My name is Carlo, I’m from Canada, and I’m in my early thirties. I started developing rules and getting into RPGs during elementary. This was because I was too young to learn and fully understand the actual rules for games like Advanced Heroquest, so I’d just make them up instead. I eventually got in to D&D, as well as Battletech, Car Wars, Warhammer 40,000, Silent Death, Android Netrunner, etc. I’ve continued the hobby into adulthood, even if I have more rulesets than I’d ever play, and more figures than I could ever paint.
For a while I was starting to develop fairly realistic rulesets, at the cost of needless complexity. Then after playing a few mainstream board games, I decided to try my hand at a simpler game. Now I’m trying to merge the “easy to learn” element with the “boy, that was a great simulation!”, and have created Dinosaur Cowboys as a result. The game returns to my roots of fast paced combat, some fun dice rolling (my favorite of D12s), and customizable posses to allow players to skirmish head to head in under an hour.
The appeal of dinosaurs is fairly global, as numerous comic books and novels (and even the rare movie) has shown. The basic idea for the game came to me when I thought “Hey, a wild west story could be fun, but instead of horses everyone rides dinosaurs!” Inspired and always eager to craft more rules, I started brainstorming ideas. Eventually after much testing, editing, and reworks I finished the v1.0 release of the rules. After a further two years of playing the game, I slowly tweaked it enough to warrant v2.0. You can always grab the latest rules from here.
To get an idea of what is important or interesting to read on the blog, or to see inspirational movies, stories, and images concerning dinosaurs, check out the What to Read section. There are also Forums to post comments and session reports and meet other players. And if you’re having trouble designing a Posse with pen-and-paper be sure to check out The Saloon online posse designer.
I’m always interested to hear of battle reports using the rules, or any ideas, questions, or feedback! You can comment here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See some other games and projects by me on my centralized blog
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