Great Indie RPG Giveaway

This week is the Great Indie RPG Giveaway, a yearly event at Roleplayers Chronicle. This year, Steamscapes is participating, and in TWO categories. That's right! You or someone you know can have TWO chances to win a copy of Steamscapes: North America, as well as a number of other fine small-publisher products.

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Gunslinger's Guide Teaser 9 - Gunsmithing Rules in Action

Rather than tease small portions of the gunsmithing rules, we would like to give an example of how they work in actual play. What follows is a summary of the point-based construction of a weapon familiar to everyone who plays Savage Worlds: The Colt Peacemaker. (Note that this is not an assumption of how the original Savage Worlds: Deluxe rules were balanced. It is a reconstruction of a known weapon using the new weapon customization rules.) There will be many steps that are explained in the Gunslinger's Guide itself, but you can see them hinted in how they play out here.

Gunslinger's Guide Teaser 8 - History of Gunsmithing

In addition to the histories of people and places, the Gunslinger's Guide includes a very important section on the history of gun-making. This section has been written by our guest writer for the Guide, Richard Gilbert. Richard is an expert in stage combat and violence design. He has worked as a stuntman and fight choreographer for many years, and is also an avid gamer who has been part of the Steamscapes playtest from the beginning.

Gunslinger's Guide Teaser 7 - Plot Hooks

Famous Gunslingers are quite useful as both character examples and usable NPCs, but when it comes to designing a campaign and telling a story, GMs and players need information about events and locations within the game world. For this reason, the Gunslinger's Guide also includes a section detailing the various hot spots around North America, as well as advice on what sort of work a Gunslinger (and perhaps a Gunslinger's party) might seek.

Gunslinger's Guide Teaser 6 - New Attributes

When considering the new rules for Gunsmithing, we realized we would have to come up with a host of new weapon attributes - essentially Edges for weapons - that would then be built into a particularly gun using a point-buy system. We will talk more about that system in a later teaser, but here is a small sampling of the approximately 3 dozen new attributes we are developing for the Gunslinger's Guide: 

Gunslinger's Guide Teaser 5 - Bass Reeves

Now that you have seen the cover, you may have realized that the Steamscapes crew is particularly fond of Bass Reeves. If you haven't heard of this lawman (and probable source for the Lone Ranger stories) we heartily recommend you spend some time acquainting yourself with his accomplishments.

Gunslinger's Guide Teaser 4 - Cover Art

I sense that you might like some art at this point in the previews. So here is our current cover mockup. Some details may change, but it is close to final. Art by KMB Illustration, who did all the sample character art and fictional advertisements in Steamscapes: North America.

Rivalry Plot Point Campaign - Chapter 5

Our heroes have reached an interlude of sorts, as they finally arrive in the much-discussed town of Weaverville. What questions will be answered, and what new questions will arise from their first day here? This latest episode of our Rivalry Plot Point Campaign is now available at Studio 2 and DriveThruRPG!

Gunslinger's Guide Teaser 3 - Choctaw Lighthorsemen

When we discuss Gunslingers and their professions, we must also discuss the places where they gather. Law enforcement organizations commonly collect Gunslingers from around the region. Many nations employ the most elite to police the widest jurisdictions with a federal mandate. In the Plains Tribal Federation, those Gunslingers comprise the Choctaw Lighthorsemen.

Gunslinger's Guide Teaser 2 - Tiburcio Vasquez

The term "Gunslinger" of course covers many different professions, and we would be guilty of serious omission if we failed to mention the outlaws as well as the lawful Gunslingers. However, not every wanted criminal is as despised by the public as by the law. Some figures are more romantic, more storied, and more controversial. One such man is Tiburcio Vasquez, a horse rustler who many consider to be a 19th-century Robin Hood.

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