Started a Western setting for Pathfinder I dubbed Dustfinder. So far it's been successful, mainly because it's a solo campaign and hit some roadblocks.
1. What would be the appropriate price adjustment for firearms from ultimate combat to basically western time period? I haven't gone into caliber. I made revolvers 25-150 gold. Kept ammo price the same.
2. How do I adjust the feats to allow firearms proficiency? Already seen the ultimate combat version. Didn't like how you need to declare exotic/martial weapons proficiency and specify firearms
3. This is more time period appropriate. What base classes would be time period appropriate? Gunslinger, base classes, brawler, investigator, hunter, shaman, samurai, ninja, I got covered. Remember, wild West is Victorian England and manji era Japan.
While you probably have you mind made up on this already, I might as well ask just to help establish: are you trying to do a gun heavy game, or are you just aiming for the wild west flavor?
I have to ask because pathfinder guns tend to have a rather ...heavy flavor for the mechanics (which can make things awkward when there might be a dozen people with guns; this is particularly noticeable due to the low magic class selection that lacks many choices to counter guns). You do not necessarily need guns in order to do a wild west theme.
The cultural archetype of the gunslingers parrallel fairly well with the errant knights and the ronin swordsmen- a single warrior dispatching justice with their trust weapon as they wander the lands. There is a reason why Akira Kurosawa samurai films have had several prominent adaptations into the cowboy genre (including Yojimbo-> A Fist Full of Dollars and Seven Samurai-> the magnificent Seven).
So you could focus on swords instead of pistols. Alternatively, you could just make your guns work off of crossbow rules (the bolt slinger shows a fairly simple transition of those mechanics)- regular archery is already accounted in the game's balance.
Sorry for having to ask. I just wanted to make sure you knew where you wanted to go with this. Anyway, more productive suggestions within the areas you asked about:
-How about barbarians? And while you seem to be doing a low magic thing here, you could also go with blood ragers (god, an arcane blood rager would be fantastic in a gun heavy campaign). While this goes against my postcolonial lens tendencies.
-rangers and slayers are always fine. Rangers are good when dealing wtih various kinds of wildness, and slayers are great for the "I talk with NPCs with the same mechanic I use to stab kidneys" flavor of hard boiled grit.
-inquisitors make fantastic sheriffs. That is why Paizo went o the effort of making an inquisitor/gunslinger combo prestige class.
-oooo...bard that does his own sorrowful whistle background music.
Kinda a mix of starfinder and Pathfinder. Gun centric with swords as option. Hell, my NPC sheriff is a orc fighter, dual pistols, repeater rifle, and a battle axe.
Still looking through the firearms wikis. Like the misfire, probably should get into caliber at some point. Along with racial designs.
As per inspiration, later.
Barbarians: yep, a thing with ranger and bard. As per base aka core classes. Planning a gnoll raid on Blister well. It's only low magic cause the PC is a Changeling rogue.
Slayer: got the advanced class book so I'll look into it.
Inquisitor: I'll have to double-check with the advanced players book.
I'm thinking about having feats for various firearms. Pistol, rifle, heavy, black powder, etc. While simple and martial weapons proficiency works, but at the same time, you know all the gun types and calibers. A lvl 1 chose can wield a pistol up to Gatling gun with one feat.
Speaking of cheaper and easier access to materials. That's part of the reason why I need the price adjustment. Yes while each gun is essentially the same weapon in mass. Each individual weapon has it's own quirks and modifications.
Modified Winchester reaper
Superficial and subtle quirks
That's not to mention the firearms produced by elves, dwarves, orcs, etc. Then special materials like mithril, adamantine, electrum, etc. Enchantments, if the gun is modified to be a magical focus point.
You could make the simple ones simple and the others martial. That way fighters and the like get all the guns (same as they currently get all the swords/axes/bows/hammers/etc.) but other classes only get one per feat.
The really weird ones, of course, could be exotic. Racial ones could be named "dwarven flintlock fowler" so that they're martial for dwarves and exotic for others.
The weapon modification rules can further differentiate between similar but not quite the same models as well as bump the proficiency required to use them--just make your own modifications.
The Rifleman https://youtu.be/8fMN8a3ZRUY
Wild wild west https://youtu.be/xuCuf5tvTqE
Have Gun Will Travel https://youtu.be/tgvxu8QY01s
Wagon Train https://youtu.be/pFF7r1TsdKA
Wanted Dead or Alive https://youtu.be/tUROZEmC1WQ
The Big Valley https://youtu.be/eOFb-9hK2jM
Hell on Wheels https://youtu.be/wTFlhFev45w
The Quick and the Dead https://youtu.be/8FbuXkp18H8
Cowboys and Aliens https://youtu.be/zH7KZD5vGBY
The Warriors Way https://youtu.be/zH7KZD5vGBY
The Magnificent Seven https://youtu.be/bG-ZxrG7htU https://youtu.be/q-RBA0xoaWU
True Grit https://youtu.be/w4XxN1modZU https://youtu.be/CUiCu-zuAgM
The Missing https://youtu.be/535RNQ0REx8
Deadlands - RPG
Werewolf the Wyld West - RPG
Red Dead Redemption - Video game https://youtu.be/-o7rES_3ymA https://youtu.be/gmA6MrX81z4
Oddworld Stranger's Wrath https://youtu.be/8o6F6fBlBtk
I’m doing something similar for a future Kingmaker game I’m running. I’m calling it Showdown in the Stolen Lands. I’m making it guns everywhere. I’m converting coins to dollars, I’m trying to make the focus on the flavor more than the guns, however. Guns are going to hit normal AC but I’m ignoring misfire rules and such. Guns might as well be reflavored crossbows.
I was inspired for it by this picture of Clint Eastwood’s spaghetti western character armored and wielding s longsword. I’m also taking inspiration from Into the Badlands.
One thing I’d like to do is attempt is a train heist. It’s something I’m working on.
I’ve also made some quick dueling rules. The Ultimate Combat one’s are too involved for me.
I’ll be keepin an eye on this thread for ideas.
I'm doing mines similar to starfinder. Guns everywhere, melee still an option.
Kept coinage cause paper dollars wasn't a thing yet. Going to look up what denomination was paper.
Like your method. But problem would be if both was going to go for the shot. There I would use the dex modifiers for the drop. Quick draw feat gets the drop automatically unless both has the feat. Highest dex gets the first drop, roll to hit. Second highest gets the drop, roll to hit. Auto confirm crit. Roll initiative for rest of combat.
Oh. My modifications to firearms feats.
Firearms proficiency pistol - pistols
Firearms proficiency rifle - rifles and modified rifles
Firearms proficiency scatter - shotguns, modified shotguns, and anything using scatter shot
Firearms proficiency exotic - heavy weapons, racial designs, unique firearms
I went with the Intimidate/Bluff/Sense Motive to account for the psyche out that happens right before the draw.
I liked that part cause it makes sense per the theme. Giving the edge if you can bluff, fake out, or scare. Like so.
This is what I meant. no bluff, intimidation. Fastest hand wins.
Classes of Dustfinder
There is a mirad of classes that roam the trails. Most have survived by either persistence, regional popularity, or traditionalists. They are divided into four categories: universal, any culture has this class; civilized, any county has this class; native, any civilization that lives off the wilderness has this class; traditionalist, individuals who keeps the old traditions alive preserve this class.
Bear in mind that I only have two books and some knowledge of other classes. If there's one I missed, feel free to add. However, bear in mind I am going off of time period. Double check if wild West, Victorian England and manji era Japan has similar individuals before adding. Do not expect Vikings in the West.
Barbarian - native
Bard - universal
Cleric - civilized, known as preachers
Druid - native, traditionalist
Fighter - universal
Monk - traditionalist, Eastern Golarion
Paladin - civilized
Ranger - universal, specify military, homestead, native, or mountain man for background
Rogue - universal
Sorcerer - universal
Wizard - civilized
Advanced class guide
Arcanist - civilized
Bloodrager - native
Brawler - civilized
Hunter - native, traditionalist
Investigator - civilized
Shaman - native
Slayer - traditionalist, native
Warpriest - civilized, military background
Gunslinger - civilized, becoming universal
Samurai - civilized, Eastern Golarion
Ninja - traditionalist, Eastern Golarion