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We Deal in Lead


You look to those closest to you, fellow gunslingers of the Order of the King. The arduous trek across the bleached desert is over and now you stand before a slip door. Though tested, the fellowship of your Order stands true.

You grasp the worn sandalwood grip of your artefact gun and twist open the door. You gasp as the sharp sea air hits your lungs. Gulls caw and the foam sprays your face like a baptism. You step through to another reality.

After all, there are other worlds than these.

Stand true, Gunslinger

We Deal in Lead is a weird west wanders TTRPG 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.


  • 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 CairnInto 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 hawkswolves, and bumblers


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 PDF.

Album art by Kim Diaz Holm.

Team Members

  • Colin Le Sueur - Writer/Designer
  • Fiona Maeve Geist - Editor
  • Kim Diaz Holm, Amita Sevellaraja, Perplexing Ruins, Felipe da Silva Faria, Colin Le Sueur, Evangeline Gallagher, Carlos Castilho - Interior Illustrations
  • Goran Gligović - Cover Illustrator
  • Andriy Lukin - Logo Designer
  • Of Sleeping Bears - Soundtrack Composer

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!





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Sean R April 27, 2023 11:41 pm UTC
Hey Colin, I just found you the other day looking for OSR/Mork Borg-like solo games, and purchasing was a no-brainer. So far, I'm loving Wardensaga and We Deal in Lead, but I was wondering if there's any sort of downloadable "Warden screen" full of the most important tables, mechanics, etc. As it stands right now, I'm constantly flipping around inthe PDFs to find everything making lists of which tables are where, but it would be really nice if you had something available.

If not, I can always make my own, but I'm no graphic designer, so I thought I'd ask you first.
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Colin L April 29, 2023 12:15 pm UTC
Hi Sean, thanks for the kind words. I'm planning to make a Warden screen or easy reference sheet for both Runecairn and We Deal in Lead, but it'll be after I finish a few projects first. Keep an eye out!
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Gerard M September 05, 2022 7:23 pm UTC
I've seen some places in the book so far that might need a title change, like Melee Weapons could better suited as Other Weapons due to the fact that the long bow and chakram are under that section as well.

As well, was it a choice to not add the Background section at all to give any kind of hint to what they could give you, cause it's somewhat lacking just to have the table.

Outside of that, the book seems good.
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Colin L September 07, 2022 7:33 am UTC
Hey Gerard, thanks for the feedback. Good point about Melee Weapons, I'll update that.

The backgrounds are primarily meant to be a narrative spark and kernel for character backstory, so they can mean whatever makes the most sense for the characters at the table. The only minor impact they have on gameplay is some backgrounds get a bonus during wilderness exploration.
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