Deadlands Double-Shot Kickstarters Closing Soon!

Deadlands 20th Anniversary Edition KickstarterDeadlands: Good Intentions KickstarterOur double dose of Deadlands Kickstarters is almost finished—the Deadlands Classic 20th Anniversary Edition Kickstarter and the Deadlands: Good Intentions Kickstarter both close this Thursday, September 29th at 10 pm Eastern!

If you’ve not staked your claim to one or both of these, then now is the time to do it, amigo. Don’t take our word for it, either—the roughly two thousand friends and fellow Deadlands fans who have joined up so far are a pretty ringing endorsement all on their own!

Speaking of friends, make sure that your whole posse knows about the Thursday deadline! What sort of compadre would you be if you let your buddies sleep through this chance twenty years in the making? Don’t wait too late, or that manitou keepin’ you going might just make you miss out!


Thunder Moon Rising Rises in the Charts!

Thunder Moon Rising, a TOR Deadlands NovelDeadlands: Thunder Moon Rising hit the stands last week, and it looks like it packed a mighty punch! The second novel in the Deadlands series is shaking the charts, hitting number one for science-fiction westerns and in the top ten for other western genres.

And the reviews are already coming in! Amanda Dyar of BioGamer Girl remarked that “Deadlands: Thunder Moon Rising is a great book that can not only be enjoyed by tabletop gamers but also fans of steampunk, science-fiction, and history. The author does an immaculate job of creating a world that fans of Deadlands can truly explore and enjoy.”

Get your copies today from Amazon and at finer bookstores everywhere!

FG-Con Online October 14-17!

Fantasy Grounds Convention 9Got a computer and want to play some games? Of course you do! Go sign up for FG-Con, the online game convention powered by Fantasy Grounds.

This is the ninth FG-Con, and it runs October 14-17. They’re currently accepting player sign-ups, and the free demo of Fantasy Grounds is all you need to participate. Join in before all the Savage Worlds games get snapped up!

Don’t let something like this or any other exciting Fantasy Ground news pass you by—sign up for the Smiteworks Newsletter today to keep on top of all the news!

Burning Heart Adventure for Shaintar Now Available!

Burning Heart: An Adventure for ShaintarThe newest release in the Shaintar product line is here. Based on an Epic Event run by Sean Patrick Fannon during Origins and Gen Con in 2008, Shaintar: The Burning Heart puts a group of heroes in the thick of Myth and Legend.

There’s a twisted plot, a weapon that can kill Dragons, and a ritual to open the gates of hell. The difficult part is that this is all taking place right in the middle of the War of Flame. But that shouldn’t be too much of a probably, right? You are heroes, after all…


Deadlands Double-Shot Kickstarter—Wow!

Deadlands Double-Shot KickstartersSeriously. Wow. Your support and enthusiasm is really exciting! For many Kickstarter projects, this is the point where the project team starts really trying to ramp up participation—but you’ve gotten us way, way past that.

The Kickstarters were fully funded in less than an hour—that’s less time than combined early episodes of Gunsmoke and The Twilight Zone!*

The $200 Deadlands Classic 20th Anniversary Edition Boxed Sets sold out immediately, we opened more, and now only about 25 are left! Best hustle on that deal—it won’t hang out long. Over on the Good Intentions Kickstarter campaign, two new reward  levels opened to help those new to Deadlands Reloaded get started with the basics ($200, pay for shipping after the Kickstarter), or to get the ENTIRE Deadlands Reloaded collection in print, PDF, music, and miniatures ($900, free shipping to the contiguous United States).

For those embracing our digital future, Good Intentions offers the PDF for $20 and the entire Deadlands Reloaded digital collection for $150, and the Deadlands Classic 20th Anniversary Edition—now in color!—is available in PDF for $25.

Be sure to visit the Kickstarter project pages for both Good Intentions and Deadlands Classic 20th Anniversary Edition for full details on available backer levels and rewards and for ongoing updates.

And share the news about both Kickstarters to your fellow friends of the Weird West. Safety in numbers, you know!

* Which make me think of Deadlands….

Deadlands Thunder Moon Rising Novel Releases Today!

Thunder Moon Rising, a TOR Deadlands NovelThe Deadlands Double-Shot Kickstarters aren’t the only hot new things in the Weird West right now—the second Deadlands novel is available today!

Thunder Moon Rising by Jeff Mariotte brings you the story of savage killings and mutilations in an Arizona frontier town in the shadow of the rugged Thunder Mountains—and what a story it is!

The third novel, Boneyard by Seanan McGuire, is being finished as we speak. Join a carnival of freaks roaming the Weird West. What could possibly go wrong?

And, of course, we can’t forget the first book in the series, Jonathan Maberry’s multiple award-nominated Ghostwalkers. If you haven’t read it, you really ought to fix that!

Welcome Our New Licensee Manager Danny Walsh

Pinnacle Staff NewsThe Pinnacle Entertainment family is happy to welcome a new member, Danny James Walsh. He will be lightening the load of our busy COO and Managing Editor Jodi Black by taking the position of Licensee Manager! If you’ve ever wanted to publish for Savage Worlds or are an existing licensee, he’s your new go-to guy.

You can reach him at, but most of your questions can be answered here on our licensing page.

Don’t worry—he’s not some random character we pressed into service from a back alley of a harbor town. Danny started working with us as project manager for Savage Tales of Horror, and we know that he’s up to the task!

The Case for Playing Savage Rifts®

Savage Worlds Reviews on the WebIt’s not all Kickstarters and new guys around here, you know. People are out there playing all sorts of Savage Worlds settings, even before the printed books are out!

Game Nexus has reviewed Rifts® for Savage Worlds with a little bit of a spin in Why You Should Be Playing Savage Rifts. He covers Iconic Frameworks, Hero’s Journey tables, and Mega Damage, powers, and other Setting Rules.  There’s also an After-Action Report from actually playing a game session!


Savage Your World in Portuguese!

posteres-wrf1 posteres-wrf3The Portuguese library for Savage Worlds has grown even larger! Our Portuguese licensee RetroPunk releases this week translations for the Horror Companion and the new edition of the Savage Worlds core rulebook.

Check out that amazing cover art! We’ve been told those are also available as posters, if you like to collect Savage Worlds in other languages. Contact RetroPunk at for more information.

If you speak Portuguese, you should definitely check those out. If you don’t, you might want to grab a copy or two and see how long it takes your players to notice when you swap out their books…

Deadlands Double-Shot Kickstarters Launch at High Noon!

Deadlands Classic 20th Anniversary Edition KickstarterIt’s the event you’ve all been waiting for—for twenty years! Our Deadlands Double-Shot of Kickstarters comes shooting your way at high noon (Eastern) today!

For all you Deadlands Classic fans out there, the Deadlands Classic 20th Anniversary Edition brings the game you know and love to a new generation of fans. We’re using the revised and best version of the rules and lovingly colored all the original black and white art! This book is as gorgeous as the Weird West is deadly! Be sure to check out the Deadlands Classic 20th Anniversary Kickstarter for full details on pledge levels and rewards!

Deadlands: Good Intentions KickstarterFor all the Deadlands Reloaded players and followers of the story of Deadlands, Good Intentions is the last of the Plot Point Campaigns of the Servitors of War, Death, Famine, and—at long last—Pestilence. Learn the secrets of Doctor Darius Hellstromme, the actual architect of the Reckoning. Was there a plan? Should it be stopped or helped along? Or should your posse just hang out watching skullchucker games? This is definitely not one to be missed, so visit the Good Intentions Kickstarter today for the lowdown on pledge levels and rewards!

Oh, but there’s really even more. Be sure to check both Kickstarters for little things, like the EU-friendliness of it all, the combined shipping for backers of both Kickstarters, and the incredibly handy conversion materials to go back and forth between Deadlands Classic and Deadlands Reloaded! You might think this is an end, but we’re barely scratching the surface—and not necessarily from the sunny side of the sod, amigo!