Deadland (Alternate Play Format)
What is it?
Deadland plays like regular Doomtown with one added twist: The game tracks an ongoing "Fear Level" metric that ranges from 0 (minimum) to 3 (maximum) and represents the general air of supernatural malice that permeates the town. The Fear Level starts at 0, and players can take actions that permanently raise or lower it.
Raising the Fear Level
When a posse containing an Abomination, Harrowed, or Huckster dude as the shooter aces an opposing non-Abomination, non-Harrowed, or non-Huckster dude (as a casualty or via card effect), you may boot your Servitor Legend card or Fearmonger Outfit card to permanently raise the Fear Level by +1. If the aced dude was Blessed or a Shaman, raise the Fear Level by an additional +1. If the shootout occurred at a Holy Ground deed, raise the Fear Level by an additional +1.
Lowering the Fear Level
When a posse containing a non-Abomination, non-Harrowed, non-Huckster dude as the shooter aces an opposing Abomination, Harrowed, or Huckster dude (as a casualty or via card effect), you may boot your non-Servitor Legend card or non-Fearmonger Outfit card to permanently lower the Fear Level by -1. If your shooter was Blessed or a Shaman, lower the Fear Level by an additional -1. If the shootout occurred at a Holy Ground deed, lower the Fear Level by an additional -1.
What are it's effects?
Hexes have their cost reduced by the Fear Level.
Miracles and Spirits with a cost lower than the Fear Level boot their spellcaster if they fail the skill check.
While the Fear Level is 3, the entire town is a "Deadland", and Servitor Legend cards and Fearmonger Outfit cards are worth 1 control point (each) while they are unbooted.
Organizers may choose to run an ongoing League or Round Up by which, for example, the Fear Level starts higher than 0 (for all games), and/or tracks concurrently across multiple games as part of the same event (with the organizer announcing live changes!), and/or rolls over across multi-day events (with the organizer posting ongoing changes), and/or gives special prizes for top-of "White Hat" and "Black Hat" players.