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Far West Inspirography: Zorro (2024)

Far West Inspirography: Zorro (2024)

The first piece of Far West inspirography released since the debut of the Core Rulebook PDF, Zorro is a Spanish production which debuted on Amazon Prime this month. It is available dubbed in English, or in the original Spanish with English subtitles, and is a new retelling of the legend of the masked swordsman known as The Fox (El Zorro). Zorro is set in 1834 and follows Diego de la Vega (played by Miguel Bernardeau), a young landowner with a

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Far West Inspirography: Heavenly Sword & Dragon Slaying Saber

Far West Inspirography: Heavenly Sword & Dragon Slaying Saber

Listed in the FAR WEST Adventure Game core rulebook’s Inspirography entry, the 2019 adaptation of Jin Yong’s novel HEAVENLY SWORD & DRAGON SLAYING SABER is one of the best wuxia series put to video. For english-language viewers, the series is currently available subtitled on Amazon Prime. The 50-episode season adapts the famous novel, originally published in newspapers from 1961 to 1963. The story has been revised twice; once in 1979 and the second in 2005. This version adapts the third

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Far West Inspirography: The Magnificent Seven

Far West Inspirography: The Magnificent Seven

Fair weather and plentiful streams, wanderers. As we get closer to the release, we’re shaking the dust of this site, with the intention of getting back to regular content again. Today’s piece is about the new version of one of the most Far Western movies out there, The Magnificent Seven. For the (surely) few of you who don’t already know, the original Magnificent Seven was a 1960 Western remake of the 1954 Akira Kurosawa film, The Seven Samurai — the

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Far West Inspirography: The Arti

Far West Inspirography: The Arti

It’s been far too long since the last post on this site, but now, as we’re finally getting ready for the release of the FAR WEST Adventure Game, we’re returning to regular content on the website. First up, a nifty bit of Inspirography! Check out this trailer for THE ARTI: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS — a CG plus Puppets wuxia fantasy that was released for the Lunar New Year in Taiwan. Some nice FAR WEST inspirography here — it even has

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Inspirography:  Wuxia TV Series

Inspirography: Wuxia TV Series

Fans of FAR WEST looking for inspiration have a relatively easy time finding Spaghetti Western sources — many of them are readily available, and, in fact, the rushed nature of their production has meant that many are now in the public domain, which has led to many collections featuring dozens of films squeezed onto no-frills DVDs. Not the best quality, and you’ll see the same films repeated across many collections, but they’re cheap and easily available. For wuxia inspiration, the

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Inspirography: Infinite Kung Fu

Inspirography: Infinite Kung Fu

I could easily write this inspirography like so: You want to play Far West? You must read Kagan McLeod’s Infinite Kung Fu. Go buy it. Read it. RIGHT NOW. Not very inspiring though, and most of us bristle at orders, no matter how well intended. So let me try this approach: Immortals. Undead. Masters and students. Monsters and saints. Artifacts. Restless Spirits. Romance. An Unstoppable Emperor. Forbidden Techniques. Blaxploitation. Training Sequences. Dark Magic. Tragedy. Shaolin Mechanica (Drudges). And, of course,

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Inspirography:  The Man With The Iron Fists

Inspirography: The Man With The Iron Fists

RZA (born Robert Fitzgerald Diggs) has a long association with the inspirography of Far West. One of the founding members of the seminal hip-hop group The Wu-Tang Clan, RZA is (as the name of his group attests), a kung-fu movie aficionado of the highest order, mixing soundbites and samples from classic Shaw Brothers films into the tracks he’d compose. Branching outward from Wu-Tang, he composed the score to Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai (and featured in a cameo), as

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Inspirography:  Netflix Streaming

Inspirography: Netflix Streaming

We’re hard at work on getting two FAR WEST products out the door — the short story anthology, TALES OF THE FAR WEST, which will be available before Christmas, and the Limited Edition version of the FAR WEST ADVENTURE GAME, which will be sent to Kickstarter backers in January. What to do while you wait, and you also have some free time due to the December holidays? Well, if you’ve got Netflix streaming, fire it up and have your very

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Inspirography: Reign of Assassins

Inspirography: Reign of Assassins

Easily my favorite wuxia film of recent years, Reign of Assassins marks the triumphant come-back of 90s HK movie star Michelle Yeoh, in a film that is co-directed by none other than John Woo. In nearly every respect, Reign of Assassins is a brilliant film. The film tells the story of a woman who runs away from her secret society of assassins, the Dark Stone gang, and (after changing her appearance with a bizarre period-chinese-medicine version of a facelift) tries

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Inspirography: FAR WEST Music

Inspirography: FAR WEST Music

For this Inspirography article, we decided to have a little fun. Music has been a big part of the Far West experience. I’ve assembled a playlist of hundreds of tracks — more than 15 hours of music — that I’ve used not only for background when playtesting the RPG, but also for accompaniment while writing. The playlist features soundtrack material from Spaghetti Westerns and Wuxia Films; Classic Rock tracks, Folk, Outlaw Country, Electronic, Chinese Pop songs, Hip-hop and more. Anything

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