Deadlands Old Ways Oath from Wild Die crossover episode

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Deadlands Old Ways Oath from Wild Die crossover episode

Postby BrontoAwesome » Mon Jun 20, 2016 2:07 pm

I was driving home listening to the latest episode of the SavageCast podcast episode with the crossover with the Wild Die podcast having just come from running a Deadlands Twilight Legion game no less, when I heard the lengthy discussion about hindrances and the Old Ways Oath hindrance from Deadlands Reloaded. I felt like commenting. But I need to get something out of the way first (This is a Nebraska thing)

HEY EVERYONE. NEBRASKA was mentioned in a podcast!

Sorry. We get excited by those kind of things around here.

Now I have to disagree about the Old Ways Oath being a broken hindrance. I have run several con-style adventures with this player/character and I have not had any issues with his hindrance being game breaking in any way. In fact, it provides several opportunities for humorous exchanges during the course of an adventure. These typically involve someone explaining a bit of modern machinery or philosophy into simplistic terms that the character can understand. I think it requires a little bit of creativity to work around. No, there are no numerical penalties involved with the hindrance, but it does make the game more interesting. The rest of the posse is forced to go along with a fellow hero that is a fish out of water. Plus, that hero is never going to 'man the Gatling gun' or some such, which is a truly situational hindrance.

In the example you gave with the adventure set entirely on a train, I would have handled the situation this way...tell the shaman that he has had a vision. His spirit animal tells him that he must go on a quest to stop a great evil. He must be brave and let the white-man's giant iron snake swallow him, because the evil resides in that snake.

Now, I confess that one of the reasons that I like Deadlands to begin with is that I enjoy adventures with Native American themes. If that is something with which the Marshal is not familiar, then I can see where it may be difficult to work around. In all my years of gaming, I have found it harder to get players interested in a setting where a certain minimal level of historical knowledge is needed to appreciate it. I think that is why Fantasy is so popular.

I understand that you have airtime to fill with discussions about gaming, so please don't read too much into my protestations. I enjoy them. Keep going!
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Re: Deadlands Old Ways Oath from Wild Die crossover episode

Postby Lord Inar » Fri Jun 24, 2016 3:27 pm

BrontoAwesome wrote:I have found it harder to get players interested in a setting where a certain minimal level of historical knowledge is needed to appreciate it. I think that is why Fantasy is so popular.


i think it is even harder if you are afraid of being disrespectful/stereotypical when you feel you don't know the history well enough, so fantasy games are easier in that regard (i.e. there are no people to actually be offended by portraying such stereotypes)
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Re: Deadlands Old Ways Oath from Wild Die crossover episode

Postby SavageBull » Sun Jun 26, 2016 11:59 pm

BrontoAwesome wrote:In the example you gave with the adventure set entirely on a train, I would have handled the situation this way...tell the shaman that he has had a vision. His spirit animal tells him that he must go on a quest to stop a great evil. He must be brave and let the white-man's giant iron snake swallow him, because the evil resides in that snake.


Sure, but then it's not a hindrance at all. And you've shifted the nature of the hindrance as a player limitation or guideline on to the GM. GMs present problems, players solve them. In this case, what options are really open to the player to solve? It says Thou shant set foot on a train. This is interesting if you're asking the players to find fast travel across long distances. It's not interesting if your adventure is on a train. I like your solution, but what other "hinderances" present the GM with a problem that requires the GM to basically hand-wave it?
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Re: Deadlands Old Ways Oath from Wild Die crossover episode

Postby BrontoAwesome » Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:25 pm

I guess I am not seeing the issue. On a train adventure, The Old Ways Oath would still be effect for the shaman. Being on the train would be the only part that the Marshal would be hand-waving. The shaman still would not be allowed to use guns or drink elixers from Smith and Robards or pull levers and turn wheels in the engine. This could be a hindrance not only to him, but the rest of the posse depending upon what exactly happens in the adventure.

I am not really sure which of the other Hindrances would be comparable in scope. I have found that when a character is playing an outlaw of some kind and takes the Wanted Hindrance, interaction with any kind of law enforcement becomes a bit sketchy. I have had to hand-wave that a few times to get the adventure going. It is hard to collect a bounty when you have a bounty on your own head.
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Re: Deadlands Old Ways Oath from Wild Die crossover episode

Postby Lord Inar » Mon Jul 11, 2016 2:14 pm

You could also give him a -2 notice while on the train for being constantly distracted by the self-awareness that he is displeasing the gods, along with any other penalties as appropriate (maybe a -2 Charisma for seeming aloof and distracted). Never prohibit, only penalize. That's my version of hand-waving, I guess.
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