What Characters?   Posted by The Judge.Group: 0
The Judge
 GM, 1 post
Wed 21 Oct 2020
at 05:49
General Discussion
Let's start with what kind of characters people want to create so we can put together a backstory for the group.
The Judge
 GM, 4 posts
Wed 21 Oct 2020
at 12:54
General Discussion
Let's hold off on actual character generation until we have decided on which rules set we are going to use :)

I have just set everyone with blank pages you can edit for character sheets.  If anyone has something basic for Boot Hill you can add it yourself, otherwise I will start working on a standard sheet in the next couple of days.

Please use this thread to share your ideas for your character backgrounds etc so that everyone knows a little bit about who they are going to be playing with.
Marc Fallon
 player, 2 posts
Wed 21 Oct 2020
at 13:04
General Discussion
Hi all am thinking about playing a Half breed but am open to several others. I think that the half breed could be very versatile and overlap with others to share a backstory with another character.

looking forward to playing with you all.
The Judge
 GM, 5 posts
Wed 21 Oct 2020
at 13:22
General Discussion
It is entirely up to you guys how you want to bring things together as a group however from my point of view it would be great if there was some strong, pre-existing bond between the group i.e. all members of an extended family group, siblings, cousins, unless and aunts etc  or war buddies from the same unit or immigrants/settlers with a similar background, fanatical religious cult, time travelers from the future lost in the past?  lol

But these are just suggestions I am throwing out there :)
Jeremiah Hammersmith
 player, 1 post
Wed 21 Oct 2020
at 13:39
General Discussion
In reply to The Judge (msg # 4):

 Depending on what year this starts in( late 1860's or very early 70's, we could be from the same outfit from the civil war. Just an idea.

 On another note, I always wanted to rp a recent post civil war western, like the movie" The outlaw Joseph Wales.
Jeremiah Hammersmith
 player, 2 posts
Wed 21 Oct 2020
at 14:48
General Discussion
In reply to The Judge (msg # 4):

 I know, it is  Hologram simulation. ;o)
Marc Fallon
 player, 4 posts
Wed 21 Oct 2020
at 18:33
General Discussion
Ok I finished a guy using 3rd ed rules.

He is a young man 16, used the half breed background.

He is good with horses and riding them, able to interact with Indians and speak many of their languages. He is  able to sneak around and use Indian weapons well. All firearms he can use but is unskilled in them at this time. If allowed to keep him can develop backstories and flesh him out much more for you guys.
Lucky Gus Elliot
 player, 1 post
Wed 21 Oct 2020
at 18:59
General Discussion
How do you want us generating characters?
The Judge
 GM, 6 posts
Thu 22 Oct 2020
at 07:59
Re: General Discussion
Lucky Gus Elliot:
How do you want us generating characters?

We will deal with actual character generation once we have settled on a rule set, no need to rush into things.

What I would like at this stage is for everyone to chat about the kinds of characters you want to start out as, I expect once the game gets going people might start playing their character differently depending on their experiences.

Some things fr everyone to be aware of.  This game will be set in the fictitious Wild West of El Dorado County (I have posted a map), so there will be no (or very little) reference to real world characters places etc

Having said that, as an Aussie my experience of the West is based on Saturday afternoon movies as kid, particularly John Wayne and Clint Eastwood and although these may not be historically accurate, neither is Boot Hill.

What I will point out is that the game, the movies and to a large extent, real life, was not kind to Native Americans, African Americans or 'Half Breeds' so anyone who decides to play that type of character is going to encounter racism, violence and abuse and whilst I'd prefer not to have to deal with those issues, that is the 'reality' of this kind of game so while it may provide a lot of action early in the game, eventually that is probably not going to end well for the character and potentially his friends/companions.

Of course if you ALL decide to play these types of characters, we could have a mighty powerful crew and game.  I've never refereed a game where the entire party were Indians!  Or African Americans!  Can you imagine this movie? Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, Lawrence Fishburn, Samuel Jackson and Jamie Fox ride into town...
Charles Anderlin
 player, 2 posts
Thu 22 Oct 2020
at 08:55
Re: General Discussion
I have been to Boot Hill, in Tombstone.  Interesting history there. I find that the lure of the West was based upon a lot of misconceptions (read lies) and the reality was people trying to get by in life.  Politics were a real driver, but had more to do with big personalities versus the average person, just like today.  The ranchers were big personalities, as were town mayors.  The average gunfighter in one town was a sheriff from another who lost their job.  If I can't earn my living keeping the law in Bisbee, I will go to Tombstone and rob the bank.  Then I will go up to Bensen and get a job as sheriff.  That cycle was actually normal.  It is also the concept for my character.
The Judge
 GM, 8 posts
Thu 22 Oct 2020
at 09:17
Re: General Discussion
Charles Anderlin:
I have been to Boot Hill, in Tombstone.  Interesting history there. I find that the lure of the West was based upon a lot of misconceptions (read lies) and the reality was people trying to get by in life.  Politics were a real driver, but had more to do with big personalities versus the average person, just like today.  The ranchers were big personalities, as were town mayors.  The average gunfighter in one town was a sheriff from another who lost their job.  If I can't earn my living keeping the law in Bisbee, I will go to Tombstone and rob the bank.  Then I will go up to Bensen and get a job as sheriff.  That cycle was actually normal.  It is also the concept for my character.


If that is the type of character you want to play, that is up to you however that seems to be a back story for an individual player, not part of a group or team.  As a referee if I can't find some thread to pull you all together as a group then I see the game going in several different directions at the same time which very quickly means a lot of work for me and not a whole lot of team work from the group.  That is not the kind of game I want to run.

This is exactly the reason why I want to have this conversation with everyone having their input before we start any character generation or game play.

So please talk among yourselves and see what you can come up with as a group, it will probably mean having to make some compromises but that is essentially what team work is all about.

The way I see the game starting, no matter which scenario we play, is all the characters arriving in town at the same time.  This can happen in a number of ways.  Now assuming we have at least 8 characters, it is going to be:

1) a very crowded stage coach, could be friends/family or strangers.

2) as part of a wagon train, probably settlers, could be friends/family or strangers but probably known to each other.

3) on the train, this would be the most likely manner for a bunch of strangers.

4) on horseback, most likely a posse, or an outlaw gang, or a group of ex-soldiers looking for work, or cowboys at the end of a cattle drive.

5) a combination of any or all of the above.

Regardless of your relationship to each other, you will all be 'strangers' to the townsfolk.
Charles Anderlin
 player, 3 posts
Thu 22 Oct 2020
at 09:31
Re: General Discussion
Actually, my character would fit in any of those situations, as every conveyance in that time period would have had hired guns on the way.  I could have come along in that capacity, but made friends with the others.
Jeremiah Hammersmith
 player, 3 posts
Thu 22 Oct 2020
at 09:33
Re: General Discussion

 I guess my civil war idea has no btakers
Charles Anderlin
 player, 4 posts
Thu 22 Oct 2020
at 09:37
Re: General Discussion
It has merit.  After the war, may soldiers, especially Southern officers, moved west to escape the backlash mounting against them.
Jeremiah Hammersmith
 player, 4 posts
Thu 22 Oct 2020
at 09:46
Re: General Discussion
In reply to Charles Anderlin (msg # 14):

 We could be the remains of a confederate Cavalry unit, or even Irregulars. Like Josey Wales.