Rated R for potential scenes of sexuality, violence, alcohol, drugs, language, etc.
It is the year 1851, and tensions have been rising in the West. Many travelers have been hearing tales of great gold hidden all across the lands. Poor men have been turned rich overnight by hitting a new vane of the natural resource across the lands. The tales passed mouth to mouth have increased congestion and traffic from the Eastern colonies to the uncivilized West. Due to the new demand, houses and stores have been built scantily along the long roads crossing the Western plains. As more and more travelers make their way to the West, tales of gold have been drying up. However there remain those who search far and wide, hoping to strike a foundation, and live rich.
Cowboys ride the Western landscape freely, doing as they please. Be that good for the people they come across, or for their own selfish needs. The ongoing battle against the native american savages still faces those that brave the harsh wilderness for long periods of time, though a few natives have been incorporating themselves into the settlements that have popped up across the West Coast. Some of these men have become cowboys themselves, others own ranches, or work in small stores. Also in this time, Western hemisphere pirates were still at large. From Jean LeFitte to Blackbeard, there was still a heavy influence of robbin' and stealin' in the seas and on the marshy lands near their shores.
I will give this warning right now. The wild west was a very dangerous place. Just traveling from town to another was risking death, from the hazards of the wilderness, ambush, attack, etc. Characters in this RP are very likely to succumb to an early end. I am okay with you creating a new character if yours dies, I'm just giving a warning that it may and likely will happen. It's one of the risks of adventure, otherwise everyone would be a rich cowboy.
Your options for characters are pretty open. I have a few examples that you can use, but if you have your own idea, PM me and we can work it out. Cowboys are aplenty, there are Natives living in Fort Joachim, as well as those in the wilderness. Lawmen will be necessary eventually, and you may also play as a pirate. Pirate characters please PM me for a piece of information about your CS. There will also be another character type that will become open later in the RP that will remain a secret to the players for now.
The beginning of the story revolves around Fort Joachim and Little Peking. You will either begin in this town or heading toward it. It's a fairly small town, but has all the necessary amenities. A two-story saloon/cathouse, a general store, a sheriff's shack fitted with 3 jail cells, and a doctor's office. A small ranch operates on Little Peking land. Fort Joachim is less than a day's journey on foot to the ocean, just over half a day on horse.
Pirate/Indian characters, please PM me for important info before posting your CS.
Occupation, if applicable:
Weapons(this is faction relevant. I don't know of any cowboys that used cutlasses):
All general RPA rules apply, o' course.
I am GM, what I say is law. If you have an issue with it, PM me and we can discuss my reasons and yours, and come to some kind of an agreement. Please don't let stupid stuff like this become a bother in the OOC thread, nobody wants to read that.
I'm okay with people not posting regularly, but please let me know if you'll be gone for more than a week.
I don't ask for professional novelists, but please no txtspeek, and keep spelling errors to a minimum. We all have access to spellcheck in some form or another.
I don't like putting rules on post length, but two paragraphs shouldn't be too hard to meet. It'll keep things from becoming stagnant.
Please don't kill off other players without consent. That's just a dick move.
As I said, there will be a new character type up later on in the RP, and if anyone who already has a character wants that they can create a new one. As of right now, I will only accept two characters per player. This may or may not change in the future.
Try to have the most fun possible.
Time Period Notes:
You don't have to be incredibly knowledgeable of the 19th century to participate. I do expect some general common sense. No spaceships, cars, radios, cell phones, TVs, air conditioning, et cetera. Otherwise, this is a work of fiction, we can bend the reality a little bit.
Horses were the most common form of travel, although the wealthy often used carriages or wagons. There were also many railways opening up running across the continent.
Weapon Options(other ideas you may have will likely work well):
.41 Caliber Pistols
Bow and Arrow
Questions? Feel free to ask.