Who is Dusty? Well I can tell you I am someone who enjoys creativity in many forms, the logic of code, the turn of a good phrase, historical genres (among many) and well-rounded written plots.

Hailing from the Southern Hemisphere, you may find me online at ‘weird’ times; however, it is just my time zone coming into play and I am always around every day at some point. So if you can’t find me in the Cbox, I am always available via PM.

Together, the founders have a combined experience level of over 50 years, so you are in good hands. So draw up a chair by the log fire and stay a while or longer and immerse yourself into the world that has been created here at Heart of the West!

Howdy all! You can call me Flint or Her Royal Highness or, of course, the ever popular Magnum PI, but if you can’t remember all that, I still answer to Tens :). I started writing when I was young but it wasn’t until my college years that I discovered RP. Yeah, never looked back, haha. I adore characters and plot lines and have way too many of them, if I’m being honest, but the heart wants what the heart thinks it wants! I play mainly males, finding them to be more comfortable in my mind, but I have my odd princess and I’m always ready to play! I do some graphic work for the site, advertising, and canon writing, and I can always help any of you with app and sizing issues, so just holler!
Shooter has been writing with her fellow admins for up to five years! In 2014 she earned her degree in graphic design and now uses her skills to edit images for the site as well as design the maps for the area. Think of her as Heart of the West's personal cartographer and unqualified city planner. Fun fact; The Devil's Cradle Saloon used to be called The Blue Larkspur, this is the name of a plant as well as a race horse, a sport Shooter follows closely. Blue Larkspur raced for a stable called Idle Hour, which is the name of the hotel in Woodhurst. Every place on the maps has its own story!
Indy arrived at HOTW to assist in written aspects of the site as well as moral support and has been role-playing for a decade now. In the past she has written in such genres as fandom, historic, and fantasy. She has a bachelor's degree in history and is currently a high school world geography teacher.

Outside of writing, she enjoys video games and long walks on the beach. ...Not really. She hates the ocean.

Blue came over to the HoTW to assist with coding and general admin duties. During weekdays there is always an excellent chance that she is lurking about the site as work gives her the flexibility to do so. So if you are about, swing on into the cbox and say hello!

Additionally, Blue is one of those weird math and science people who also enjoys writing, and she has been writing for over ten years. She loves good plotting, character development, and is always a sucker for a happy ending.

Heart of the West latest news: Character Building 101
Welcome back; your last visit was on Today
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No New Posts Event Information & Plotting

Here's your one stop shop for all the event goodies you'll need, including the event outline and themed posting templates. Members are also welcome to plot all their event ideas here, including wanted threads!

3 1 May 20 2017, 07:42 AM
In: Thread Request
By: Emmeline DeHavilland
No New Posts City Hall

Here the Christmas tree will be adorned and there will be plenty of mistletoe, so bring your sweetie! City Hall will be open throughout the night!

1 7 Jun 25 2017, 05:34 PM
In: Surprise Meetings
By: Henry Scarborough
No New Posts Chapel Lake

Here ice skating, snow men, and all the outdoor activities will be commencing! Come try out your figure eights! Opened after 7 pm, so stop on over!

2 9 Jun 12 2017, 02:15 PM
In: Young at Heart
By: Colin Murphy
No New Posts Church

Here services will be held and the children will be performing their annual play. The church will be open throughout the night, so stop on in!

2 3 Jun 14 2017, 08:15 PM
In: O Come All Ye Faithful
By: Joseph Cole
No New Posts The Market Place

Here all manner of refreshments and food will be sold, along with crafts and gifts hand crafted in Coalchapel and Woodhurst. Carolers, music, and dancing will occur throughout the night, so stop on by!

4 9 Jun 25 2017, 02:46 PM
In: Not So Silent Night
By: Sasha Bellamy

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No New Posts Everyone starts here

Please read our rules before joining and later come learn about the history of Heart of the West! Is this your first historical rp? No problem, we have compiled lists of information and links to provide you with all the help you need, you may also suggest helpful links to add as well.

Subforums: Informational Topics

14 1 Apr 10 2017, 11:40 PM
In: Food Names Used in the Old ...
By: Flint
No New Posts The Application Process

Here you will find Heart of the West's application templates, please post where appropriate (O Complete or Incomplete(WIP), please remember your paragraph break tags and good luck!

Subforums: Application Templates, Complete, Incomplete (WIP)

1 -43 Jul 17 2016, 01:05 AM
In: Character Application Template
By: Founders Circle
No New Posts Claims

All claims for face, jobs, the directory and awards are found and made here.

Subforums: Face Claims, Job Claims, Member Directory, Property Claim

5 31 Jun 10 2017, 03:15 PM
In: Who's Who
By: Liinen
No New Posts Town Census

All accepted character applications can be found here, which includes a plotter section below their bio for you to plan and suggest threads to other players. Available Canons are also in this section. Players are encouraged to use the Tracker supplied by the site so others (new and old) can keep up with their current and archived threads.

Subforums: Accepted Characters, Character Trackers, Canon Characters

57 276 Jun 11 2017, 06:14 PM
In: Skinner, Jonathan
By: Colin Murphy
No New Posts Most Wanted

14 39 Jun 18 2017, 06:40 PM
In: Friend Betrayed
By: Sophia Cooper

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No New Posts Coalchapel Road

This is Main Street so to speak and leads straight through town, it was the first street established and here is where one can find the oldest establishments in Coalchapel; the bank, saloon, and sheriff's office.

Subforums: General Store, Coalchapel Gazette, Sheriff's Office, Wells Fargo Bank, The Coal Chapel Church, Train Station

7 29 Jun 25 2017, 07:05 PM
In: Just Curious That's All
By: Sincere Williams
No New Posts The Boarding House

A personal family home converted into accommodation for up to 12 residents, a maid and/or cook and the proprietor.

4 13 Jun 7 2017, 01:06 AM
In: awake in the infinite cold
By: Olivia Rutherford
No New Posts The Devil's Cradle Saloon

Recently taken over and renamed by Irishman Mick O'Shaughnessy, this notorious bar suffered a loss when the original owner passed away, leaving the place to his henchman and barmaid, Mary Murphy. Under the eyes of the lawmen of this increasingly civilized town, Mick isn't too dead set on appeasing anyone who thinks he needs to tone down the rowdy roughnecks that frequent his saloon, much to the chagrin of the upper class.

4 48 Jun 25 2017, 05:42 PM
In: Back In The Saddle, Again!
By: Jonah Scarborough
No New Posts Tabor Street

Named after the mine that helped build this town, Tabor street is full of small shops and cafés, the quaintest of the quaint it is a quiet little street and often attracts well-to-do business types out for their lunch break and is alive with activity on the weekends. Tabor Street is also the location of the hardware store, the bakery and the town's brothel.

Subforums: Coalchapel Public Library, Gilded Rose

12 48 Jun 25 2017, 05:37 PM
In: Home and the Heartland
By: Russell Scarborough
No New Posts Hurst Street

Also named after the coal mining company this is the business district of the town and sports an array of public services such as the doctor's clinic, law offices and such.

Subforums: City Hall, Doctor's Clinic

4 12 Jun 10 2017, 12:38 PM
In: For the Greater Good [C]
By: Henry Scarborough
No New Posts Pierce Street

This rambling street is the home of the Hotel, The College of Arts and Higher Education,the Livery and further along are several entrances to homes in the Coalchapel Estate.

Subforums: Livery

1 1 Aug 19 2016, 06:36 AM
In: Coalchapel Livery Stables
By: Founders Circle
No New Posts Journey's End Hotel

The hotel accommodates overnight, short stay and permanent lodgings. Boasting three floors with rooms of varying size and rates anyone can make their journey end right here. Single, family and suites available.

3 5 Jun 12 2017, 10:58 AM
In: Out of the Cold
By: Colin Murphy
No New Posts Coalchapel College

Coalchapel College is a fledgling college founded by local man James Calveley. The school is unique in that it offers artistic courses such as painting and dance as well as degrees in the liberal arts. While the school does offering boarding to full time students, there are also day classes available.

1 0 Jul 13 2016, 09:57 PM
In: Coalchapel College
By: James Calveley
No New Posts The Residential Areas

Here you will find the various residential areas of the main Coalchapel Town Center. From the Northern Village to the north of town to the Coalchapel Estate in the south of town.

Subforums: The Coalchapel Estates, The Northern Village

14 27 Jun 14 2017, 11:46 AM
In: Dance me to the end of love
By: James Calveley

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No New Posts Town

The town of Woodhurst is smaller than Coalchapel and mostly filled with craftsmen, artisans and other people of artistic talent. The town was named after the now defunct Woodhurst Sawmills that destroyed much of the forest in the region but paved the way for mass farming and ranching. Today the town is pretty quiet and also hosts a pretty strong retirement community and is far from the troublesome mines to the south.

Subforums: Court House, Residences

5 18 Today at 06:46 am
In: See A Man About A Horse {Cl...
By: Lazarus Clay
No New Posts Chapel Lake

A great place to fish in the summer time and in winter when the water freezes over it's a bit of a town tradition to ice fish as well as skate, the water in the northern part of the lake is shallow and freezes solid for much of the winter.

2 28 Jun 25 2017, 05:52 PM
In: Getting Away From It All
By: Henceforth Lang
No New Posts Coppersprings

This area is one of the mining company's worst nightmares, especially when someone happens to unearth a few precious nuggets of gold from its waters. It is rumored by many that the Little Creek Mountains are sitting on a huge vein of gold that could possibly steal away all the coal company's miners and even their funding. When not panning for gold the springs are a popular attraction for swimmers and fishermen trying to hook one of the giant catfish prevalent in these waters.

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No New Posts The Camp

All because the miners are underground day all does not mean the camp isn't a constant buzz of activity! The foreman can only pay so many for the day, usually his favorites, so stay on his good side. Those with the day off can spend it however they like; drinking, gambling, fighting, chasing women. Women have their own roles of laundry, cooking and cleaning. On the weekends the place gets downright nuts, until the cavalry shows up.

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No New Posts The Mines

Deep in the belly of the mountain, as close to hell as a man can get as he drops down into the shaft with nothing but his pickax and a prayer. With a constant threat of cave-ins, poisonous and flammable gases, the close proximity of highly volatile explosives and even one's fellow miners, it's a dangerous, albeit well-paying, job!

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No New Posts Swindler's Ridge

The highest mountain in the area just north-west of the mines this peak is a hotspot for bootlegging, gang hideouts and anything else one can get away with in this lawless place. Outlaws have their own system of trails to get high up into the mountain, a system that has thus far eluded the ears of the law.

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No New Posts Rangelands

The open range is rolling green pastureland for the raising for livestock. Rich soil and plenty of water offer great resources for cattle, sheep and horse ranchers alike. Just beware of letting your animals graze too close to farmland, don't wanna get their feathers in a bunch.

7 26 Jun 14 2017, 07:24 PM
In: Wyoming Ain't Texas
By: Joseph Cole
No New Posts Croplands

After deviating a few river systems the croplands have really flourished but over the past few years there has been little to no room to expand as the cattle ranches exploded and surrounded the farmland on all sides. The only place safe from the bovine hordes is the Northern Cropland near Woodhurst but land here is very expensive. If it isn't cattle it's the huge number of whitetail deer in the area destroying crops. One is welcome to shoot them, just be careful not to hit a cow in the process!

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No New Posts Fort Langden

Righted in 1861 just as The War was breaking out, Fort Langden was proposed when the coal industry really took off and the presence of Natives was a constant threat to the railroad as well as the miners. Today with the threat nearly eradicated the cavalry still stationed here is in charge of restoring order when the ever feuding miners, ranchers and farmers get out of hand.

1 0 Aug 19 2016, 01:33 AM
In: Fort Langden
By: Founders Circle
No New Posts Coppersprings Reservation

The Coppersprings Reservation is the latest attempt by the U.S. government to bring the Natives of the area under control. The reserve is home to a few different tribes relocated from around Wyoming and the surrounding territories. Tribal elders maintain direct leadership of their people, but officers at nearby Fort Langden are ultimately in charge of the area. Patrols from the fort are routinely sent to the reserve to 'keep the peace'.

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No New Posts The Wilds

Any threads taking place somewhere else not listed will go here!

Subforums: Abandoned Mine, Marshlands, Smuggler's Den, Deadman's Alley

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No New Posts Cheyenne

If you have important business to conduct in the big Wyoming capital of Cheyenne it's just a short half hour train ride to the south!

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No New Posts Anywhere in the World

Any other places not listed anywhere else can be threaded here, maybe a vacation to New Orleans, a business trip to New York City or a relaxing weekend getaway in San Francisco.

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No New Posts OOC
This is an area for ALL Out of Character threads, posts, games and messages.

Subforums: Intros, Farewells, Away Notes, Games

5 92 Jun 17 2017, 06:44 PM
In: The Great Roadtrip
By: Dusty
No New Posts Advertising

450 346 Today at 12:41 pm
In: Tempest Harbor
By: Keita
No New Posts The Archives

Completed threads go here.

All other dead threads are in the graveyard.

Subforums: Archived Applications, Archived Threads, The Graveyard

168 531 Jun 26 2017, 08:34 PM
In: Topsy Turvy (jcink)
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