Copperhead County is my Forged-in-the-Dark game of real-world American crime and corruption, set in a fictional Tennessee county in the year 201x. RIYL the Breaking-Bad-Better-Call-Saul-iverse, The Wire, Justified, your Grand Thefts Auto, and other contemporary American criminal action-dramas.
You'll play a crew of outlaws trying to make a dollar in this cold world by undertaking an illegal quest for loot. You'll probably steal some stuff, maybe fight some goons, perhaps engage in tense negotiations, possibly enjoy high-octane car chases, and so forth.Copperhead County is a Forged in the Dark roleplaying game about organized crime, political corruption, and life and times in the modern American South. Your characters start the game broke and hopeless in America. Can you be your own bosses, build your own business, and live the dream? Can your crew beat the establishment, the good ol’ boys network, the entrenched machines, and become the big fish? What kind of lives will they live during their pursuit, and what sort of triumphs, hurts, and heartbreaks will they experience? That’s what we play to find out!
I'll be running a job or two using material from an upcoming 'module' I'm adding to the game called Exit 96, a mini-sandbox about dark doings at a remote highway stop. The primary job is The Waffle Hustle:
Character creation will be done at the table. Also, I hope to debut all-new designs for the playbooks and reference sheets at GPNW.Your crew is new, hungry, and broke: a bunch of misfits stuck in the mountains with no prospects save a willingness to operate outside of the lines of law-abiding society. If you're gonna get ahead in the American rat race, you're gonna need a leg up—and to step on a few toes on your way.
Luckily, there's a woman in Copperhead County who keeps an eye out for emerging criminal talent: Gwen Watkins, a middle manager in the Mountain Mafia, the button-down mobsters who like to think they run the county. She's got her eye on a coveted piece of real estate just before the state line: Exit 96, a truck stop currently controlled by the gasoline-and-leather crowd of the Heathens MC.
According to Gwen, the motorbike enthusiasts have a big stash hidden at the exit, behind the unassuming facade of everyone's favorite early-morning-slash-late-night grease-pit, the Waffle Huddle. If someone were to steal that stash for her, she'd be mighty grateful, and probably even let them keep most of it. Enter: you, that said group of desperadoes eager to carve out and feast upon your piece of the pie.
But how are you gonna break into a place that's open 24/7?
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