History TabletopGame / Deadlands

18th Jun '18 11:32:52 AM WildCardCourier
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Finally, there's the third Deadlands setting, ''Lost Colony''. Set in a star system "far, far away", where a group of [[NobleSavage sentient, but primitive]], aliens may just hold the key to defeating the {{Big Bad}}s once and for all. It's meant to provide a suitably expansive backdrop to the series' climactic [[GrandFinale final confrontation]], but was hindered by a lack of support: only two sourcebooks and one novel were written to support the setting, a far cry from the extensive treatment of previous games in the series. Like its big brothers, however, it maintains a very "Western" feel, leading to the tagline used in all three series, "The spaghetti Western... with meat!" A ''Reloaded'' edition of ''Lost Colony'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcLu_TNGZ78#t=08m42s has been announced]], with an estimated release date of mid or late 2016.

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Finally, there's the third Deadlands setting, ''Lost Colony''. Set in a star system "far, far away", where a group of [[NobleSavage sentient, but primitive]], aliens may just hold the key to defeating the {{Big Bad}}s once and for all. It's meant to provide a suitably expansive backdrop to the series' climactic [[GrandFinale final confrontation]], but was hindered by a lack of support: only two sourcebooks and one novel were written to support the setting, a far cry from the extensive treatment of previous games in the series. Like its big brothers, however, it maintains a very "Western" feel, leading to the tagline used in all three series, "The spaghetti Western... with meat!" A ''Reloaded'' edition of ''Lost Colony'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcLu_TNGZ78#t=08m42s has been was announced]], with an original estimated release date of mid or late 2016.
2016. As of June 2018, ''Lost Colony Reloaded'' has yet to be published.



In 2014, the {{Collectible Card Game}} was rebooted as Doomtown Reloaded. Cleaned up rules and a new story that begins after the destruction of the old town. Unfortunately in 2016, AEG canceled the game, however a fan community along with Pinnacle has begun working on a continuation through Kickstarter (allegedly set to go in July of 2017).

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In 2014, the {{Collectible Card Game}} was rebooted as Doomtown Reloaded.''Doomtown Reloaded''. Cleaned up rules and a new story that begins after the destruction of the old town. Unfortunately in 2016, AEG canceled the game, however a fan community along with Pinnacle has begun working on a continuation through Kickstarter (allegedly set to go in July of 2017).



A remarkably comprehensive analysis of the differences between Classic and Reloaded can be found [[https://rpg.stackexchange.com/a/41330/44046 here]]

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A remarkably comprehensive analysis of the differences between Classic and Reloaded can be found [[https://rpg.stackexchange.com/a/41330/44046 here]]here]].



** Good luck trying to kill Stone by the way. According to Hell On Earth he has max stats possible, every weapon feat, and has a +23 to hit; with [[MoreDakka four attacks every round]] but no discernible health value.
*** And in ''Reloaded'', where Stone is statted, he's got enough speed backed with his Harrowed abilities to guarantee he'll get the first shot in even on high rank characters or dodge anything less than a critical. And then you add in his specific weaknesses ([[spoiler: He can only be hurt by a gun he's previously owned, and only then in a proper duel]]) on top of the need to shoot him in the head. Even ''statted'', he has PlotArmor. The other servitors are no better in this regard.

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** Good luck trying to kill Stone by the way. According to Hell ''Hell On Earth Earth'' he has max stats possible, every weapon feat, and has a +23 to hit; with [[MoreDakka four attacks every round]] but no discernible health value.
*** And in ''Reloaded'', where Stone is statted, he's got enough speed backed with his Harrowed abilities to guarantee he'll get the first shot in even on high rank characters or dodge anything less than a critical. And then you add in his specific weaknesses ([[spoiler: He ([[spoiler:he can only be hurt killed either by a gun he's previously owned, and only then in a proper duel]]) the bullets that killed him when he was human or by his own hand]]) on top of the need to shoot him in the head. Even ''statted'', he has PlotArmor. The other servitors are no better in this regard.



* TheRemake:
** The original ''Classic'' systems re-adapted for the TabletopGame/SavageWorlds system and an advancement of the metaplot.

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TheRemake: The original ''Classic'' systems were re-adapted for the TabletopGame/SavageWorlds system and given an advancement of the metaplot.



* WeirdScience: one of the sets of player skills. This being an explicitly Faustian setting, the knowledge to make the gadgets comes from less than heavenly sources, and every new gadget invented makes the character a little more insane.

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* WeirdScience: one One of the sets of player skills. This being an explicitly Faustian setting, the knowledge to make the gadgets comes from less than heavenly sources, and every new gadget invented makes the character a little more insane.



* RedRightHand: The Whateley family is so inbred and magically empowered that they all have a number of tell-tale marks of abnormality: jet black hair, pale skin, a sallow complexion, abnormally long fingernails. ''All'' Whateleys have vivid green eyes. Male Whateley [=PCs=] always have an unnerving presence, which in ''Reloaded'' means that they have a -2 modifier to their Charisma. Female Whatley [=PCs=] can choose whether or not their tells are considered unnerving (-2) or exotic (+2).

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* RedRightHand: The Whateley family is so inbred and magically empowered that they all have a number of tell-tale marks of abnormality: jet black hair, pale skin, a sallow complexion, abnormally long fingernails. ''All'' Whateleys have vivid green eyes. Male Whateley [=PCs=] always have an unnerving presence, which in ''Reloaded'' means that they have a -2 modifier to their Charisma. Female Whatley Whateley [=PCs=] can choose whether or not their tells are considered unnerving (-2) or exotic (+2).
27th Apr '18 8:52:17 PM DreadPirate7
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A remarkably comprehensive analysis of the differences between Classic and Reloaded can be found [[https://rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/41311/what-is-the-difference-between-deadlands-classic-and-savage-worlds-deadlands-r here]]

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A remarkably comprehensive analysis of the differences between Classic and Reloaded can be found [[https://rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/41311/what-is-the-difference-between-deadlands-classic-and-savage-worlds-deadlands-r com/a/41330/44046 here]]
27th Apr '18 8:36:55 PM DreadPirate7
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A remarkably comprehensive analysis of the differences between Classic and Reloaded can be found [[https://rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/41311/what-is-the-difference-between-deadlands-classic-and-savage-worlds-deadlands-r here]]
27th Apr '18 11:15:03 AM poi99
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Set thirteen years after "The Reckoning", ''Hell on Earth'' posits that [[spoiler: through the time-traveling shenanigans of the Harrowed gunslinger Stone]] the heroes of the Weird West [[DownerEnding failed]]. This led to 200 years of ghost rock exploitation, abominations mongering fear, and the eventual invention of the G-Bomb, a nuclear weapon utilizing irradiated ghost rock. During an epic world war between the collected allies of the United States and the Confederate States ([[DividedStatesOfAmerica which never reunited]] after the extended Civil War in ''The Weird West''), the Reckoners' plans come to fruition in 2081 as the [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt world is carpeted in G-Rays]] [[spoiler: which are, in fact, the radioactive souls of the damned]], heralding the Reckoners' return to Earth [[spoiler: [[AnthropomorphicPersonification in the form of the Four]] HorsemenOfTheApocalypse]].

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Set thirteen years after "The Reckoning", ''Hell on Earth'' posits that [[spoiler: through the time-traveling shenanigans of the Harrowed gunslinger Stone]] the heroes of the Weird West [[DownerEnding failed]]. This led to 200 years of ghost rock exploitation, abominations mongering fear, and the eventual invention of the G-Bomb, a nuclear weapon utilizing irradiated ghost rock. During an epic world war between the collected allies of the United States and the Confederate States ([[DividedStatesOfAmerica which never reunited]] after the extended Civil War in ''The Weird West''), the Reckoners' plans come to fruition in 2081 as the [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt world is carpeted in G-Rays]] [[spoiler: which are, in fact, the radioactive souls of the damned]], G-Rays]], heralding the Reckoners' return to Earth [[spoiler: [[AnthropomorphicPersonification in the form of the Four]] HorsemenOfTheApocalypse]].
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20th Apr '18 7:03:42 PM nombretomado
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** ''[[Series/TheTwilightZone It's a cookbook!]]''

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** ''[[Series/TheTwilightZone ''[[Series/TheTwilightZone1959 It's a cookbook!]]''
3rd Mar '18 6:23:22 AM Divra
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* UnusualEuphemism: The Texas Rangers' supernaturally empowered auxiliaries are officially listed as "musicians". The Rangers figured they needed something to put under "MOS", and "musician" was as decent a cover as any for why weird, distinctly un-military people were getting paid by the Rangers to go off in ones and twos to strange places. It's also a convenient code phrase; no-one outside the regiment will understand why a Ranger on the Mexican border will ask about "getting the band down here".
3rd Mar '18 5:31:28 AM Divra
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* SinisterMinister: Subverted. Grimme has all the hallmarks of this, but [[spoiler: the leader of Lost Angels, who is also the Servitor of Famine and instructs his followers to eat each other, is an Abomination who took the place and form of the real Ezekiah Grimme shortly after the real Grimme was eaten by his hunger-maddened followers in the aftermath of the Great Quake. The real Grimme was a whisky priest and a morally weak man, but he did his best to care for his people and was ''very'' far from capital-E evil.]]

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* SinisterMinister: Subverted. Zig-zagged. Grimme has all the hallmarks of this, but and [[spoiler: the leader of the Church of Lost Angels, Angels who is also the Servitor of Famine and instructs his followers to eat each other, other definitely fits the bill, but the leader of the Church of Lost Angels is not actually Ezekiah Grimme. The current leader of Lost Angels is an Abomination who took the place and form of the real Ezekiah Grimme shortly after the real Grimme was killed and eaten by his hunger-maddened followers in the aftermath of the Great Quake. The real Grimme was a whisky priest of the highest order and a morally weak man, but he did his level (though admittedly rather unimpressive) best to care for his people and was ''very'' far from capital-E evil.]]
3rd Mar '18 5:26:23 AM Divra
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* SinisterMinister: Subverted. Grimme has all the hallmarks of this, but [[spoiler: the leader of Lost Angels, who is also the Servitor of Famine and instructs his followers to eat each other, is an Abomination who took the place and form of the real Ezekiah Grimme shortly after the real Grimme was eaten by his hunger-maddened followers in the aftermath of the Great Quake. The real Grimme was a whisky priest, and a weak but fundamentally decent person, but ''very'' far from capital-E evil.]]

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* SinisterMinister: Subverted. Grimme has all the hallmarks of this, but [[spoiler: the leader of Lost Angels, who is also the Servitor of Famine and instructs his followers to eat each other, is an Abomination who took the place and form of the real Ezekiah Grimme shortly after the real Grimme was eaten by his hunger-maddened followers in the aftermath of the Great Quake. The real Grimme was a whisky priest, priest and a morally weak man, but fundamentally decent person, but he did his best to care for his people and was ''very'' far from capital-E evil.]]
3rd Mar '18 5:24:22 AM Divra
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* SinisterMinister: Grimme. Just Grimme.

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* SinisterMinister: Grimme. Just Grimme.Subverted. Grimme has all the hallmarks of this, but [[spoiler: the leader of Lost Angels, who is also the Servitor of Famine and instructs his followers to eat each other, is an Abomination who took the place and form of the real Ezekiah Grimme shortly after the real Grimme was eaten by his hunger-maddened followers in the aftermath of the Great Quake. The real Grimme was a whisky priest, and a weak but fundamentally decent person, but ''very'' far from capital-E evil.]]
20th Jan '18 10:12:17 AM Malady
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* FaceHeelRevolvingDoor: Nicodemus Whateley is an {{Expy}} of [[TheDunwichHorror Wilbur Whateley]], but after the first Doomtown story arc begins leading the Gamorra Whateleys in a less overtly antagonistic fashion, with faint references to having come round to the side of good. [[spoiler: Also, he killed [[TheAntichrist the reincarnation of Knicknevin]] ]]. By the time of Doomtown Reloaded, however, he's mayor and full on evil again.

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* FaceHeelRevolvingDoor: Nicodemus Whateley is an {{Expy}} of [[TheDunwichHorror [[Literature/TheDunwichHorror Wilbur Whateley]], but after the first Doomtown story arc begins leading the Gamorra Whateleys in a less overtly antagonistic fashion, with faint references to having come round to the side of good. [[spoiler: Also, he killed [[TheAntichrist the reincarnation of Knicknevin]] ]]. By the time of Doomtown Reloaded, however, he's mayor and full on evil again.



* OneWordTitle: The title is also a {{Portmantitle}}, being a plural compound word. "Deadlands".



* PhlebotinumInducedSteampunk: The steampunk mechanisms are fueled by a miracle fuel, ghost rock, which is a supernatural mineral made by the [[BigBadEnsemble BigBads]] from damned souls.

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* PhlebotinumInducedSteampunk: The steampunk mechanisms are fueled by a miracle fuel, ghost rock, which is a supernatural mineral made by the [[BigBadEnsemble BigBads]] {{Big Bad|Ensemble}}s from damned souls.



* {{Portmantitle}}: The title is also a OneWordTitle, being a plural compound word. "Deadlands".



** Justified with regards to slavery. Historically, Major General Patrick Cleburne proposed emancipating slaves in return for enlistment in the Confederate Army, but his plan was not implemented. With the ''Deadlands'' Civil War going on for years longer with heavier losses, the plan was enacted to give the South the manpower they desperately needed. Combined with the GrandUnifiedTimeline/FirstIndustrialRevolution making the slavery economy unfeasible and the British (who had already outlawed slavery historically) making abolition a condition for their support, the South outlawed slavery and societal norms grew to match.

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** Justified with regards to slavery. Historically, Major General Patrick Cleburne proposed emancipating slaves in return for enlistment in the Confederate Army, but his plan was not implemented. With the ''Deadlands'' Civil War going on for years longer with heavier losses, the plan was enacted to give the South the manpower they desperately needed. Combined with the GrandUnifiedTimeline/FirstIndustrialRevolution UsefulNotes/IndustrialRevolution making the slavery economy unfeasible and the British (who had already outlawed slavery historically) making abolition a condition for their support, the South outlawed slavery and societal norms grew to match.
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