Tabletop Game Deadlands Discussion

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11:13:51 AM Sep 14th 2013
Hi folks I need a bit of help with an example(s) from a Special Efforts thread. See InstantDeathBullet Sandbox for more details Links to threads are in the description.

Any help, suggestions, or other info can be posted to The Special Efforts thread

The examples shown here could perhaps be salvaged with more context or used in other tropes.

What game mechanics, if any, make instant death possible with these games? Please be specific. For example weapons, hit locations, critical damage, direct one shot one kill weapons (like the Golden Gun in GoldenEye)

Does an Instant Death Bullet Occur in cut scenes, gameplay, or anywhere else in the game?

  • Deadlands: An "average" shot from a typical pistol to the torso of an average person will do a non-lethal amount of damage (though a good roll could still kill the target outright or cause it to bleed to death). However, this mythical average target will be temporarily stunned about half the time, and will be knocked unconscious from shock about a quarter of the time, give or take. All in all, a fair assessment of handgun lethality in the Western setting. (Once Mad Science or other advanced tech gets involved, all bets are off.)

04:34:13 PM Mar 16th 2010
Vulpy: About this entry:

  • God Is Good: True, believe it or not in this setting, but only for Weird West. He's actively involved trying to pull our bacon out of the fire. He gets ripshit pissed in Hell on Earth, since humans were the ones who screwed up, and so goes hardcore Lawful Neutral with only a side of Good, trying to enforce harsh justice as the only thing that'll work in the wasteland humanity has created for itself.

Is that something else that changed between DL Classic and Reloaded? The Templars were explicitly stated to not be powered by the Abrahamic God in Classic Hell on Earth, even though Simon was himself a Christian at one point. My interpretation of the Christian/Jewish/Muslim divinity is that it was more or less forsaken by its followers, and since it's a Clap Your Hands If You Believe setting, became less powerful as a result.
03:42:51 PM Mar 15th 2014
Basically, the entry is shorthanding: Classic states that there is at least one high-ranking, powerful spirit/deity (the terms honestly overlap a lot in this setting) that is interested in humanity's wellbeing. "God" is being used as a single shorthand entry. At least, I think that's what's happening here. I don't have Spirit Dancers or Fire and Brimstone, so I can't comment on how accurate the trope is, or on how accurate the entry for Deadlands on the actual God Is Good page is.
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