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Hard-boiled detective pen-and-paper roleplaying in the Big Easy of 1930s Deadlands--using the Savage Worlds rules!
Hard-boiled detective pen-and-paper roleplaying in the Big Easy of 1930s Deadlands--using the Savage Worlds rules!
Hard-boiled detective pen-and-paper roleplaying in the Big Easy of 1930s Deadlands--using the Savage Worlds rules!
1,140 backers pledged $117,648 to help bring this project to life.

There Has Come a Reckoning...

Our first Kickstarter has been an amazing experience. We thought we'd make the funding amount, but would have been happy to exceed it by 10-15%. We had a few stretch goals lined up and we thought they were pretty ambitious.

All of our expectations were achieved. Over and over again. We're almost 1500 percent backed. One thousand five hundred percent more love than we hoped for. It's hard for us to comprehend that level of support. Even with the relatively high cost each pledge comes with (because we're giving so much with each pledge) there's still plenty left over to help us with our other projects (and we have LOTS!!!)

We had so much fun--creating the world, interacting with our first Mayor--James McKendrew (who became our biggest supporter in more ways than one)--talking over the backgrounds of our first Night Stalker (a creepy Whateley, no less!), adding in the new cities for the Companion, adding Ken Hite to the team, and watching Cheyenne turn the audio drama into a thing of beauty.

We also learned a lot. Like just how many people out there didn't know Deadlands was still around! For you folks, we're thrilled to welcome you BACK...and let you know there are a ton of Deadlands Reloaded books available RIGHT NOW if you're interested. Follow that link and take a look--and remember we're sending you the PDF of the Savage Worlds Deluxe core rules as soon as the Kickstarter is over and we get the info from Amazon, so you can saddle up and ride right into the Weird West immediately! (Please give us a little time here--it's a big complicated job and we haven't seen what Amazon gives us just yet.)

Here's our latest release for Deadlands the Weird West...Guess Who's Coming to Donner? and next week should see the release of the long-awaited Return to Manitou Bluff!

Visionary Comics

We also want to make sure new Deadlanders know about the recent comics done by our friends at Visionary. Explore the Weird West through the eyes of a mad scientist, a mute bounty-hunter, the vengeful daughter of Raven, and Billy the Kid! You can buy digital copies of the issues right from Pinnacle or find your favorite digital comic venue at the Visionary Comics site.

You can also pre-order a convention special edition trade paperback collection of all 5 one-shots in one fantastic volume, featuring exclusive new shorts by Shane Hensley and Matt Cutter with stats and creatures you can use in your Deadlands game!

Books will be shipped direct or you can pick them up at GenCon or Baltimore Comic-con. Details for pre-ordering will be announced and posted by June 18th at the Visionary Comics site!

Hell on Earth--AUGUST!!!

Of course Deadlands Noir isn't the first Deadlands spin-off--it's the third (Lost Colony was the second). Deadlands Hell on Earth explores what happens if the Reckoners win (here's a hint--they cheated!). The Reloaded version of the "Wasted West" comes out in August for Savage Worlds, and as much as we loved Classic, THIS is the rules system this massive, over-the-top, supernatural post-apocalyptic epic was made for!

Something Wicked This Way Comes

And right before Gencon, you can help Visionary Kickstart the Reckoning!  Visionary will be producing a 4-issue series that finally reveals the full story of the first Servitor and Last Son, RAVEN! Details posted at Visionary and Pinnacle's sites by July 20th! And you can imagine what comes after that...


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    1. Joe Thater on June 20, 2012

      *takes notes* Which Medical Examiner was this?

    2. Benjamin Wenham on June 20, 2012

      Your Honour, I have alway been a ardent supporter of your works here in Nawlins, it would be a distinct honour to contribute to your re-election campaign, both fiscally and materially. I mean just last week, my Eric Zahn original, and I, explained to the International Brotherhood of Stevedores local chapter the error of their ways in not endorsing your work in this city. You might have heard about the event, I assure you that I had nothing to do with the ensuing fire, but I am told the survivors of the tragedy will be voting McKendrew.

    3. James McKendrew on June 20, 2012

      We of New Orleans don't CONDONE murder, but once a murder has happened, we're very progressive about practical concerns. Just see the Medical Examiner, and, for a nominal donation to my re-election campaign fun, he'll set you up.
      Oh, and if he gives you any pushback, just look him straight in the eye and ask, "What time do you have?" He should reach for a pocketwatch, turn a pale white color, and get to work helping you immediately.

    4. Benjamin Wenham on June 19, 2012

      In my defense, it was late when I wrote that ;) But yes, that is a better choice. The limiting factors would be you wouldn't really be able to hide its magical nature, and you know, requiring creepy and immoral materials to keep that bow and fiddle in tip top condition. Whats that you say? You can't sell me the rendered fat of a murder to use as resin on my bow? What kind of a two bit general store is this?!?!?!!!!!

    5. James McKendrew on June 18, 2012

      Hrmmm... I'd just go with Ethereal Blue Strings and the bow being made from the hair of corpses. It's hard to tell the composition of Ethereal Blue Strings beyond perhaps Ectoplasm.

    6. Benjamin Wenham on June 18, 2012

      I was thinking more that the unstrung fiddle would get brightly glowing, etherial blue strings made from the hair of corpses.

    7. James McKendrew on June 18, 2012

      Interesting. One of the disads of being a huckster is that, if you don't make a slight-of-hand, it's obvious that something supernatural is happening. (The other, as I recall, is that you have to have a hand free. Remind me to tell you about the Very Bitter Harrowed Huckster who ended up a head in a box...) So, would an instrument appear when you were casting?

    8. Benjamin Wenham on June 18, 2012

      Might have to reskin a traditional deadlands huckster to pay the violin in a duel with the devil, rather than play a hand of cards.

    9. James McKendrew on June 16, 2012

      @John: But he'll make you SUCH a deal!

    10. John Higginbotham on June 16, 2012

      @ Mr. Mayor: Naturally, he didn't come back. He's still here . . . deciding how much of our band's pay gets doled out to the musicians. But he's got debts to pay, too, if you know what I mean.

    11. James McKendrew on June 16, 2012

      The violin, even moreso than the Alto sax, is an amazingly expressive instrument. If you want your sound to cry "PLAINTIVE", you've freakin' got it. And plus, if the Devil's feeling competitive, you can get free stuff! "The Devil went down t' N'awlin's.... He didn't come back."

    12. Benjamin Wenham on June 16, 2012

      I'd start learning the violin again if I had the self discipline to do so...and the pain threshold. My hand always hurt after playing it.

      I would then get a white violin, and upon its case have stencilled "This machine kills demons."

    13. James McKendrew on June 15, 2012

      @John: Excellent choice. My list of instruments-I'd-learn-if-I-had-the-self-discipline includes tenor sax as the only (single) reed instrument.

    14. John Higginbotham on June 15, 2012

      @Mr. Mayor: Gotta go with Tenor for that proper Noir feel. Now, I just need to find a Marshal willing to do all kinds of horrible things to the boy . . .

    15. Tim J. Meyer on June 15, 2012

      @Shane: That is so awesome. :D

      So how are the talks with AMC about combining "Walking Dead" and "Hell on Wheels" into one "Deadlands" show? :D

    16. James McKendrew on June 15, 2012

      @John: Ooooh. Awesome concept. Which only leaves one question... Alto sax for Wailin', or Tenor sax for Sultry?

    17. Benjamin Wenham on June 15, 2012

      They could make a nice 'western shaman'.

    18. John Higginbotham on June 15, 2012

      @Mr. Mayor: Will would be his band mate, the more experienced guy who's been through the school of hard knocks. Sax player's name is Gil "Nickel" Daws. So called because of his nickel plated sax. Nickel's the fresh faced kid in the band . . . the one everyone's taking bets on how long before he ends up face down in the river.

    19. Shane Hensley 14-time creator on June 15, 2012

      @Tim: Yes! Not to spill Visionary's beans too early, but the real plan is all four servitors getting a story arc, plus...some other stuff. It's their party so I don't want to spoil any surprises, but I'm told I can say that much already. :)



    20. Raymond Croteau on June 14, 2012

      Vilified Kansas Town Sheriff who can only get a gig in the Big Easy as a Private Dick... Bringing Western Justice to the World of the Dirty '30s!

    21. James McKendrew on June 14, 2012

      @John: How about an Ex-navy T-bone player named Will? Perhaps British Navy, 4th Cruiser Squadron, East Indies...

    22. Jim Ryan
      on June 14, 2012

      Very glad to see this did so well - especially since I've already agreed to run it for some players when it comes out! :)

    23. John Higginbotham on June 14, 2012

      I'm thinking I'll be starting with a saxophone Blues player who works any gig he can get . . . even if it means keeping a gun tucked into his sax case. And if someone's asked him to keep an eye on that pretty little songbird at the club . . . well, just makes the gig more interesting, now don't it?

    24. James McKendrew on June 14, 2012

      @Benjamin: You are a very scary man. That's a frightening concept. "You'll have to talk to... Legal..." "Uh, you know? My injury wasn't THAT grievous. I mean, I got another leg and all..."

    25. Benjamin Wenham on June 14, 2012

      I have just realised something I really want too see in deadlands noir...lawyers who do magic through the letter of the law. sort of weird creepy/cool pact magic.

    26. James McKendrew on June 14, 2012

      @Benjamin: I think you can count on seeing an end to vice, corruption, and filth. I just haven't decided which end...
      My first character will be whatever I get at GenCon, since that'll be pre-release. After that, well, it darn sure won't be a politician.... If there's a Marial Arts system, I'll be hard pressed to get out of my Kung Fu rut. If there isn't (or I buck my stereotype), maybe a straight up gumshoe with the "Never suspects the dame, no matter how damn obvious it is" flaw.

    27. Rune Belsvik Reinås on June 14, 2012

      Congrats! Great to be a part of this, and the "comics + rpg stats" idea is just to good to be true. As for things coming up, have you ever discussed creating a game, or sourcebook detailing the rest of the world in the Deadlands setting? I know Rippers sort of touches on it, but I'd love to see something canon relating to this. And now that you are working with Ken Hite, he would be a awesome contributor to something like that.

    28. Karsten Kopplin on June 14, 2012

      I'm so glad this turned out to be a HUGE success for Pinnacle. You guys deserve every bit of it!
      And now I'm looking forward to the books and all the goodies!

    29. Mark A. Siefert
      on June 14, 2012

      Awesome! Congratulations! And I'm REALLY looking forward to "Hell on Earth" too!

    30. Tim J. Meyer on June 14, 2012

      Well, My friend, Who's character was forever immortalized in the trading Card Game "Ashlar Mayfair", and I were joking that Ashlar's Grand-Nephew would have just come of age. So, whatever Hucksters evolve into...

      I'm Thinking of a Private dick style character who's just in it for the money and to undermine authority. A 1940's Nash Bilton. (one of my all time Favorite Doomtown Characters. :)

    31. Rebecca S on June 14, 2012

      Whatever the Huckster has morphed into, no question.

    32. Joe Thater on June 14, 2012

      For me it's going to depend on how the different ArcaneBackgrounds have changed and evolved like Patent Science.

    33. Marc Keil on June 14, 2012

      I would say Shanes soul belongs to us now. Until he has delivered ;-)

      I waited a long time to say this: "You owe us!" ;-)

    34. Benjamin Wenham on June 14, 2012

      On a side note, what are your first characters going to be, other than in a sizeable number of cases marshel.

      I am thinking a big easy reporter might be kind of fun.

    35. Benjamin Wenham on June 14, 2012

      Your Honour, Mayor McKendrew, how does it feel to win another term in office, and what can we the citizens of this fine city do to help you with your plans to bring the big easy into the new century?

    36. Tim J. Meyer on June 14, 2012

      So if we overfund the crap out of "Raven", do we get "Rachel and the Cackler" next? :D

      Or does the AMC animated series come after the Raven Comics?

    37. Benjamin Wenham on June 14, 2012 shopping list currently stands at...physical deluxe edition, two digital deluxe editions (for random member of the community), phsycial copies of the core deadland reloaded books, and as many cowboy films as I can find.

    38. James McKendrew on June 14, 2012

      So the big announcement after breaking myself is MORE AWESOME STUFF TO BLOW MONEY ON?!??! My poor, poor credit card...

    39. Michael Ramsey
      on June 14, 2012

      Woo Hoo!

    40. Michael Bentley on June 14, 2012

      Awesome. I knew this was going to be a success, but I never envisioned it would be such a success. Congrats to everyone involved.

      Now get cracking. ;)

    41. Joe Thater on June 14, 2012

      Never underestimate the power of a fan base. Feels great to be a part of this.