No. Not us. We aren’t going anywhere (though elsewhere I’ve gone digital and have nothing but good things to say).
In just one short month, we’re cracking the lid on a new game setting: Deadlands. And it seems we’re not the only one’s. The big news that hit the net yesterday, and caught gamerdom blidesided, is that Microsoft has optioned the Deadlands game setting for a new internet television series to be broadcast over its XBox platform.
This may not seem like big news to you. And it shouldn’t be…yet. RPGs have a pretty poor track record when it comes to TV adaptions. Most of you were probably not even a thought for Kindred: the Embraced, a series even the Aaron Spelling magic couldn’t save. And don’t even get me started on the Dungeons and Dragons movie (and its sequels). And that…is just about all there is to talk about. But despite the announcement, there is a long road to go on a Deadlands internet show. Personally, I’m much more interested in whether or not it will be available on Netflix, iTunes, or even On Demand as I have no interest in buying a XBox just to watch a TV show, no matter what they decide to call it.
But if the show makes it to a debut, and we haven’t run out of cowpokes, indians, or zombies (or worse) to shoot at or blow up, well we might start seeing a new level of interest in what we are doing!
See you all Monday!
The end is nigh! Join us for the two final sessions of Heroes of Ash and Flame. You’ve sensed her presence. She’s harried your companions, even stolen one of your own. Now, come face to face with the greatest adversary you’ve yet faced on the blasted wastes of Athas.
Join us Monday, February 17, for Heroes of Ash and Flame. 6:00 pm at the Lewisville Public Library.
Heroes of Ash and Flame is reserved for teens, ages 12 to 17.
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.