A downloadable game
A solo roleplaying game exploring violence, woe, and dissociation, set in the American Old West | Part One of the Western Cantos
They call you the Gentleman Bandit, because no one knows your name. They call you a monster, a villain, a dealer of death. They call you all manner of Unsavory, the most feeble epithets from shriveled minds; they call you Devil.
But they don’t know you.
Not your Heart, your Poet’s Heart filled with rage or filth or the expansiveness of True Love; not your Grieving Heart loosed over a chasm, making a sound like the sorrow of wolves as it plummets toward wet river stones, cracked bones left to bleach; not your Tarnished Heart, barbed with jealousy; not your Heaving Heart, beating in meter, callous or kind or barren.
- Writing implements of your choice
- A well-shuffled deck of 54 playing cards, Jokers intact
- One six-sided die (optional)
Write a 13-line poem to be left for the dead — and the ones who discover them.
In this writing-focused roleplaying game, you assume the persona of the eponymous Gentleman Bandit, a highwayman of the old guard, who leaves 13-line poems at the scenes of his misdeeds. Card draws guide the content of each line; optional dice rolls add poetic devices to further shape the experience and ratchet the difficulty.
Rules for multiplayer versions — inspired by the Exquisite Corpse style of group poetry writing — are included for both in-room and online settings.
A Poker Play ruleset supports replayability with recommended fictional positions for your Bandit, each corresponding to the poker hand(s) you hold at the end of a round.
Play a ghostly Bandit in the grim supplement, DARK HIGHWAY!
Mobile and print PDFs included. Layout and graphic design by John Harper.
In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $7 USD. You will get access to the following files:
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