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A fantasy world based on the tropes of the Spaghetti Western and Chinese Wuxia. Add steampunk elements. Mix well, & launch with an RPG!
A fantasy world based on the tropes of the Spaghetti Western and Chinese Wuxia. Add steampunk elements. Mix well, & launch with an RPG!
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    1. Ben McFarland on

      Someone has a print copy of Alas Vegas? I have PDFs, but no softcover yet.

    2. Eric Franklin on

      Someone using the Adamant Entertainment account just commented on Facebook:

      "As to FAR WEST, keep your eyes open. We'll be updating Backers first, but will post an announcement here (and on the website) before the end of the year."

      That's right, folks: We'll get AN ANNOUNCEMENT by the end of the year. Because that's never happened before. There is no history of announced release dates for this project, and so we have complete faith both that there will actually be an announcement and that said announcement will be accurate in its prediction. We are at war with Eastasia. We have always been at war with Eastasia.

    3. David Cummings on

      Westbound kickstarter ended, and we already got the bare bones pdf for proofreading. We'll see if they get me a hardcover by the end of the year, like they say, but they are already way ahead of this one.

    4. Eric Franklin on


      Step 1: E-mail Gareth. If (when) he shoots you down, go to step 2:

      Step 2: You in the US? Contact your local Attorney General.

      Outside of the US? Contact the Kansas Attorney General (as that is where Adamant is headquartered).

      Most A/G offices have online contact forms to fill out. Most of the information you need is on Adamant Entertainment's website or here on Kickstarter.

    5. Aaron Roudabush on

      So, how can I get my refund? I'm really tired of this. Even if we get the game (doubtful) I won't ever be able to play it without getting annoyed at it or mock it for the ridiculous time it might have taken to actually be made.

    6. Steve Bornstein on

      Maybe this time Chapter Eleventy-six fell down a flight of stairs and then his dog ate it. But don't worry folks, he'll release what he's got next week!

    7. Austin Stanley on

      As far as I can tell from a brief glance at his twitter (which is pretty active), he appears to be in good health. Helping a friend out with their Renfair booth or something looks like.

    8. Steve Brown on

      I also sent him a PM through Kickstarter on 27th September which he hasn't replied to. He usually replies within hours. Anyone aware of any health or personal issues he might be having?

    9. Austin Stanley on

      Unfortunately Gareth appears to have gone silent to me on twitter. I've reached out to him twice since May and gotten no response.

    10. David Cummings on

      Just pledged to Westbound, an alternate western with more elves and straight up wizards than Deadlands (kind of like that comic by Richard Moore ironically called Far West...really). I'm excited by it, and it already has a free quick start released.

      Since I joined Kickstarter to pledge to this Far West, I've pledged to and received several alternate western games, notably several by Pinnacle (three Deadlands releases and 6th Gun) but also Westward, a western kind of frontier game set on another planet.

      I guess I'll see if Westbound is another western that will beat Far West to my door, even with the multi year headstart.

    11. Neal Dalton

      In answer to your question of getting the cross promotion PDF, I'd read the latest update on the Paranoia Kickstarter from Mongoose.

    12. Neal Dalton

      @Candice Oh you mean the cross promotion. Sorry. I foolishly backed that one too.

    13. Neal Dalton

      @Candice I did. At the moment I can't remember how. I think it was a DTRPG coupon.

    14. Candice Bailey

      So, out of curiosity, did anyone actually get their PDF copy of Alas Vegas, as mentioned in update #92 (26 Nov, 2014)? I mean, since one of my friends actually has his physical copy and has run it and all, it might be worth asking... I'd like to see at least one game for my ridiculously high pledge.

    15. Steve Brown on

      Very disappointing we've not had an update since 1st May and he's not posted in the comments here since February. He's always quick to reply whenever I've contacted him directly. I suggest folk do that if they are looking for an update.

    16. Rowdy Scarlett on

      Personally, I have vowed never to purchase anything involving Skarka again. Once burned by this guy is enough. Face it, folks. The project is dead. Move on. Skarka should be banned from the industry.

    17. Zakharov Sawyer on

      The day after I Kickstarted this, I went out on a blind date with a friend of a friend. Two years ago, we got married. We're expecting our first child next year.

      Maybe my grandchildren will be able to play this.

    18. Eric Franklin on

      ... and now I'm blocked on Twitter.

      I was initially surprised it took as long as it did, but then someone over on Plus pointed out that I shouldn't be surprised at how long it takes Skarka to do anything - and he blocked me MUCH faster than he's produced Far West.

    19. Eric Franklin on

      Per Twitter, "I'm holding off on updating until I have something major & concrete to deliver, instead of just continued reports of incremental progress." -

    20. R.S.Tilton (EpicRPGBlog) on

      Gareth, remember my comment from like 4 years ago? Dude, give us what you have done, show some progress, show some respect, show something. Unfortunately we all see you doing other crap, writing for Star Trek adventures, tweeting, all that.

      Give us something. Even if it's just a comment on the 6th anniversary of funding.

    21. John Fiala

      Happy Anniversary, all!

    22. Eric Franklin on

      As of today, it has been six years since the project funded.

    23. trublunite

      2 1/2 weeks since you tease video on twitter Gareth...

    24. Andre Canivet on


    25. John Anderson on

      I'm not saying this kickstarter has been a bit dragged out, but I'm now backing second editions of games that I backed when they first came out...

    26. Steve Brown on

      This KS feels about as absurd as a Monty Python sketch. "It's not dead, it's just pining for the fjords"...

    27. trublunite

      Gareth has a non announcement video up on twitter. It's also posted at Tenkar's Tavern. Apparently the word "soon" means something different to Gareth than the general population

    28. Steve Brown on

      I think the image of a tumbleweed blowing forlornly through a ghost town is more appropriate, the sign at the edge of town reads "Far West Kickstarter, Population 0" ;-)

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      Historic Engraver

      Cricket,, cricket*

      *The cricket sounds were previously recorded. The actual cricket dedicated to this campaign died four years ago..

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      Chris Groff on

      We never received a completed manuscript. Of the total content of the game I currently have a fairly complete PDF of chapters 1-8, formatted with art and an unformulated rtf of chapter 11. I think the most frustrating thing is that to get the PDF out it's not that far from finished. But I suspect chapters 1-8 were done pretty early and then he's been dragging his heals since then. The only reason this game isn't done is because he hasn't been doing it. He's doing other stuff and ignoring this, offering up excuses instead.

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      Paul Bendall on

      I've just been looking back over the updates. Here's an extract from 19 July 2012,

      "So here is our plan: By Friday, August 3rd, we will deliver the manuscript of the FAR WEST Adventure Game (not layout, just the text) to any backer who would like a first look. ( Contact me via email at if you would like to be in that group.)"

      I'm curious if anyone took Gareth up on the offer and received a copy of the manuscript, mainly as I have a vague memory of Gareth saying some playtesting had been done?

    32. Eric Franklin on

      I tend to ignore "launch day" in favor of "funding day," which is more relevant to me.

    33. Eric Smailys

      So did the project.

    34. trublunite

      we missed the 6 year anniversary of the launch of the project yesterday

    35. Eric Smailys

      I believe that he's actually kept funds set aside for publishing as much as I believe he intends this project to ever be completed, which is to say, not at all.

    36. Steve Brown on

      Apologies, I must have skim read his message. He said he does have project funds, but needs them for publishing.

    37. Steve Brown on

      Gareth got back to me after I tweeted a message to him directly. I couldn't find an obvious email address from Kickstarter, but Gareth said he can be contacted at for anyone else trying to get hold of him.

      Apparently I am now 11th in queue for refunds which he is funding out of his own pocket, the Kickstarter money long gone presumably. I will update when I received the refund so people can be informed how long the process is taking.

      Personally I'd prefer the book, but the silence on progress is just too much on top of the length of time this whole thing has dragged on with promises of "almost there". The last "almost there" promise was beginning of May when he said he would be back on track in two weeks. So assuming that happened we've been "back on track" for a month and still no update or progress. It was just the last straw for me.

      He offered no excuses or times or dates and was very polite and professional.

    38. Zakharov Sawyer on

      Wonder what our next excuse will be.

    39. Steve Brown on

      I've just requested a refund. Let's see what happens.

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      Paul Bendall on

      If he'd been working on the project we would, at the very least, have seen text dumps of the outstanding chapters (like Chapter 11). It's a real shame. I've been looking through the Chapters 1-8 pdf and it looks good.

    41. Steve Brown on

      I don't see how he can possibly be working on the project at this point assuming no updates means no progress. We have obviously been lied to repeatedly given how many years ago we were told it wasn't long to go. Simply dreadful behaviour on Gareth's part. I've defended him in the past because he always replied to backers and provided regular updates, but this latest drought is out of order. He's obviously been doing Cons for money whilst ignoring his obligations.

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      Historic Engraver

      I watch all those defending Gareth and have to wonder if this is not some new variation of Stockholm Syndrome, Kickholm Syndrome. The longer the kickstarter is delayed, the more ardent the defending backers get despite mounting evidence to the contrary..

    43. Cameron Smith on

      Hi Gareth-

      Remember this?
      "As we get down to the final push, as requested, you're going to be seeing a lot more updates from me. Expect to see at least two per week this month, until the whole shebang is done. Those updates will contain final laid-out chapters, as well as manuscript pages (since those have been requested, too), artwork and more. "

      That was now *three months* ago. You owe us something besides yet another excuse.
      I am still trying to be positive, but after so much time, and so many excuses, it is impossible to think you are doing anything except playing us for fools.

      I am willing to wait a little while longer, providing that there is real evidence of progress or at least a good-faith effort on your part.
      However, my expectation is that the next time I contact you, it will be for a refund... and I backed at the Golden Flower level, so it's a good bit of money.

    44. trublunite

      listen to the interview i linked - gareth doesn't need to make excuses, the interviewer does it for him.

      or read the blog post

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      Chris Groff on

      Convention season is now upon us - let the excuses flow....

    46. trublunite

      From Chupacabracon IV - May 12 to 14 of this year

      Conventions trump all :)

    47. Steve Brown on

      I've just messaged him for an update. The last one was a month ago and he did say he would be back on track in two weeks. Hoping for good news.

    48. Gilbert Isla

      'till the end Tom. Either the train will crash into a wall or it will arrive late to station, but arrive none the less. I've backed hundreds of Kickstarters at this point and Far West was in my first 10 backed. Only a small number of those have delivered nothing and gone dark. others are struggling, but they are still in communications. Unless Gareth stops talking completely, I'm still onboard.

    49. Neal Dalton

      *gnashes teeth*

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