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.

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Apr 10 2017, 11:40 PM
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<center>Food Names Used in the Old West</center><br>

If anyone's ever read Mark Twain, they know that there were some interesting turns of phrase in the old west. While the era was closer to modern times than the Shakespearean age, there were still terms that baffle the mind in this day and age. As members of the staff have discovered, this was particularly true when it came to food and drink in the 1800's. We've borrowed terms compiled from 27 Cowboy Slang Terms in hopes of giving our members a broader look at just how much has changed! Also, this makes for a great quiz to see just how much the history buffs in your life really know! Credit on this source goes out to Wayfarer!

1. Bear Sign: Doughnuts<p>

2. Overland trout: Bacon<p>

3. Blue John: Skimmed milk<p>

4. Boggy-top: A pie with no top crust<p>

5. Cackleberries: Eggs<p>

6. Charlie Taylor: A butter substitute made of sorghum or syrup mixed with fat. It wasn't good, and apparently neither was Charlie Taylor, who was terrible enough to lend his name to the unpopular trail staple.<p>

7. Hen-fruit Stir and Long Sweetenin': Pancakes and molasses<p>

8. Horse Thief Special / Spotted Pup: Rice or tapioca pudding with raisins<p>

9. Hot Rock / Sinker / Dough gods: Biscuits<p>

10. Huckdummy: Biscuits with raisins<p>

11. Love Apples: Canned tomatoes<p>

12. Music Roots: Sweet potatoes<p>

13. Mysteries: Sausage of any variety, so-called because that's what they're made of<p>

14. Bee-sweetenin’: Honey<p>

15. Pecos Strawberries / Mexican Strawberries / Whistle Berries: Beans<p>

16. Roastineer: To "roast an ear" of corn over the fire while still in its husk
17. Salt Horse: Corned beef
18. Saltwater Vegetables: Oysters or clams
19. Texas Butter: Gravy
20. Skunk eggs: Onion
21. Son-of-a-gun Stew (or if there are no womenfolk present, Son-of-a-bitch Stew): Stew made of whatever is available and the organs of a recently-slaughtered calf. So-called because the son-of-a-gun young cattle can't keep up on the trail.
22. Wasp Nest: Bread

And don’t forget drinks:

23. Six-shooter Skink / Float a Horseshoe / Arbuckle's / Brown Gargle / Jamoka: Coffee
24. Belly Wash / Soda Pop / Black Water: Really weak coffee
25. John Barleycorn / Purge / Hop Juice: Beer
26. Nose Paint / Pop Skull / Prairie Dew / Rebel Soldier / Red Eye / Snake Pizen / Tarantula Juice / Tongue Oil / Tonsil Paint / Tornado Juice / Busthead / Bottled Courage / Family Disturbance / Gut Warmer / Kansas Sheep Dip: Whiskey
27. And a shot of whiskey with a beer chaser is a boilermaker and his helper. <p>
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Nov 27 2016, 03:53 PM

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Round Three!

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Using a randomizer, the following characters were put together and assigned their unique plot:

Participants:Caroline and Raechelle <br>
Scenario: Out of Stock<p>
Being as far out in the west as it is, getting products can be hard. What’s in stock is in stock, and outside of that, everything needs to be ordered in. But when both Caroline and Raechelle both need the same product (up to players what that is) and there’s only one in stock, it leaves the women in a little bit of a pickle. One could have it, but the other could be waiting weeks, if not months, for a restock. What do they do? Share? Fight? Assault the poor store clerk? Stay tuned!
Participants: Johannes Esterhauzy and Calhoun Ryder<br>
Scenario: Sometimes, you Gotta Bend the Law<p>
One of the oldest truths is that when men drink, they make poor decisions. When Johannes and Calhoun sit together over a bottle of whiskey, sharing stories to one up each other, Johannes questions the truthfulness of some of Calhoun's stories. To prove his abilities, the pair set off – both rather drunk – so Calhoun can steal something (writer’s choice) and retain his reputation. Do they get caught? Do they succeed? Do they end up sitting in the clinic after it goes terribly wrong? Stay tuned!
Participants: Colton Black and John Smith <br>
Scenario: Money, Money <p>
Paper money isn’t common and it’s even less common for someone to lose it. So when Colton and John both see paper money on the boardwalk at the same time, well, it’s a bit of a sight. Colton claims it, but John thinks that's not all that fair because he saw it at the same time. Do they argue? Do they come to an agreement? Does anyone come to see what's happened? After all, when it’s ten whole dollars on the line, no one’s going to be able to predict what will happen, so stay tuned!<p><p>

Have fun, all! We look forward to seeing these plots play out on the board! Should you encounter difficulties, please contact Flint!

Sep 19 2016, 09:44 PM

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Round Two!

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Using a randomizer, the following characters were put together and assigned their unique plot:

Participants: Wendy Dunwick and Patrick McGuire<br>
Scenario: Strangers on a Train<br>
The train – the great equalizer. If you have the money, you can ride. Two of our characters just happen to have tickets back from Cheyenne on a cold winter night. Wendy Dunwick, however, has been running herself ragged and falls asleep midway. Knowing she’s going to Coalchapel (either by eavesdropping or some form of a friendly chat earlier in the trip), Patrick McGuire finds himself in a pickle – does he wake the volatile deputy or let her sleep? Does he get off and make it up to her some time later or do they both miss the stop while he contemplates what to do in the situation? It’s completely up to the players! Stay tuned to see what happens when two strangers meet on a train!<p>

Participants: Johnny Smith and Eamonn Phillips<br>
Scenario: All Tied Up<br>
Wagons aren’t all that hard to operate, but not everyone is great at it and accidents happen. When two wagons get tangled and crash on Coalchapel road, naturally the whole town comes out to see what the fuss is all about. Eamonn Phillips and Johnny Smith are two such people who are tied up in this mess, delayed in getting where they need to go. Whether it’s just killing time, gawking at the mess, or helping to untangle it is up to the players! Stay turned to see what happens when the great Coalchapel traffic jam of 1868 comes to a head! <p>

Participants: Olivia Rutherford and Sasha Bellamy<br>
Scenario: A Winter Treasure Hunt<br>
Children are gifts from God. However, they have the distinct talent of losing things that they have been instructed not to. Oliva Rutherford finds herself looking for a treasure (writer’s choice) lost somewhere in the yard by her darling son. Unfortunately, the first snowfall of winter has covered everything, and Olivia finds herself in the snow, searching. Whether it’s out of curiosity or the intent to help, Sasha stops. What happens next is up to the players! Stay tuned for what happens next when mother nature creates her own treasure hunt!<p>

Have fun, all! We look forward to seeing these plots play out on the board! Should you encounter difficulties, please contact Flint!

Aug 20 2016, 12:52 PM
So, everyone should know this one, but the goal is to respond with an image of your character's reaction to waking up beside the person who posted before you.

I'll start!

Aug 19 2016, 11:06 PM

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Round One!

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Using a randomizer, the following characters were put together and assigned their unique plot:

Participants: <s>Roselyn Muldone</s> and Sophia Cooper<br>
It’s a rainy day in May and Coalchapel is prone to rivets of water running down the main street that build to the size of small streams, stranding all manner of folks on the front boardwalks. Miss Roselyn and Miss Sophia are two such people stranded on the front porch of an empty house along the south end of Tabor Street, forced to wait out the storm where they are. Will they make conversation, explore someone else’s house, yell for help, or attempt to rescue their own skirts? It’s completely up to the players! <p>
Participants: Caroline Mundy and Sincere Williams<br>
When a saloon girl and a gambler meet, it’s usually in the saloon. On a hot day in June, this will not be the case. The Coalchapel church is open to one and all, no matter their private struggles or their occasional sins. Even when Reverend Pierce is not about, everyone is welcome to come in. Whether it is a connection or curiosity, Caroline and Sin will find themselves interacting in this unlikely space. Will they pray, talk, or find new ways to sin in the house Yul built? It’s completely up to the players! <p>
Participants: Joseph Cole and Lily Weaver<br>
The post office, sadly, has never been a perfect working entity. Mail is lost, and mail is found – whether it belongs to the person who finds it is the question. When Lily finds a letter in her mail that isn’t addressed to her, she reads it – either accidentally or on purpose, up to the player. Feeling a sense of obligation, Lily endeavours to return Joe’s mail to him in his shop on a cold March day. Will he accept this as a kind gesture or accuse her of violating his personal property? Will she let on she’s read it? It’s completely up to the players!<p>

Have fun, all! We look forward to seeing these plots play out on the board! Should you encounter difficulties, please contact Flint!

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