Deadlands Reloaded: The Weird West
A Spaghetti Western with Meat
Deadlands is an alternate history western/horror role-playing game. The world of Deadlands was much like our own up until July 4th, 1863. It is rumored that something supernaturally powerful was unleashed that day, and it changed the world forever. It was most noticeably changed in western North America better known as the Wild West. The American Civil war continued for decades finally ending in an uneasy cease fire around 1876 between the two factions (Union and Confederacy) and the successfully separation of the Confederate States of America in 1879.
In 1868, a great earthquake shook the California coast so violently as to have much of fall into the sea creating the Great Maze that now exists where the coast once was. From tragedy comes opportunity, as Ghost Rock a previously undiscovered super material and fuel was discovered. This Ghost Rock catapulted the world’s technology with wondrous inventions and awesome weapons by these popularly named mad scientists.
With the war protracted and so costly in men and resources, the long oppressed Indians of the west could resist placement on small out of the way reservations. Many of the Indian tribes banded together and formed the Sioux Nations in the Dakota Territories and Coyote Confederation out of most of Oklahoma. With their success many tribes are returning to the Old Way before the white man’s steel and gunpowder. These Indians eschew technology more advanced that what they great grandfathers had.
Many preachers and other blessed claim to be able to perform miracles including healing the sick and injured. Even some practitioners the ancient martial arts of Kung Fu claim to have mastered their chi, or life force, to the point they can do things no normal man can do.
While the Civil War might have come to a close, there are battles a ‘plenty in the disputed territories between the Union and the Confederacy. If that wasn’t bad enough the Great Rail War is become more and more intense as each of the six major railroads (Bayou Vermillion, Black River, Dixie Rails, Iron Dragon, Union Blue, and Wasatch) set up their attacks on each other to reach California.
Out west there are also tales of strange abominations and monsters. There are a multitude of fauna never seen by biologists that have recently been discovered of west from the huge Mohave Ratter to the small and enigmatic jackalope. There are stories stranger still about walking dead men and creatures straight out of nightmares. Some say that even the land itself can become a place with darker shadows of morbid and creepifying surroundings. Fear is becoming almost a phyiscal thing as these stories of the macabre increase.
However, there are few men and women who dare stand up to the darkness and fear. They tell tales of their struggles with the supernatural, and how they fought back against the fear and won. They prove that this terror can be battled and even beaten. Now at of them survive the fight with evil, but they die knowing their sacrifice was not in vein to make the world a brighter place.
The link is to a short explanation of the Western United States as understood by any character willing to read the sensational tabloid known as the Tombstone Epitaph. It is a brief over view of what has happened in the USA and CSA in last couple of decades. Players are recommended to read it as a primer for this setting.
Tombstone Epitaph Guide to the Weird West
This is a Deadlands: Reloaded game played on Tabletop Forge. Due to some of the limits of Google Hangout style gaming, some rule changes were made. See the Wiki tab, under House Rules will detail rule changes.
The Adventure Log tab will be a write up in short story form the actual play of the adventures for this game.
The Wiki tab is where the rules and game notes are. Tombstone Epitaph articles are posted here helping players learn more about the weird west and giving them some options on what kind of adventures they are getting into. Lastly, a state by state break down of the Weird West including all the major settlements and for the Marshal (Game Master) a list of adventures that take place in that state. Player are encouraged to use this information as character knowledge that is either common knowledge for most folks or something their characters researched during the “off camera” time of the game.
Under the Characters tab are list of the current Player characters as well as many of the NPCs within the Weird West. All NPCs that are viewable by the players is the information that is not terrible hard to learn. However, it should be noted that many of the character sheets for the NPCs are purposely incomplete or misleading for some NPCs that not much is known about them.
The Items tab will have a list of all the common weapons and items that can be found in West as well as a few artifacts and relics that can be found. Prices are the typical cost found across the Weird West, but not always the actual cost found in every general store.
The Maps tab has a picture of the Weird West.
Deadlands Reloaded: The Weird West Comments
Game on Wednesday, right? Or are we putting it off until this week-end?
If we have the game sooner, just ping me on the hangout or send me a text message. My number is (318)623-1952.
So… no game tonight? :(
Me and Danny have some stuff going on I dont know if he will make it at all and ill be a little late. Ill try checking in on the hang out every chance I get. Sorry for the horrid schedule conflicts the last 2 weeks.
And 7:30 EST! I’m in Virginia for training, of all places. See you then! :)
Next game: Saturday, May 4, 2013 @ 4:30pm PST, 5:30 MST.
Sorry, make that Tuesday.
Monday game again, perhaps? :)
This weekends game is canceled. I have to work until the 29th.
You’re good Danny. Spouses will demand their pound of flesh occasionally. :)
Looking forward to the exciting conclusion!
Thank you for the Game:). It was fun. Sorry that I had to bail early.
Monday 22 Apr 2013, 4:30 Pacific, 5:30 Mountain, 6:30 Central, and 7:30 Eastern (just to cover all of the continental U.S.
Monday it is!
I can’t stay up late tonight because of work.
Could we start today after your daughter has gone to bed maybe? I don’t mind staying up late.
Otherwise, Monday works for me!
Im good monday, wedn, or thursday this week, I do start a shift that is very similiar to kalebs though and will be working fri-sunday next weekend. Again I can make it on saterday but it would be after work so 7pm mountain.
I can’t on Sunday, but during the week would be fine.
How about today?
I was just called into work sunday so I will be unavialable untill 7pm mountain that day.
I’m up for whichever is more convenient! :)
I am not going to be able to make it saterday as it is my daughters bday. If everybody is ok with it I can game on friday or sunday this week.
Yes, we are.
Are we still on for tonight? 6:30 CST, 5:30 Mountain, 4:30 Pacific?
I’ll be happy to join your game if possible. If you could give me the details (in an e-mail maybe) with just something to get me started, like module, story, example character, that kind of thing.
If you need a supporting role or you have any ideas, please let me know. Also, if you have it pretty well planned out, and you don’t need a third wheel, that’s cool too.
I cant wait to pick this back up, also i plan on running my game tomorrow 4/3 @ 4Z30 mountain unless there is a better time for everybody in the next couple of days
Back from the field at long last, and I can’t wait to get down to it again!
Please keep me in the loop, hope everybody’s had a nice couple weeks, I sure haven’t.
I’m sorry to hear that. Well, get better soon. I think that puts at two people and that’s including my myself. We can try for next weekend.
Sorry Guys, I woke up with a stomach flu. I don’t think i’m going to be doin much of anything today.
Wow, that’s actually really cool. I might write up a little something for that, or we could talk about who might be appropriate to come to our aid.
Also, hope Donovan can join us. I look forward to seeing his character! It would definitely be helpful to carrying the story forward while I’m in the field for three weeks after this game.
If Donovan is ready to play that’s great. I expect this next game to be hard. So hard, in fact, that during the adventure any player can spend a Benny to suddenly summon a “Mysterious Stranger” to aid the Posse.
Cant wait its going to be fun times.
Donovan hit me up. he said he might be able to attend.
Looking forward to it!
Alright. Turns out I gotta work tomorrow doing TLPs and the like for a Sunday STX lane. Doesn’t mean I won’t be done by 1830 of course. I’ll do my best to show up early, and I’ll shoot a text message to Shawn if anything is amiss.
I’ll keep everyone abreast of my situation. There may or may not be a field problem that day, difficult to say. My JRTC rotation starts in mid-March, and I’ll keep everyone informed on that front as well.
This Saturday I’ll try to show up early and get my technical issues out of the way. I know Roll 20 doesn’t play well with my computer, but hopefully we can fix it.
And yeah, lots of fun last time. Hope for more fun next time, too!
And I can and will jump on early to assist in troubleshooting. also to the Marshal I will also to help with the things like token setup and setting up the commands to assoicate it with our guys in journal. and how to give us the option to change and see the things like markers and change health stats. and show you how to transfer them from one page to the next with the ease of a copy and paste command. i’m not really wanting the battle map just something a little more user friendly tracking wounds, fatigue, ammo, money, buffs. and what not. And Great Game last weekend looking forward to the next one.
I found an online mapping tool that i think the map from “Guess who is coming to Donner” was made from. not in peices but it can be exported in page by page pdf format so you could print the thing in single pages. to make the whole map. just like in that adventure. anyways just something i stumbled across today. along with the people that made the serenty RPG game. now has the rights to FireFly and is now making the game. anyways see you all later tonight.
Player Overview This link I suggest we watch to ease into
the New Virtual Tabletop the last free option for us. Its features are a lot more developed then Table Top Forge was.
that was all the free ones i could find they do a couple more.
Came across a free Deadlands Comic.
Yea that is true, well it will be exciting either way.
I hope we get our guns back before it comes to this for the Explorers’ Society.
“The Developer Preview version for backers is now available. To start a Google+ Hangout using this version please use the following link:
This will start a Hangout using the new app version and then it will be available in your Recent Apps toolbar at the top. Authentication isn’t 100% complete yet so we aren’t restricting the app to backers only yet. Once authentication does go in, as long as one person in the Hangout is a backer the Developer Preview version will be available to everyone in the Hangout.
We are working hard on documenting this new version but the current feature set includes:
Chat area that allows normal text chat, emotes, aliases, whispers, macros, and dice parsing.
Macro UI that lets you define macros for commonly used rolls. Can use the Play button next to the macro, or type “/m macro_name” or now “/macro_name” in the chat.
3D dice area available but are in an early alpha state. Right now the 3D dice parser can’t do formulas only basic die rolls. You can call them up by doing /3D 1d20 or /3d 4d6 for instance. You can also have a “local” 3D dice that doesn’t get reported to chat by using /3L 1d20 or /3L 4d6. You can turn a local 3D die into a public die by right-clicking on it and throwing it.
Adding Images, Tokens, and Drawing Tools are available in the Scene Tools panel. You can add from Google Drive, Google Image search, Google Maps, and via URL. Google Drive is going to be how we encourage users to use local file resources and we will soon provide a flow to easily upload local files to Google Drive and share out tot he Hangout in one step.
The drawing tools now have rectangles, lines, and circles as well as an eraser. We have done a good amount of testing and it should be a lot more stable than the old method of drawing.
Tokens tooltips can allow for multi-line input on the right-click menu. You can even put HTML in there if you are feeling brave. So the token tooltip could be an IMG link to a full portrait or even a mini-character sheet.
Features coming real soon:
We will be adding back in the ability to export/import the state of the Hangout (including macros) within the next few days. We are working to see if we can get Google Drive integration working to make it even easier to manage.
Table functionality will be making a comeback but with an even easier to use UI and a separate Deck builder tool.
Initiative Tracker with sorting and notes will be coming soon.
Also, we do have our Issue tracker up and running. If you encounter a bug or want to throw in a feature request please visit:
We will be tracking bugs and feature requests and letting you know when they get fixed or added. Our website will be updated within the next few days with our new Roadmap of where we are going.
Finally, we are working on the integration to get you the awesome art assets that our artists have been sending us. We don’t quite have all the art in yet but what we do have will be available soon."
this is the right link follow it and be amazed
take a look at the new TTF featurs
LOVE THIS TIME!!! ITS A FUN>TIME!!!!