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    I would love to see a BRP monograph that dealt with Native Americans. Is there one in the works? Has anyone ever played a straight Native American scenario/campaign?
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    "Native American" covers a lot of territory. What sort of adventures did you have in mind? Something set in the Aztec Empire could be very cosmopolitan, with lots of political intrigue and espionage. On the other hand, an adventure set in the Deep Woods in the Northeast could have political ramifications, but it'd be much more rural and outdoorsy. Also, those Caribbean headhunters and cannibals are technically Native Americans, too. What sort of flavor are you looking for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by seneschal View Post
    "Native American" covers a lot of territory. What sort of adventures did you have in mind? Something set in the Aztec Empire could be very cosmopolitan, with lots of political intrigue and espionage. On the other hand, an adventure set in the Deep Woods in the Northeast could have political ramifications, but it'd be much more rural and outdoorsy. Also, those Caribbean headhunters and cannibals are technically Native Americans, too. What sort of flavor are you looking for?
    Honestly, I was merely thinking the North American Native tribes during the pre-Columbian era.
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    That's fine. A setting like that could be fun. But again, which culture(s) and time period(s) are you specifically interested in? You've got relatively high tech empires in Mexico and Central and South America, competing confederations of Stone Age hunter-gatherers in the Northeastern forests of North America. The Hopi and Navajo are building cliff cities in the Southwest, mysterious Mound Builders have an empire in the Southeast, Inuit and others are hunting caribou and sea mammals in the far North. And you still have those jungle-dwelling Caribbean and South American cannibals and headhunters ready to take on all comers. It's a broad setting ... like Conan's Hyperboria or Imaro's Nyumbani. Player-characters could have drastically different adventures and encounters depending on which region and culture they wandered into.

    No horse-riding buffalo hunters, though. The Spanish explorers of the 1500s reintroduced equines into the Americas (after prehistoric tribesmen literally ate the native horses up). So the Lakota and other Plains Dwellers, in fact everybody, is still on foot. The wheel hasn't been invented, so dog-drawn sleds are the primary means of transport (South Americans use lamas as pack animals but don't ride them). PCs had better be prepared with several pairs of stout shoes.
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    Well, narrowing it down to one I would probably go with the Lakota and Dakota people groups. Of course, the Navajo people group would be interesting as well.
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    I've been developing a south american pre-independence setting for my own system, but can be easily converted to BRP. It focuses on the "Virreinato del Río de la Plata" which covers actual Perú, Bolivia, Paraguay, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and some parts of southern Brazil. The "Virreinato" starts in 1776 and is a very interesting period with a lot of different cultures (conquered/integrated natives, free natives, african-americans, european and all kinds of mixes), political intrigue (a fading spanish colony, independence plots, smuggling), misteries (mostrly related to native, christian-native and pagan traditions), and option for realistic or magical play. The most important native people groups are playable: Tehuelches, Mapuches, Aimaras, Guaraníes, Comechingón and Inka. It would be possible to play in earlier times when it was the "Virreinato del Perú". Pre Columbus times are more difficult because many native cultures were destroyed by christian-spanish conquest and warring/absorption between natives, there is not enough information for a deep and rich native setting except about the Inkas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaysun View Post
    I would love to see a BRP monograph that dealt with Native Americans. Is there one in the works? Has anyone ever played a straight Native American scenario/campaign?
    That would be an interesting setting. Like seneschal said, it covers a lot of ground (and time). We've got two continents and a fair number of islands to cover, plus at least a thousand year time period of history to cover to be comprehensive.
    Smiley when you say that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atgxtg View Post
    That would be an interesting setting. Like seneschal said, it covers a lot of ground (and time). We've got two continents and a fair number of islands to cover, plus at least a thousand year time period of history to cover to be comprehensive.
    That is not an acceptable excuse for not doing it

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