Doomtown is an expandable card game set in the Weird West of Pinnacle Entertainment’s legendary Deadlands setting. Players control one of six unique factions: they fight for dominance, sling lead, and cast spells in town and beyond. It is typically played with two players, but multiplayer variants allow more players to get into the game. We’re excited to offer new co-operative and solo modes in this Kickstarter.
During the game, each player builds locations in the town and fights for overall control. Doomtown sets itself apart from other card games in that each card doubles as a playing card, which impacts both deck building and gameplay. Players resolve certain in-game situations (such as combat) with a hand of poker, accentuating the Old West atmosphere of the game. The game’s movement rules are also noteworthy, often being compared to chess.
“White hat” deputies and sheriffs bring order and justice to the untamed West. Their decks tend to be based around awarding bounties to their opponents and having “legal” draw hands in shootouts. They can make use of Mad Scientists and Blessed in order to help bring peace to the frontier.
“Black hat” criminals on the wrong side of the law. Their decks tend to be based around racking up bounties on their own dudes and having “cheatin’” draw hands in shootouts. They sometimes dabble in magic through Hexes to pull off their crimes.
Ranchers and profiteers willing to do whatever it takes to make a buck…and eliminate the competition. Their decks tend to be based around playing deeds and outmaneuvering their opponents, and often make use of horses and Mad Science gadgets.
Forces of evil seeking to spread fear and despair, largely responsible for bringing the “Weird” to the West! Their decks tend to be based around controlling their opponents through magical Hexes and recruiting abominations. Sometimes they find or invent mystical items and gadgets.
Native Americans and their allies seeking to bring balance to the world and drive off those who oppose their way of life. Their decks tend to be based around controlling the Town Square at the center of the play area and planting Totems for their Shamans to use. More recently, some of them have started to learn the secrets of Kung Fu.
Individuals who don’t care much for rules and want the West to stay Wild. Their decks tend to be based around outmaneuvering their opponents and using Kung Fu. A surprising number of Blessed from various faiths have joined their ranks as well.
In keeping with Pine Box Entertainment’s mission to make our card games more accessible digitally, Doomtown is now available for online play via Doomtown.Online. Doomtown Online is the official platform for Doomtown and is supported by organized play. Doomtown Online is browser based and platform agnostic, making it possible to play without need of a powerful computer.