Because You Asked: Deadlands Dark Ages
Shane here! I promised in Comments I'd talk a little about the upoming Deadlands: Dark Ages, a planned 2019 release for us following the next edition of Deadlands: The Weird West. We don't have any art to show yet and the book is still being written (though it's pretty far along!), but here's what I can tell you now for those who are interested.
It's being written by John "Night Train" Goff, so you know it's going to be creepy, deadly, and AWESOME. Here's what he has to say about it:
In the Dark…Ages
Probably as long as I’ve been associated with Pinnacle and Deadlands—which, trust me, is a long time—the idea of Deadlands Dark Ages has been stalking the company’s proverbial halls. It’s something fans have clamored for and we’ve talked about. Shane’s had the idea for the cover in his head for nearly as long as I can remember. In fact, if you're a fan of the Weird West, you've probably noticed more than a couple of call backs to an earlier period of time over the years--some big, some small.
In short, it’s something we’ve always thought about but never felt the time was quite right. There were other stories to tell in the universe, and we wanted the ducks in a row before we rolled out Dark Ages. With the tale told in The Cackler graphic novel we’re just about ready…
Without giving away too much too soon, and there's so much more to talk about, Dark Ages is set during the, you guessed it, Dark Ages, specifically the Early Middle Ages. Much like with the Weird West, we chose to focus largely on one region where a group of closely-knit kingdoms are in the throes of violent conflict—England.
Likewise, there are analogs to the popular archetypes common to most Deadlands settings: the students of misguided science, adherents of the Old Ways, those who think they’re clever enough to deal with devils, and of course, the (un)lucky few who refuse to stay dead.
Finally, we want Dark Ages to be accessible to new fans as well as old. Like our other settings, it stands well on its own, but has plenty of ties to the overarching Deadlands narrative as well, which will hopefully surprise and delight those who’ve been with us from the start!
*** About John Goff ***
John Goff was Shane's college "Dungeon Master" at Virginia Tech. He's largely responsible for sparking a lot of Shane's creativity and ideas. It was a hell of a campaign and an incredible group of friends who still stay in touch to this day.
John's a full time private detective and a veteran of the US Army. He lives in Spokane, Washington, with his incredible wife, Joyce. He's also a brutal Game Master and his home games are realistic, thorough, and TOUGH!!! ;)