The World of Deadlands Noir
Some of you have expressed great interest in the project but aren't familiar with the world of Deadlands and what some of the cities mentioned in the Companion are all about. For those who haven't yet walked our rain-soaked streets, here's a quick overview of the world and the five cities we'll shine our flashlights on:
Deadlands began on the blood-soaked high plains of the "Weird West." It continued in Deadlands Hell on Earth, the post-apocalyptic version of events where the bad guys--the Reckoners--won. Deadlands Lost Colony explores what happened to a group of colonists who departed earth for the "Faraway System" and were abandoned when the world blew up back in Hell on Earth.
Here's a sneak peek at the cover of the brand new Hell on Earth Reloaded, coming this August--see more at www.peginc.com!
Deadlands Noir takes place in the mid 1930s, between the Weird West and Hell on Earth. The Confederacy managed to hang onto its independence and is now its own nation. It wars frequently with the USA in the North, but occasionally manages to band together to fight common threats. But even at the best of times the two engage in a Cold War of constant espionage and covert actions against one other to compete for resources, the hearts and minds of the border states that occasionally switch allegiances, and most importantly, waning deposits of the superfuel known as "ghost rock" that powers the world's "mad science!"
The main setting for Deadlands Noir is the Big Easy, New Orleans. We'll be sharing a wealth of information on its graft and corruption, heroes and heroines, strange voodoo, and the rise of "patent science" in a future update.
Four additional locales are added in the Companion:
Shan Fan: In the world of Deadlands, the Great Quake turned what we know as California into a labyrinth of flooded sea canyons. One of the cities that developed in its wake is Shan Fan, home to the deadly Tong Gangs and center of power for the Warlord Kang! Chinese sorcery, Japanese samurai, and rowdy gunslingers all clash in this deadly town.
Lost Angels: The Church of Lost Angels was secretly a cannibal cult in the late 1800s. It was wiped out by a near Biblical flood (in the Weird West adventure "The Flood"). In the Noir period, a new church is rebuilding on the ruins of the old. In its shadows exist a shady prospector town called Purgatory, and a rapidly growing movie industry to rival the romance, murder, and mayhem of Hollywood itself!
Chicago: The Windy City is still recovering from the gangster period of the '20s. The Depression hits hard, and all those criminals formerly living the high life are now desperate thugs looking for new ways to make a bloody buck.
The City o' Gloom: In the mid-1800s, the world's most renowned scientist, Dr. Darius Hellstromme, settled in Salt Lake City and created a factory town on its outskirts that has come to be called the "City o' Gloom" due to the constant smog of burning ghost rock. To some, it's a dirty prototype of the new science. To others, it's a mechanical nightmare manufacturing the beginning of man's end.
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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:
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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:
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