Deadlands Noir does not require you to be deeply immersed in Deadlands product line and history but it would surely help. This rich background with alternate history of Deadlands might make this product worth it to some though. I think the Deadlands only works well in the original western setting. Things start to fall part more you advance the alternate history, all the silliness that was fun in the western setting just starts to grate. Maybe I would have preferred if Noir would have come up with something new instead of being continuation of Deadlands franchice.
[2 of 5 Stars!]