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Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP05 Jul 2017 3:03 p.m. PST

What most inspired your start in Weird West gaming?
1) novels like those of Loren D. Estelman?
2) comics like Jonah Hex, The Sixth Gun: link
3) miniatures/card games: Deadlands, Malifaux
4) movies – Billy the Kid Meets Dracula, (…Frankenstein, etc.)

Be more specific if you want. If you're not into WW, move along.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP05 Jul 2017 3:29 p.m. PST

Deadlands RPG & CCG

PzGeneral05 Jul 2017 3:44 p.m. PST

+1 Deadlands.

I totally bought into everything Deadlands; RPG, CCG, Great Rail Wars miniature game.

When I think Weird West, I think Deadlands.


Personal logo D6 Junkie Supporting Member of TMP05 Jul 2017 3:50 p.m. PST

Jonah Hes by Landsdale

Tommy2005 Jul 2017 5:18 p.m. PST

The Adventures of Brisco County Junior.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP05 Jul 2017 9:08 p.m. PST

* The Circus of Dr. Lao.

* Marvel's The Ghost Rider (later Phantom Rider following the introduction of the motorcycle character).

* 7 Faces of Dr. Lao.
* Valley of the Gwangi
* High Plains Drifter.

* Wild Wild West

Redmenace06 Jul 2017 8:02 a.m. PST

All of the above but a few books I found inspiring:

1.) Encyclopedia of Weird Westerns: Supernatural and Science Fiction Elements in Novels, Pulps, Comics, Films, Television and Games
(I have the first edition and it was interesting how much of the genre there was, who knew there was a six gun gorilla? )

2.) Dry Water by Eric S, Nylund
(This is set in the semi present but the imagery and some of the ideas were great for Deadlands. A real favorite of mine.)

3.) Devil's Tower, by Mark Sumner
(This and to a somewhat lesser degree it's sequel Devil's Engine have tons of ideas for a weird west campaign and nice integration of historical figures. Higher magic level than the PCs in most Deadlands campaigns.)

4.) Dead in the West, Joe R. Lansdale
(Cowboys,Indians, Zombies and Lansdale, that is like getting dealt every Ace in the deck. Short at 120 or so pages but a must read. If you are going to read one thing on my list this is it.)

Other than "Valley of Gwangi" does anyone know of any Dinosaurs in the Old West books or movies?

boy wundyr x Inactive Member06 Jul 2017 12:08 p.m. PST

I have to admit it's Deadlands for me too.

@Redmenace – not novels, but Goodman Games has an RPG that cries out to be a miniatures game about ACW-esque space explorers finding a planet full of dinosaurs – Broncosaurus Rex/Dinosaur Planet: link


Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP06 Jul 2017 3:20 p.m. PST

I was thinking Joe Lansdale when I wrote Estleman.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP06 Jul 2017 9:14 p.m. PST

In related news: Scooby-Doo Team-Up (a surpsiingly good series!) #28 goes on sale July 26 — they join up with Jonah Hex.

Now that's Weird West!

Redmenace07 Jul 2017 6:12 a.m. PST

Thanks Boy Wundyr X, I'll check it out.

The Angry Piper Supporting Member of TMP10 Jul 2017 10:58 a.m. PST

Joe R Lansdale and Tim Truman.

Personal logo Thomas Whitten Supporting Member of TMP07 Aug 2017 11:37 a.m. PST

Deadlands for me. I was reading Jonah Hex prior to Deadlands and loved the Wild Wild West TV show. But Deadlands is what gaming weird west.

badger22 Inactive Member07 Aug 2017 9:08 p.m. PST

While I like the deadlands setting, I could not get into the system that went with it.

I do my weird west with basic roleplaying


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