Meet the Mayor--or Run For Office Yourself!
Several of you asked if you could pledge to be the Mayor of our Companion cities--Chicago, Lost Angels, Shan Fan, or the City o' Gloom (assuming we hit that stretch goal!) That Reward Level is now up, and there are only four of them.
(If we don't hit our fourth stretch goal and all four Mayor slots are taken, we'll refund the backer who pledged last.)
Which city you get for your pledge will be determined by us. Then we'll work with you to use you or a character of your creation and his likeness in the book as one of our four mayors. See the Reward for details..
Before you pledge, remember that your alter-ego will most likely be dirty, corrupt, greedy, violent, and more than a little eccentric. He might even be dead. Or undead. It's a Deadlands Noir thing. :) If that bothers you, please don't choose this reward. (And if you really want to be a hero and even have a short story written about your character, see the Night Stalker level.)
Now here's the dirt on the Head Cheese of the Big Easy!
James McKendrew, Mayor of NewOrleans
If you believe the scuttlebutt, James McKendrew bought theoffice of mayor for a cool grand, but even New Orleans isn’t that cheap. The truth is he bought the plans for some new-fangled voting machines for a thousand and the rest was blood, sweat, and a little patent science.
James Andrews got his start as a researcher for Hellstromme Industries in the so-called "City of Gloom." As a patent scientist’s salary doesn’t exactly leave one rolling in greenbacks, he supplemented his income by slipping a secret or two to Hellstromme’s competitors. Eventually, he overstretched himself and had to flee Deseret just a few steps ahead of the good professor’s less pleasant enforcers.
He changed his name to McKendrew and ended up in Dixie where he latched onto the coattails of Louisiana senator Huey Long, better known as “the Kingfish.” During a mayoral election in New Orleans, the senator tasked McKendrew with rigging the city’s voting machines in favor of a Mayoral minion. The wayward inventor had other plans though—plans that ended with him drawing a fat check as the Mayor of New Orleans—plus any kickbacks he could finagle on the side.
The final results of the election showed a surprising amount of support for an unknown candidate—one James McKendrew. Now he figures the Kingfish will think twice about moving against him in such a high-profile position. Better yet, Hellstromme holds a few lucrative contracts with the city, so he hopes his old employer won’t seek to settle old scores should he ever be identified.
The mayor has proven amazingly adept at playing the Black Hand, the Red Sect, Hellstromme, and the Kingfish against each other, all the while turning a tidy profit. He’s not a villain so much as a clever man with a very well-developed sense of self-preservation. It’s even possible he can end up an ally for the heroes, but he's more likely to use them as pawns in a convoluted scheme that thwarts his enemies, or at least lines his pockets!
Quote: "If you disagree with my policies, feel free to write a letter to my office. I read ALL my mail personally. Now why don't you put away those weapons before you find out what this pocket watch can do..."
Attributes: Agility d6, Smarts d12, Spirit d10, Strength d6, Vigor d6
Skills: Driving d6, Intimidation d6, Investigation d8, Knowledge (Chemistry, Engineering) d10, Notice d10, Patent Science d10, Persuasion d10, Repair d8, Streetwise d10, Taunt d6
Charisma: 0; Pace: 6; Parry: 2; Toughness: 7/9 (2/4)
Hindrances: Delusion (Paranoid), Greedy (Minor), Enemy (The Kingfish), Dark Secret (Betrayed Hellstromme)
Edges: Arcane Background (Patent Science), Connections, Filthy Rich, Luck, McGyver, Strong Willed
Powers: Confusion, puppet (both built into a strobelight pen)
Power Points: 20
Gear: .25 automatic (Range 12/24/48, Damage 2d6-1, RoF 1, Shots 6, Semi-Auto), bullet-proof vest (2/4), ordinary pocket watch, typically carries $1000 in cash.
pledged of $8,000 goal
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May 15, 2012 - Jun 14, 2012 (30 days)
Pledge $8 or more
Dime Novelist: A PDF and EBook bundle of our brand new, all original, illustrated Deadlands Noir Dime Novel! *** If you're interested in the setting but aren't necessarily a gamer, this might be a great package for you!Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $20 or more
Mook: The Dime Novel bundle in August and a PDF of Deadlands Noir the moment it's available!Estimated delivery: Nov 2013
Pledge $40 or more
Palooka: You get the PDF of Deadlands Noir, the Dime Novel, the Noir Companion, and the Figure Flats!Estimated delivery: Nov 2013
Pledge $50 or more
Goon: All the rewards of a Mook plus a hardcover copy of the book! Includes free shipping to the domestic United States. International customers please add $20 for shipping.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013
Pledge $75 or more
Gumshoe: All the rewards of a Goon PLUS your book is signed and numbered, AND you get a special deck of Deadlands Noir playing cards to use in your game! International customers please add $20 for shipping.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013
Pledge $100 or more
Enforcer: Everything a Gumshoe gets plus custom bennies (full-color, customized ceramic poker chips)! International customers please add $20 for shipping.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013
Pledge $125 or more
Capo: All the Enforcer rewards AND a full-color poster map of the New Orleans campaign area! At this level you also get your name in the book as a Capo! International customers please add $20 for shipping.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013
Pledge $150 or more
Private Dick: Everything a Capo gets AND a limited edition metal badge stamped with the Big Easy's (fictional) license for private detectives--with a bullet hole in it! You also get your name in the book's credits as a Private Dick! (That's slang for a detective for you rubes out there!) International customers please add $20 for shipping.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013
Pledge $199 or more
Shamus: This is all the PDF AND print products we're making, including all the stretch goals! That's the signed and numbered Deadlands Noir book, the Companion, the soundtrack, the audio drama, the cards, the Bennies, the maps, the figures, the Dime Novel, the adventure, the Figure Flats, and EVEN the badge! (And if anything else gets added--or we forgot to list anything--you get that too!) International customers please add $20. (And for you rubes out there, Shamus is another term for a detective!)Estimated delivery: Mar 2013
Pledge $200 or more
Da Shopkeeper Special: This reward is ONLY for retailers who own a brick & mortar store and can be purchased as many times as you like. *** It includes 6 copies of Deadlands Noir, 2 copies of the Deadlands Weird West Marshal's Handbook (hardback), 2 copies of the Deadlands Weird West Player's Guide (hardback), 6 copies of the Savage Worlds Deluxe Explorer's Edition, 3 Action Adventure Decks for all your Savage Worlds games, 6 copies of the Deadlands Noir New Orleans map, and ONE of our Private Dick badges! *** All this will be shipped freight free to the continental US! We'll also send you goodies like an adventure and sample characters you can distribute or use for in-store events, and you'll get it all a week or so before it ships to distributors! *** Please note that if we cannot verify your brick and mortar store, you will receive the "Capo" package instead. Note also that this must ship to a continental US address. Finally, we'll add your store to our list of retailers on the website when the game comes out.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013
Pledge $249 or more
8 backers All gone!
Hardboiled Companion: This is exactly like the Hardboiled Reward except that you or your character will be an NPC in the Companion! You get everything in print and PDF, are listed in the *main book* credits as Hardboiled, and you or your character will walk the dark streets of Chicago, Shan Fan, Lost Angels, or the dreaded City o' Gloom in the Companion! International customers please add $20 for shipping.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013
Pledge $250 or more
10 backers All gone!
Hardboiled: Everything a Private Dick gets AND we'll work with you to put your likeness (or a likeness of your choice) in the game as an NPC! You'll also get a credit in the book as being Hardboiled! International customers please add $20 for shipping.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013
Pledge $300 or more
20 backers All gone!
Don: All the benefits of being Hardboiled (in March), plus, if you come to GenCon 2012 and have a valid GenCon badge, Shane Hensley, John Goff, or Clint Black will run a special and exclusive playtest game JUST for you and the other Dons! International customers please add $20 for shipping.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013
Pledge $500 or more
4 backers All gone!
Mayor: We'll work with you to make you or a character of your design the Mayor of one of the four cities in our Deadlands Noir Companion! Each section is smaller than the treatment we're giving Mayor McKendrew of the Big Easy (see that reward), so the price of graft and corruption is less as well. For your campaign contribution, you'll get the Shamus reward (that's every product we're making for Deadlands Noir in PDF and print) as well as an 8.5 x 11 portrait of your character against his city's backdrop or a local landmark of your choice. And if you make it to GenCon 2012 with a valid badge, you'll be in one of our exclusive premiere playtests as well! Finally, we're reserving a Savage Worlds Deluxe Hardback--which are just about sold out and won't be reprinted in that form--and adding them to ALL Mayor and Night Stalker rewards to go along with your new books and other swag!Estimated delivery: Mar 2013
Pledge $1,000 or more
Night Stalker: All the benefits of a Private Dick, and you can choose one of these two perks: Cheyenne Wright will do a full-color digital painting of your Deadlands or Savage Worlds character; or either Shane Hensley, John Goff, or Cheyenne Wright will work with you to create an original Deadlands Noir short story (minimum of 3000 words) based on your character or idea. Pinnacle Entertainment Group *will* retain the rights to use and sell the illustration or story in future works, and you will be credited as the creator as a "work for hire."Estimated delivery: Mar 2013
Pledge $1,000 or more
1 backer All gone!
Mayor of the Big Easy: We're giving you everything, boss! The PDF, the FIRST signed and numbered book, the cards, the bennies, the badge, the map, AND we'll work with you to make you or a character of your design the Mayor of New Orleans in the Deadlands Noir world! You'll get a 8.5 x 11 portrait of you or your character, and (fictionally) more trouble than you and your goons can handle! And if you make it to GenCon with a valid badge, you'll be in one of our exclusive playtests as well!Estimated delivery: Mar 2013