Probably one of the most iconic lines in all western cinema. Steve McQueen and Yul Brynner face off against desperate banditos that want to lay waste to a small town. The tense moment is only made stronger by the looming threat that not only are there more banditos to deal with, but that the heroes are only seven against a small army. So, if this type of situation is towards your liking, if the idea of showdowns at high noon or cattle rustling is making your hand tremble with excitement, well, partner, you’re in luck. The tabletop game world has got you covered. While there are multiple forms and flavors of games you can play, a wanted list seems more appropriate to share, so saddle up bounty hunter and track these down.
Let’s talk about how the world would be if the elder gods decided to awaken while the wild west era was in full swing. This role-playing game sees the player create a myriad of adventure types to face the Lovecraftian horrors. Cock your gun and load your rifles as you investigate, face-off, and roll a new character. Have your characters mingle with famous figures like William H. Bonnie, aka Billy the Kid, or Wild Bill Hickock, and Calamity Jane. Posse up and head into the desert. Have yourself a showdown with apocalyptic sorcerers hellbent on waking ancient evils using cursed gold from a mine that houses a slumbering horror. Yes, it’s a Call of Cthulhu game so expect escalation… lots of escalation.
Set in the American Wild West era, this game sees players take on a Western legend role. Take up your gun as Wild Bill, Calamity Jane, and other famous figures and face off against each other. Build your legend in this sandbox game by taking on challenges like gambling, cattle drives, prospecting and earning gold, rob banks, fight desperados or pursue the stories of the legends. Then there is also the possibility of becoming a peacekeeper or an outlaw. So, mount up, and get ready to regulate.
Number of Players: 2 – 6
Playtime: 60 – 90
Not only do you get to play as a rooting tooting cowboy. You get to play a rooting tooting cowboy killing zombies! The premise of the game itself should be enough to make your favorite Jorge Romero fantasies come true. So, saunter around West Fort, a small town just teeming with zombies and other abominations just craving for action. Players have to make sure each of their actions is planned perfectly to best effect. Then steal, blast, and fight your way to the top. Players roll the dice to select and action if two players place an outlaw token… well, see you at high noon, partner. Gain resources, control building, gain coin, and when the last zombie has put back into the ground, the player with the most rules!
Number of Players: 1 – 6
Playtime: 45 – 60 Min.
A once sleepy town has suddenly gone from a would-be ghost town to a booming resource-filled promised land for anyone rough and tough enough to lay their claim. Players take on the role of wild west archetypes such as the gunslinger and old-timey prospector, among others. Then it is time to stake a claim. Players take turns rolling the poker dice to build a strong hand. When competing for the claim to the gold mine, land disputes, or even robbing the bankrolls will always determine the winner. If it didn’t work once, you could try again. Make sure your six shooter’s loaded, partner.
Number of Players: 2 – 5
Playtime: 45 min
A free shoot-out to determine a winner. This fast-paced is easy to learn card game sees players draw cards in hopes of supremacy whilst dueling each other. So, call shotgun, hitch up to the wagon and blast away. Within a few rounds, the players quickly become experts, and the simple play mechanics allow for complex strategy as bullets fly around one another. Draw, fire, and feel the theme song from the Good Bad and the Ugly as you make your way to victory.
The wild west needs taming, and it’s up to you and your friends to take up the reigns and tame the bucking bronco. So, take the time and get together to play with your friends and family. Be it robbing banks, taking down bandits, or fending the town off of a zombie invasion. What matters the most is sitting down and having fun together.