Something Wicked This Way Comes…

The year is 1879, but history is not our own.

The Civil War drags on and has left hundreds of thousands of people dead. California is shattered by the Great Quake of ‘68, and powerful Rail Barons strive to be the first to complete a transcontinental railroad. The Great Rail Wars exact a bloody toll on an American frontier divided between the Union, the Confederacy, the Sioux Nation and the Coyote Confederacy. Amid the chaos, fortunes can be made but something’s going on in the West, something wicked.

Fear stalks the land like a hungry beast, and abominations from man’s myths and nightmares haunt the High Plains. Legends tell of ancient and powerful beings that guide these horrific creatures. All around, the night grows darker and the shadows grow longer as evil twists the land. Arrayed against the forces of darkness are the heroes of the Weird West, men and women who wager their souls against the evils of the frontier, and often lay down their very lives for the cause. Yet sometimes, death is not the end…

However, all this is yet to come.

As our curtain rises, a small band of heroes-to-be are riding a decrepit steam train, rattling through rural Missouri. The date is the 23rd of September 1861, and bad times are around the next bend… 

 

Acknowledgements:

Numerous characters, events and scenes (most of the campaign really) have been inspired by, and just plain stolen from, numerous sources. The backbone is obviously the Deadlands RPG (published by Pinnacle Entertainment Group), other influential role-playing games include Aces & Eights (Kenzer & Company), Call of Cthulhu and BRP (Chaosium Inc.). As well as Obsidian Portal pages such as The Cowboys From Hell, No Man's Land, Crossfire and Five Feet High and Rising. 

Additionally, a big nod goes to films such as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, High Plains Drifter, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Pale Rider, True Grit, The Searchers, The Quick and the Dead, Tombstone, Ravenous etc. As well as tv series such as Hell on Wheels, Deadwood, Brisco County Jr., Maverick etc. Basically too many films and tv shows to mention.

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