We Deal in Lead

We Deal in Lead

We Deal in Lead is Itchfunding Now

You look to those closest to you, fellow gunslingers of the Order of the Saint. The arduous, seemingly interminable trek through the bleached desert is over and together you stand before a lost slip door. Though tested, your Order holds firm. You grasp the worn sandalwood grip of your right hand gun and twist the door open.

The other gunslingers gasp as the sharp sea air hits their lungs. Gulls caw and the foam hits your face like a baptism. You step through to another reality. There are, after all, other worlds than these.

Stand true, Gunslinger

We Deal in Lead is a dark fantasy Western RPG by Colin Le Sueur for 1 or more players. Streamlined rules, fast character creation, and gameplay built on exploration and player choice. Based on Cairn by Yochai Gal. We Deal in Lead is crowdfunding now on Itch.io.


  • Set in a strange post-apocalyptic world eerily close to ours, where the borders of time and space wear thin
  • You are Gunslingers, mythic champions holding off the forces of chaos with lead and grit
  • Combat and exploration gameplay designed for 1 or more players, including solo or group play
  • Streamlined d20 roll-under rules based on Cairn, Into the Odd, and Knave
  • Hard-hitting gunslinger combat with new gun mechanics
  • Compatible with other Cairn adventures and settings; journey with your gunslingers into other genres and times
  • Recruit heroes from other worlds to join your quest, even those fallen to death; death is just another door, after all
  • Keep the bonds of fellowship strong within your Gunslinger Order and your aim will remain true
  • Wilderness survival and exploration through a world that has moved on — the known and unknown lands are dangerously unpredictable
  • Friend and train beast companions to act as your eyes, ears, or fangs, including hawks, wolves, and bumblers


Itchfunding is an alternative to typical crowdfunding methods like Kickstarter and is more flexible and less stressful for creators. Unlike Kickstarter, there’s no hard endpoint for the campaign or risk the funding will fail. The campaign remains open and the book remains in development until the funding goals are met.

You aren’t funding a final product (though you will get a release PDF and physical copy, if you choose that level of support), but you’re funding the development and progress of We Deal in Lead.

We Deal in Lead is in active development. When you purchase it, you get the Ashcan Version, the latest and greatest version currently available, and any subsequent updates. Any payments you make go toward improving the book with art and editing.

When we hit each funding goal, the PDF will be updated with the result (the first milestone is the cover).

Illustrated throughout with evocative black and white line-art and splashes of colour. Printed in mixed black and white with colour highlights and colour covers.


Of Sleeping Bears - Watch & Warrant

Of Sleeping Bears has done an amazing job with Watch & Warrant, the companion 6 track EP for We Deal in Lead.

  1. High Moon
  2. The Ghost Town of Lud
  3. Ash & Brimstone
  4. Rest for the Wicked
  5. A New Frontier
  6. Broken Order

All 6 tracks are included with the Ashcan PDF and Physical Edition.

Album art by Kim Diaz Holm.

What People Are Saying

ModernModron (@modernmodron), artist and designer:

Absolutely dripping in flavor, We Deal in Lead feels ripe to create a dark fiction environment. I particularly like the rules for the order/ breaking the order and it sets up a great narrative arc leading out of a major loss, which is fantastic


First come smiles, then lies. Last is gunfire.

This has not only the mechanical prowess to accomplish its genre/setting emulation, but the soul. I cannot wait to assemble my ka-tet and ride!


Itch.io: https://byodinsbeardrpg.itch.io/we-deal-in-lead

We Deal in Lead Cover

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