Today we made a lot of headway on which characters we wanted to include in our game. Since we our using twine, we decided we should keep the character count at three. The American West is known for many historical personas such as the outlaw, cowboy, lawman, prostitute, farmer, and a saloon worker.
For our first of three characters we decided on an outlaw. We felt as though an outlaw closely identified with the image of the Wild West. When choosing the character traits for the outlaw, we decided that the character should be an actual historical figure. A book from the library described several men killing people and being lawless, most of them named Bill. Wild Bill Hickok stood out for his killing and apparent lawlessness, but after further research we discovered he was coincidentally a lawman. Someone mentioned Billy the Kid being the most famous outlaw so we decided to look into him as character for the game. We concluded that he was the perfect choice because of his reputation as a gunman and notoriety in the American West.
For our second character we thought it best to go with the complete opposite of an outlaw, a lawman. We contemplated whether to represent the lawman as a young man new to the position who still had a moral compass or an older man who was wise and knew outlaws like the back of his hand. In the end we decided something in between. In our research of Billy the Kid we discovered the lawman who killed him. We thought we could base the lawman off of Billy the Kid’s killer, Pat Garret. He was middle aged. As a result, we thought he may have some moral compass but yet have the wisdom of an older lawman.
For our last character, we decided on a woman. At first we thought maybe she would work at the saloon in the town. But after some thought we decided she would be a prostitute working in the saloon. Her name will be Rebecca. We want Rebecca to be of some help to the outlaw, but we didn’t decide on much detail about her past that.
For our next steps in our game making we need to find some research about the American West. We saw a book in the library on Billy the Kid so hopefully that can be one of our primary sources. Then we need to work more on our storylines for each character and develop how they intertwine.