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End of Deadwood Winter
December 18, 2011Posted by on
My Deadwood Winter Deadlands game came to an end a few weeks ago. I really cut the game short – I wasn’t really enjoying running it as much as I was at the beginning. The plot was fun when it was focused on Deadwood, but once the group started going off and dealing with the Indian tribes in the area that were the main bad guys, it wasn’t as fun for anyone, I don’t think.
The central villain of the campaign was a Harrowed shaman from one of the Sioux tribes that had been badly hit by white encroachment. He had managed to corrupt a thunderbird, and with its weather control abilities, was able to cause winter to fall on the area early and hit Deadwood hard. He could control wendigo as well, and was pulling the strings of a couple of different groups of people to force the destruction of Deadwood. He had given power to one of the gangs in Chinatown to use as local muscle, had managed to infect the Hellstromme Industries trainyard by sending in an agent to secretly feed them human meat, and was stirring trouble with local Ravenites in the Sioux Nation to make them hate Deadwood even more.
I feel like the plot for the game was perfectly serviceable, but I didn’t convey enough about the villain or his motivations for the players to get invested. That was a mistake on my part. They hated Al Swearengen much more than they ever cared about the campaign’s villain, because he was more visible and more actively slimy than distantly evil.
Well, live and learn.
We’ve been playing board games for a few weeks since gaming during the holidays usually doesn’t go anywhere – we usually take a couple of weeks between campaigns to play board games and such. My girlfriend will be joining the Pathfinder game, so she’s finishing up her character as well.
For the past two weeks, we’ve played Red November, a Fantasy Flight game about drunken gnomes on board a sinking submarine. You play a gnome trying to survive one disaster after another long enough for rescue to arrive before burning, drowning, asphyxiating, getting blown up, getting eaten by a kraken, or drinking yourself to death. It’s quite fun, and highly recommended.