Here's what Bryan originally wrote in his introduction to the playtest version of these rules all those years ago:
These are intended primarily as a straightforward, simple set of Western gunfight rules, suitable for a quick, cheerful game, possibly involving a large number of participants. However, we wanted to include a degree of tactical skill, involvement with the rule system and an element of tension and surprise. We hope that we have succeeded in doing so without making the game at all puzzling or complicated. Consumption of alcoholic beverage and high-carbohydrate snacks and the playing of these rules are not necessarily mutually exclusive. We have tried not to introduce a lot of fussy rules to cover every eventuality, so if you are playing with large groups of strangers, you might like to use a gamesmaster; a god-like figure whose word is law. Fortunately, even the most competitive gamers don't come to a Western gunfight looking for an argument, so the way should be clear for a good time to be had by all.However, for those of you who prefer a more sophisticated game, especially if you intend to run a campaign, with the extra level of detail and involvement that familiarity permits, thereis a selection of optional rules for you to mix and match according to your tastes.Set in the time of the American Old West where life was cheap and survival was the order of the day, these rules are written in a very conversational style that are a joy to read as well as play, and there are many suggestions by Bryan as to how the players can choose to extend and adapt the rules to suit their own levels of skill and/or to simply increase their sense of enjoyment.In this fast paced game all facets of life and the characters in the Old West as depicted in those many Hollywood and Italian 'Cowboy' films are covered; from the hardened gunslinger and town drunk to the law abiding owner of the General Store; all have to hone and develop their particular skills over the course of the game... or end up having that eternal slug of whisky in the saloon in the sky!
So, get out those toy soldiers, strap on that six gun and get yourself a whole lot of pleasure by having a game with friends using these action-packed and fun- filled rules....Continua