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    Weird Westerns

    Post  cleireac on January 24th 2012, 4:40 pm

    Just recently I acquired a used copy of The Encyclopedia of Weird Westerns. Aside from a few omissions I picked out, its a pretty good book (one caveat: there is a two-page spread of the adult comic character Djustine that I found way past the PG-13 rating I would have expected for this book - I just took a couple of large-sized post-its and covered up the offending pages).

    Anyway, am I the only one here interested in the subgenre? I know Paeter found a couple of interesting talking points in the recent Cowboys vs. Aliens, but he is correct in saying that they really didn't do anything with them after bringing them up.

    I bring it up because I'm getting ready to start an online, play-by-post rpg using a setting that's like a cross between the Wild, Wild West (TV series) and the X-Files called 'The Eerie Exploits of Ranger Co. X.' I'm really looking forward to it, and the character concepts so far are really intriguing: A Choctaw Indian deserter from the Confederate Army, a Chinese railway worker, and a time traveler who's stuck in the 19th century (think Doc Brown).

    THIS is what I'm geeking out over now! bounce

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    Re: Weird Westerns

    Post  Paeter on January 25th 2012, 12:29 am

    Ever play the Deadlands PnP RPG? I played one session years ago and wish I could have played more. A VERY cool experience!

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    Re: Weird Westerns

    Post  mindspike on January 25th 2012, 12:33 pm

    Deadlands is awesome. Werewolf: the Wild West is very similar.

    Weird westerns were big in the 70s, when just about anything "weird" was in vogue. The whole "weird" genre is starting to come back into fashion, but without the class and underlying morality of the EC stories.

    I always liked the Jonah Hex comics. They did "weird" for a while....

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    Re: Weird Westerns

    Post  Jeffrywith1e on March 1st 2015, 11:56 pm

    One of the Tremors sequels was wild west, I believe.

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    Re: Weird Westerns

    Post  mikel.withers on March 2nd 2015, 9:49 am

    Werewolf the Wild West was fun, some cool ideas there.
    I'd have to agree that if you want weird west stuff, the 70's and early 80's is the place to go.
    Have you seen Westworld? I say it maybe 30 years ago, so I don't remember much about it, but it may give some ideas, or maybe read a Zane Grey or even Jack London book for some ideas, although they might not be too "weird".

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