I wanted to take some time to explain the GenCon storyline event we have planned for August 3rd, 2018, at 10am. While we discuss a little bit about it in the main GenCon thread (http://forums.pineboxentertainment.com/t/gencon-2018-doomtown-reloaded-event-guide/2586/18) here's an update specifically about this event.
Last year I went to scout out Deadwood, South Dakota, and in visiting the grave sites of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, I thought about the Deadlands history with these characters. Wild Bill was shot from behind by Jack McCall during a game of poker at the No. 10 Saloon on August 2, 1876, while holding what became known as the Dead Man's Hand. In Deadlands, Wild Bill returned harrowed to hunt down Jack McCall and the jurors that acquitted him in this alternate timeline. In visiting the current day site of the No. 10 Saloon, I noticed they feature the fifth card of the Dead Man's Hand as the 9 of Diamonds. As it turns out, there's a disputed history over the fifth card, some saying there isn't one and that Hickok was in the process of drawing it. There's also a completely different array of 5 cards, still Aces and Eights with blood on it at the Deadwood Museum, with a claim that this was the actual Dead Man's Hand.
Thinking of fun ways to play Doomtown in alternate formats, Pine Box Entertainment would like to present the Dead Man's Hand event for this GenCon. It's regular Doomtown, but with a twist on deck construction and the Dead Man's Hand Rank 11 shootout hand. In addition, this event will be represented in an upcoming fiction, as we follow the tale of Coot Jenkins, known as 'The Prospector,' as he uncovers a Harrowed in his travels; this Harrowed will be a character from Doomtown, as chosen by the event winner (top of swiss!). There will be additional top of faction prizes and plenty of promos for event attendees provided in each round of play!
All players will bring a regular Doomtown deck, but no characters killed in the AEG era Doomtown Storyline will be legal, and there will be a twist on the legality of the Dead Man's Hand. We're keeping with the two black Aces and two black Eights, but the following cards will be legal in addition to the Jack of Diamonds to make up a Dead Man's Hand:
Queen of Diamonds: An alternately claimed kicker to the Jack of Diamonds
Five of Diamonds: As featured in Las Vegas myth
9 of Diamonds: As featured in historic Deadwood
Queen of Clubs: As initially publicized by Hickok's biographer, Joseph Rosa
Jake Smiley: Poisoned with Hawley's Rose and raised as a Pagliaccio – BM
Andrew Burton - Torn apart by the Blighted
William Specks - Smashed in to a building by the rampaging giant Tyxarglenak
Kyle Wagner: Eaten by Mutant Cattle - NTB
Philip Swinford: Captured by the Sloane Gang and shot by Sanford Taylor – FJ
Benny McGill - Made the mistake of questioning the new “Sloane” (Mario Crane) - BMR
Lawrence Blackwood: Hanged for murder - NTB
Philip Swinford (Experienced 1): Captured by the Sloane Gang and shot by Sanford Taylor - FJ
Tommy Harden - Fell victim to the plague
QUATERMAN: Crushed by Tyxarglenak - TCR
Ramiro Mendoza: Eaten by Tumblebleeds - N@N)
Andreas Andregg: Ridden down by Alice Stowe - N@N
Elmore Rhine: Shot by random Sloaners - N@N
Slade Lighbody: Shot by Steven Wiles - N&N
Karl Odett - Killed by Xui Yin Chen while leading the siege of the orphanage
Bobo: Set alight by Warren Graves - N@N
Makaio Kaleo Esq: Caught in crossfire - N@N
Wilber Crowley: Shot by Angelica Espinosa – EDS
Michael "The Badger" Dodge - Shot in the head by Pancho Castillo after being afflicted with an accelerated version of Ivor Hawley's plague
Roderick Byre: Shot by Allie Hensman – EDS
Rafi Hamid - Infected then killed as part of Nicodemus' ritual to empower Tlaloc's Furies.
Shizeng Lu - Neck broken by Ivor Hawley
Leonardo "Leon" Cavallo - Fell victim to the plague
Jackson Trouble - Crushed by a plague afflicted Michael "The Badger" Dodge's powerfist
Steven Wiles: Shot by the Ghostly Gun - N@N
Hupirika Sue - Disembowelled by Smiling Tom
Angelica Espinosa: Fell to Abram Grothe's sword when resisting arrest - N@N
Arvid Mardh: Head crushed by Bobo's mallet - N@N
Gang Yi: Zombified by Ivor Hawley's Festering Grasp and killed by Deborah West - TCR
Richard Slavin: Soul Blasted by Ivor Hawley - N@N
Jack O'Hara - Torn apart by the Blighted
The Tattooed Man - Soul Blasted by Maria Kingsford
Tyxarglenak - slain by the released spirit of Armitage the Damned, freed by a lucky slingshot from Drew, a schoolchild from the Jackelope Gang
Smiling Tom - Pinned down by T’ou Chi Chow and tomahawked by Chief Stephen Seven-Eagles
Sheriff Dave Montreal: Killed in duel by Sloane - N@N
Tyxarglenak (Experienced 1) - slain by the released spirit of Armitage the Damned, freed by a lucky slingshot from Drew, a schoolchild from the Jackelope Gang
Ivor Hawley - impaled on Evanor by Sheriff Abram Groethe while Chief Stephen Seven-Eagles applied Louis Pasteur's counter-pathogen
Note that Erik Samson is not banned, as his death was left ambiguous. The Flying Popescus are not banned, but lose their trait, as Etilka Popescu (of The Flying Popescus) was blasted by Wendy Cheng's shotgun.
In addition, there will be a special guest host to tell this narrative, and a special guest player. Each round, the opponent of the guest player will choose a Doomtown card that will be featured in this fiction.
We hope players will view this more as a social gathering of playing Doomtown than a competitive tournament This event will be followed by the Doomtown Classic 'Double Barrel' event. Be sure to check out our Greenhorn Event on Thursday, Social events on Wednesday, and the North American Championship on Saturday, where we'll badge a new Marshal who will get to design an upcoming Doomtown card!