Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Post Apocalyptic Rpg Horse Trade - Dead Lands Hell on Earth Rpg

I had a friend stop by whose wife is a seamstress and wanted to do a bit of horse trading. I fix a couple of his machines and he'd throw a couple of post apocalyptic rpgs my way. Well it took a bit more in parts but the books have been in my possession for few days and here's where it gets pretty interesting.
According to Wiki:
It was written by Shane Lacy Hensley and originally published by Pinnacle Entertainment Group
. As part of the original marketing campaign in August 1998, the game had a green leatherbound hardcover edition run, limited to about 750 copies. I don't have one of the leather bound copies.
Back in the early '00's I played a fair bit of 'Dead Lands Hell on Earth' and here's where I know a fair bit about the game and how it works.
A bit of the background on the game according to Wiki:
As the name implies, Deadlands: Hell on Earth is set in the same exact place as the original Deadlands roleplaying game. Specifically, it is set in a post-apocalyptic future of the original "Weird West" setting of Deadlands, also known as the "Wasted West."

And that's really my big problem with the game. The fact is that this is set in the Wasted West of Deadlands and allows PC's to go from Deadlands to this PA setting without blinking an eye.
That's fine but the game fills in every single last detail of the Deadlands Wasted West setting.  This is coming from a fan of the game. I love the sandbox and I'm a big fan of the world but its really the author's and the game company's world.
Every single square inch of 'Hell on Earth' has a reason for being there and a connection to their earlier game. Its also trade marked to heck and everything is copyrighted. I have no problems with 
 Pinnacle Entertainment Group.
They've put out some fantastic games and the Savage World system is great but this game helps to really define why I love the 'OSR'.
The DYI factor and kitchen sink is what really drove me back into the waiting arms of the retroclones.
Make no mistake at all I think I got a great trade but this helps to remind me of the early 00's in gaming.
 I also got Colony and the last 'Hell on Earth Book'.
 So all in all a great trade. 

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