High Plains Samurai

Created by The Warden

An action-heavy tabletop RPG of gunslingers, samurai, gangsters, barbarians, steampunk, and superpowers on the brink of destruction.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Download your copy of High Plains Samurai: Legends
about 1 year ago – Sat, Mar 03, 2018 at 07:41:50 PM

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HPS Legends Available For GM's Day
about 1 year ago – Fri, Mar 02, 2018 at 04:30:01 PM

High Plains Samurai: Legends is available for free this GM's Day weekend.
High Plains Samurai: Legends is available for free this GM's Day weekend.

Because this weekend is one of the biggest sales weekend of the year (after Christmas In July, I believe) and since the PDF for Legends was ready to go... I've made it available for free downloads this weekend only. After that, it'll go back in the vault until the full release date of March 20th. 

Share with your fellow gamers and let's get some early feedback going on Legends. Remember, this is all possible because of backers like you. 

http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/230952/High-Plains-Samurai-Legends?src=newest_free_titles

HPS Progress Report #6: December 2017
over 1 year ago – Sun, Dec 31, 2017 at 10:17:31 AM

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HPS Progress Report #5: November 2017
over 1 year ago – Mon, Dec 25, 2017 at 11:11:11 AM

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HPS Progress Report #4: October 2017
over 1 year ago – Fri, Nov 03, 2017 at 05:54:34 PM

Every project has its surprises, sometimes even the project as a whole and others being a single piece of the puzzle. This past month has really given me cause to look at the true potential for the free-to-download version of the game that will be High Plains Samurai: Legends... and now you can read it for yourself! 100% of this short story/one-shot version's of HPS is now yours to try out and I'm looking for playtesters to help make sure the revised mechanics function as intended, the storylines provide enough material to create your own individual short story, and so much more. Oh, and Jeff has provided us with an updated map of the One Land.

Yep, it's time for another Progress Report.

  • Dive Deep Into Legends 
  • Playtesters Wanted! 
  • Map of the One Land v2

Dive Deep Into Legends 

I'm very happy to report the text for High Plains Samurai: Legends is currently in Vince's hands, stared at intently with both eyes, and marked up using his best red pen. This copy of the Legends version of the game is so ready that I've even cleaned it up to provide you with both a Word and PDF copy of the material.

In addition to the new and revised rules discussed in previous Progress Reports, Legends also features the reformatted presentation of the rules and includes two storylines (including an updated version of the previous playtest adventure, To Catch A Train). All that's missing right now is the third storyline, Black Scorpion... and that's going to be a special surprise when the time is right.

To download the Word version of Legends, click here.

To download the PDF version of Legends, click here

To download the 4 pre-generated lead characters for playtesting, click here

And don't forget you can access EVERYTHING currently underway for this project right here

A preview of Mauser, one of the 4 pre-generated lead characters for High Plains Samurai: Legends.
A preview of Mauser, one of the 4 pre-generated lead characters for High Plains Samurai: Legends.

As of the time of this posting, Vince is currently working on editing the last half of this text and I'm finishing up the final storyline. We have a meeting on Wednesday to review the text, ensure everything has a nice flow, and discuss the three storylines' approach and presentation. After that, we're back into the core rulebook and putting words into Volumes 2 and 3. There'll be more to discuss in 30ish days.

Playtesters Wanted! 

 With these revisions provided in Legends and the lack of personal gaming time in my current schedule, I'm looking for playtesters to try their hand at this material and provide some detailed feedback. If you are interested, please contact me at optionalwarden@gmail.com and I'll provide you with links to online surveys for both of the current storylines. Because of our target to get the final version of Legends to you by January 2018 and release the free PDF by March 2018, I will need playtesting to take place during November 2017. If you can get in a 4-hour game of Legends during the next four weeks and want to help out, please let me know.

Because there are no character creation rules provided in Legends, playtesters will need to use the 4 pre-generated lead characters created using the sample play paragraphs found in Chapter 2. You can download them using the link above.

Map of the One Land v2 

You know what's great about posting art previews? Less writing! (Hey, there's been a lot of that going on and some things don't need words.)

Version 2 of Jeff Brown's map of the One Land!
Version 2 of Jeff Brown's map of the One Land!

Jeff still has more detailed work ahead but I've given him the full go-ahead to complete a final version of the map and you can expect to see it soon. Trust me, once I have a copy in my inbox, you'll see a special update. Until then, drool away over this richer overview of the Five Cities and the dangers waiting your anti-heroes in the Wastes.