Gunslingers and Gamblers: A Certain Kind of Fool

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Gunslingers and Gamblers: A Certain Kind of Fool

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Following the discovery of Gold in 1849, hundreds of thousands rushed to California in search of fame and fortune. Three decades later the original deposits may have been gone, but fortunes could still be made in the West, and people still made the journey. Many were unsuccessful, and some had family who wanted them back. Rebecca Hart was one of the latter. The young daughter of a family of English Immigrants, she travelled out West in 1877. Six years later, her family finally makes an attempt to find her, and bring her home if they can...

This game will use the Gunslingers and Gamblers rule set, with a few house rules to adapt them to the PbP setting. Players new to the setting are welcome: I tend to play fairly rules light anyway, and I’m happy to help with character creation and any other problems you might have. I’m looking for five players to take on the roles of the group as they look for Miss Rebecca Hart in what could only be called the “Wild” West. Ideally, the party would be led by one of the girl’s brothers (two- John (b. 1858) and Henry (b. 1865) are already named in the backstory, but applications for a third are also welcome), while the rest of the party would be companions of various ilks: a combination of friends and/or hired guns. To apply, please post a character description in the application thread on the forum.

As a GM, this is the first game I’ll have run through PbP, but I have run a few games with my friends before. This is a rerun of my first game, which proved quite successful before, so I thought I’d give it another go. As I say, I play rules light, with more focus on the story, although I do ask for rolls relatively frequently. The campaign will be episodic, with each part taking place in a new location on your journey, in the style of a TV miniseries. I post as much as I can, but I won’t hold players to a tight schedule, although I’m looking for a minimum of 4 posts a week from each player. If there’s anything else you want to know about the game, feel free to ask.

It is late May 1883, and a small party have left New York, bound for California and the search for a girl who hasn’t been seen in 6 years...

Game Description:

As European populations boomed in the 1870s, people emigrated to America in their thousands, led there by stories of adventure and opportunity as the country expanded to the West. One such family, the Harts from Clerkenwell in Middlesex, never made it beyond New York, where they settled down to a life of industry in 1873. Only one member got further: the family’s teenage daughter, Rebecca. Wanting more adventure in her life, she ran away to California in ‘77, in the company of a young man from Pennsylvania. Ashamed of their daughter, her parents initially denied her, but the years softened them. Six years have passed, and following the recent death of his wife, Mr James Hart has finally resolved to find his eldest daughter. The family are moving West as they’d always hoped, but a small party is going ahead to find the prodigal child. Armed with only a handful of letters, and a physical description from six years ago, they want only to bring her back to her family, if she yet lives...

Yes. Yes it is from Avatar: The Last Airbender. It's Monk Gyatso, to be precise.

And not all of them... Just a fair majority.

I'm seriously surprised this isn't getting more apps. :/

We have six players who have expressed some interest so far, some of whom I know, and some I don't, but I've heard quite a few good character concepts, so I'm trusting that I'll have a full group soon. I'm still hoping to receive an application for the other brother though, and I'd be willing to consider accepting one or two more players with good applications beyond the five advertised, but my absolute maximum for one group will be seven characters.

Speaking of the role of John, I was going to paraphrase the letters for you, but I got carried away and actually wrote a bunch of them today. SmokeyGB, with his application as Henry, is helping me to build a minor set of correspondence in advance of the game. I would also request the same of whoever takes the role of John. It wouldn't take much effort on your part, but if it appeals to anyone who has yet to apply, please let me know

Is this still recruiting? I don't know the system but cowboys and gunslingers are just up my alley.

I am still taking applications for now, although spaces are now limited. If you're interested just put an app in the thread.

EDIT: I'm now going to shorten the application deadline: I was actually expecting to struggle to find people interested in the setting. I will make my decisions at the end of the weekend or when I have more than 10 applications, whichever comes first.

Actually.. can I check what exactly do you need in the application? Just the usual background story?

For now just something to give me an idea of who the character is: what their background is, what their character, their issues, why they're helping that sort of thing. I'm looking especially for characters whose outlook will add a bit of conflict to the storyline, etc.

A player in the role of John would certainly give me someone to bounce off of, dramatically. I see John as the responsible older brother and the engine by which this expediation takes flight. His details though are of course up to the player taking the part. Henry, my role, should have a fair degree of conflict with him.


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