Vote For HPS Legends Before July 22nd

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If you haven’t heard yet, High Plains Samurai: Legends is nominated for a 2018 ENnie for Best Free Game and voting has just begun. As one of the more than 1,000 people who have a copy of HPS Legends sitting in their computer or tablet, we’re counting on all of you to help us turn this nomination into an award as we prepare to release the core rulebook for the High Plains Samurai Roleplaying Game.

This is Broken Ruler Games’s third product to feature on an ENnies list over the past five years (with two nominations, including this one and ScreenPlay: The Rehearsal Edition, and a Judges’ Spotlight for Killshot: The Director’s Cut in 2013). It has been our absolute pleasure to bring these games to light with the people who have made this possible, but it has also been our responsibility to ensure everyone gets a high quality game that pushes my skills as a game designer, publisher, and pushes your experiences as a fan of roleplaying games. Your vote for High Plains Samurai: Legends will help us accomplish an important goal for the future of Broken Ruler Games – to win a major award in an open-voting category. That means every vote counts.

You can vote online at ennie-awards.com.

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HPS Legends Nominated for an ENnie Award!

EnniesIt is with great excitement and anticipation that we share with you this announcement. High Plains Samurai: Legends has been nominated by the ENnies as one of the past year’s Best Free Games and we are extremely humbled by this recognition. Sitting along with some great companions (or is that… competition?) such as Esper Genesis, Sage of the Goblin Hoard, and Forthright, this is the third nomination in this category for Broken Ruler Games. And we’re feeling lucky.

Thank you to everyone who helped make HPS Legends what it is and congratulations to all the nominees.

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You can read the complete list of 2018 nominees on the ENnie Awards website.

You can learn more about HPS Legends on our page and at highplainssamurai.com

Looking For Directors At GenCon & Origins 2018

HPS_Legends_cover_web_850x1200_Jan2018Thanks to our membership with the IGDN, there will be games of High Plains Samurai: Legends available at both Origins and GenCon this year… but we need Directors (GMs) to run them for us. Due to numerous reasons, attending these cons ourselves is not a possibility and so we’re more than happy to help sweeten the deal.

If you’re interested in running HPS Legends at either of these cons, please send Todd an email and let him know which of the current slots for either Origins or GenCon you can handle. We’ll take care of the rest. And for your generosity, we’re going to provide you with a print copy of HPS Legends as well as a digital “Director’s Care Package” with all the cheat sheets, character notes, and handouts you’ll need to run your game with style.

Showdown at CanGames

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Do you think you have what it takes to bring in Dollface dead or alive?

This Saturday, May 19th, gamers in the Ottawa area can try their hand at some bounty hunting in the One Land. Todd will be running two sessions of “Showdown in Yung Zhi” from High Plains Samurai: Legends and you can purchase print copies of our latest release at the Ottawa Story Games booth (run by the ever awesome Jason Pitre from Genesis of Legends Publishing and author of Sig: Manual of the Primes).

You can learn more about CanGames right here. You can also jump right onto their online schedule to book your seat on Saturday.

Misdirected Mark Takes On High Plains Samurai

MMPFeatured-400x319It’s been a very exciting couple of weeks for the One Land and now the first episode has dropped on your favourite pod catchers. The trio of Phil, Chris, and Bob from the Misdirected Mark Podcast are playing a 3-episode actual play of High Plains Samurai: Legends! If there was ever a group that would be the target audience for this game, it’s the folks at MMP (who have been incredibly helpful and awesome about this game).

It’s a unique new format and the first time they’ve ever done it on their show, which makes us extra proud to be the premier game of their new AP segment. Modelled after the Walking Eye podcast, the trio plays 20-minute scenes of the game before taking a sidebar to discuss the mechanics for a total of two scenes per episode. Afterwards, they will dedicate an episode to discuss a particular aspect or mechanic from the game. After far as APs go, this is about as in-depth as you can get with a good assortment of fight scenes and dialogue scenes to highlight the core mechanics of the game.

Check out the first session of High Plains Samurai on the Misdirected Mark Podcast. You can also catch the third session live on Twitch this coming Tuesday, May 8th at 8:45pm EST.

Exploring the Atlas

Screenshot 2018-03-20 15.21.18It’s been almost a month since the Atlas of the One Land launched on HighPlainsSamurai.com and we’ve already discovered a train station, a former monastery, a bounty hunter, and a gargantuan earth elemental that roams the central regions of the Wastes. Plus there’s tips for converting your HPS Legends pre-generated characters into a catar, one of the feline humanoids of the Pale Jungle outside of Monsoon. If you haven’t explored the One Land yet, take a look at what the Atlas has for you.

 

  • The Devil’s Throat, the entranceway to Yung Zhi overwhelmed by refugees
  • The Catar, the cat-like people of Monsoon with guidelines for converting HPS Legends‘ pre-gens into catar
  • Fireball Zuo, the bounty hunter from Ballad of a High Plains Samurai
  • Titan, a gargantuan earth elemental in the heart of the Wastes
  • Port Royale, a way station outside of Serenity Falls where you can catch a ride with the Caravan
  • The Grotto, a former monastery outside of Monsoon

If your group has created interesting new locations and characters during the course of your stories, share them with us. We’re always eager to add more discoveries to the Librarian’s collection. Simply click on the “Submit Your Discovery” button on the Atlas and help other Directors populate their worlds.

 

The Atlas of the One Land: Titan

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Since Jeff Brown emailed that first draft of the map of the One Land, there has been a giant elemental walking through the middle of the Wastes. If you’ve ever found yourself wondering what that creature might be, the Atlas has the answer for you. Meet Titan, a gigantic earth elemental acting as both caretaker of the Wastes and guardian of those with noble intentions who find themselves caught up in the inevitable violence. Written by the Librarian herself, this new entry in the Atlas includes information on how to incorporate Titan into your own stories. Enjoy!

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