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    Ok, for the pure heck of it after making a joke on another thread, started thinking of starting up a new genre. Farmpunk!

    Here things are held together by chicken wire and a little spit, and everything runs on white lightnin'. Everything! Even Granny!

    The ***** crowing really does raise the sun, the country boy can speak to animals, square dancing is a rite for survival, and the creak in Granddaddy's bones or the spots on a mule can predict all manner of events.

    But most special of all is the Almanac, the source of all wisdom. Blessed is the keeper and purveyor of its pages.

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    This just sounds like American folk lore. Midwestern to be exact. I don't see how you can make a whole genre around something there's already a whole genre for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Innis Cabal View Post
    This just sounds like American folk lore. Midwestern to be exact. I don't see how you can make a whole genre around something there's already a whole genre for.
    There's already a genre for moonshine-power?

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    Absolutely. Read some of the very old Appalachia Mountain stories or some of the W. Virginia folk tales about the crazy magic properties to the stuff.

    Also, moonshine can be used in modern day engines. So...yes to the other sense of the word as well.
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    Paul Bunyan did all of that first, and he had a giant blue ox named Babe to boot.

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    That just means it is all done up, and only needs translation to playable game mechanics. Don't know enough about the folk-lore to know what system would suit it. Could be d20 for all I know, but it doesn't pay to make assumptions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Innis Cabal View Post
    Absolutely. Read some of the very old Appalachia Mountain stories
    Well... yeah. I was raised there, that's what sparked the idea. Doesn't mean there is a fictional or gaming setting that ties it all in together into it's own world-wide setting.

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    I love stuff like this. If I had time, I'd take inspiration from Manly Wade Wellman's stories of Silver John. I'm not sure how it would translate.

    What system would this be?

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    HA!

    Now this is exactly the sort of thing my Commoner Flaw PrCs could be geared towards in a game of this sort.

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    You could also end up with a genre-mixer with Steampunk and one day have a Tractor Golem! Also, moonshine is created with Craft (Alchemy).
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    I have the image of a straw-chewing farmer wielding a huge sword (think buster sword big) wrapped in straw. He then covers the hay in whiskey and sets it alight. Then smacks it into that pesky wererabbit that keeps eating his crops.
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    So is this a whole gaming genre based on American Folklore? Paul Bunyan, John Henry, Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, etc?

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    Quote Originally Posted by IcarusWings View Post
    I have the image of a straw-chewing farmer wielding a huge sword (think buster sword big) wrapped in straw. He then covers the hay in whiskey and sets it alight. Then smacks it into that pesky wererabbit that keeps eating his crops.
    The wererabbits are eaten by the weremoles!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsmiles View Post
    So is this a whole gaming genre based on American Folklore? Paul Bunyan, John Henry, Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, etc?
    American folklore is what I know best, but any rural folklore is welcome to it.

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    "You grab a line, and I'll grab a pole" Adventure for L.2 Farmpunk Players, involving Dire Crawdads, Talking Ducks, and the curious incident of the Crawdad's broken Sack.

    The Man in Black should, of course, be a Higher Deity. (A little modern, but fitting I feel.)

    Perhaps up there with a man named Mezuer Tharope, that or Ol' Sam C.

    Maybe gods don't exist, but Legends do, and the Legend Spinners are the clerics of the Farmpunk world, spreading the tales of the ancient ones, much like holy men spreading the word of gods?

    Definitely an opportune place to use Golden Fiddle Devil, if I could find the link.

    I'm not sure if anyone here's a Jason Webley Fan, but the Song 'Mountain and the Moon' would certainly fit this... not sure what you could do with it though.

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    The Bard must of course be changed to fit country music (including the ability to induce line dancing)
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    You could include a sub-genre of horror/rural legends like: Sleepy Hollow, Rural Ghost Stories, Children of the Corn, etc. That would be pretty cool.
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    You know, I've been running this as a straight/serious dark setting with some Native American mythology splashed in for a bit of flavor for nearly ten years now...

    I tried posting it here, but nobody responded at all.

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    I'm reminded of my plans for a steam&magic punk setting based on the idea of the early American west. Like back east they have gaslights and all, but the lightning rails are just coming in out in the wilds. I think that these things could potentially jive very well.

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    Moonshine as the main power source, some sort of genemodding, legendary cattlehands will be legendary still, we can sure as heck guarantee there will be a Legendary Still. When do we start, I would assume sometime after Paul Bunyon & Babe but before Bonnie and Clyde. I do like the idea of granny from Beverly Hillbillies being the worlds greatest medical practitioner though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsmiles View Post
    You could include a sub-genre of horror/rural legends like: Sleepy Hollow, Rural Ghost Stories, Children of the Corn, etc. That would be pretty cool.
    Like a part of the Farmpunk world from the Wrong side of the Tracks? That could get creepy. I also see a Paladin-esque class, or maybe a Hobo-esque class that roams the boarder-tracks Keeping the Creepy on the Creepy side, and the Non-Creepy on the Non-Creepy side.

    Barbarian-esque Loggers... this sort of setting would be fantastic.
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    There was a setting (now that I think of it) that was called "Dustlands" or something here on these boards. Was post-appocalyptic (literally, the final battle between Heaven and Hell had come and gone, everything on the prime material was SUPPOSED to have gone to its final reward/judgement/whatever but some people survived out of sheer stubbornness). But had a VERY Western flavor to it, a lot like Deadlands in that regard. Anyway, my major point was that it had a class dedicated to being able to summon dust-devils/tornandos and lasso them, then ride them. I am sure you can figure out which hero this is based on...

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    Like a part of the Farmpunk world from the Wrong side of the Tracks? That could get creepy. I also see a Paladin-esque class, or maybe a Hobo-esque class that roams the boarder-tracks Keeping the Creepy on the Creepy side, and the Non-Creepy on the Non-Creepy side.

    Barbarian-esque Loggers... this sort of setting would be fantastic.
    It would be based on DnD 3.5, yes?
    Or it's own system?
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    This is getting so good. I might actually join a PbP (which I normally steer clear of) for this game.
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    Like a part of the Farmpunk world from the Wrong side of the Tracks? That could get creepy. I also see a Paladin-esque class, or maybe a Hobo-esque class that roams the boarder-tracks Keeping the Creepy on the Creepy side, and the Non-Creepy on the Non-Creepy side.
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    The Northern Crown setting by Atlas Games, despite being 3.0, would work well for this. It's easy enough to update to 3.5. See here: http://www.atlas-games.com/crown/

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    Farmpunk... but... uh... wa!
    SO MUCH POTENTIAL!
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    Moonshine seems to be floating in as the end-all. Healing, weapons, etc. Generally what Wizards of the Coast would call "a positive energy weapon.
    Thus, one could assume a negative energy existed as well, the weapon of the creepies further mention that the hobos keep away(?).
    But what is the opposite of moonshine?!
    Water? Fast food (something intimately associated with the city)?
    Got it.
    Pesticides.

    Also, I believe this is so far off the tracks of anything ever pioneered with 3.5 that we need to hand-craft a system to pull it off. I would help out, for sure, if it is agreed that we need to homebrew a system.
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