Frontier Justice Mini-Game
This “game within a game” contains rule mechanics that allow players to
face justice and do battle with their legal adversaries in an attempt
to clear their name and avoid the hangman’s noose.
Though some players may opt to follow the law, it is unlikely that
everyone in a Wild West campaign will choose to do so. There’s just too
This game provides rules and guidance to playing out a jury trial as
its own self-contained game. Prior role-playing is both relevant and
important as that will bear on the proceedings. Additionally, allowance
is made for crooked judges and jury tampering – which will involve
additional role-playing parallel to the meta game of the trial.
The principal contest is between the attorneys as they battle for
influence during the three phases of the trial (opening arguments,
presentation of evidence and closing arguments). Their skills are vital
in swaying the final phase – jury deliberation. Players may, of course,
represent themselves but a capable defense attorney is strongly
A skilled lawyer, perhaps aided by actions on the part of the
defendant’s allies, may well prove successful in defending a client
widely perceived to be guilty. But you’ll have to play out the game to
As a digital product, you’ll need to print out the playing board to run
the trial. A dozen six-sided dice are necessary to represent the jurors
and their variable leanings as they are persuaded by facts and the
lawyers’ charisma. But you’re a
gamer aren’t you. Everyone’s got spare six-siders!