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This new edition, written by Shane Lacy Hensley and B. Alternate historyWesternHorrorSteampunkFantasy.

While most of this book is designed with gamemasters in mind, a ddeadlands detailing Blood Magic for player character members of the Whatley clan provides advanced players with an intriguing new option for their games. For the album by Madder Mortem, see Deadlands album. See the current Pyramid website for more information. Rolling the highest possible number on any of the dice is known as “rolling an ace”, and that die may be re-rolled, with the total being added to the initial roll value.

On this date in the fictional universe, a group of American Indians from various tribes, led by a Sioux shaman known as “Raven,” performed a ritual in an effort to drive out the European settlers. Players take on the role of various mundane or arcane character types, including GunfightersLawmen such as U. The game also uses polyhedral dice d4, thw, d8, d10, d12, and d20 which are referred to as the “Bones”, and a set of white, red, and blue poker chips.

After completing a first thr, Hensley flew in two friends and game designers, Greg Gorden and Matt Forbeck ; they both liked what they saw and asked to buy into Pinnacle. The basic rules provide for characters and settings that could be expected to appear in the ” Wild West ” genre of movies and pulp fictionand most of the in-game action is presumed to occur in the wild frontiers of the American West, or in barely tamed frontier towns like Tombstone, Arizona or Dodge City, Kansas.


The canonical, basic setting is referred to as the ” Weird West ” due to the juxtaposition of the Western setting with the horrific and fantastical elements of the game. Along with Bones and Cards, characters get Fate Chips which are typically poker chips, although colored stones or coins can also be used.

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Deadlands 1 st edition cover, featuring cover art by Gerald Brom. This article originally appeared in the second volume of Pyramid. The basics are the same, with minor differences. To this end, they use their powers to create monsters, madmen, zombies, and other creatures blsck villains that will sow fear and terror throughout the land. Both jokers are present and wild, increasing the chance of a good hand, but the black joker means that the spirit does something harmful to the huckster.

In the game world, this mechanic is explained as the huckster literally gambling with a magical spirit in order to get it to do his or her bidding — a high ranking poker hand means the huckster has won, and the spirit casts the hex as desired; a low ranking poker hand results in failure.

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The game is set in the United States in the last quarter of the 19th century. Although the basic miracle set is predominantly Christian in nature, one of the extension sourcebooks includes miracles from other religionsand some of those are not permitted to Christian player characters.

Dwadlands American shamans cast spells by making deals with spirits. The miracles are usually protective or restorative in nature, although there are some for attack. Since then, undead gunslingers, hostile Indian spirits, strange cults, and deadly creatures have begun terrorizing the world. This progress drives the technological level of Deadlands from historical levels to a ” steampunk ” setting.

Inthe second of these campaigns, The Last Sons, was released. The page setting book updates the canonical setting to and includes information on the events dexdlands the past year, as well as new rules.

More recently, the Whateleys have been major players in the latest three-part series of adventures by Pinnacle Entertainment Group Ghost Busters, Rain o’ Terror, and the forthcoming Dead Presidents.


In most cases only the highest single die’s value with “aces” added is compared to a target number. Scientific progress rapidly advances as the Reckoners support experimental designs that normally would not work. This ritual created a conduit to a spiritual realm populated by powerful malicious balck known as the “Reckoners.

The Marshal may also award additional Bounty Points at the end of the session for completing the mission objectives and any exceptional role-playing by players. Harrowed beings are sometimes under the control of the spirit which uses the opportunity to spread fear and sometimes under the control of the deceased being.

The unleashing of the Reckoners has had a number of important side effects. This book marked a first for Great White Games in that it is the first setting book published without a scripted or plot point campaign. These are like Experience Points in other systems and are used to improve Traits and Aptitudes. The “Weird West” mark thw used to distinguish the primary game setting from the various other settings:.

A successful skill check allows the player to draw five or more cards and makes the best possible poker hand with those cards.

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When a player role-plays this Hindrance well, the Marshal can reward them instantly with a Fate Chip. Blessed characters can use their faith to invoke miracles —they pray deadlsnds their patron to grant their request. Sufficient levels deadllands fear in the population of a given location allow the Reckoners to begin subtly altering the environment of that location: This page was last edited on 21 Decemberat At the end of a gaming session, players can cash in unused Fate Chips for Bounty Points.

This has the effect of promoting and encouraging role-playing. Archived from the original on