Publisher: Lightspress MediaWhether they’re in a contemporary or historical setting, a cowboy tends cattle on ranches. Traditionally they do this on horseback, but they might use trucks or smaller motorized vehicles. These characters also perform a range of other ranch-related tasks. Whether they’re realistic or cinematically romantic, cowboys are a staple of cinema, television, and literature.
Please note that the use of the term cowboy is simply for familiarity. Everyone knows what a cowboy is. Cowgirls are well-documented from the 19th century onward as doing the same work as men, but that term can still be problematic. Wrangler might be confusing, cattle herder is awkward, and cowpoke is more likely to incite giggles. There is no gender-neutral term that felt right.
This book contains five pregenerated, ready-to-use statistic blocks, one for each level of expertise (Novice, Beginner, Competent, Expert, and Master). You can use the stats as-is or make a few easy tweaks to customize them. Notes on how to do that and information on personality archetypes and motivations let you quickly put together the perfect character for your campaign.
I created the DoubleZero Character Bank series for three reasons. The first is to provide a resource for gamemasters that might need character statistics on the fly. Grab a character at the appropriate level, make a quick alteration or two as needed, and you’re back in the game.
The second is for players. If you need ideas for a character or don’t want to spend a lot of time fiddling with numbers and math, you can use one of these. Again, with a few simple tweaks, you can tailor it to suit your vision of the cowboy you want to play.
The final reason is to showcase the versatility of DoubleZero. The 30 professions listed in the Director’s Cut edition cover a broad range of character types. By giving each their own booklet, I hope to show the potential of “real-world” roleplaying, and the appeal of playing characters without magic or superpowers.
The DoubleZero System is a tabletop roleplaying game toolkit. First designed for action, espionage, and thriller adventures, the skill-driven tabletop roleplaying system is perfect for mysteries, police procedurals, and crime dramas based on your favorite television series, movies, and novels. DoubleZero works with any “realistic” modern setting that doesn’t lean into magic, the supernatural, or superpowers. A copy of the DoubleZero: Director’s Cut is required to play.
This book includes:
Using This Book: Notes on using the pregenerated cowboy characters as either a gamemaster or player, how to quickly modify the character to make it your own, and potential safety and consent issues that might arise while playing the profession.
Pregenerated Statistic Blocks: 5 cowboy characters, one for each level of expertise: Novice, Beginner, Competent, Expert, and Master. Give them a name, customize them with a few background details, and they’re ready to play!
Notes on Cowboy Characters: Suggestions for selecting alternate skills and traits, and thoughts behind the options presented for this profession.
Archetypes and Supporting Characters: Personalities and motivations for player characters, antagonists, and supporting cast members of this profession.
Safety and Consent
Because this profession reflects historical and real-world situations, certain material may be upsetting to some players. Use the safety and consent tools of your choice to ensure that all players are comfortable having a Cowboy character as part of the campaign. For a list of recommended resources, see DoubleZero: Director’s Cut.
Animal Abuse: Characters in this profession may bear witness to, or engage in actions that some might consider being, abuse or cruelty to animals.
Colonialism: This profession may be rooted in colonialism due to the seizure of indigenous lands for farming and ranching, and the historical mistreatment of native peoples.
Natural Disaster: Part of this profession’s job is to respond to and work in natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, and severe storms.
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