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Howdy partner!  Welcome to the Old West!

The American frontier has always been a source of American mythology and has been explored in novels, on the stage, and on film and television.  Now, with Rider, you can enter the world of the Old West.

Rider uses the Cepheus Engine rules as a base with modifications made to fit with the "Old West" setting. Rider draws inspiration from both fictional and historical Western lore but definitely sides with fictional portrayals. 

Rider features improvements on the character generation system you will find in Clement Sector and Earth Sector.  While we continue to follow the Independence Games tradition of giving characters full backstories, Rider gives the player a greater control over that backstory while maintaining the fun of random character generation.

Rider features numerous details on gambling, drugs and alcohol, weapons, horses, and what one might find in a Western town.  The game has 23 Career Paths with everything from Homesteaders to Vagabonds. You'll find Clergy, Doctors, Gunslingers, Con Artists, Soldiers, Outlaws, and many more.  Rider has our quick NPC generation system as found in Clement Sector along with special rules for train heists, bank robberies, and, of course, the showdown at High Noon!

Are you ready for a new adventure?  Then saddle up and get ready to ride!

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James T February 22, 2024 3:05 am UTC
Why play the same old fantasy game? Haven't you ever wanted to shoot a no good card cheat? Well in Rider you can.

The time period is roughly the 1880's but that's just to give you a mental image. It doesn't have to be set in the US, or even on Earth for that matter. But if it is? So much to pull from.

Maybe you are an immigrant from Ireland, you scraped together enough money to book a one way steamship to the free and open west. You work back East for a few years to save up money for a homestead, then you hear about this Land Rush happening out in Indian Territory.

Author John Watts provides all of this enjoyment and imagination to us in this fantastic book. You can't go wrong buying a product from Independence Games.

Now order your copy and settle the West!
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John W February 22, 2024 2:07 pm UTC
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Thanks for the kind words!
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Robert R August 23, 2023 12:51 am UTC
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I don’t know if it’s been mentioned or not, but is there a character sheet out there that is more printer, friendly? The sheet that comes with the game has a dark ink/toner heavy background. And something that isn’t form fillable. I did find one that was printable, but you could only use it is form fillable. If you printed it out, it would be blank. No box outlines.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
I like the re-tooling of the original travel rules. And I love the old west stuff. Can’t wait to get into this. Just bought it.
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Mark J July 10, 2023 3:22 am UTC
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I've been looking at the Rider rules recently, and I discovered that every career has a Survival roll of 8+ to remain in the career (and avoid a Mishap). Unless the appropriate characteristic is at least 9 (giving a +1 to the roll), you have about a 40% of success. That seems excessively difficult. I compared to the Cepheus Engine Traveller doc (as well as the Mongoose Traveller book). Both of those use Survival rolls of 5, 6 or 7+ (even for dangerous careers). MUCH easier to actually succeed. I don't know why Rider makes it so much more difficult. If I ran a Rider game, I'd have to change those values to bring them in line with the other books.
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Robert R August 23, 2023 2:10 am UTC
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It’s your game. Change it. By the way, I agree.
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Dwight F November 09, 2022 8:41 pm UTC
I'd like to see a comparison with Under Western Skies.
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Christopher R August 09, 2022 9:03 pm UTC
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Have you considered a 'Weird West' add on for Rider? Just a book with with some supernatural elements, a light magic system (maybe a 'faith' system), a couple of careers (Shaman, Occultist, that sort of thing). Some info on the more famous Native American myths and creatures (Wendigo, Sasquatch, etc.) as well as some of the European and African traditions that were transplanted around this time. Could be cool.
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Garbo D August 31, 2022 10:13 am UTC
I would love this so, so much
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Dwight F January 03, 2023 9:38 pm UTC
This would be great.
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Keith M January 03, 2023 10:12 pm UTC
This would be incredibly awesome, I’d buy it in a heartbeat!!!
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Daniel L January 22, 2023 11:17 pm UTC
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Would also love to see something like this. I'm looking for a weird west system to pull the trigger on and am currently leaning towards picking up Rider for a 2024 campaign. Official support on weird or occult content would def be a quick purchase to make my life easier
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Gerard M June 02, 2021 3:59 am UTC
Has anyone done a review of this, I've been on the fence about getting a printed copy for some time.
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John W June 02, 2021 12:50 pm UTC
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https://alegisdownport.wordpress.com/2021/02/27/rider-review/
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Don H March 01, 2022 4:45 pm UTC
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I ran this game yesterday and it is amazing! very open rules and a lot of room for roleplaying.
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Harun M March 28, 2022 6:01 am UTC
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Di you use a published adventure scenario? If so, which one?
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Rick M February 05, 2021 11:37 pm UTC
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You say, "...uses the Cepheus Engine rules..." Do I need them in order to play this game? If so, which version?
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John W February 06, 2021 1:15 am UTC
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Actually, it uses the Cepheus Engine as the basis for the rules. You will not need a copy of the Cepheus Engine to play as all of the rules for Rider are contained within this book.
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Nicholas C February 04, 2021 7:27 pm UTC
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Is there going to be a POD version?
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John W February 04, 2021 8:22 pm UTC
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Yes. Both a hardcover and a softcover version are on the way.
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Benjamin S February 05, 2021 5:20 am UTC
This is good to hear :)
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John W February 16, 2021 7:11 pm UTC
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The hardcover version is now available. I expect the softcover to be available at some point in the next week or so.

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