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I’ve been really happy with the v1.0 reception so far! Let’s celebrate by enjoying a rather topical alternate history Photoshop (worth clicking for the full size):

Looks like a couple of Spanish sites picked up the fun idea of Dinosaur Cowboys and posted news and a forum topic about my game. Always great
to see interest from around the world:

Also the discussion on RPGnet finally picked up which I’m grateful for since I think there are a lot of clever gamers there. Similarly the topic on The Forge saw a bit of renewed interest thanks to v1.0…and also had some ideas for v1.1. Work is never done!

Dinosaur Cowboys v1.0 Released!

It’s with great joy that I announce version 1.0 of Dinosaur Cowboys, just in time for my self imposed Halloween deadline. The project has taken two years to reach this point plus numerous revisions and playtests. I’m really happy with the result and think the game is lots of fun.

Download the free v1.0 rulebook PDF!

I don’t know where Dinosaur Cowboys will go from here. With this release the core rules are done (unless I find some glaring omission I somehow missed during editing). I might add “expansion” rules (like vehicles, dinosaur equipment, flying units, etc.) but that would be far in the future. For now I’m going to focus on filling out the background of the world through Nanowrimo (which conveniently starts tomorrow).

As for this blog I won’t have as much to say on rules development, but I’ll try to post monthly battle reports at the very least, plus any cool pictures or fiction I stumble across.

Anyways if you have any feedback or ideas for the future let me know.

EDIT: The rules have been touched up and revised since this release. The core mechanics truly are complete and done with the v1.0 release, but I’d still recommend grabbing the latest version.

Tyrannosaurus West

So apparently the above was the cover image for “Tyrannosaurus West”. Image credit goes to Chris Moreno. Apparently this was a comic from a company called Silent Devil aimed for release in 2006. But besides that scrap of information I can’t find much else, including any details of the comic issue or other images. So maybe it was just a pipe dream that ran out of money. If anyone knows or finds anything out about this comic please leave a comment here as I’m interested to see more of the actual issue. But for now we’re left with a really neato looking image that captures the panic and fear a person fighting a prehistoric titan would feel.

UPDATE: According to a comment by Chris on the original art site the comic never got passed the development stages. I guess that explains why I haven’t been able to find the actual issue. Well, at least we have the cool title page to look at!

TV show Terra Nova

I’m a bit behind the times when it comes to TV shows, so some of you may already be keeping up with Terra Nova. The show is about a dystopia future filled with pollution and overpopulation. But mankind has discovered a time rift to an alternative past timeline wherein they can “start anew” and rebuild. Why am I mentioning this in relation to Dinosaur Cowboys? Because what better place to rebuild than the prehistoric age of dinosaurs.
First of all let’s get this out there: the TV show is cheesy. It’s light sci-fi with plenty of family drama and cliches. But at the same time I knew I’d have a soft spot for the show when the youths went “OTG” which stands for Outside the Gates. Almost like they live in a walled in facility…why that’s practically Neotechnoist of them! The rough and tumble society surviving outside the gates (called “Sixers”) are reminiscent of a less cowboy-ified gang of Dusters.
So yeah, the more parallels I draw between the show and Dinosaur Cowboys the more I enjoy it. Sure they use crude projectile guns (no lasers :( ) and drive vehicles around instead of riding dinosaurs, but maybe given enough time they will change the tone a bit. Check it out if you get a chance.

v1.0 Release Still on Schedule
Anyways I’m still on track for an end of October v1.0 release. I’m hoping to get one final battle report up of my playtests, perhaps this weekend (basically my last change regardless). After that I’ll be in the thick of Nanowrimo, but with luck fans will pick up my creative slack and have some great pictures and session reports for us.

Post apocalyptic fan made table

I’ve got a real treat today from Ross (who you might remember as the creator of two great looking Posses). He has pulled together a terrific looking Dinosaur Cowboys themed table replete with rusted cars, shattered roads, and overgrown ruins. Pictures speak louder than words, so enjoy:

Fanart of travelling methods

Got some more cool fanart today, this time from cody20 who has been a big proponent of the game. Always great to see works like this! Traditionally “fast” travel in Dinosaur Cowboys is done via Flappers (Pterosauria) and Swimmers (Nothosaurus), but USA 2285 is a big place so old fashion steam boats and blimps would be perfect for the cowboy feel!

Cool Aztec-style figure

From the great DakkaDakka thread brimming with cool dinosaur/cowboy related figures.