That’s right, pardner! Our next stop is a visit to the Weird West. That’s right. Weird. As in “not of our own.” No, this isn’t the Old West the way you read about it yer history books. Well, some of it’s the same. But when the dead rose up at Gettysburg and started walking around…well, let’s say history decided to take an unexpected detour.
You want it summed up real pretty?
After almost two decades of bitter fighting, the American Civil War has ground to a standstill. The Confederate States are still free. California has fallen into the Pacific Ocean. Rail Barons fight bloody battles to decide who the victor will be in the race for a transcontinental railroad, while a superfuel called ghost rock advances technology by unpredictable leaps and sometimes dangerous bounds. The Sioux have retaken the Dakotas and the Coyote Confederation dances the Ghost Dance on the High Plains. Some even say the dead walk among us.
Does that about do it for ya?
So what’s in it for you? Well, Tenderfoot, I’m so glad you asked.
You want magic? Check.
You want steampunk? Check.
You want monstrous, soul crushing evil that will eagerly suck you down its gullet and pick its teeth with a cactus needle? CHECK!
But…it’s a western? You’re darn-tootin’, Greenhorn. Western with meat. Meat that bites back, that is. You fellers take up the roles of steely-eyed gunfighters, card-slinging sorcerers called hucksters, mysterious shamans, savage braves, mad scientists, and others who battle against evil and attempt to prevent the Final Reckoning. So check that pea-shooter on your hip and steer your horse into the setting sun. Because these days, the west needs heroes in the worst way.
I ain’t gonna sugar-coat it fer ya. ‘ole Joe is already set to work measurin’ pine boxes fer each of ya.
Deadlands uses the Savage Worlds rules we’ve been using for years now. Both are published by Pinnacle Entertainment.