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Haunted West (Digital)

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From the creators of Harlem UnboundHaunted West is a Weird West tabletop roleplaying game set after the American Civil War.

Haunted West is about hope through struggle. It is a game that amplifies the voices of the often overlooked people of the Old West, the people who have been whitewashed by history. Venture into an alternate history that imagines a post-American Civil War world where Reconstruction flourishes for many years, instead of meeting its abrupt end, and imagine a new reality with greater opportunities for all who inhabit the United States.

Step out of your door into the Haunted West.
But, beware! It isn't for the faint of heart.

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”

—Frederick Douglass, 1857

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HISTORY BELONGS TO ALL OF US.

This corebook has everything you need to explore the Old West, including: 

  • An extensive historical account from prehistoric times through the last stagecoach robbery

  • The Ouroboros System, a modular three-tiered system powering your adventures using d100, degrees of success, and a unique Jacks mechanic

  • Haunted West: Reconstruction, an imaginative alternate history

  • Robust Weird West content including magicks, creatures, mechanics, and more

  • The Night of the Aerostat, a thrilling adventure set in the Weird West

  • An in-depth city-building process for creating the setting you want 

  • Lifepath character creation to build characters firmly entrenched in the world

  • Twelve Paragon categories enabling you to create any type of player character you choose

  • Haunted West World, a Powered by the Apocalypse hack

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WEIRD, WEIRDER, OR WEIRDEST?

Make your West as Weird as you want the way you want (if you want). Plug in magic, the Mythos, steam tech, mad science, dinosaurs, or even aliens and flying saucers. Haunted West gives you the tools you need to make your definition of "Weird West" a reality.

Battle traitorous rebels as a Black gadgeteer with your rifle and jetpack, rustle cattle as a Chinese drover while keeping the dinosaurs at bay, combat a legion of undead monsters as an Indigenous gunslinger, or traverse the Oregon trail as a Jewish homesteader while being haunted by the specters of those who perished along the way. You have the power to tell your story; you have the power to tell the American story.

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Guy M September 21, 2022 5:02 pm UTC
Is there anything like a quickstart guide to get a feeling of how the rules work before buying it?
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Darker Hue S October 12, 2022 4:02 pm UTC
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Hey Guy,

There is not a Jumpstart kit, but several actual plays are online. Here is a link to one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a59ugPOvvjw&t=285s

Cheers,
Chris
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Eric T May 27, 2022 6:11 pm UTC
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This game looks _very interesting to me. Before I plunk down $40 for this PDF, I have some concerns. I saw a video where the reviewer mentioned that this game embraces everything from the dark struggles of the Old West to the more pulpy variety. I'm a huge fan of the pulp-style westerns. I veer more toward the 1950s TV westerns, everything from Have Gun Will Travel to the Cisco Kid or The Lone Ranger, The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (the one with Guy Madison and Andy Devine), that kind of thing. Much more in the spirit of dime novels than historical accuracy. But IMO, to do that kind of thing, one needs a fast, loose, preferrably light set of rules to emulate the fast pace of those stories. I'm concerned that a D100 system will either be too crunchy or skew toward failure, especially with beginning characters. Do you think this system works with that criteria in mind? Thanks for any help.
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Darker Hue S June 19, 2022 8:48 pm UTC
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Hey Eric,

The game system uses 1d100 and has three tiers of play. One of which is incredibly light and more of a narrative focus. Here is recent post about the game and should give you some references.

https://twitter.com/Darker_Hue/status/1537604621350346757?s=20

Cheers,
Chris
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Eric T June 19, 2022 10:05 pm UTC
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Darn. I appreciate the link. Unfortunately, due to so much political and other BS, I deactivated my Twitter account, so it won’t let me access this. However that is not your problem. Thanks for sharing the post anyway.
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Dave K February 22, 2022 4:05 am UTC
Sounds like Deadlands to me
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Thomas P February 05, 2022 9:38 pm UTC
Looks great! Any chance of a POD version?
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Darker Hue S February 12, 2022 1:21 am UTC
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Hey, Thomas not at this time. IPR is now also carrying the book and may be able to help reach wherever you are.
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January 23, 2022 7:18 pm UTC
Complaints about price are laughable, considering that this book is 800 pages, with full color art, and a full setting that with even a cursory examination appears to be extensively researched. If you break down how much each of those things costs (writer's rate, artists' rate, researcher), the price is fair. To be frank, most independent TTRPG developers should be charging more for what they're selling given the hours and resources they're expending, and the ones who don't are selling at a loss because they're afraid people won't actually pay them what they're worth.

That being said, I missed the KS on this, but I've been considering copping the book even though I'm not the biggest fan of d100/percentage-based systems. The folks from the TTRPG podcast Twelve Sided Stories have just started their Haunted West series, and their play so far has pushed me closer to pulling the trigger. If you're curious about the game and want to hear it in action before making a purchase, check them out.
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Darker Hue S February 12, 2022 1:21 am UTC
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They did an incredible job!
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Nina B November 11, 2021 9:22 pm UTC
40 bucks for a pdf with no preview

good luck
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Aric W November 29, 2021 9:54 pm UTC
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Worth every penny
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Hamilton R December 15, 2021 4:35 pm UTC
Nina, I agree. 40 USD for a PDF these days is too expensive. It may be a good product - but not that good. 15-25 is the usual and customary purchase price for a digital version of a rule book. I will wait until the price comes down, for purchase.
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Mamading C January 15, 2022 8:57 pm UTC
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I have to agree with Aric having browsed through the 800 pages of solid, well presented and inspiring content.
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Dominic E March 14, 2022 11:11 pm UTC
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What a load of old

Creators deserve to get paid.
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JD S June 19, 2022 6:38 pm UTC
Doesn't even tell you anything about the game system. Or even the setting. Is there a setting? Of is this just another 'throw ever old idea around into a book and claim innovation'?

$40 for a blind purchase? No thanks.
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Darker Hue S June 19, 2022 8:45 pm UTC
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Hey JD S,

In case you missed it, here is the information about the game.

This corebook has everything you need to explore the Old West, including:

An extensive historical account from prehistoric times through the last stagecoach robbery

The Ouroboros System, a modular three-tiered system powering your adventures using d100, degrees of success, and a unique Jacks mechanic

Haunted West: Reconstruction, an imaginative alternate history

Robust Weird West content including magicks, creatures, mechanics, and more

The Night of the Aerostat, a thrilling adventure set in the Weird West

An in-depth city-building process for creating the setting you want

Lifepath character creation to build characters firmly entrenched in the world

Twelve Paragon categories enabling you to create any type of player character you choose

Haunted West World, a Powered by the Apocalypse hack
...See more
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Shammara B June 21, 2022 12:16 pm UTC
40 dollars for 800 pages.

Are you serious?? You are complaining about that amount of value for an actual cheap price? Yikes...
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JD S August 06, 2022 6:40 pm UTC
Yeah, I read the blurb. Thing is, what does any of that mean? How does the system work? What exact form does the 'alternate history' take? Is this just a Deadlands rip-off, as Dave K suggests? What makes this different than Deadlands? What 'Old West' is there to explore? Historical? Steampunk? Spaghetti? '50s white hat/black hat? 800 pages is pretty meaningless if the pages don't represent a setting and game mechanics that you will use.

And for all the 'fans' gushing over 800 pages for $40, Weird Frontiers offers 908 pages for $30. I'm not endorsing WF, just pointing out that page count doesn't prove much.
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Darker Hue S August 08, 2022 2:27 pm UTC
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JD S,

This is my last comment in response as I'm starting to feel like this thread is more about trolling. There are numerous reviews and actual plays of Haunted West if you are interested in learning more. I'm not saying that to be snarky, more just to let you know what's available. (And in case you're interested, Haunted West just received an ENnie for Best Rules.)

Haunted West and Deadlands are wildly different other than both occurring in the Weird Western genre. It's like asking how Star Trek and Star Wars are different. They are both set in space and have spaceships and aliens but have unique approaches to the setting. Or how are Warhammer Fantasy and Dungeons and Dragons different? They both have magic, monsters, and medieval weaponry. Haunted West has its own approach in the Western TTRPG space including unique rules and mechanics to support three methods of play (meaning you can play a straight-up western with your greatest fear being dysentery or a high pulp game full of magic,...See more
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