A&E’s Shattered Frontier is an alternate-history 1850s, where North America is broken into small, fractious nations. But apart from a slight acceleration in arms technology, there is no fantasy element; the setting aims for realism. In the game’s poker chip-based brawling system, characters become winded, tired, or knocked senseless in a fight. The Shot Clock gunfight system uses targeting grids printed on transparent plastic overlays and placed on target silhouettes to identify hit locations. Beyond its realistically deadly combat, Aces & Eights presents a broad range of Old West life — as Kenzer puts it, “the rest of the Western movie adventure beyond the gunfight.” Dozens of professions cover the full range of possibilities in the Wild West: gambler, politician, lawman, cowboy, rancher, outlaw, craftsman, saloonkeeper, merchant, etc. Characters can change professions at will. The system rewards players for pursuing professions and gives characters in-game incentives to do more than follow the outlaw trail. Modular mini-games cover everything from shootouts to cattle drives to jury trials. You can take any profession, pursue any goal; Aces & Eights is as wide open as the land itself.
Pay just US$14.95 to get all three titles in this revived offer’s Player Collection (retail value $40) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the lavish 339-page Aces & Eights Reloaded core rulebook, the Shootist’s Guide with extra Target Silhouettes, and the introductory solo adventure Bad Day at Buena Roca.
This reloaded Aces & Eights offer saddles up and rides out Wednesday, June 29.
The Aces & Eights combat system uses transparent Shot Clock and Shotgun targeting overlays. Print those .PDF pages onto inkjet transparency sheets such as 3M Recycled Inkjet Transparency Film or Apollo Transparency Film for Inkjet Printers, both available at office supply stores or on Amazon (affiliate link).