A fantasy world based on the tropes of the Spaghetti Western and Chinese Wuxia. Add steampunk elements. Mix well, & launch with an RPG!
WESTERN. WUXIA. WILD.
Imagine: A fantasy world, but not one based on Medieval/Dark Ages European culture and myth, but rather one based on the inspirations of the Spaghetti Western and Chinese Wuxia. Add steampunk elements. Mix well.
A fantasy world that's Stephen King's The Dark Tower meets The Storm Riders meets Deadwood meets Afro Samurai meets The Wild Wild West meets Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon meets Django meets The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. meets House of Flying Daggers and more.
A fantasy world that's explored through a constantly-updated website, a tabletop role-playing adventure game, a web series, artwork, fiction, comics and much, much, more. A fantasy world that is shaped by its own fan community.
FAR WEST is a transmedia project -- the setting is explored via multiple platforms and linked narratives. We've already launched the website, http://intothefarwest.com , which features fiction vignettes, artwork, development updates, inspirography, and more. We are now launching the adventure game, where you and your friends can create the adventures of wandering warriors who fight for their beliefs, the oppressed, or their own interests in an endless frontier that lies beyond the confines of civilization.
If you'd like to read more about the development of FAR WEST, you can start here: http://intothefarwest.com/2011/06/01/beginning/
UPDATE: We've reached our minimum funding level, and exceeded it. But we're still going onward and upward with new goals and new rewards! Currently, the additional rewards are:
- LEGENDS OF THE FAR WEST, an exclusive supplement that will be available in print to all backers who've pledged at the $50 level and higher (and ebook/Kindle/PDF for all backers, regardless of pledge level).
- TALES OF THE FAR WEST, a short fiction anthology, featuring stories by Scott Lynch, Matt Forbeck, Dave Gross and many more, which will be sent in digital format (eBook/Kindle/PDF) to all backers, regardless of pledge level).
- PROSPERITY, a PDF detailing a complete Far Western settlement, with all citizens statted and all buildings provided as miniature-scaled floorplans and papercraft models, which will be provided to all backers, regardless of pledge level.
- FAR WEST POSTER MAP, a limited-edition poster featuring the map of the Far West from the endpapers of the Adventure Game hardcover, done by cartographer Andrew Law, to all backers who've pledged at the $65 level and higher (and in digital format to all other backers, regardless of pledge level).
We hope that you join us on this adventure. Welcome to our place. Keep your boots off the table and your weapons holstered, if ya please. We run a respectable joint.
A Member of the Jade Family:
Riding the Range:
Compositing and Graphic Design: Gareth-Michael Skarka
Artwork: Rick Hershey
Voice-over: Gareth-Michael Skarka
Music: Stelvio Cipriani
We've reached the minimum level we set for successful funding, but the more we raise, the more we can do. Check out the updates to see our new goals and the rewards that we're adding once those goals are achieved.
The Limited Edition hardcover of the Adventure Game, as well as the Ebook, Kindle and PDF, will be available in December 2011. Electronic versions will be sent to donors at the same time the book is sent to the printer.
Yes, and No.
The Limited Edition, full-color hardcover version of the game will not be available via local game stores-- aside from at those retailers who have participated in the special retailer-only pledge level here. It is exclusive to this Kickstarter only.
Some time in 2012, a black-and-white softcover version of the FAR WEST Adventure Game, which will contain less material than the Limited Edition, will be made available through distribution to local game stores. This softcover edition will be fully compatible, but will not feature exclusive content that will only appear in the Limited Edition.
Additionally, a "Basic Game" -- an electronic version of the rules needed to play (but not rules for customization, such as the kung-fu style design rules, for example), will be available for free download in late 2011/early 2012. This will be similar to "starter" versions released for other role-playing products in the past.
A brief overview of the system being used for the FAR WEST Adventure Game can be found here:
The FAR WEST website, http://intothefarwest.com , is now live, and features development updates, inspirography, fiction vignettes, art and is your central source for the entire FAR WEST experience.
The next project already underway is a FAR WEST fiction line, available in electronic and print formats.
Development has also begun on the FAR WEST web series (which will be available for free streaming on the FAR WEST website, and then collected for purchase as downloads or DVD/Blu-Ray), as well as a handful of other projects which are still in the early stages.
Yes, they do. We do not charge extra for that -- International customers get shafted too often, so we're of the opinion that we can afford to let the extra cost be subsidized by the domestic orders which are in the majority.
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Imperial Citizen: All donors at this level will be listed in the acknowledgements, and will receive a PDF, Kindle or Ebook copy of the Limited Edition upon its release (your preference).
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Settler of the Periphery: All donors at this level will be listed in the acknowledgements, and will receive a PDF, Kindle or Ebook copy of the Limited Edition upon its release, as well as a FAR WEST T-Shirt. The design of the shirt (not yet final) can be seen at the left.
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Settler of the Far West: The full rewards of the Settlers of the Periphery, plus a membership in The Far West Society through the end of 2012. The Far West Society is the community who receive access to bonus materials, exclusive offers on other merchandise, and most importantly, are consulted on the direction of events in the FAR WEST setting.
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Wanderer of the Dust Road: You will be listed in the acknowledgements with the epithet of your choice (for example, "Eight-Fisted Smith" or "Jane Doe The Lotus"), receive a PDF, Kindle or Ebook copy, and receive a full-color, signed and numbered hardcover Limited Edition of the FAR WEST adventure game.
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Seasoned Wanderer of the Dust Road: As above, with the addition of a FAR WEST T-shirt, the design of which (not yet final) can be seen on the left.
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August Wanderer of the Dust Road: As per the Seasoned Wanderer, with the addition of a membership in The Far West Society through the end of 2012, and a special Limited Edition collection of prints featuring the artwork of FAR WEST by Art Director Rick Hershey.
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Master of the Dust Road: As per the August Wanderer, with the following addition: You will receive a exclusive, one-of-a-kind PDF Adventure, specifically tailored to you, created by FAR WEST developers Gareth-Michael Skarka and T.S. Luikart.
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(Qualified retailers, libraries or distributors only. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm before pledging.) The PDF/Kindle/Ebook edition and 5 copies of the Limited Edition hardcover. For each additional $25 we'll send another copy of the hardcover. This pledge is the only way for retailers, libraries or distributors to get the Limited Edition, which WILL NOT otherwise be offered through distribution.
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Grand Master of the Dust Road: As per Master (Listed, PDF/Kindle/Ebook, Shirt, Limited Edition hardcover, Art prints, Far West society and exclusive tailored adventure), plus: You enter the world of FAR WEST as a character featured in the Limited Edition and future projects--- including a portrait of you done in the FAR WEST style by Rick Hershey (which you'll receive as a print).
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Golden Flower of the Far West: As per Grand Master, with a lifetime membership in the Far West Society.
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Immortal of the Far West: You become a Patron of the entire FAR WEST property, entitled to the same rewards as the Golden Flower, with the addition of receiving complimentary copies of every FAR WEST product we ever release. This will include shirts and other merchandise, additional role-playing releases, novels, short fiction anthologies, graphic novels, DVD/Blu-Rays of the webseries, and much more. You're along for the Long Ride.
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A Special Offer: You will receive the benefits of the Immortal of the Far West, and in addition, Gareth-Michael Skarka or T.S. Luikart will travel to your town and run your playing group through a special FAR WEST adventure created especially for the occasion. (Offer open to US residents only)
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FAR WEST Producer: You will become a Producer of the FAR WEST property, will be listed as such on all FAR WEST products as well as the website. You will be consulted on decisions regarding long-term planning, development, production, and/or maintenance of narrative continuity across multiple platforms, in accordance with qualification for the Producer's Guild of America's "Transmedia Producer" credit. Please email gms@adamantentertainment to confirm before pledging. In addition, Producers will receive the pledge benefits of an Immortal of the Far West.
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