About this project
Classic Never Goes Out of Style
With the 20th Anniversary Edition of the Deadlands Classic hardcover book, your posse can keep ridin' the Weird West, "classic" style!
Fans of Savage Worlds and gamers studying the evolution of roleplaying game mechanics will love seeing the roots of the award-winning RPGs. The first edition of Deadlands hit the shelves in 1996; we're actually reprinting the revised and best version which was released a few years later. For more on Deadlands' storied history (and it ain't over yet!) read below.
We're also including a Conversion Guide so Classic Marshals can use all the Plot Point Campaigns for Deadlands, including Good Intentions, to spur their ghost rock-fevered dreams...
...and Savage Worlds Marshals of Deadlands Reloaded can resurrect the bones of Deadlands Classic to flesh out their undying campaigns! The sections on adding a Mysterious Past to a posse member or NPC, Knacks, and Malfunctions both mechanical and arcane are especially useful for mining.
The Kickstarter for Deadlands Reloaded: Good Intentions is running at the same time as this Kickstarter! Together they make a Deadlands Double-Shot of Kickstarters.
You can support one or both Kickstarter projects; we'll combine the shipping in a pledge manager after the Kickstarters end. See Delivery, below, for more details.
Fans of Deadlands Classic are still playing this system today, including a live stream on Twitch every Friday morning (Eastern time). Want to see the system in action? Check out EvilSqueegee’s Youtube videos here.
Fair warning—some parts are NSFW!
Deadlands was originally printed in 1996 to rave reviews and industry awards, with a revised edition only a few years later.
Fans praised it for its writing, flavor, and innovative use of playing cards and poker chips in a unique setting that accommodated both character histories and an ongoing metaplot.
It won every major award the industry had to offer and then some!
One book has all the information needed to play. Players and Marshals read the front and the Marshal reads the last half to figure out what makes the West so Weird.
This is the best version of Deadlands Classic, with art lovingly re-colored by top artists! Check out a sample below:
Deadlands Classic was an innovative RPG in the '90s. The poker-inspired mechanics enhanced game play because of their iconic representation in the American West.
Here are a few reminders about the Classic Deadlands rules:
- A standard deck of playing cards with the Jokers left in is used for initiative, as well as for hucksters to "deal with the devil" or the Marshal to determine the outcome of your character's transition to Harrowed. You even use a deck of cards to build your character! Hope you come up better'n Aces, pardner...
- A set of poker chips in white, red, and blue mixed in a "Fate Pot" are drawn blind by players and Marshal alike, and when spent, they go back into the pot. You gotta work for those Legend chips...
- Dice? Deadlands Classic uses ALL of them. And lots of them. It's not uncommon to need five or six sets of dice from d4 to d20. And yes, they Ace! When you roll more "1s" than anything else, you go "bust" and your character fails catastrophically. Rolling the bones is not always a metaphor in this game...
- Part of the character build process is to figure out what scares your sodbuster the most. Your Worst Nightmare can most certainly come true!
- "Wind" is a derived statistic used rather like hit points. Wounds knock you down a few pegs...
- The Game Master is called the Marshal, and the characters the posse. Some things have stayed the same! Deadlands Classic also uses Traits, Edges, and Hindrances!
Now is your chance to own a piece of roleplaying game history!
Add-On one copy of the 20th Anniversary Edition of Deadlands Classic in hardcover for $50 and get the PDF for free. See Add-Ons below for more information.
Black Book Editions, our French partners and translators, made these cool boxes for their edition of Deadlands Reloaded. We fell in love with them instantly, and knew they'd be a big hit with the Deadlands Classic 20th Anniversary Edition books.
Each is painted black and printed to look like a "whiskey box," complete with metal clasps and compartments for Fate Chips, Dice, and two sets of Cards.
No alcohol is provided with the box (Sorry!).
This item is NOT available as an Add-On.
This double deck of cards features some of the best art over the past 20 years of Deadlands! Each deck has 52 cards and 2 Jokers.
Add-On one set of both decks for $20. See Add-Ons below for more information.
Deadlands Classic pioneered Savage Worlds' Bennies with "Fate Chips," which Marshals still use in Deadlands Reloaded. Each game 20 white, 10 red, and five blue Fate Chips go into a pot and the players draw them blind. This set also includes five Legend chips, which the Marshal adds to the pot when the posse has taken down something truly awful!
Add-On one set of 40 Fate Chips for $30. See Add-Ons below for more information.
New Add-On! $35 Extra Fate Chips for Deadlands Classic
The Extra Fate Chips for Deadlands Classic offers a set of 30 White, 15 Red, and 5 Blue Chips.
This way, combined with the "Deadlands Fate Chips" most of you are already getting, you get a complete "Classic" set of 50 White, 25 Red, and 10 Blue, plus 5 of the Legend Chips for when your players have been very, very good.
We still think the balance of the game is not far off with the Deadlands Fate Chips alone but for those who want them, we got 'em.
This set of Deadlands 20th Anniversary Dice are ghost rock black and "classic" Deadlands orange, and are in a leather dice bag screen printed with the Deadlands logo!
Add-On one set of dice in a bag for $20.
Add-on one Wild Die for $2. See Add-Ons below for more information.
Our latest T-shirt for Deadlands features Wendigo Pale Ale! It's ravenously good and will take the summer heat away with a bone-cold chill.
The 50/50 cotton/poly short sleeve men's shirt is soft, comfortable and durable, and available in sizes S-6XL (and we have Tall at no additional charge, LT-4XLT). A ladies' shirt, side seamed with a contoured body, is available in sizes XS-4XL.
You can't actually buy Wendigo Pale Ale to drink. Our other Deadlands T-shirts have been for Smilin' Jack's Red Rum and Mojave Rattler Mezcal,all designed by the incomparable multiple Hugo award winning Cheyenne Wright.
Add-on one T-shirt for $20. See Add-Ons below for more information.
The Boxed Set includes the 20th Anniversary Edition of Deadlands in hardcover, signed and numbered. It also includes a set of Deadlands dice in a leather logo-printed dice bag, a set of Fate Chips, and both decks of Deadlands cards! And they all fit inside the wooden "whiskey box," which will be a piece worthy of showing off and crowin' a little.
No alcohol is provided with the box (Sorry!).
The Boxed Set is NOT available as an Add-On.
For those hankerin' for a piece of "classic" history, this is the reward level for you!
You get the Boxed Set as above, but that's not all.
You also get a Wendigo Pale Ale T-shirt and a piece of art, a map, or some other graphic design element from the original Deadlands book from Shane's personal stash! There's no telling what he'll dredge up from the boneyard. Sorry, we can't take requests, but we promise it'll be something cool.
You also receive a digital copy of every Deadlands Classic and Deadlands d20 book we have from our website. Go there now to take a look by clicking here.
The Ultimate Fan Boxed Set is NOT available as an Add-on.
Add-Ons are a tad tricky to wrap your head around sometimes. By removing the shipping to the pledge manager, hopefully it'll be a bit easier to figure out.
Note ALL Add-Ons will be available for purchase later in the pledge manager survey following the Kickstarter.
It's easier for you and honestly easier for us, too. Really. Kickstarter is not built to handle "Add-Ons" well; they're just a Games category tradition.
But if you like reaching those stretch goals faster, here's how you can Add-On to your pledge.
First, pledge for a reward level. Those Ultimate Fan Boxed Sets may go pretty quick! Snag it, then come back here.
Then tally up all the Add-Ons you want to include. Each item is listed above with an Add-On price at the end of the description, if it is available to Add-On.
For example, If you want two more copies of the 20th Anniversary Deadlands Classic hardcover book for playing or giving to a friend, then add that $50 twice. You may want to write a reminder for later.
Finally, add the total Add-Ons to your pledge level by clicking on the pledge level and adjusting your total.
Here's a quick summary of Add-Ons (remember, we'll combine shipping into one package if you pledge for both Deadlands Double Shot Kickstarters, so the below are reminders for this campaign):
- $20 Deadlands Dice Set and Bag
- $20 Wendigo Pale Ale T-Shirt
- $20 Deadlands Double Deck of Playing Cards
- $30 Set of 40 Fate Chips
- $50 The 20th Anniversary Edition of Deadlands Classic in hardcover and get the PDF for free.
Don't see what you want listed here? Check out our website at www.peginc.com and figure it in. We'll let you add anything physical from our stock to your Kickstarter order. For this pledge manager we're determining shipping on weight, but we guess $1/item is about right.
Each copy of a book or map comes with a complimentary PDF, but we can't deliver the PDF until the pledge manager closes. If all you want is a PDF, go order it now at www.peginc.com!
If you have any questions about determining your Add-Ons, email Jodi Black at PEGJodi@gmail.com.
UNLOCKED! $20,000 Wallpapers!
We'll create a small selection of some of our favorite pieces of art in sizes for your phone, tablet, and pc! All backers receive a digital copy of the set.
UNLOCKED! $30,000 Tunes to Die For!
Harry Mack, the composer of Music to Die For (Deadlands Noir), Grim Prairie Tunes, and Toxic Tunes Too (Deadlands: Hell on Earth) brings us a new soundtrack for the City o' Gloom: Blood, Sweat, and Gears! All backers receive a digital copy.
UNLOCKED! $40,000 Bookmarks!
All physical backers receive a set of four bookmarks to use with their Deadlands Classic hardcover. All backers receive a digital copy; physical backers receive them in print.
UNLOCKED! $50,000 The Art of the Weird West
A 16-page PDF featuring a few of the defining pieces of Deadlands art with the stories behind them. We originally released this for the Stone and a Hard Place Kickstarter, but now it'll be updated with some of the best newly colored art from Deadlands Classic 20th Anniversary Edition! All backers receive a digital copy.
UNLOCKED! $60,000 Classic Character Folio in PDF!
Ease into your Tale-Tellin' with a set of journal pages specifically designed to complement and record your Deadlands Classic game, including a form-fillable character sheet. All backers receive a digital copy.
UNLOCKED! $70,000 Cover Print!
An exclusive PRINT of the Deadlands Classic 20th Anniversary Edition cover, suitable for framing! Physical backers only.
UNLOCKED! $80,000 Deadlands Comics: Dead Man’s Hand
Our friends at Visionary will send you a digital copy of the four issues making up the compilation called Dead Man’s Hand. This includes The Devil’s Six-Gun by the Harvey Award-winning High Moon team of David Gallaher & Steve Ellis, Massacre at Red Wing by Jonah Hex scribes Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Grey, Death Was Silent by Ron Marz & Bart Sears, and Black Water by Jeff Mariotte & Brook Turner.
UNLOCKED! $90,000 Paradise Lost by John “Night Train” Goff in PDF—a NEW adventure using the Deadlands Classic rules!
In the Weird West, not all tracks show up on a map, and not all trains are scheduled. During the Great Rail Wars, an unexpected whistle in the night usually meant bad news, and for Paradise, Idaho, it still does. An unscheduled train is rolling into the station, it's bringing Hell with it--just maybe not the one you'd expect given the author of this nightmare. Slap on your six-guns and help the residents of a peaceful mining town square off against a powerful foe from Deadlands' future...and past!
All backers receive a digital copy.
UNLOCKED! $100,000 Character Folio in Print!
All backers will receive the compilation as a digital reward; physical backers will receive it in print.
UNLOCKED! $110,000 More Deadlands Music for Your Game!
Everyone gets our other digital Deadlands soundtracks to go along with Harry Mack’s latest for this Kickstarter: Blood, Sweat, and Gears! Specifically, that’s Deadlands: Aces & Eights, and Grim Prairie Tunes. The music may last longer than your saddlebags! All backers receive digital copies.
UNLOCKED! $120,000 Paradise Lost Expansion 1
We’ll let John Goff go a little wilder on that Paradise Lost adventure. He’s got plenty of ideas noodlin’ in his noggin. This helps Paradise Lost go from a single adventure to two! All backers receive a digital copy.
UNLOCKED! $130,000 Deadlands Comics: Raven
Our friends at Visionary will send you a digital copy of the graphic novel featuring the favored son of War, Raven! All backers receive a digital copy.
UNLOCKED! $140,000 Paradise Lost Expansion 2
We’ll let John Goff go even wilder on that Paradise Lost adventure! This helps Paradise Lost go from a two adventures to three. All backers receive a digital copy.
UNLOCKED! $150,000 Deadlands Comics: The Cackler!
Our friends at Visionary will send you a digital copy of the comic changing the game in Deadlands! Think you can figure out the Cackler's secret identity before you get to the end of the tale? We've been putting the clues out there for 20 years, amigo! (The most concise clues are in The Black Circle book for the original Deadlands Classic, by the way, but everything is retold right there in the graphic novel as well.) All backers receive a digital copy.
UNLOCKED! $160,000 Paradise Lost in Print!
You’ve been asking for new content for Deadlands Classic for years—if we hit this stretch goal we’ll publish John Goff’s Paradise Lost! AND we’ll include the conversion guide in print to help Marshals go from one system to the other. But wait, there’s more! The entire adventure series will be dual statted for both Deadlands Classic and Deadlands Reloaded! All backers receive a digital copy; physical backers receive a print copy with their rewards.
UNLOCKED! $175,000 Dime Novels in PDF!
There's a lot of golden material out there in PDF—and some still in print!—for Deadlands Classic, but our most beloved were the pocket-sized Dime Novels! That pocket size, by the way, inspired our Explorer's Edition sized books for Savage Worlds...which then further inspired the graphic novel size we use today for most of our Savage Worlds books. All backers receive a digital copy of:
- Perdition's Daughter
- Independence Day
- Night Train
- Under a Harrowed Moon pt. 1: Strange Bedfellows
- Under a Harrowed Moon pt. 2: Savage Passage
- Under a Harrowed Moon pt. 3: Ground Zero
- Adios, A-Mi-Go!
$185,000 Last Stretch Goal! Classic Maps and Cardstock Cowboys!
- Deadlands Figures: Cardstock Cowboys Starter Pack PDF
- Deadlands Figures: Infernal Devices PDF
- Deadlands Figures: Horrors of the Weird West PDF
Both Good Intentions and the 20th Anniversary Edition of Deadlands Classic are already in final proofing. Your support helps us print the book and make the extras. This means delivery of the main PDFs about a month after funding and the physical products about 5 months later depending on the printer and shipping.
We deliver PDF materials through the Pinnacle website first and later through DriveThruRPG and RPGNow.
Two Kickstarter Projects. One Pledge Manager. You will pay for shipping after the Kickstarters.
Go ahead and support both campaigns! Once we import the data into the pledge manager, your rewards will combine into one package so you only pay shipping once.
You can then Add-On any of the items from either campaign, and even throw in some stuff from our website!
Please understand these are estimates in the truest sense of the word. Higher volume will reduce the overall shipping costs, and the weight of the final items may move the total higher or lower. One thing we will not skimp on is the packaging—we want these to arrive in perfect condition to your door.
Most of the orders from these Kickstarters will fall into three categories:
Medium Box: Holds roughly one copy of Good Intentions or one copy of the 20th Anniversary Edition Deadlands Classic. Maps may be added with little increase in price.
Large Box: Holds both books: one Good Intentions and one 20th Anniversary Edition Deadlands Classic. Maps, cards, dice, Fate Chips, and T-shirt may be added with little increase in price.
Double Box: Designed specifically to ship the Boxed Set, this double-packed set of cardboard boxes helps to protect the Boxed Set during shipping. Good Intentions, maps, cards, dice, Fate Chips, T-shirts, and other books may be added with little increase in price.
United States: $15 Medium, $20 Large, $35 Double Box
Canada: $50 Medium, $65 Large, $80 Double Box
Rest of the World: $80 Medium, $110 Large, $150 Double Box
EU Friendly Shipping from Our German Warehouse:
Germany $40 Medium, $60 Large, $105 Double Box
Rest of EU $45 Medium, $65 Large, $110 Double Box
Non-EU European Countries $65 Medium, $85 Large, $130 Double Box
Please remember these are estimates only. If you live in the EU and do not respond to the pledge manager survey during the time period, your order will ship direct from the United States and you are responsible for customs and taxes.
If you have any questions, email PEGJodi@gmail.com.
For retailers only. If we cannot verify your retailer status we will send you the Classic Print reward level instead. Additional retail items may be added to your order at no additional shipping charge (U.S. only) at standard retailer discount--just contact us when you see the pledge manager survey. The retailer discount does not apply to the Dice, Fate Chips, or T-shirts.
Includes all digital and physical (1 of each) stretch goal items as well as:
- 4 hardcover books ($200 retail value)
- 2 T shirts in XL ($40 retail value)
These will not be released for distribution any other way than the Kickstarter.
You may only choose this reward once, but doubling the pledge amount gives you twice the numbers listed here.
We cannot include the boxed set due to the costs involved.
Free shipping to locations in the continental United States. Other locations will be assessed a shipping charge after the Kickstarter.
PDFs are for the retailer's personal use only and not for resale.
About 20 years ago an ornery cuss named Shane Lacy Hensley penned a book about a West that never was.
In his Weird West, the dead walked and the war between the states ground slowly to a halt, neither side the victor. A "ghost rock" spurred the evolution of a New Science.
That screaming comin' from the furnace? That's just ghost rock burnin'.
As you played cowboys and saloon gals shootin' up critters like prairie ticks and rattlers, Marshals slowly unveiled the horror of the Deadlands and the Servitors who worked tirelessly to bring them about.
Grimme. Raven. Stone. Hellstromme. They became household names (in the wrong sort of households, I guess) synonymous with the worst kinds of evil: Famine, War, Death, and Pestilence.
Maybe your posse rode on as the Deadlands game system was revised and survived the d20 wars. The current edition of the rules, Deadlands Reloaded, uses the Savage Worlds game system for the core mechanics....but of course Savage Worlds was based on the Deadlands Classic rules in the first place!
The success of Deadlands also gave birth to numerous licenses and spin-offs, including the Doomtown Collectible Card Game from AEG and Hasbro, Deadlands Disk Wars from Fantasy Flight, GURPs Deadlands from Steve Jackson Games, Deadlands: The Great Rail Wars miniatures game, Deadlands: Hell on Earth, and Deadlands: Lost Colony.
Eventually the mechanics from Deadlands morphed into Pinnacle’s current flagship, Savage Worlds, another best-selling award-winning RPG. Deadlands continued under the Savage Worlds system as Deadlands Reloaded, Hell on Earth Reloaded, Deadlands Noir, and the upcoming Lost Colony Reloaded.
Deadlands has also been licensed for computer games, movies, novels, and comics.
Now, for the 20th anniversary of this milestone in roleplaying game history, Deadlands Classic re-releases in a Limited Kickstarter Edition, full-color hardcover!
The revised (and best) printing of the original black and white game has been lovingly COLORED by top artists to create the edition its creators always dreamed of.
Diehard fans of this groundbreaking game can also pledge for a VERY limited Collector’s Edition wooden “Whiskey Box”!
Inspired by our French partners, Black Book Editions, this gorgeous case looks like a whiskey case from the world of Deadlands, but inside is the Limited Edition full-color hardcover printing of the original game, two decks of playing cards (used for initiative in Deadlands and Savage Worlds…as well as “dealing with the devil” for hucksters), one set of themed dice, and Fate Chips!
We've been waiting 20 years to make this book. Thank you for helping to support this project.
Risks and challenges
Pinnacle Entertainment Group has launched and delivered multiple Kickstarter projects, including Deadlands Noir, Weird Wars Rome, East Texas University, The Last Parsec, Stone and a Hard Place, The Cackler Graphic Novel, The Sixth Gun, Rippers Resurrected, Weird War I, and Rifts® for Savage Worlds.
We feel confident our products will be delivered on time and at our usual standards, but of course any number of issues may arise and would be handled to the best of our ability.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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