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Law's Out - the Auction-Based Cowboy Adventure Game $2.50
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Law's Out - the Auction-Based Cowboy Adventure Game
Publisher: Liberi Gothica Games
by Michael I. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/25/2023 12:56:24

I was writing an RPG very much like this one but then discovered this one already existed! Well worth the $2.50 and reads like a fun storytelling game with bidding as the main mechanic



Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Law's Out - the Auction-Based Cowboy Adventure Game
Publisher: Liberi Gothica Games
by James M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/09/2016 16:58:48

Law's Out is fantastically designed, fast paced, and fun. The game is only 21 pages (and a large chunk of that is character Roles), but with those 21 pages, author Jacob Randolph delivers probably the best Western game I have ever played.

The game plays out in about the time it would take to watch your favorite cowboy movie, plus explaining the rules, which shouldn't take more than about 10 minutes. The strength of the gameplay is how syncretic the design is - everything feeds into the cowboy fiction that the game seeks to emulate. The game is strongly structured around scenes, with clear parameters as to the tone of each scene, chosen by the triggering player. Once in a scene, players battle for narrative control over what happens in the scene, bidding their characters resources and life over narrative power. The bidding mechanic calls to mind the genre, where characters are prone to gambling and taking long odds, and also ensures that no matter what happens in a scene, there will be dangerous and far-reaching consequences, which again, fits the genre.

If, like me, you're starved for a Western-based rpg and like your games on the narrative side, I can't see you not having fun with Law's Out.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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