Saturday, May 12, 2012

On The Radar: Far West -- Weird and Wild


Far West is a different take on the Weird West. I've been seeing this come up for a while now, so I thought I'd put up a quick post on it.

According to the Far West site, here's the premise of the game:
Imagine: A fantasy world, but not one based on Medieval/Dark Ages European culture and myth, but rather one based on the tropes of the Spaghetti Western and Chinese Wuxia. Add steampunk elements. Mix well.

A fantasy world that’s The Gunslinger meets Storm Riders meets Deadwood meets Afro Samurai meets The Wild Wild West meets Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon meets Django meets Brisco County meets House of Flying Daggers and more.

A fantasy world that’s explored through a constantly-updated website, a tabletop role-playing game, a web series, artwork, fiction, comics and much, much, more. A fantasy world that is shaped by its own fan community.

This is Far West.

The set up is interesting, not only because I like a lot of the inspirations of the game, but also because it evokes a slight feel of Firefly / Serenity with its mix of Eastern elements into the West, and because it is posited as a fantasy world -- sort of  like a small kitchen sink setting that spans many subgenres.

There are some interesting posts on several clans (The Jade Family, The Rangers, The Preachers, The Foxglove Society)  in the game setting, and more material on their website. Do take a look.

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