 am (UTC)
plus, i haven't heard anything good about d20 modern.

Well that's because you haven't asked me, silly. But the vampire template presented in the book was designed to be more cinematic and Buffy-esque, a la allowing crits only with woden piercing weapons for insta-dust.
23rd-Aug-2004 10:05 am (UTC)
well, turns out it is all academic now.
two of my players shot down the damn game!
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well, turns out it is all academic now.
two of my players shot down the damn game! <grumble, grumble>

so, now they have me running furry anime on BESM. (insert record scratching noise)
but i think i may likely still go with the historical setting. either something flintlock fantasy or western.
but if i go modern day, it will probably end up being a ranma-esque ninja high school game.
23rd-Aug-2004 10:15 am (UTC)
Fair enough, I ran a furry BESM game once. The system's universal, so you can plug'n'play anything you like and since it's anime the suspension of disbelief for the players is through the roof.
23rd-Aug-2004 10:35 am (UTC)
i really like how it feels, basically, like hero lite. i love hero, but i'm not up to running anything that intensive just yet.
23rd-Aug-2004 06:19 pm (UTC)
My only complaint is the BESM d20 (which I've assumed, possibly falsely, that you're using) base classes. They seem so universal for an anime game, but there's really a lot more in the ways of options I would want. Or maybe I whine.
22nd-Aug-2004 10:23 am (UTC)
I'd watch the magic. If I was running the game (and I understand, I'm not, you are) then I'd leave magic as that scary thing the baddies do. That would give a nice gritty feeling. Grim Tales by Bad Axe Games sounds like a handy supplement to have. It lets you produce a low fantasy setting for d20 but still keep that scary/potent magic in.

It's been said before but Deadlands would work (d20 or not) and there's the handy PDF d20 western in Sidewinder: Recoiled too.
22nd-Aug-2004 10:46 am (UTC)
cool, thanks!

yeah, i'm keeping it a fairly lower magic system. it won't be like your typical fantasy magic availability where everybody has spells and potions and such. it will be closer to early "buffy" levels of magic.
23rd-Aug-2004 05:17 am (UTC)
We used to play Boot Hill and it was jsut a slaughterfest. I'd recommend watching a few spaghetti westerns to put you in the right mindset. Anything with Clint Eastwood or directed by Sergio Leone would be good. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (one of the best movies ever made), A Fistfull of Dollars, High Plains Drifter and Hang 'em High are all good.
23rd-Aug-2004 10:03 am (UTC)
Mmmm, Once Upon a Time in the West. . . (homerdroolnoise)
23rd-Aug-2004 10:12 am (UTC)
24th-Aug-2004 05:17 am (UTC)
Gods, how could I forget that one?!?!
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