A downloadable tabletop RPG

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Copperhead County is a Southern noir game about organized crime and political corruption in a fictional slice of Tennessee, circa 201X. Steal, deal, sin, and pursue the American Dream in a place where whiskey and blood run together.

Copperhead County is Forged in the Dark, based on the beloved engine from Blades in the Dark.  Inspired by media like The Wire, Breaking BadBetter Call SaulJustified, and the books of Daniel Woodrell, Elmore Leonard, and Attica Locke—plus many other works of contemporary crime fiction—Copperhead County presents a grounded world and invites you to play an action RPG in it.

The current Early Access version of the game is a 60+ page PDF, extensively playtested and refined, compatible with the free Blades in the Dark SRD. You will need to reference the SRD, or have a working knowledge of the system, to play. The EA document contains full variant rules, playbooks, player and GM guidance, and an original setting. There's a lot of content! A standalone release is coming soon!

Anyone who purchases Copperhead County during the EA period gets a discount from the final price, subsequent updates for free, and the satisfaction of backing a 100% DIY independent RPG.

Play and find:

  • Action! Steal things, chase cars, brawl goons, blow stuff up.
  • Drama! Explore your character's personal relationships and problems as they embark on their new career in organized crime.
  • Politics! Consider the legacy and present of the South, in its dueling majesty and horror. How do you feel about mountaintop removal mining, union organizing, charter schools, and television news? Will you infiltrate the political machine to entrench your power, or smash it and reject authority?
  • MusicCopperhead County has two official soundtracks: a regular one and an extremely long one. Listen to the main soundtrack right here!

Created, designed, written, directed, & produced by Jason Eley
Cover and iconic character art by Dylan Choonhachat
Interior art and additional cartography by Adam Schwaninger
Additional gameplay writing & design by Michael Crowley
Additional playbook graphic design & layout by Calum Grace
Additional cartography by Tiffany Munro

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Buy Now$15.00 USD or more

In order to download this tabletop RPG you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $15 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Maps.zip 740 kB
The Best Brands Heist v7.zip 669 kB
Copperhead County EA v8.pdf 19 MB
Copperhead County Sheets v8 12-19-19.pdf 1 MB
Copperhead County Sheets v8-5 02-13-2020.pdf 1 MB

Download demo

Copperhead County DEMO Sheets v8-5 02-13-2020.pdf 1 MB

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