Re: [Deadlands uk] Railroad map?
- For railroad journeys, i find that I have to use two maps. The marshall's
handbook has one in the 'Great Rail Wars' section. It's small, but shows
where the lines go, and to give me the cities i compare it to state maps.
I've got a fairly recent (modern) road atlas that does for that.
However, I do have one houserule that is for the Marshall (or GM, depending
on game) to use in all circumstances: Redefinable Geography. IE, i just
make up what i need where i need it. I have holes in my knowledge, i'll
cover it as much as i can to be historically accurate, but then i just make
Oh yes, and i think the Epitaph (3 or 4) has a later rail map as well,
circa about 1878 or so.
Here's a thought, I've often had to research stuff for the game (often
AFTER making a snap judgement during a session), i'd like everyone (to see
how much we differ) to give me thoughts and estimations for such things as
(in terms of your DL game, not necessarily real life) :-
1. The cost and duration of a train ride from Denver to Salt Lake City?
2. Lighters or Matches?
3. What's the choice behind the bar?
4. Who does the leatherwork in town?
5. How are the (civil war) borders guarded?
6. How often does a newsaper get around?
7. How does a gunslinger pick up money?
8. Can the average man read?
9. What gear can a horse carry (as well as you)?
10. Where does the trash and the waste go?
OK, that's my rambles done.
- Re-definable geography is pretty common in our fantasy games, but since
Deadlands takes place literally right next door, we're trying to preserve as
much realism as possible. It helps provide the grounding that makes the
supernatural and horrific that much more extreme.
We've got the first edition rulebook, which I don't think has the same map
in it - I'm not 100% sure on that since the Marshall has it on him at the
moment. We also don't have any of the Epitaphs, so unfortunately those
won't help us. I was hoping someone knew of a good web resource for this (I
wasn't able to google anything, though), but thanks anyway.
> Circa 1876/77Trains of the times averaged no more than 30 MPH. I forget their max
> 1. The cost and duration of a train ride from Denver to Salt Lake City?
travel distance though.
see also http://tigger.uic.edu/~rjensen/railroad.htm
> 2. Lighters or Matches?Matches (allow for mad scientist inventions though)
> 3. What's the choice behind the bar?Whiskey and ale obviously, but brandy, cognac, sherry were all popular
in the family parlor and sitting rooms.
> 4. Who does the leatherwork in town?Leatherwork was the work of the tanner - done in the tannery of course.
> 5. How are the (civil war) borders guarded?I do not know
> 6. How often does a newsaper get around?Most newspapers were weekly, but some larger cities had daily prints.
> 7. How does a gunslinger pick up money?No idea
> 8. Can the average man read?Maybe. Most white notherners can, isolated rural farmers would be
home schooled still.
> 9. What gear can a horse carry (as well as you)?a good rule of thumb is a horse can carry 20% of his body weight.
Mules can carry 30%.
(copied from: http://www.gaitedhorses.net/messageboard/1094.shtml)
> 10. Where does the trash and the waste go?Everybody had their own landfill. Dig a big hole in the back, fill it
up, cover it up, repeat. Goods were also harder (clay, glass, etc.
and little paprer) and highly reused. Only broken or worn out goods