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.

 

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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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Explore The One Land Like Never Before

HPS_Legends_cover_web_850x1200_Jan2018It’s launch day here at BRG and do we ever have some exciting news to share with you today. First, High Plains Samurai: Legends is officially on sale as a free PDF plus you can purchase softcover versions (either full colour or black-and-white) at DriveThruRPG.

But that’s not all. We’re very pleased to announce the launch of our new website, highplainssamurai.com. Here you can learn the basic rules for playing HPS, introduce yourself to the setting and concept of the game, read the ongoing short story of Black Scorpion’s origin by Fraser Ronald (Nefertiti Overdrive, Centurion)… oh, but that’s not all. The biggest feature we’ve added to the site is the Atlas of the One Land, a deeper exploration into the tumultuous world of post-apocalyptic qi warriors. Every week, new content provides a look at some of the exciting locations, interesting characters, new creatures from the Wastes and beyond by the team that helped bring this world to life. Plus anyone can submit new discoveries based on the stories you create with your Writers! Yes, we’re looking for everyone to share their creations with us to help populate this world like never before. So check out the site and discover more about HPS than you thought possible.

One Successful Weekend

HPS_Legends_cover_web_850x1200_Jan2018…aaaaaaand it’s gone! If you were hoping to get your hands on a PDF of High Plains Samurai: Legends this past weekend, it is temporarily back in the vault until its full launch on March 20th. 333 downloads of the game over a period of 85 hours, working out to 3.9 downloads an hour. Thanks to everyone who jumped on board the game like an Outcast trying to rob the Salvation.

This was just a sneak peak and if you’re concerned about having to pay for a copy on the 20th, we want to assure you that will not be the case. You will still be able to download a free PDF of HPS Legends as well as purchase full colour or black-and-white softcover copies on March 20th and every other day after that. Even now, we’re making a few updates to the layers and some of the layout to give you an even better version in the next couple of weeks. We hope everyone’s diving through and getting a feel for what makes the One Land tick.

Because it’s going to get bigger. The Atlas of the One Land is coming soon…

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Artwork by Jeff Brown.

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.

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.