Do you long for those lazy Sunday afternoons where every channel on the TV was either a Western or a Samurai movie? When the ultimate showdown of the story was two men standing in the middle of the street, their weapons at hand, staring each other down and knowing that the first one to reach for his weapon was most likely the one who was going to die? Did you ever wish you could combine those two together and see gunfighters facing off under the honorable code of Bushido? We do. And now, you can make it possible!
Read on to find out how…
Scott Roche has started a new Kickstarter project, The Way of the Gun. Scott has been playing with the idea of the warrior’s code of honor in the old west for some time now. He’s developed a world populated by Marshals and Rangers, and the religiously scientific followers of the Clockworker. These fabulous tinkerers and healers are in conflict with an increasingly corrupt justice system lead by the Judges, and enforced by the Marshals. And now Scott wants to share this world with you. He’s invited a choice group of authors to play in his new world, and is asking for your help to fund an anthology of stories set in his version of the West.
Joining Scott into this foray into Wasabi Westerns are Jake Bible, the mind behind Dead Mech and The Americans, Justin Macumber, author of the military sci fi novel Haywire, Zach Ricks, editor of Flagship magazine and author of his own Weird Western series, Jared Axelrod, creator of the rich world behind Fables of the Flying City and yours truely, Doc Coleman podcaster and author of the steampunk series The Adventures of Crackle and Bang. If Scott’s Kickstarter gets funded, we’ll each be writing our own stories set in his world, and sharing them with you.
What do you get out of it? Well, that depends on how heavily you back the project. At the lowest levels, you get our heartfelt thanks, but for just a little more, you can get an electronic copy of the finished book electronically signed by each of the authors. At the next level of backing above that, you get a print version of the book as well. If you open up your wallet even more, you could get a character named after you in one of the stories, or electronic copies of some of Jake Bible’s books. And for one very generous person, you could even get a Kindle physically signed by all of the authors. Of course, these higher levels of donation are limited, and some of those available slots are already gone, so you need to act quickly if you want to snag those!
Be a backer! At the very least, take a look at the rewards that Scott is offering for his backers. You can always upgrade your pledge to a higher level before the Kickstarter ends on November 3rd.
See you on the trail!