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A solo roleplaying game exploring violence, woe, and dissociation, set in the American Old West | Part One of the Western Cantos

They call you the Gentleman Bandit, because no one knows your name. They call you a monster, a villain, a dealer of death; they call you Devil.

But they don’t know you.

Not your Heart, your Poet’s Heart filled with rage or filth or the expansiveness of True Love; not your Heaving Heart, beating in meter, callous or kind or barren. 

Get Gentleman Bandit 

In this writing-focused roleplaying game, you assume the persona of the eponymous Gentleman Bandit, a highwayman of the old guard, who leaves 13-line poems at the scenes of his misdeeds. Card draws guide the content of each line; optional dice rolls add poetic devices to further shape the experience and ratchet the difficulty. 

Rules for multiplayer versions — inspired by the Exquisite Corpse style of group poetry writing — are included for both in-room and online settings. 

A Poker Play ruleset supports replayability with recommended fictional positions for your Bandit, each corresponding to the poker hand(s) you hold at the end of a round.

Mobile and print PDFs included. Layout and graphic design by John Harper, creator of Blades in the Dark, Lady Blackbird, and Lasers & Feelings.

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They call you the Gentleman Bandit, because no one knows your name. They call you a monster, a villain, a dealer of death. They call you Devil.

But they don’t know you.

Not your Heart, your Poet’s Heart filled with rage or filth or the expansiveness of True Lovenot your Heaving Heart, beating in meter, callous or kind or barren. 

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In Gentleman Bandit, you play the titular rogue ~ a highwayman of the old guard who leaves 13 lines of verse at the scenes of his misdeeds. Through card draws, writing prompts, and dice rolls, you’ll write a narrative poem about your Bandit’s loves, losses, fears, and more. 

  • Play solo, or with a group (in person or online)
  • Replay guides and multiplayer rules included
  • Formatted for mobile and print
  • Visual design by John Harper, creator of Lasers & Feelings, Lady Blackbird, and Blades in the Dark
  • Inspired by the true-life tale of Black Bart, the original Gentleman Bandit, and the Western voices of Cormac McCarthy, Charles Portis, and Willa Cather
  • The first game in the Western Cantos, my forthcoming series of poetry TTRPGs


Gold & Girl: The Fabulous Grandmas RPG! Play a group of sassy, sexy, sweethearted roommates navigating the ups and downs of their golden years. 

https://allisonarth.itch.io/gold-and-girl-rpg-lasers-feelings-hack

If you love kaftans, cheesecake, and heartwarming hijinks, you'll love this Lasers & Feelings hack -- my love letter to The Golden Girls and all things geriatric glam. It's free to download, but donations are graciously accepted!

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