Monday, March 13, 2017


Later in 2017, Knuckleduster will be launching Gunfighter’s Ball, a new game system with its roots in Desperado. Gunfighter’s Ball will keep the things people have loved about Desperado while smoothing out some rough edges and adding some really useful new rule mechanisms.
The launch of Gunfighter’s Ball will make it easy for Desperado players to upgrade. When the rules are published, two additional documents will be available free online.

·       The first is a Player’s Guide, which includes a reference sheet and just enough explanation to get a casual player up and running.

·       The second is another version of the Player’s Guide which includes additional material to give Desperado players the info on how to incorporate the changes into their games.

The complete Gunfighter’s Ball rules (the Judge’s Guide) will include everything needed to play, and is currently in playtesting.


Below is a reference sheet entitled “Son of Desperado.” This incorporates a few of the ideas from Gunfighter’s Ball; namely, some re-vamped modifiers.

 PDF Cheat Sheet

In Classic Desperado, you find yourself doing lots of dividing and figuring fractions. In order to remove that chore, we’ve developed a super simple list of modifiers.
The only time you have to cut your shot in half is if you moved or are considered Immobile (a serious wound, as found on the Wound Chart).
Other modifiers are simple adjustments up or down. These merely take you up and down the specified amount; if your shot was 65%, a 10% penalty takes you down 10% to 55%.

·       All cover penalties are a 10% penalty. To make things simple, cover is anything that obscures the shooters view of the target.

·       Shooting from horseback is a 10% penalty.

·       A new 10% penalty is doled out for shooting with non-dominant hand (simplified as “left” hand).

·       A brand spanking new modifier is “Blind Shot Through Cover.” It’s a big one: -30%. In Desperado, we noticed numerous situations where you want to pepper the outhouse with gunshots, knowing darned well the bad guy is in there. Likewise, if someone shouts at you from behind a door, you know he’s there somewhere! With this modifier, you can blaze away at a target your character can reasonably assume is behind a door, fence, or wall, but can’t be seen. The shooter must have a good reason to assume the enemy is present within a 3” swath of area, and nearly adjacent to the target surface. It’s up to the game-master to decide if the shot is allowable.

That’s all the changes this time around. Keep a close eye on for updates on the progress of the next chapter in the Desperado saga!


  1. Are there plans to have a campaign system in the new rules?

  2. We're still kicking that part around; I've seen problems with that when a faction gets unstoppable relatively quickly because of the advantages they get. We're looking more at a model that you would find in a game on Steam--thinking along the lines of "maps" and "levels."

    1. Sounds interesting. I understand trying to not get a run away faction though I would argue that should be the responsibility of the players. Again, I'm intrigued by what you posted, and can't wait to see more.