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:

Final Hours!
over 1 year ago – Wed, Jun 28, 2017 at 05:01:42 PM

By Chaos' beard, is it that time already? 

As I write this, there are only 34 hours remaining in this Kickstarter and there's a couple of hurdles/stretch goals to cover before the trumpets sound the end of what has been an awesome experience. I've said it before and I'll say it again: thanks to each and every one of you for helping bring High Plains Samurai to life. 

And there's still time to get the most out of your pledges. 

  • The big $7,000 stretch goal that will turn HPS into High Plains Samurai: Black Scorpion's Revenge
  • Another random backer will receive a chance to play their first session with me online when we reach 250 backers
  • Learn how you can join forces with Chaos by sharing links to this Kickstarter with #DestroyTheOneLand (and the forces of darkness are currently losing this battle, so if you really want to see this stretch goal happen and haven't done so already, start tweeting/posting!)
  • If the hardcover copy has already caught your fancy, the Unstoppable Hunter level is like having whipped cream on your exclusive slice of cake. A signed hardcover copy, a 24x36 poster map/playmat of the One Land, and more. Be sure to check it out and help us get that much closer to these goals. 

Let's reload those six-shooters, polish your swords, and fire up those qi powers, fellow warriors. It's time to make this game EXPLODE!! 

Two More Stretch Goals Unlocked!
over 1 year ago – Sun, Jun 25, 2017 at 05:30:10 PM

There's been a "jinx" with this Kickstarter lately, but I'm going to defy it as I'm too damn happy not to share this with you. We just crossed the $5,000 mark and that means this project will now include the Atlas of the One Land and Ballad of a High Plains Samurai

It also means we're aiming for the next stretch goal with only 96+ hours remaining in the campaign. At $7,000, we will upgrade HPS into High Plains Samurai: Black Scorpion's Revenge and include everything you need to create your version of this tragic tale of revenge set against the backdrop of the One Land where your heroes are the only thing standing in the way of countless deaths and the collapse of the world as they know it. No pressure, right? If you liked the price on the original version of the game, you'll be getting HPS for a cheaper price than if you bought it in a store if we can create this version of the core rulebook. 

I'm excited to see if we can earn another $2,000 in such a short time period. If this month has taught me anything, it's that it's totally possible and it will take the support of more awesome backers like you to make it happen. There's also a good chance we could close out with 250 backers and that would unlock a second online game with another backer next year. 

(See how I sucked up there? But it's true - you're all awesome people I'm proud to call qi warriors.)

HPS Production Meeting

If you missed out on our production meeting this past Friday, there's still some time to catch it before Kickstarter yanks it from the air. I'm also considering a final KS Live on Thursday night during the closing hours of the campaign - if you're interested to join me and watch the clock count down, let me know in the comments and I'll set up a time. 

Read the Epic Fourth (and Final) Preview for Ballad of a High Plains Samurai
over 1 year ago – Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 01:05:55 PM

All good things must come to an end and Black Scorpion's time as leader of the Desert Sun Gang is now. 

Today, we share with you the fourth preview chapter of Fraser Ronald's origin story (that is now close to $150 away from funding!) and it's a big one. In addition to including a massive battle involving multiple forces assembled by the warlords of the Five Cities, this is also a chance for everyone to discover the qi powers possible in the One Land. So sit back on your ride to work this morning and enjoy Chapter Four: Condemned To Die

Watch Our First Production Meeting on Kickstarter Live
over 1 year ago – Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 10:23:35 AM

Let the transparency begin! 

On Friday, June 23rd starting at 6:30pm EST, the entire Production Team for HPS will be present for our first production meeting and we're inviting all of you to be witness to the process on Kickstarter Live. And if you're not able to join us, the entire meeting will be posted to either my personal Facebook page or (as is the plan) to the Broken Ruler Games Facebook page

Present will be myself, Fraser Ronald (fiction writing), Kieron O'Gorman (lead artist), and Vincent Harper (editing). 

We'll be reviewing two possible outcomes for this Kickstarter: if we reach at least $7,000 for Black Scorpion's Revenge and if we don't. Plus deadlines for both scenarios, writing/editing Ballad, and a few other details being dished out right now. Hope to see some of you online! 

Ballad of a High Plains Samurai Chapter 3: Destined To Lead
over 1 year ago – Thu, Jun 15, 2017 at 06:26:47 PM

Fate is cruel, make no mistake about it. For Scorpion to become the leader of the Desert Sun Gang, Ho-Sun must fall. The third preview chapter for Fraser Ronald's Ballad of a High Plains Samurai continues as we witness a major shift in the leader of this mountain rebellion and Scorpion takes control of her life for the first time. 

You can read all about it on the Broken Ruler Games website right now! 

If you haven't heard Fraser and I talk about High Plains Samurai, Black Scorpion, and how scenarios will help shape your own version of Black Scorpion's Revenge when we hit $7,000, plant this audio in your ears!