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The Moons

The Moons

By T.S. Luikart One of the revelations of the Far West chat was that FAR WEST does not take place on our world, but rather an alternate world, massively huge and with two moons in the sky. Here’s a bit more about those moons, and the beliefs that surround them in the Far West. Night falls swiftly in the Far West, electrical lights are a rarity beyond the Last Horizon, though a few places do have them, to the absolute

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FAR WEST Chat Transcript

FAR WEST Chat Transcript

On Sunday October 30th, FAR WEST developers Gareth-Michael Skarka (GMSkarka on Twitter) and T.S. Luikart (TSLuikart on Twitter) did a live chat with backers and fans. What follows is the edited transcript of that evening’s event: QUESTION (@Lyfhskull): I’ve been wondering a while, will there be a ‘writer’s guideline’ for farwest contributions? ANSWER: (@GMSkarka) Well, @Lyfhskull, we’ll be rolling out the Far West Society in November, which will include methods for contribution. QUESTION (@GoldenElm): Should I presume the rules “srd”

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The Chartered Houses – The Steam Barons

The Chartered Houses – The Steam Barons

by T.S. Luikart The Chartered Houses are great mercantile families from Back East, chartered to operate in the Periphery and beyond. Colloquially (and none-to-kindly) referred to as the Steam Barons. Chartered Houses are given a free reign to operate, and often have their own settlements and even their own military. There are Chartered Houses that specialize in weapons production, Chartered Houses that run railways, Chartered Houses that are agricultural giants, Chartered Houses that run mining operations, etc. Three of the

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Video Update: Progress and Process

Video Update: Progress and Process

Hey there, folks — Taking a brief breather from working on the FAR WEST Adventure Game to post the following video update, which was filmed for our Kickstarter backers. It gives a brief look at where we stand in the project, and then a discussion of some of the research materials that we’ve been using on FAR WEST. Links for the books discussed can be found following the video, below:                          

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Nine Pendants

Nine Pendants

by Chad Stevens Red breathed deep as he poured a fresh cup of tea. He loved the way the aroma filled him, but this blend didn’t smell right. “Hello, Tsai,” Red said, without turning to his unannounced visitor. “Shall I pour you a cup, too?” “They should call you Red Cat’s-Ears,” quipped Tsai. Red gave a short laugh. “Ears nothing. It’s those cigars you smoke. You couldn’t throw a worse scent if you wore a skunk around your neck. I

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Digging In The Dirt

Digging In The Dirt

by Andy Goldman Ringarde staggered down the face of the dune, a barely controlled slide to the bottom. It was not yet noon, but the sky already seemed filled with sun, its heat beating down on him, chastising him for his folly. Though weak from thirst, he held tight to an edge of the map that he had followed this far into the deep desert. He cursed the map silently with every step, feeling a mix of hatred and lust

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Starter, KICKED.

Starter, KICKED.

The FAR WEST Kickstarter project began on July 11th 2011, and ended at 3:58pm Central Daylight Time yesterday — August 25th 2011. We had asked for $5,000 — basically enough for me to pay my co-developers up front, and get a number of folks interested in our strange little Wuxia-Western mash-up, by providing them with a cool Limited Edition of the RPG. At the end of the 45 day Kickstarter, we had over seven hundred backers, and they showed us

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Greedsinger

Greedsinger

by Majdi Badri The twenty-four or so townsfolk lay flat on the ground with their hands on the backs of their heads in the middle of what passed for a town square in these parts. The Black Sand Sinners stepped among them, making sure none of them made any sudden movements. In the shop across the way lay two cooling bodies of young men who had decided that bandits raiding their town didn’t sit too well with them. Denvol and

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A Look At The Latest Art…

A Look At The Latest Art…

Sorry about the lack of more regular updates: As you might imagine, we’ve got a full load of development work going on, prepping for the launch of the Adventure Game and the fiction line this December. Our crowdfunding Kickstarter program has another week to go, so if you haven’t signed up yet, you’ve still got time. Once the Kickstarter draws to a close, you’ll see much more activity on this site. In the meantime, we thought you might like to

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A Legend: The Restless Blades of Surenchar

A Legend: The Restless Blades of Surenchar

by T.S. Luikart Poet, engineer, scholar, sculptor, warrior, painter, architect, smith: Toln Surenchar had many talents, a mind unsurpassed in his generation, and a case of legendarily incurable wanderlust. He was born in the Periphery territory Desilvair though he didn’t stay there long. Surenchar’s family were players in a travelling actor’s troupe and before he came of age, he had journeyed further than most folks will in their entire lives. His skills were evident early on, he was painting the

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