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American Sunset is a tabletop roleplaying game set in a fictional post-Civil War Wild West, inspired by the Western genre.
American Sunset is a tabletop roleplaying game set in a fictional post-Civil War Wild West, inspired by the Western genre.
143 backers pledged $4,089 to help bring this project to life.

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American Sunset - A Wild West Tabletop Roleplaying Game

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American Sunset is a tabletop roleplaying game set in a fictional American West, featuring:

  • A setting that combines the larger-than-life characters and the western film genre with true history issues and hardships.
  • A simple and flexible system, accessible to beginners but with the depth to satisfy veteran roleplayers.
  • A detailed world, perfect for your choice of western-film style campaigns, historically driven games, or fantastical "weird west" adventures.

The World of American Sunset

The War of the Rebellion is over and the push to colonize the West is only stronger for it. Displaced veterans and ex-slaves are traveling west in search of a new life, and immigrants from across the Atlantic are spilling out of East Coast cities, searching for liberty on the frontier.

Map by Stuart Baxter-Potter
Map by Stuart Baxter-Potter

The more territory that is mapped and claimed in these final years of expansion, the more native tribes are forced away from their lands and traditions. Soldiers, encouraged and supplied by the United States government, are in open war with Native Americans who refuse to give up their homes without a fight.

Art by Cameron Cseko Cameroncseko93@gmail.com
Art by Cameron Cseko Cameroncseko93@gmail.com

Silver Springs is a city in heart of Jefferson State, the most recent to be admitted into the Union. The last stop before the edge of the map, every two-bit bandit and hopeful frontiersman in the West has walked these dusty streets, as well as every legendary outlaw and every prospector who's struck it rich.

Meanwhile, stranger things lurk in the remote fringes of the frontier, waiting to be discovered. Folk tales and legends speak of strange monsters, places that resist being found, and people with impossible powers.

Art by Cameron Cseko Cameroncseko93@gmail.com
Art by Cameron Cseko Cameroncseko93@gmail.com

Now, you and your party step into this world. How will you make your mark on the West?

American Sunset is inspired by both Western films and books, as well as the true-life history of the American West. No small amount of research went into the creation of the American Sunset setting, and the system is designed to reinforce the themes of the Western.

Playing the Game

Combat is tense and fast paced, with conflict resolution built around do-or-die scenarios. Character creation is devised to so that players can create fully realized characters with their own reputation and destiny right out of the starting gate.

Art by Calida Howell
Art by Calida Howell

Reputation itself is a powerful force in American Sunset, and player characters can take advantage of this by using their influence, whatever it may be, to re-shape the world around them. After performing incredible, improbable, or extraordinary feats, characters can call upon the stories of their accomplishments to bolster (or diminish!) their odds.

In addition, a versatile combat system allows verbal sparring to happen seamlessly alongside fistfights and shootouts. Rhetorical strategies and arguments provide a way for socially-oriented characters to stay relevant even in combat-heavy campaigns. 

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With funding from Kickstarter we will continue development of the system. With more time, we can polish mechanics, add depth to the setting, and commission more art.

Even more importantly, when funded, we will print and distribute hard copies of American Sunset to everyone who has supported us at the "Book and PDF" level or higher. Books that we ship will be soft cover with full color illustrations, filled with everything you need to play and run a campaign.

 

All of our backers who pledge more than $8 will receive a copy of the final book in a PDF format that will be made available for download. Donate more than $25, and you will receive a print copy of the game once it's fully completed. Our current plan is to print the book in softcover, with full-color illustrations. At the moment, our alpha build is approximately 100 pages, but we expect that the final version of the book will be at least 150.

Bandit Backer Tier - $8

  • You will receive a downloadable PDF copy of the full American Sunset RPG. This is the entire book, with everything you need to run and play a campaign.

Deputy Backer Tier - $25

  • You will receive a downloadable PDF copy of the full American Sunset RPG. This is the entire book, with everything you need to run and play a campaign.
  • You will receive a print copy of American Sunset, printed in softcover with full-color illustrations.

Sheriff Backer Tier - $35

  • You will receive a downloadable PDF copy of the full American Sunset RPG. This is the entire book, with everything you need to run and play a campaign. 
  •  You will receive a print copy of American Sunset, printed in softcover with full-color illustrations.
  • You will receive a pair of American Sunset dice, perfect for starting a campaign off on the right foot.

Marshall Backer Tier - $50

  • You will receive a downloadable PDF copy of the full American Sunset RPG. This is the entire book, with everything you need to run and play a campaign.
  •  You will receive a print copy of American Sunset, printed in softcover with full-color illustrations.
  •  You will receive a pair of American Sunset dice, perfect for starting a campaign off on the right foot.
  • You will receive a deck of American Sunset Western-themed playing cards.

Jefferson Ranger Tier - $100

  • You will receive a downloadable PDF copy of the full American Sunset RPG. This is the entire book, with everything you need to run and play a campaign.
  • You will receive a print copy of American Sunset, printed in softcover with full-color illustrations.
  • You will receive a pair of American Sunset dice, perfect for starting a campaign.
  • You will receive a deck of American Sunset Western-themed playing cards.
  • We will send you an exclusive "Sheriff of Silver Springs" sheriff's badge, and a note thanking you for your contribution!

In addition, all backers, regardless of how much you choose to donate, will get exclusive access to early builds of the game as we continue development. Future updates will include a download link that will let you see the changes we make to the game, and we encourage you to look them over.

Art by Cameron Cseko Cameroncseko93@gmail.com
Art by Cameron Cseko Cameroncseko93@gmail.com

 

  

 

 

 

 

Art by Calida Howell
Art by Calida Howell

Contacting Us 

If you'd like to get in communication with us off of Kickstarter, feel free to send an email to HighStakesPress@gmail.com 

Risks and challenges

The four of us are all recent college graduates, and all our future plans are uncertain. Jordan in particular will be overseas for most of the project, and communication with him will be crucial.

While all of us are very familiar with tabletop RPGs, American Sunset is a new frontier for us. Publishing a book is something none of us have done before, but we are confident we can make something great.

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    In addition to everything included at the "Sheriff" backer tier, backers at this level will receive a deck of American Sunset playing cards, perfect for Poker, Blackjack, Texas Hold'em, or impressing your friends with card tricks.

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    Backers at this level will receive not just everything listed for the previous tiers, but also a "Sheriff of Silver Springs" badge, affirming you as the rightful source of law in a land teeming with lawlessness.

    In addition, you'll also get a letter from the developers, thanking you for your contribution to American Sunset!

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