A Beginner’s Guide

Getting Started!


Below is a general guide to help you get started with the Sagas of the Wild West RPG. If you need help, please contact a friendly staff member via PM, our Contacts Us form, Discord, or add your question to our Help Me! forum. We will respond as soon as real life allows.

Premise, Setting and Plot


Sagas of the Wild West is a roleplaying game based on the classic American television and movie westerns of yesteryear (1950s, 1960s, early 1970s). Although we want to remain true to history as much as possible, Sagas takes a more cinematic approach to it. If you want your character to be a clean freak with a winning smile and sweet breath, no one is going to correct you. Major historical events and people will not be altered. Minor alterations can be found in the lore documents.

The RPG is set in a fictionalized version of the town of Kalispell in the Montana Territory. Sagas’ written stories start in 1875. We also provide forums for writing character flashback stories set prior to 1875. The plots are done on an episode-by-episode and character-by-character basis. There will usually be a central plot in each episode as well as numerous smaller character plots. We encourage everyone to participate in creating and planning episode and character plots. For more information on plotting and planning, see our Ruses & Intrigues forums.

Mandatory Reading


The following links will direct you to the board documentation you are required to read before hitting the register button.

  • RPG Rules: A must-read for all new members!
  • Character Roles: A general listing of some available character roles.
  • Sagas and the American Civil War: Just so you know where Sagas stands on the issues surrounding the American Civil War. It will keep things…civil!
  • F.A.Q.: Our Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.) forum contains information on registering an account, linking accounts, writing, tagging, plotting, planning, etc.

Writing


  • The majority of scenes written at Sagas should be written in the limited, third person point of view. Your scene should contain only the information that the character could logically know. Some storyteller scenes will be written in omniscient voice.
  • Sagas allows post-by-post writing. However, we prefer interactive scenes with intensive dialog to be written jointly (aka joint posting or JPs).
  • Do not change your JP writing partners’ posts without their permission! We will know if you do! The site keeps a record of each revision.
  • Long scenes should be broken into 1,000-1,500 word posts for ease of reading.
  • You need to alert your writing partner(s) of tags. Please do this by mentioning them using a combination of their main character name and the character name that is tagged. Example: @Shade Thornton tags for Harriet Mercer. You can also leave tags in our Discord #tags channel. Do an @discordtag (i.e. @Stormwolfe#xxxx) and the link to the scene thread.
  • Sagas’ stories are told in chronological order. Characters may be in more than one scene at a time, but they need to be in event consecutive order (i.e. Fred must meet Ethel before they get married and have babies). Therefore, if an episode plot event has not yet occurred (i.e. been written), you cannot write a scene that includes it.

Final Notes


At the top of most forums, you will see clickable Guidelines and Notes. These are here to help you so that you don’t have to look all over the site for forum-specific information. We do not require that you track open and closed scenes or use the plotting forums. You can hit people up for plotting in Discord or use the forums in Ruses & Intrigues. It is preferred that you post episode ideas (plots) in the Episode Planning forum since staff will have to work with you to add it to the story lineup.

Sagas’ admin staff and the other members are always happy to help you, so don’t be afraid to ask. You may have to be patient as we are scattered in various time zones.

The Staff


Note: Please be patient when contacting staff or posting questions to the forum. We are more than happy to assist you. However, we cannot be online 24/7.

Helpful Links


Recommended reading and quick links to help you get oriented.

Character Directory

Character Creation

Location Glossary

Wanted Characters

Wanted Game Canons

Wiki Index