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 Fantasy is headed Westbound

When the soil's turned sour, and the well all dried up.

  When men in suits put a gun in your hand and send you to war.

     When there's nothing left of your home, but ash and regret.

        Its time to turn Westbound.

The Game:

An epic adventure awaits. Westbound is the Tabletop-RPG of revolvers and rituals set in the fantasy wild west. Explore a vast western world while utilizing an intuitive and unique system for exploration and combat. Westbound was designed from the ground up expressly for Firearm combat, and includes a vast amount character options, an enterprising crafting system, and a fresh take on Magic and the Arcane.  

What We're doing: 

We've created an awesome game, and we want you to play it. That's why we've made the game available easily online, created a free quickstart adventure, and made a ton of articles and videos on how to play. 

 We're looking to fund a print run of the game. Its taken a lot of our time and money to create the rules and art, and now we're hoping to get it in your hands and into stores. We're also hoping to fund some custom decks, each designed to emphasize the source suit of a specific Sort, and make each hand impact visually.

The Book:  

Westbound is a game of adventure on the frontier. You'll explore the magical wild west, encounter other frontiersmen, fight strange new creatures, and strike gold or die trying. Robbing trains, shooting up saloons, and rescuing damsels is all apart of a days work for a Westbounder.  

A hero like never seen before. Each character created for Westbound is a unique hero, with over 10 Sorts, 9 Breeds, 12 Archetypes, and over 60 Traits to build the perfect Westbounder. Characters progress in many paths, and characters of the same makeup will find themselves quickly juxtaposed.

Westbound Hardcover Book
Westbound Hardcover Book

Try it Now:  

Westbound has always had a free Basic version that includes all the rules of play, and is now only lacking the complete character creation options. You can immediately play the Westbound Quickstart adventure "Triumph at St.Kiaro" with premade characters before you back it.  

Key Features:  

Completely original System based on decks of 52 cards. Westbound was designed from the ground up specifically for firearm combat, and includes an exhaustion system, as well as suit specific powers and abilities. The system is simple and refined, but robust enough to handle enduring campaigns.

Magic Sundered, Reformed and Balanced. Fantasy is defined by the presence of Magic, but as magic is defined by mystery, the scrolls and spellbooks of old cannot be defined by observations, measurements, and procedures. The whirling vertex of mana has changed the very nature of spellcasting, and that which remains unchanged has been dubbed the science of Arcanics.  

A Character Creation system that is vast without being superfluous. Westbound is a game of story and choices, and that is especially true in character creation. With 10 sorts, 9 breeds, 25 subclasses, 10 prestige classes, over 60 traits, and a completely craftable armory, there are a massive amount of options. Not only that, but characters progress in their Sort, Breed, and Archetype individually, and two characters are rarely the same, even if they're of the same makeup.  

A Crafting System that is dynamic and promotes creativity. Where other RPGs allow you to choose what your character creates, Westbound lets you create what you choose. Westbound allows for complete creativity as you combine alchemy, tinkering, and spell-scribing to form unique constructions and deadly weapons.  

Archetype that help define your character. Long gone are the days of Good vs Evil. Our Archtypes system allows players to build complicated and interesting characters, with actual moral compasses, beliefs, and desires. Archetypes also include Archetype Powers: a new way to roleplay.  

Its free, pardner. The Free Ruleset exists, try before you buy! But don't wait too long!

 Stretch goals:  

 Our excitement to put Westbound in your hands is only matched by our ambition to give you a ton of awesome aids for your game. After our funding goal is met, we'll be able to get some really exciting stuff done. Starting with our Basic and Premier decks, for every thousand dollars past our initial funding, we'll be able to produce an additional deck. It was never a question of if we wanted to produce them, only a matter of stretching ourselves too thin without the proper funding. Once our original goal is met, we'll put the additional funding towards producing high quality cards designed specifically to play Westbound, which are available at the Master of the West tier and above. 

 Once the Decks are funded, our next unlockables are the "Books of Secrets." Westbound is packed to the brim with content, but we had more ideas we had to scratch for the sake of time. For every ten-thousand in funding past the Decks tier, we'll be able to bring new content regularly, and for free online. These PDFs will include new rules, breeds, equipment, traits, and everything else we had to restrain ourselves from adding. Each funded book will arrive in PDF form to all backers, and online, every two-months starting March 1st. 

 Once the "Books of Secrets" are funded, our aim will be to make electronic enhancements for the game. These apps and Roll20 adaptions will be free to download for everyone.

 

Our Favorite Tiers:

The Master of the West edition comes with the Westbound Hardcover book, the PDF,  and the Westbound Game Master Deck. Additionally, the Master of the West edition comes with every Basic stretch goal deck that is unlocked.

 The Disciple of Dust edition comes with the Westbound Hardcover book, the PDF, and the Westbound Game Master Deck, and the Art Book. Additionally, the Master of the West edition comes with every Basic and premier stretch goal deck that is unlocked.

Add-ons  

You can get the following add-ons by adding additional funds to your pledge. There will be a survey after the campaign where we you can tell us what you want!  

Deck: $10 (USD) $12.5 (CAD) You can get the decks individually. Add $10 to any tier to add a deck. You can do this multiple times for multiple decks.  

Deluxe Hardcover: $10 (USD) $12.50 (CAD) Our printer has offered a premium printing which will make the art inside the Hardcover more vivid and sharp! We want this as much as you, so we're selling this feature at cost.  

Art Book: $30 (USD) $37.50 (CAD) All the art in Westbound, unedited, with biographies of each artist.  

Watch it Played

 This is the Lunch Crime Crew improvising their way through the west.

Westbound's Character Sheets include a section for "Known Crimes," because we have realistic expectations of what players do.
Westbound's Character Sheets include a section for "Known Crimes," because we have realistic expectations of what players do.

 

Risks and challenges

Our central challenge is to meet the December delivery date. The book is already drafted, and we only need to make a few formatting adjustments before we are entirely satisfied. We have a printer on standby for the order that is waiting for the funding confirmation.
With the October month devoted entirely to printing, November for shipping, we have December to deal with delays and setbacks. We're confident we can meet these deadlines, endure any setbacks, and get the Hardcover book to your doorstep in time for a Christmas adventure.

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