Westbound, Steampunk Wild West for Pathfinder

I recently backed a Kickstarter campaign for Western setting/rules for the Pathfinder roleplaying game. Westbound is by the same team of the previously kickstarted Pure Steam and takes gaming into a fantasy, weird west with unique races, new classes, archetypes, gear, and western monsters. Learn more after the jump.

In its proposed 230 page book, Westbound will include new base classes and archetypes like:

  • The Marshal, a lawkeeper whose jurisdiction grows with his renown.
  • The Savant, an intuitive contraption builder (think tech ‘sorcerer’)
  • The Wrangler, who can outrope, outride, and outgun her foes
  • The Gaucho, crazy enough to bring a knife to a gunfight
  • The Gun Devotee, a gun-slinging monk who uses ki for deeds

The book will also include new monsters like the sand troll, the loch satyr, and the eternal soul and new vehicles like the skiff and the ornithopter. Just like with the Pure Steam setting they’ve got a new gameplay soundtrack to better evoke the feel of the hard bit planes and dunes.

You can pick up an early PDF copy for only $15 (versus the $20 cover), and that PDF will be delivered to backers well before it’s commercially available or a $35 print copy (versus $40 retail). Or you can back to the point where you help design a faction in the game, get drafted as a character or deity… maybe even turning your concept into a mini.

Check out the Westbound Kickstarter here.


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Action horror writer and freelance game designer J.M. Perkins pays his bills by working procurement for a biotech company and by making things up. He's got over 20 short stories, some game books, and a novel in print. His website is www.jmperkins.com he writes a fantasy tabletop setting built around the perpetual butchery of the Tarrasque called The City of Salt in Wounds, and you can buy his gaming book about surviving and thriving as the class everybody expects to die horribly The Adequate Commoner.