Game Needs

The Old West was a wild and robust place, though the shoot-em-ups had dissipated by this time. The town of Cimarron, New Mexico is the same, with growth and industry knocking on its door and both man-made and natural disasters changing the face and emotions of the small community at every turn. Getting into the mindset is every bit as important as deciding a character for the game. Here are a few suggestions:

Jeweler Ranch hands/Cowboys Green Grocer Farmers Lawyer
Prospectors Soiled Doves Seamstresses Tailor Catholic Priests
Journalist Madam of the Cimarron Rose Indians (see historical-resources) Housekeepers for Ranches Farrier
Hotel Managers (2) Chinese Opium Den Owner Gunsmith Mason
Butcher Other Business Owners Gamblers Soldiers British
Scandinavian Mexican German Undertaker Brewer
Feed and Tack Captain of Cimarron Post Shopkeepers Bakers Assistant Actors/Actresses
Other Clergy (Mormon, Baptist, Lutheren, etc) Bookkeeper Dentist/Barber Distiller Roster Characters
Foreman - Frisco Ranch Soldiers of the Cimarron Post

Bandits/Outlaws can be created after a month of regular RP

Want to be a lawman? Please don't immediately create a character and ask. We don't know you and will not put anyone who has not RPed with Joe Roland (Sheriff) for at least a month. Don't ask, don't beg for us to reduce the time. Enjoy the game for now.

Alts: Our policy is you may create an alt after a month. Player alt limit is 3.

Nationalities

Mexican: Those settlers migrating from the Mexico, either seeking jobs or by marriage. Spanish is their native language. Many are not wealthy. Usually ranch workers, outlaws, some shop keepers.

For names: http://www.donquijote.org/culture/babynames/

American Indian A male-dominated people, they live in well-organized and highly adaptable societies. The American Indians, by nature, are no more war-like or violent than anyone else, but continual violations of treaties and violent actions taken against them have forced them into a violent standoff with the encroaching American culture.

Negros/Black/Mulatto The vast majority of Blacks would be freed slaves, as the war ended more than a decade ago.

Irish Many left their homeland to immigrate to Canada and the U.S., dramatically raising the number of Irish in foreign lands. Second most amount of settlers during this time, behind the Germans.

German A strict and industrious people, many are stoic and reserved in their everyday lives. Some have been technically trained. So many Germans moved to the western states during the late 1860s through 1880s that one tribe of Kansas Indians spoke German, not English as a second language. Between 1820 and the 1900s about five million Germans came to America. During that period out of 100 immigrants 15 were English, 35 German, 33 Irish and 17 other nationalities.

Scandinavian Many Scandinavians migrated from Minnesota, Nebraska and Kansas after the prime lands had been been filled, converting the expanse into some of the most productive farmlands the world has ever known. They were the third most prolific settlers during this time, coming in only second to the Germans and Irish.

English The English-born that were here are the families of Cotton and Fur traders, mostly from the South (ex-Confederate states) or Canada. Some English born came over for the California Gold Rush of '49 and stayed. Most of the English-born are from low to middle class.

Chinese Many of the Chinese came over to Mexico in the 1600s aboard the Manila galleon. In 1835, the US and China signed an immigration treaty, welcoming the Chinese to America. Then, in 1848, gold is discovered in California and even more Chinese begin to arrive. Then came the passages of many "laws' to bar the Chinese from immigrating. Because of their quiet industriousness and working cheaply, many "whites" believe the Chinese to be taking jobs from them.

These are just a few of our needs.

Some questions to ask while building your character:

Where were they born?

Who were their parents?

Did/Do they have siblings? What are their names?

What events brought them to New Mexico?

What in their past created the way they are now? The loss of a parent/mate/sibling?, Arrested and incarcerated without cause, hatred of a group?

Then pick an actor/actress who may reflect your character and develop that - Hair/eyes/skin

Mannerisms (Do they have a lisp? Deaf? Blind? Nervous twitch?)

Are they bitter, optimistic, have a sunny personality, sullen, needy, self-reliant?

All of the above can be used to develop a colorful and vivid character. Use your imagination!

Names of the 1800s

Victorian

Apache Names

Behind the Name

  • Here you'll find thousands of names for your character: Scandinavian, German, Spanish, Italian and more.
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