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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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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.    

This is 

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.

Additional Artwork:

T-Shirt Design:

A Member of the Jade Family:

Riding the Range:

VIDEO CREDITS:

Compositing and Graphic Design:  Gareth-Michael Skarka

Artwork:  Rick Hershey

Voice-over:  Gareth-Michael Skarka

Music: Stelvio Cipriani

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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 gms@adamantentertainment.com 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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