Not all cowboy films are spaghetti westerns, but we all know that those were the best. And I do really want to imagine Lawless Legends as a fantastic RPG set in the Wild West that will nostalgically remind me of both The Wild Bunch and those roleplaying games I used to love as a young little person whose imagination had not been tainted by photorealistic graphics. It will, after all, be an 8-bit offering, meaning its graphics will by definition put the old brain to work.
As for what it will be all about, here is how the devs put it:
"The year is 1856, you have just arrived at Fort Miller, near Mariposa California. The gold rush has now past it's peak and the region is slowly being over run with cutthroats, thieves, murderers and the like. It seems like drifters from the wilderness are gravitating back into the nearest town they can find. The only other thing keeping the peace in these parts, besides lawmen, are the saloons with their fill of booze, gambling and loose women. To make things worse, there are rumors circulating about mysterious, unnatural things taking place behind the curtain of mountains beyond the local ridges, spreading like wildfire. It’s getting to the point where most folks are too nervous to venture far from town...even for gold."
What's more, Lawless Legends is an open source project and is ready to accept all the coding and designing help you can offer it, while simultaneously considering all the ideas you have to throw its way. You can keep an eye on it via this handy facebook page and have a look at the code, editor and assets over here.
Lawless Legends will be released for Apple II and Commodore 64, with a slight chance of also making it to modern PCs and Macs. Sadly, no word on the ZX Spectrum version yet...
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