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The Knuckleduster Cowtown Creator; Create and Authentic Cowtown Setting for any Western Role-Playing Game Paperback – January 1, 2002

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  • Paperback: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Knuckleduster Publications (January 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966704630
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966704631
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,395,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Knuckleduster Cowtown Creator by Forrest Harris is a very detailed, very complete, source for making a Western Town for a Wild West setting. While made by Knuckleduster Publications for Deadlands it can be used for others systems, including the Deadlands d20 system and the Fudge system. Or, if a fan of the Old West, you could just read it from front to back. There are tons of fun facts, short TRUE stories and information you can enjoy. The book deals with town types, gives data on the cattle business, the many stores, hotels and saloons that a town has, the ins and outs of running a railroad or stagecoach line, some points about the facts and myths of law enforcement and even a small bibliography of books.
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This was a very helpful book. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for help designing a western setting or even just looking to get the creative juices flowing. Contains good examples of town types, establishment types, and even different local characters. A good investment!
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Wow, what a great resource! I've been working on a western campaign for some time now, and it can be hard to find info on what stores or businesses are available and how they're run, etc. The info is out there, but it takes a lot of scrounging around to find what you need. Having said that, this book is fantastic! A wide array of typical businesses are discussed, each in their own chapter. Typical floor plans are presented, along with discussions on the variations on the types of business, the types of characters that might be found in such businesses, some story hooks, typical prices for goods and services... everything you need to start filling out your old west town with some sense of consistency and purpose to the businesses therein. It is important to note that this book is intended as a resource for game master who is designing their own content - it's not really meant to have a lot of ready-made content to just dump into your game, even though there certainly is info here that can be used right away (i.e., services & equipment descriptions & price lists). There is also a fairly lengthy list of random names to use for typical western characters, and NPC stats for Deadlands, FUDGE, and the not-so-mysteriously named "world's most popular RPG" system... which I suppose one *could* interpret to be D20 Modern ;) One thing you will not find in this book is a lot of tables for randomly generating anything (other than names). The subject matter is discussed but left to the judgement of the game master.
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I really wanted to give this 3.5 stars, but rounded up. This is a great resource if you're looking for floorplans and some sketch ideas for certain Frontier town buildings, but it falls short when you're looking at the larger picture of a Frontier town. In other words, they don't give you a good idea of what businesses might be in a town aside from saloons, dance halls, and hotels. It would have been nice (if a bit mundane) to have plans for a typical butcher shop, blacksmith's operation, bakery, and so on, and even a rough plan or two for a complete town. I could easily have lived without the stock NPC section if it was replaced by something like that. It's also worth noting that Frontier towns tended to "look" different based on their economies. This is touched on here, but there's not enough about it for a beginner to understand how many saloons a trail drive town might have in comparison to a more settled farming community, or when compared to a mining camp or railhead town. This will help you create some buildings, but if you're looking for a complete "cowtown creator" you'll have to add some other sources to your list.
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The Knuckleduster Cowtown Creator is the best Source Book you can get to run a Wild West Roleplaying game. It explains in detail a lot of the living in the Wild West. What a Railhead is and how the living was in this Towns. In detail it explains to you how a cattle trail was done in the old west. Description of Saloons and other establishments give you a good image. I'm not a native english speaker, but it was not difficult to understand this book.
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