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Wanted: James Bond and John Wayne.

Having trouble finding in-production RPGs with a Wild West setting or espionage action-thriller theme. We're trying to stay away from the deep-end supernatural stuff like Deadlands and Delta Green. Anybody got any recommendations?

(EDIT: I'm a retailer, and these will be games for sale, not for personal use. Sorry, should have said that earlier.)
 
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BigJackBrass

Explorer
Western HERO was released recently as a PDF. It's a genre book for the 4th edition HERO System, but quite easy to use with later versions so something like the Basic Rulebook for 6th edition is all you really need to add.

For espionage etc try Mercenaries, Spies & Private Eyes from Flying Buffalo. The revised edition is currently at the printer but the PDF is already out. Fully compatible with existing MSPE solo adventures and other support material.
 

Greg K

Villager
Espionage:
  • Classified (Expeditious Retreat): a retroclone of the 80's Bond 007 RPG (Victory Games)
  • Covert Ops(DWD Studios)
  • Espionage! (Hero Games): This is based upon a pre Hero System 4e version of Champions and is a standalone game.
  • Danger International (Hero Games): The successor to Espionage!. It is based on the rules from Champions 3e
  • Classic Spycraft (Crafty Games): a d20 OGL game. Didn't work for me past the first few levels, but others loved it.
  • Spycraft 2e (Crafty Games): takes Spycraft 1e (i.e.Classic Spycraft) and expands it to cover modern action genres. Many people think it added too much complexity, but it had a large fan base.


Western RPGs:
  • Coyote Trail (Precis Intermedia): also checkout Coyote Trail Expanded
  • GURPS Old West (Steve Jackson Games): needs the GURPS 3e rulebook
  • Western Hero (Hero System): needs either Hero System 4e or Champions 4e rulebook.
  • Sidewinder: Recoiled: need d20 Modern
  • Boothill (TSR): The classic Western game. Didn't work for me as a campaign based game.
  • Boothill 2e (TSR): if you want a game system based off AD&D 2e
 

MGibster

Explorer
It would be trivially easy to ignore the supernatural elements from Delta Green, Night's Black Agents, or even Deadlands and play things straight. NBA is designed for more Jason Bourne style spy work and Deadlands would cater more towards the unrealistic end of westerns though.
 

DMMike

Game Masticator
This one beats trade pricing (free). And you don't have to go too far to get it.

https://www.enworld.org/forum/rpgdownloads.php?do=download&downloadid=1437

Gotta write your own fluff, though. And drop some of your own rules into the rules catalog, depending on what your group decides to play, like:

- Jason Bourne: state-sponsored spies automatically roll a minimum of 14 on every contest. Yes, this results in a lot of Ties, but that explains the drawn-out fight scenes, doesn't it?

- Clint Eastwood: PCs get a +2 on contests for furrowing their brows and squinting before rolling. And a free hero point if they deliver a cheesy line prior to rolling a contest in a duel.
 
Are you a retailer? We sell direct to retail but there’s a minimum order size.
Yes, and that should be okay depending on what else you've got.

Edit: Okay, got a look at the website, and the question is: are the NEW, NOW and OLD rules compatible / interchangeable? Because the chance to play a ninja cyber-elf in space is just too much to pass up.
 
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Thanks for everyone's help, but I think I need to recap and clarify some things. These are games that will be carried in our store, not personal use, so...

* this needs to be currently in-production or will be in the next few months.
* physical prints only. No PDFs.
* Drive-Thru RPG is not a valid source.
* should be usable right out of the wrapper by a novice GM and inexperienced players with no modifications . . . well, minimal modifications. Nothing's perfect.
 
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Morrus

Administrator
Staff member
Yes, and that should be okay depending on what else you've got.

Edit: Okay, got a look at the website, and the question is: are the NEW, NOW and OLD rules compatible / interchangeable? Because the chance to play a ninja cyber-elf in space is just too much to pass up.
That they are! 100% compatible. Plus Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000 AD.
 

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