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Western Legends

Western Legends gives you the chance to step into the boots of history’s greatest gunslingers and carve your own legend in its open world. Saddle up and enjoy the ride of the ultimate Wild West sandbox


Western Legends presents a sandbox for players to explore

Eddie Izzard once joked that if French filmmakers had put their continental spin on cowboy movies instead of the Italian influence led by Sergio Leone, the wave of revolutionary westerns released in the 1960s wouldn’t have been ‘spaghetti’ but ‘baguetti’.

That horse has long since bolted the stable onscreen, but board games may be about to go through their own ‘baguetti’ moment at the hands of Hervé Lemaître, the French first-time designer behind the ambitious, visionary Western Legends.

Despite being Lemaître’s tabletop debut, Western Legends is a confident, complex creation: part board game, part RPG, part historical simulation. Rather than give players a single strand of the Old West – the gunfights of Bang!, the cattle-driving of Great Western Trail, the questionable trading standards of Snake Oil – Lemaître has sewn together a tapestry of western life and death in the form of a sprawling open world that encompasses everything from gambling and prospecting to peacekeeping and robbing.

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