HPS Legends Unleashed For GM’s Day

HPS_Legends_cover_web_850x1200_Jan2018Damn you, Chaos! It seems that with all the hassle and bustle of getting ready for the official release of High Plains Samurai: Legends on March 20th, a certain extra-dimensional creator of the One Land decided to launch the free PDF for GM’s Day weekend. Rather than summon the other Elemental Spirits to fight the All-Father’s machinations once more, we’re going to roll with the punches.

HPS Legends is available to download for free this GM’s Day weekend (until Monday, March 5th) and won’t be back again until the 20th. On that day, you can purchase full colour or black-and-white softcover copies of the game along with the free PDF. Go ahead… unleash your potential!

Pick it up at DriveThruRPG.

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Gnomes Love Samurai!

gnome_stew_logo_00There was a fantastic and thorough early review of High Plains Samurai: Legends posted on Gnome Stew yesterday from one of the game’s backers, Jared Rascher. It provides a complete chapter-by-chapter breakdown of the book as well as the pros and cons you expect from a review.

Here’s a snippet of it…

“The book’s appearance is striking, and that’s relevant beyond just the aesthetic value. That striking appearance helps to call out items in the adventures, sidebars, and special rules. The setting is evocative and has lots of room for play, and gives just enough detail to be useful. The rules provide a structure that allows for narrative descriptions that can be as cinematic as the players are able to provide, but still have some built-in mechanics to remind the players when to move the spotlight. The adventure structure is very useful at a table, and even divorced from the specific rules would be a nice template to follow to keep track of triggers and the flow of information about the plot.”

You can read the full review here. High Plains Samurai: Legends will be available on March 20th for free in PDF or for low-cost print-on-demand on DriveThruRPG and RPGNow.

Upcoming Releases: HPS Legends and Duel

Happy New Year to everyone in the world! Our world, at least. While we may tell our stories on worlds not our own, this one is ours and my iCal doesn’t know how to accept extra-dimensional holidays. But that’s not what we’re here to talk about…

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Broken Ruler Games will be releasing two new products in the first quarter of 2018 and both have been added to this site. It begins with a short 2-player combat game called Duel, the first in a quarterly series of mini-games operating under our Fragments product line (more to come on that another day). Using Fudge/Fate dice to build your Arena and warriors as well as conduct your duels to the death, this upcoming PDF release is scheduled for February 2018.

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The following month will see the first official product for the High Plains Samurai Roleplaying Game make the journey from the One Land to our realm. High Plains Samurai: Legends (or HPS Legends) provides a one-shot version of our storytelling RPG that’s perfect for convention play or introducing the game to your friends. This PDF/POD release will be available in March 2018 (and our Kickstarter backers will receive their PDFs later this month).

You can stay up-to-date on both of these products and everything else we have on the go by signing up for our Broken Newsletter. In fact, we’re willing to bribe you into subscribing by offering you a free PDF copy of Dial M For Monster when you do. Just click here to sign up now. Or not. No pressure. We just thought we had a connection, you and us. Not to worry, we’ll be fine. It’s just heartbreaking when this happens each and every time.

Countdown To High Noon

HPS-Kickstarter_April2017_leadgraphic_stretch3_1024x576You did it! After a long fought battle to reach the $5,000 mark, the High Plains Samurai backers have crossed this major milestone and unlocked two stretch goals. Right now, the Kickstarter will help create four products starting December of this year.

  • High Plains Samurai (the core rulebook)
  • Legend of the High Plains Samurai (Writer’s supplement/game preview)
  • Ballad of a High Plains Samurai (fiction by Fraser Ronald)
  • Atlas of the One Land (online setting guide)

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Now comes the big finale. With only a couple days remaining in this campaign, we have until 10pm EST on Thursday, January 29th to reach at least $7,000 and turn the core rulebook into High Plains Samurai: Black Scorpion’s Revenge. Targeted at around 160 pages, BSR will provide an expanded Director’s section detailing recommendations and best practises for attaining the best possible results from the game, expand information about the six major locations in the One Land, and provide a list of scenarios, major supporting characters, and more needed to tell your version of Black Scorpion’s quest for vengeance. Combining this treatment with the first tale of the Wrath Of Chaos trilogy will create the ultimate core rulebook for HPS, and offers big value for your money.

This is also your last chance to get in on claiming a limited edition, Kickstarter exclusive hardcover copy of High Plains Samurai by backing at the Hardened Outsider or the Unstoppable Hunter levels (which also includes a 24×36 poster map/playmat of the One Land to be designed by Jeff Brown). If you haven’t backed us yet, click here and check out any of the interviews, podcasts, and actual plays to help you make an informed decision.

The streets have been cleared as qi warriors from all over gather. The old clock looming over the city square casts a shadow to block out the scorching sun, its never-ending click echoing off the raggedy buildings. Soon, it will strike noon, the bells will ring, weapons will be drawn, and we will see once and for all what fate will befall the One Land. Will you be one of the chosen few to bring us to our goal?

Two More Weeks and Counting…

If there’s one piece of advice to dispense above all others for anyone looking to run a Kickstarter, it’s this: the middle of the campaign is a killer. After this resounding success meeting our target in only 47 hours, the High Plains Samurai Kickstarter is now at the midsection of the campaign and building towards what we hope will be an exciting conclusion.

If you haven’t been there yet or if you haven’t checked it out since the launch, take a look at all the goodies that are waiting for you should we cross the $5,000 and $7,000 lines. Based on our current projections, it looks as if we’ll be able to create a small product line for HPS and it’s all thanks to our backers.

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Visit the High Plains Samurai Kickstarter and back it today! Or tomorrow. But definitely no later than June 29th.

You can also read Fraser Ronald’s first three chapters of Ballad of a High Plains Samurai, the origin story of Black Scorpion.

Funded!

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That one glorious word says it all. It only took 47 hours to reach its goal and the people have spoken – High Plains Samurai has reached its target goal and there’s still 28 days to take this game to the next level.

The response to HPS has been amazing and while there’s still a long road to travel before we cross the last stretch goal on the current list (at $18,000), we are working on new ideas to expand how all players can interact with the One Land and move their story forward. Stay tuned for that.

Because we reached our initial goal, it also means Jeff Brown will put together a full colour map of the One Land. You can learn more about Jeff and his amazing portfolio (he’s also the cover artist for ScreenPlay) on his website.

Thank you everyone for your support and we can’t wait to see how fast this train can go.

High Plains Samurai Slaps Kickstarter Across the Face!

HPS-Kickstarter_April2017_leadgraphic_1024x576Or that’s the hope, at least.

Yes, the moment has finally arrived. High Plains Samurai is now on Kickstarter with a $3,000 CDN target to reach before June 29, 2017 at 10:00 PM EST. Our own HPS page has been updated and if you’ve been keeping an eye on this project for the past couple years, now is your time to show just how much the One Land means to you.

There’s so much to do on this first day that we’re going to dive right into it. Even if you’re on the fence about this ultimate mash-up RPG, you can download the first chapter from the Kickstarter page and see for yourself. You can also gain access to the complete Kickstarter Edition of the game shortly after backing it for as little as $1. Either way, everything you need to know about the Five Cities and how you can help save (or destroy) it is… yep, you guessed it. On the Kickstarter page.