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Hard-boiled detective pen-and-paper roleplaying in the Big Easy of 1930s Deadlands--using the Savage Worlds rules!

Two BIG Updates Today!

All four episodes of Hard Boiled in the Big Easy are now available on YouTube! Please share them with your friends!

Check out Updates 13 and 14 for some big last-minute news and a summary of just what this Deadlands thing is all about! And please tell your friends! There's less than 48 hours left, and we want to celebrate our success by giving YOU more stuff!

And remember that Deadlands uses the Savage Worlds core rules. If these are new to you, try out our FREE Test Drive Rules at our website!

Savage Worlds Deluxe Explorer's Edition. Hardback available now, softback available August 2012!
Savage Worlds Deluxe Explorer's Edition. Hardback available now, softback available August 2012!

Reward Summaries!

Here's a quick list of the extra rewards and add-ons added since the Kickstarter began. Thanks SO much for making this such a wild success! And don't forget the special contest to see if you can catch Shane in the Big Easy on Sunday, June 10th! (See Update #12!)

Unlocked Rewards for Dime Novelists and Up

Here's a quick summary of what we're adding in addition to the reward levels you see on the right:
  • Hard Boiled in the Big Easy Audio Drama 
  • Deadlands Noir Digital Soundtrack 
  • Figure Flats PDF 
  • 4 x Map Flats PDF (Printable, figure-scale maps focusing on Metaire Cemetery, Old Absinthe House, Streets of the Big Easy, and the Bayou locations) 
  • Detective's Notebook Deluxe Character Sheet PDF 
  • Old Absinthe Blues" adventure PDF 
Unlocked Rewards for Some Backers
  • Custom Dice (Gumshoes and up) 
  • Game Master's Screen (Capos and up) 
  • 5 Deadlands Noir Figures (Private Dicks and up) 

Add Ons

Here are the additional items you can add to your order if they're not already included in your reward level. We'll send out a survey when the Kickstarter is over to make sure we're adding the right thing--or you can message us via Kickstarter and we'll let you know we got it.

  • $20 International shipping
  • $15 PDF of the Deadlands Noir Companion (included with Palooka and Shamus and up)
  • $20 Print version AND PDF of the Deadlands Noir Companion
  • $10 Print copy of the Deadlands Noir Figure Flats (at least four sheets of high-quality color cardstock)
  • $10 Print copy of Metaire Cemetery Map Flat (full-color dry erase, double sided)
  • $10 Print copy of Old Absinthe House Map Flat (full-color dry erase, double sided)
  • $10 Print copy of Streets of the Big Easy Map Flat (full-color dry erase, double sided)
  • $10 Print copy of the Bayou Map Flat (full-color dry erase, double sided

If you're more inclined to see all this in table format, backer Marc Keil came up with this handy chart. Thanks, Marc!

Deadlands Noir Reward Summary (Courtesy of Marc Keil)
Deadlands Noir Reward Summary (Courtesy of Marc Keil)

What's Deadlands Noir?

New Orleans, 1935. Whoever called this the Big Easy sure got that one wrong. Things are tough all over. Honest work is hard to find, and even dishonest jobs are getting scarce. The one thing that’s not in short supply is trouble. From shady thugs to crooked cops to Mafia soldiers, there’s plenty of characters out there looking to give an honest Joe a hard time.

And that’s not the worst of it.

There are stories going round about things that go bump in the night. Things you wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley on a darker night. And those stories aren’t just coming from rummies or saps who read that Epitaph rag.

Still, there are a few heroes left in the concrete jungle. Steely-eyed private dicks, fast-talking grifters, wild-eyed inventors, and shadowy houngans still struggle against the encroaching darkness. With enough moxie—and more than a little luck—they might just be enough to turn the tide.

Deadlands Noir is a pen-and-paper roleplaying game set in the world of Pinnacle Entertainment’s award-winning Deadlands universe. It includes new Edges, Hindrances, and powers, as well as new rules for handling detective work, the state of the Union and the CSA in the Depression-era, a complete Plot Point campaign, and of course, more monsters and ghouls than you can shake a smoking .45 automatic at.

Update! Since we started, we've added a number of additional products and rewards, including the Deadlands Noir Companion that adds four new cities with their own dark secrets: Chicago, Lost Angels. Shan Fan, and the City of Gloom!

Deadlands Noir uses the best-selling Savage Worlds rules, and you will need a copy of those to play. Check out the Test Drive version of the rules for free at www.peginc.com! Our Explorer's Edition of the rules is only $9.99, print OR PDF!

*** Note: We expect the PDF to be available November 2012, not November 2013 as listed under the Mook Reward. Sorry for the mistake! We can't fix it once it's live. ***

*** Perks! ***

Here's a sneak peak at the work in progress of the special bennies, map, dice, cards, and badge! We'll show you more as progress continues! This is not final art (or a picture of the metal badge, of course). They're concept sketches we'll use to make the final products.

A section from one of our figure-scale maps by Aaron Acevedo!
A section from one of our figure-scale maps by Aaron Acevedo!

Check out Updates as we go to see more!

FAQ

  • Yes. When everything is about to ship, we'll send out a survey asking if there's anything else you'd like from the entire Pinnacle store. Some of the items will be significantly more expensive than they are here via the Kickstarter bundles, but they will be available. The one exception right now is the limited edition PI badge. Those are only for Private Dicks and above. (That sounds wrong, doesn't it?)

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  • You can email us via the "send message" button just above the tabs, or just wait for the Survey when we're ready to ship. Doesn't hurt to do both just to make sure. :)

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  • We've been asked about adding additional items, such as the Bennies, cards, figures, Companions, etc, for resale in your stores. When everything is close to ship, we'll put you in touch with our shipping partners at Studio2 and allow you to add anything additional at Studio2's usual retailer discount. It's possible not all of the items will be suitable for retail depending on packaging, but we're doing our best to make sure they are.

    You'll also get a personal copy of ALL the PDF products for your pledge just like everyone else, and we're discussing giving you custom-printed CDs (with your store's name on the label) of the digital materials you can hand to customers who purchase a bundle of products as well. I'm sorry we don't have exact details just yet--we're working on them as fast as we can but we've been overwhelmed with the response. We definitely want all of YOU to benefit from the wonderful support the community has given Deadlands Noir. Thanks!

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    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!

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    Mook: The Dime Novel bundle in August and a PDF of Deadlands Noir the moment it's available!

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    Palooka: You get the PDF of Deadlands Noir, the Dime Novel, the Noir Companion, and the Figure Flats!

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    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.

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    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.

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    Enforcer: Everything a Gumshoe gets plus custom bennies (full-color, customized ceramic poker chips)! International customers please add $20 for shipping.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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!)

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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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!

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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."

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    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!

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