The Black Circle: Unholy Alliance (Deadlands: The Weird West) [Unknown] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Written by John Goff, Interior Art by Richard “Rico” Pollard, and cover by Pete Venters. Black River, Bayou Vermillion, and the creepy Whateleys have joined. The Black Circle details three of the major villains of Deadlands: Baron LaCroix, Mina Devlin, and the Whateley family. The sourcebook is divided into three.

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Marshals or local sheriffsHucksters magic usersShamansBlessed those of faithand Dead,ands Scientists in an attempt to learn about the Reckoning and the mysterious beings behind it.

The unleashing of the Reckoners has had a number of important side effects. However, the Reckoners cannot directly enter Earth’s realm unless the overall fear level of the entire planet becomes sufficiently high. Neither the Great Rail Wars miniatures game nor any of the abovementioned supplements or adventures are necessary to understand or use The Black Circle, which is designed as a stand-alone supplement.

In most cases only the highest single die’s value with “aces” added is compared to a target number. The “Weird West” mark is used deadlxnds distinguish the primary game setting from the various other settings:.

When a player role-plays this Hindrance well, the Marshal circls reward them instantly with a Fate Chip.

Deadlands Classic: The Black Circle (PDF)

When attacking someone, raises give the attacker more control over where on the victim’s body the blow or bullet strikes. Reloaded further updates the backstory and advances the canonical starting point to A later supplement, Tales o’ Terroradvances the game’s backstory and metaplot ahead one year, to The card’s suit in reverse alphabetical order indicates who goes first if the same value of card is deadlnds. The basics are the same, with minor differences.


Atlanta ; he thus began writing what would eventually become Deadlands. This progress drives the technological level of Deadlands from historical levels to a ” steampunk ” setting.

At the end of a gaming session, players can cash in unused Fate Chips for Bounty Points. The Reckoners feed on negative th, particularly fear. Players take on the role of various mundane or arcane character types, including GunfightersLawmen such as U.

For each five points over the target number the character is considered to have a “raise” which typically makes the character’s action more effective. The members of the Unholy Alliance are the Black River and Bayou Vermillion Railroads, two of desdlands major players in the Great Rail Wars, and daedlands Whatley family, originally introduced in the Doomtown collectable card game and Doomtown or Bust supplement.

Unholy Alliance, written by John Goff for Pinnacle Entertainment Group, details three of the Weird West’s major villains, their organizations, and the far reaching conspiracy that loosely ties the three together.

For the album by Madder Mortem, see Deadlands album. Instead of spending character points, or randomly rolling dice, a character’s abilities are determined by drawing cards from a standard card poker deck jokers includedwhich determine the character’s Traits their basic attributes.

If not, his work was in vain. Magic was revealed to be real, although it involves challenging otherworldly spirits, “manitous”, in contests that are either viewed as a negotiation or a test of will.

The Marshal can draw chips as well for enemies to use. The basic rules provide for characters and settings that could be expected to appear in the ” Wild West ” genre of movies and pulp fictionand most of dead,ands in-game action is presumed to occur in the wild frontiers of the American West, or in barely blacm frontier towns like Tombstone, Arizona or Dodge City, Kansas.


The game also uses polyhedral dice d4, d6, d8, d10, d12, and d20 which are referred to as the “Bones”, and a set of white, red, and blue poker chips.

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The tge of the Weird West is identical to real-world history, up until July 3, Pyramid subscribers are permitted to read this article online, or download it and print out a single hardcopy for personal use.

The miracles are usually protective or restorative in nature, although there are some for attack.

Along with Bones and Cards, characters get Fate Chips ceadlands are typically poker chips, although colored stones or coins can also be used. Harrowed beings are sometimes under the control of the spirit which uses the opportunity to spread fear and sometimes under the control of the deceased being.

The canonical year for the first edition of Deadlands is The American Civil War drags on thanks to the machinations of the Reckoners, and the country remains divided into U.

Alternate historyWesternHorrorSteampunkFantasy. During character creation players can choose “Hindrances” disadvantages such as Big Britches, Bloodthirsty, or Big Mouth.

Reloaded – The classic CCG is back in a non-collectible boxed set. See the current Pyramid website for more information. Any game in need of a far-ranging conspiracy or a set of ready-made of villains will find useful material in this well written sourcebook.

Reloadedeach focusing on certain regions and events in cirlce metaplot of the game.