A suffusion of yellow
For those that have watched the Mandalorian. Do you think it has a somewhat S&S feel to it?
The main character is just trying to get by in the universe and it's episodic in nature. The grogu story line obviously takes on more importance as the show goes on, but set that aside for the moment.
The episodes match possible adventure scenarios. For example:
1. Bounty hunting jobs.
2. Fetch quests.
3. Helping regular people in exchange for something he wants.
4. People he's crossed in the past coming back for revenge.
6. Break ins.
Contrast it with the old 80s Dungeons & Dragons cartoon which is also episodic in nature but feels different. The characters have a consistent motivation to get home. Their patron (the Dungeon Master) is giving them quests, they go out of their way to do good deeds for people.
Remember REH was a Texan raised in the old cowtowns hearing cowboy tales, they were absolutely a influence on his later S&S tales.
As to GM advice, I’d go to REH himself and his correspondence with Lovecraftm the most famouse quote is
"Barbarism is the natural state of mankind. Civilization is unnatural. It is a whim of circumstance. And barbarism must always ultimately triumph."
1 Barbarism is the natural state of mankind - People are ultimately brutish and self serving, only the strong survive.
2 Civilization is unnatural - morality is myth, Civilisation a decadent and corrupt lie and the ‘civilized’ NPCs are the worst cruelest people
3 It is a whim of circumstance - the world is uncaring, the only guarantee is what the individual makes themselves, dont plan go with the PLayers whim
4 And barbarism must always ultimately triumph - all victories are temporary, and no matter the good will earned, people will ultimately betray you for their own self interest