For some months I have been thinking of starting up a Boot Hill campaign. There was a brief gunfight PBP a year or two ago that made me think something like this could work well as PBP. It would be episodic in nature, and should be able to withstand players coming and going. I wouldn't expect it to hold people's attention all the time but I would consider it successful if a handful of people participate for a couple of weeks or so a few times a year. I have never played Boot Hill before so this will be a learning experience for me. I plan to start with a few fairly simple scenarios to figure out the mechanics of gunfights and set up the situation, and then just see what develops.
Basic ideas of the campaign:
* Pulpy, loosely historical western themes (no weird west type stuff) * Episodic play, not continuous * Boot Hill 1st Edition * Use a sub-forum in the PBP area of OD&D 74 board
Please respond to this thread if you would be interested in playing in the first episode. If there is enough interest, I'll get the subforum set up, set up an informational website and let everyone know how to create characters.
We have just bought a new house and so I'll be busy moving and so on for a few weeks. As long as there is sufficient interest I'd like to get started over the holiday period.
I want to start out w/ the players in one group and just do a simple shootout or two to get the mechanics down. After that I'll let play develop more loosely. I plan to let the players set the tone quite a bit within the limits of the simple campaign setup.
just a quick note - I am packing up right now preparing to move. I'll be too busy this weekend to get the campaign background out or any characters. I will also be without internet (except at work) for a day or two, and I am busy w/ work. I want to get a simple round of play in before the holidays though.
Looking at makofan's shootout, I have decided I will roll up 20 or so characters and let people pick and name a character from the list.
The campaign will be set in Wyoming in the late 1870s in the area around Jackson's Hole. I'll try to have some maps and some more background for next weekend.
All right, it appears that this campaign is somewhat delayed. The problem is that the computers are in an unfinished, unheated area of the basement and coming down here is normally pretty unpleasant and cold. We have some contractors coming out this week to see about finishing it, putting in wires and walls and whatnot. After that I'll get back to reading and posting here, and get the Boot Hill campaign going.
The good news for the campaign (maybe?) is that I have been doing some more background work. You are in a town called Whiskey Creek in Wyoming in the 1870s. There is a U.S. Army fort nearby, occasionally marauding Indians, ranchers, miners and farmers. The Reno, Phoenix, Gygax (nearby town) & Western Railroad is planning on building a rail line past the town to some mines in the nearby mountains. Plenty of opportunities for law-abiding citizens to make a decent living. Plenty of opportunities for the other kind of living too. The Whiskey Creek Boys cause a lot of trouble and several of them have large prices on their heads.
Anyway, I need to get back upstairs before my fingers freeze. I just wanted to let everyone know that this is still going to happen.
Post by battlebrotherbob on Feb 12, 2013 7:44:30 GMT -6
Very glad to hear this is still a go. Hope the finishimg goes well. Are we using 1st or 2nd ed. I have the boxed 2nd ed only. I dont know the differences in edtions, might be able to fudge if using 1st.
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Post by scottenkainen on Feb 12, 2013 9:08:50 GMT -6
I'm not familiar with the differences between editions of Boot Hill, but surely they aren't so great that one could not roll up a gunslinger in a later edition and have the referee retro-convert them to original edition?