Hear The Tale of Lucky Lu on Comic Strip AP

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Click here to listen to the first episode of High Plains Samurai on Comic Strip AP. 

Some get lucky in the One Land and find a way to live outside of the warlords’ iron grip. Yet even though their day-to-day lives exist outside of the Five Cities and away from the prying eyes of outcasts from the Wastes, they can never truly live free of these dangers. Take the one they call “Lucky Lu,” for instance. He may live outside of Hunan as a retired watchdog of its master, Grandfather, but is not truly free. Deep in the mines that scour the depths of the earth searching for precious minerals and water Grandfather desires so much are Lu’s family and he has been promised they will one day go free. And so Lu runs his small farm and waits for that day.

Until Grandfather arrives with an offer that will change Lu’s life forever.

Broken Ruler Games is pleased to partner with The Gauntlet podcast network and their actual play series, Comic Strip AP, to present a six-part introduction to High Plains Samurai. The first part is available to download now and will be released on a weekly basis leading up to the Kickstarter launch in May 2017. It’s a great opportunity to get a feel for the game’s mechanics, tone, and style, regardless of whether or not you’ve downloaded the free Rehearsal Edition playtest copy or are discovering HPS for the first time. Enjoy!

The Golden Box: A High Plains Samurai Radio Drama/Actual Play

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Openly Gamer Theatre has created something truly incredible that’s a great way to learn what it’s like to play High Plains Samurai. The Golden Box is a combination radio drama/actual play recording for a previous version of HPS (something like Version 0.8 where players would roll against their own Difficulty, which has now been changed to rolling against the target’s Defence). If you’re on the fence about this game or want to hear their version of this Tarantino-esque gathering of bounty hunters all trying to acquire the same artefact in Hunan, click here and let the story begin.

Cast

Vendetta Black – Shannon Steele

Kaze Sora – Brandon Irwin

Mr. Runcitter – Aaron Woodside

Narrator – Eric Ausley

Guard – Mario Garcia

Brad – Todd Crapper

Old Lady – Jennifer Ausley

Kiki – Marielena Alcaraz

Khilmore – Chris Hussey

Marco Portune – Michael Waldschlager II

Belidia Runcitter – Katarina Ausley

Music

Benjamin Tissot ( bensound.com )

Machinimasound ( machinimasound.com )

Edited by Eric Ausley & Dan Helderman

Written and Directed by Eric Ausley

The Battle to Save The One Land Begins! Playtest High Plains Samurai For Free

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High Plains Samurai: The Rehearsal Edition begins its playtest campaign until May 14, 2017. 

It begins. Not with a whisper, but with a bang. And as the war draws closer to drawing first blood, Chaos has risen from the ashes in a plot to stop you from saving the One Land from total destruction. Will you step forth to save your homeland or will you join the forces of anarchy and watch it burn?

That’s right, High Plains Samurai: The Rehearsal Edition is now available on DriveThruRPG and RPGNow for a 10-week public playtest. Download 84 pages of wire-fu action in a fantasy land of endless possibilities, wild powers, bullets vs. swords, and so much more… for FREE. If you were involved in the ScreenPlay public playtest in 2015, we’re using that winning formula again to help make this game even better with your aid. Complete the various surveys as the game evolves to earn playtest points and achieve rewards when the playtest comes to a close on May 14, 2017. It’s all right here on the HPS Rehearsal Edition page.

Plus, there’s a special incentive to help us fight Chaos. A couple of weeks ago, someone hacked our Twitter account and is masquerading as Chaos. (Pay attention to the rumours that it’s Chaos using their limited powers to creep through to our world… those are currently unconfirmed.) Despite our best effort, this hack continues today so we’ve added a new reward: challenge Chaos to a fight using our @BrokenRuler handle on Twitter and you’ll earn 1 playtest point. That’s enough right there to give you credit in the finished product (scheduled for release in 2018). Show this powerless fiend that we don’t sit back and let someone try to destroy everything we’ve worked so hard to create, show Chaos you are the heroes ready to thwart his plans to destroy the One Land.

Over the coming weeks, the Rehearsal Edition will continue to evolve and we’ll provide additional content, behind-the-scenes videos with the game’s creator, and answer your question on how HPS works. We’d also love to read your own experiences playing HPS – comment below or share them on social media with #SaveTheOneLand or #HighPlainsSamurai. Show off your characters and let’s make this game something truly epic. Together.

The Con Is On! BRG Games Available at Breakout & Cangames 2017

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With High Plains Samurai: The Rehearsal Edition only days away from cracking open your hard drive, Broken Ruler Games will be running HPS as well as Ironbound and Killshot at two of Canada’s biggest conventions of the year. There are some spaces remaining (but not many) for Breakout in Toronto and registration launches on Saturday for Cangames so if you’re planning to attend either and want to play any of these games with their creator (that’s me!), do the thing that needs doing to make it happen.

Breakout (Toronto, ON)

Friday, March 10th
High Plains Samurai (10:00pm to 1:00am)

Saturday, March 11th
High Plains Samurai (10:00am to 1:00pm) – only one space remains!
ScreenPlay Presents: Ironbound (3:00pm to 6:00pm)
Killshot (7:00pm to 10:00pm)

Cangames (Ottawa, ON)

Saturday, May 20th
High Plains Samurai (2:00pm to 6:00pm)

Sunday, May 21st
High Plains Samurai (2:00pm to 6:00pm)

A (Second) Peak at the First 14 Pages of High Plains Samurai’s Rehearsal Edition

screen-shot-2017-01-24-at-12-14-55-amA second peak? That’s right, if you’re not part of our ScreenPlayers Guild G+ community, you missed out on seeing this two days ago. And if you’re one of High Plains Samurai‘s growing fanbase, you could have already heard back from your players confirming they’re ready to enter the One Land.

As layout continues and the public playtest release of HPS gets ready to launch next month, we wanted to give people a heads up of what they can expect by releasing the first of three chapters within the first Volume of the complete game we’re looking to produce with the help of Kickstarter and backers like you, we hope.

You can download this 14-page PDF right here. Enjoy!

Not Even the Fires of Chaos Can Stop Us

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Notice the date change and read below to find out more… 

If there’s one guarantee when preparing a Kickstarter launch, it’s that nothing will work out as you planned. Surviving the ups and downs requires a willingness to adapt and adjust as needed.

In light of some recent events, the release dates for both High Plains Samurai: The Rehearsal Edition and the HPS Kickstarter have been modified. See below to learn more about how Chaos has already begun to thwart our well-laid plans by attacking the home of its creator.

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Just as the other Elemental Spirits did not give in to their father’s wrath, neither shall we. Therefore, we are announcing revised launch dates. The Rehearsal Edition will now launch in February 2017 and the Kickstarter has been pushed back until May 2017 to allow additional time and effort to ensure all of you receive the best possible version of the game and its possibilities. But that does not mean you are going to wait. As mentioned in the Facebook post, you can now download a text-only PDF copy of High Plains Samurai’s playtest copy… TODAY!

Click here to download an early preview of High Plains Samurai: The Rehearsal Edition.

Everything you need to discover the One Land, its plights and people, and start playing (including a playtest scene titled “To Catch A Train”) is here and ready for you. In the coming week, a complete PDF version with full layout and artwork will be launched to start the public playtest, so stay tuned for that.

Merry Epimas To All!

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If the name Epidiah Ravachol means anything to you, then that headline is starting to make a lot more sense. For the last couple years, Epi, as his friends calls him… and we’re not sure if we’re one of them so let’s try this again. For the last couple years, Epidiah has put together a special non-denominational tabletop bundle around the holidays and called it Epimas. This year is no exceptional and we’re proud to state ScreenPlay is included in one of those bundles.

From Google+ on December 1st:

This year, we’re going to have an earnest, no-bullshit Epimas.

For those not in the know, Epimas was created by +Nathan Paoletta and myself way back when PDFs were still just kind of a new thing–before the iPad and other reading devices, so folks were still a bit leary of them. Following in the grand tradition of . . . well, just about all of capitalism, we were trying to create a new normal. We wanted to make it okay to give the gift of a PDF for the holidays. Particularly because small-time game publishers with shoestring budgets like ourselves had none of the resources to stock and delivery a holiday load of physical games.

So we created Epimas, a holiday set on my birthday (Dec. 24th) during which you give the gift of games (in PDF format) and enjoy them with your friends, family and assorted loved ones.

If you’re interested in indie RPGs such as ScreenPlay but also Apocalypse World by Vincent and Meguey Baker, the Romance Trilogy by Emily Care Boss, Our Last Best Hope by Mark Diaz Truman, and many more (57 titles, to be exact), visit the Epimas page. In addition to grabbing games for yourself, you can also enter the email of a friend and provide them with free PDFs at no additional charge.