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How the West Wasn’t Won

How the West Wasn’t Won

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About the Project

Here is a small old west project for the game Ruthless, along with a little painting guide of some miniatures and a campaign setting. The American/Mexico territories are fictional using inspiration in the project from Red Dead Redemption 1 & 2 and can be used to run a campaign of Outlaws, Lawmen, Cowboys and Bandits.

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Legends of the Old West - Historical Warhammer

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Thinking about using this for the old west rules over Ruthless as it’s a little more crunchy but still one of the best old west games.

Legends of the Old West - Historical Warhammer

Dead Man's Hand Plastic Cowboys Coming Soon

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Plastic Gunfighters This year sees the release of our first box of multi-part, plastic 28mm figures.

This boxed set offers enough parts to build 10 gunfighters for Dead Man’s Hand. Whether you are Lawmen or Outlaws, Desperados or Cowboys, the frames include a wide range of heads, arms, weapon options, and equipment.

28 mm-sized plastic figures. RRP £15. Glue assembly required.

Ruthless Rule Set - Hack – Quickdraw Showdown

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An idea for some quickdraw mechanics is that each player has a 5-card set of a Dead man’s Hand (2 aces, 2 eights and a Joker). Two players face off (ala a western duel) they shuttle the five cards and draw, the highest card wins and gets the drop, if they both draw the same card they draw again. If someone draws the joker then the opponent shot is a kill shot and that character is killed instantly (of not), I have a question mark over that mechanic with the Joker.

Towns of the Territory - Valentine

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Valentine is a livestock town and has a small number of suppliers and businesses which include two saloons, a butcher, a doctor, a general store, a gunsmith, a newspaper stand, and a hotel. The northern section of Valentine contains the main street with most of the buildings and businesses. The southern part of the town is home to the livestock yards, including various pens, and the auction yard. To the east side of town is home to a smaller saloon, a few homes, and the town church. Just outside of Valentine is the station for the main railroad line in the territory. The temperatures in Valentine are cool and rarely reach double figures, even during the day. The nights are also cool, although the temperature will not drop below freezing.Valentine is a livestock town and has a small number of suppliers and businesses which include two saloons, a butcher, a doctor, a general store, a gunsmith, a newspaper stand, and a hotel. The northern section of Valentine contains the main street with most of the buildings and businesses. The southern part of the town is home to the livestock yards, including various pens, and the auction yard. To the east side of town is home to a smaller saloon, a few homes, and the town church. Just outside of Valentine is the station for the main railroad line in the territory. The temperatures in Valentine are cool and rarely reach double figures, even during the day. The nights are also cool, although the temperature will not drop below freezing.

Gangs to Paint

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Lawman Gang from Great Escape GameLawman Gang from Great Escape Game
Outlaw Gang from Great Escape GameOutlaw Gang from Great Escape Game

Tombstone vs. Wyatt Earp: Which Movie is More Accurate?

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Brief History of the Old West

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A skeleton timeline of western history. The period covered is from the discovery of gold in California until the last of the western territories attained statehood in 1912. Entries on this list are intended to be representative of the history rather than by a comprehensive explanation of the events. If nothing else, something here may spark curiosity and lead to a deeper investigation in the period.

1848 Gold discovered at Sutter’s Mill, California.

1859 Magnificent silver deposits discovered at Comstock Lode, Nevada.

1860 Abraham Lincoln elected president; Pony Express begins operation; gold discovered at Leadville, Colorado; Cochise leads Apache Indians from stronghold in Chiricahua Mountains against advancing settlers for 11years; Confederate States attempt secession, Civil War erupts.

1861 First transcontinental telegraph line completed; Pony Express ceases operation1863 Gold mining makes Wickenburg, Arizona, one of the wildest towns in the West.

1865 President Abraham Lincoln assassinated: Confederacy surrenders, Civil War ends.

1866 Red Cloud’s War- 4,000 Sioux under Red Cloud “besiege” Fort Phil Kearny and Fort C.F. Smith (in modern Wyoming); 81 soldiers killed in Fetter man massacre (December 21); Satanta leads Kiowa raids into Texas.

1867 Nebraska becomes a state; U.S. purchases Alaska from Russia; Hayfield Fight and Wagon box Fight (August 1and 2) keep Red Cloud’s War in the news; first cattle drives to Abilene, Kansas, signals the heyday of the cowboy.

1868 President Johnson impeached but acquitted; Uysses S. Grant elected president; Beecher Island Fight (September 17); Red Cloud signs peace terms, moves to reservation in South Dakota (November 6); General Sheridan launches winter campaign against plains Indian’s; Chief Black Kettle killed at Battle of the Washita; Arapaho, Kiowa, Cheyenne, and Commanche agree to move onto reservations; more Kiowa raids in Texas.

1869 Transcontinental Railroad completed at Promontory, Utah (May 10); Battle of Summit Springs (July 11) breaks up Tall Bull’s Cheyenne Dog Soldiers; Satanta captured.

1871 Camp Grant Massacre sets off 15 more years of Apache warfare; nine men killed in saloon shootout in Newton, Kansas; Wild Bill Hickock hired as Marshall of Abilene.

1872 Ulysses S. Grant re-elected to second term; U.S. General Amnesty Act pardons ex confederates; Modoc Warin southern Oregon.

1873 Satanta paroled.

1874 General Custer’s expedition into the Black Hills discovers gold; Satanta again leads Kiowa and Commanche raids into Texas; Battle of Adobe Walls; Satanta surrenders.

1875 Lead discovered at Leadville, Colorado; copper mines opened at Morenci Field, Arizona; Quanah Parker, Commanche war chief, surrenders; Mason County War, Texas; Isaac Charles Parker, “the Hanging Judge,” assumes office at Fort Smith, Arkansas, with jurisdiction over the Indian Territory.

1876 Presidential elections between Tilden and Hayes deadlocked with 20 electoral votes in dispute; Colorado becomes a state; The Plains War against Sitting Bull’s Sioux; Battle of the Rosebud (June 17); General Custer and 263 troopers of the 7th Cavalry killed at Battle of the Little Big Horn (June 25); Dodge City begins 10-year reign as the biggest cattle town.

1877 A second presidential election held, Rutherford B. Hayes elected; Sitting Bull escapes to Canada; Crazy Horse surrenders (May); Nez Perce War in and around Bitterroot Mountains (June to October).

1878 Gold discovered at Tombstone, Arizona; Bannock War in Idaho (May to July); Cheyenne abandon Indian Territory reservations and retreat across Kansas and Nebraska; Lincoln County War, New Mexico, seals Billy the Kid’s reputation.

1880 J. A. Garfield elected president; Geronimo rises to prominence as Apache war chief.

1881 President Garfield assassinated in September, succeeded by Vice President Chester Arthur; gunfight at the O K Corral.

1882 U.S. bans Chinese immigration for 10 years.

1883 Fence Cutters’ War, Texas.

1884 Grover Cleveland elected president.

1886 Geronimo surrenders and is relocated to Florida; Pleasant Valley Feud begins in Arizona, lasting until 1904.

1888 Benjamin Harrison elected president.

1889 North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and Washington become states; Oklahoma opened to non-indian settlement.

1890 Idaho and Wyoming become states; Spirit Dancer movement culminates in Battle of Wounded Knee.

1891 Gold discovered at Cripple Creek, Colorado.

1892 Grover Cleveland elected president; Johnson County War, Wyoming.

1896 William McKinley elected president; Utah becomes a state.

1898 Spanish-American War, U.S. acquires Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guam, and Philippines.

1900 William McKinley re-elected president.

1901 Queen Victoria dies; President McKinley assassinated, succeeded by Vice President Theodore Roosevelt.

1903 Gold discovered at Goldfield, Nevada; first transcontinental automobile trip; Wright brothers make first manned flight.

1904 Theodore Roosevelt elected president.

1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire kills 700.

1907 Oklahoma becomes a state 1908 William Howard Taft elected president.

1911 First transcontinental airplane flight.

1912 Woodrow Wilson elected president; Arizona and New Mexico become states, thus closing the frontier

Ruthless Rule Set - Hack - Gang Builder

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Here is a work in progress of a point cost system so that you can start looking at creating a gang member and the experience level denotes the toughness of the member.

Level of Experience Toughness Rating Point Cost
Vetern Gunfighter Roll 1d10 – 1-5 Rating 3 12
Roll 1d10 – 6-10 Rating 4
Gunfighter Roll 1d10 1-5 Rating 5 10
Roll 1d10 6-10 Rating 6
Inexperienced Gunfighter Roll 1d10 1-5 Rating 7 8
Roll 1d10 6-10 Rating 8

NOTE: Remember the lower the toughness scores the better.

Ruthless Rule Set - Hack

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Just a little note as I looked at the rules for Ruthless (which are quick and easier to use) I saw the ability to allow to hack the game to add a little something to it and that would be the ability to create your posse or gang. So, in the next post going to start posting ideas for that function to the rules for people to play test should they like to. Feedback is more than welcome.

Territory Map

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The land is a vast, open area of varying landscapes populated with a wide variety of flora and fauna. The three territories are based loosely on the Rio Grande Basin in Texas / Mexico, the Sonoran and Mojave Deserts of Arizona, and the prairies of New Mexico of Arizona. The forested region is roughly based of the Rocky Mountains along with the Ponderosa Pine Forests and Arizona. The Great Plains are loosely based after the plains of the Midwestern U.S.The land is a vast, open area of varying landscapes populated with a wide variety of flora and fauna. The three territories are based loosely on the Rio Grande Basin in Texas / Mexico, the Sonoran and Mojave Deserts of Arizona, and the prairies of New Mexico of Arizona. The forested region is roughly based of the Rocky Mountains along with the Ponderosa Pine Forests and Arizona. The Great Plains are loosely based after the plains of the Midwestern U.S.

Ruthless Rule Set

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If you need to take down rogues, cattle rustlers, scoundrels and just plain bad men in the Old West…you gotta be RUTHLESS.  Fun faced paced tabletop miniature western gunfights!

Link to the Ruthless Game Site

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