History shows again and again how nature points out the folly of man…

Originally, Godzilla embodied the fear and apprehensions of nuclear weapons, of full-on nuclear war: a massive dinosaur rising out of the depths to vomit forth atomic fire upon a helpless populace. What better nation to depict this than Japan, still suffering its own psychological woes from the devastation at Hiroshima and Nagasaki a mere nine … More History shows again and again how nature points out the folly of man…

Defining Deadlands

Since I’ve been going at Deadlands full steam ahead, perhaps I should sit back and spend a little time defining what exactly it is. (Besides, so far all I’ve posted are notes I made in the past few years, I should at least expend the time and energy to write some new material for a change.) The … More Defining Deadlands

Deadland for FATE – Hucksters

Hucksters are probably the coolest characters to play in Deadlands because of their mystique — they’re like the penultimate manifestation of the con-man gambler, making poker bets against the demonic manitou spirits in order to cast hexes. As such, they rule. (I am pretty biased, since I’ve mostly played Hucksters.) The Huckster calls to the spirits, then … More Deadland for FATE – Hucksters

Deadland for FATE – Card-Based Mechanics

The order of operations always starts with Spades, then Hearts, Diamonds, and Clubs in that descending order. In terms of card value, Aces, then the face cards (King, Queen, Jack), then the numerical cards in descending order. Always. Initiative This is one thing I definitely want to keep, especially since it rolled over into Deadlands: … More Deadland for FATE – Card-Based Mechanics

Deadlands for FATE

I love Deadlands. It’s the perfect synthesis of style and substance, a fusion of form and function that made its disparate parts flow together like they belonged. I’m not just talking about its genre-mashup roots—spaghetti western + steampunk + weird west/American gothic horror + fantasy = Deadlands—but the way the designers incorporated “western” elements into … More Deadlands for FATE