The Eerie Exploits of Ranger Company X an Introduction
My Good Friend Hank Harwell has developed a setting for Risus, entitled “The Eerie Exploits of Ranger Company X”. Hank put a lot of work into this setting and decided to test play it as a PBP. What is the Eerie Exploits of Ranger Company X? you might ask. In Hank’s own words; “Perhaps the oldest and most widely respected law enforcement agency in North America is the Texas Rangers. They were established in the early 19th century by Stephen F. Austin, the American-born agent of the Mexican government, as a defensive troop to protect colonists in Texas from the depredations of hostile Indian tribes. As Texas grew, from a colony to a Republic to statehood, the institution of the Texas Rangers also evolved. Originally intended as a frontier defensive force, its mission grew into serving alongside the army, hunting outlaws, and maintaining law and order in lawless areas.
Ranger Company X was set up as a secret branch tasked to defend Texas against supernatural and other-worldly threats. While described as a company of Rangers, it is not a part of the established Ranger order, but instead reports only to the President of the Republic (later the Governor of the State).”From the .pdf
The Eerie Exploits of Ranger Company X is designed as a horror/supernatural/Western setting. It is inspired, partly by the horror and Western pulps of the 1930’s, as well as radio and television shows like The Lone Ranger and The X Files.
I hadn’t played Risus before this but Hank’s treatment of the setting intrigued me. Hank sent me a beta copy of his setting description and directed me towards the link for the free Risus rules. After creating my character I was ready to go. I’m looking forward to a return to some PBP and my first foray into the Risus system. With permission from Hank and the players, I will be distilling the PBP turns into a coherent story line and posting them for your enjoyment.