An absolute must for all Deadlands players and Marshals, 'Smith & Robards' has been the book for discerning gentlefolk for years. In this newest edition, updated to 1880, we are presented with a history of the Roswell-centred offices of the business (and some really nice secrets and plot hooks in the Marshal's Section).
Deadlands has always been one of the best themed games on the market and the mad science catalogue is printed with all of the requisite fonts, the faux-Western style advertisements throughout and could be used so easily as an in game prop rather than just another sourcebook.
Inside you'll find everything from the mundane (self cleaning clothes and different flavoured snacks) through to weaponry (like Gatling pistols and Acid rounds) through to the fantastic (like rocket boots - and the rules for misfires and accidents with these devices are not worth considering). There are also rules to steam-powered body augmentation; think cyberware for a steampunk setting. This was the only section that really didn't do anything for me, but was an interesting read nonetheless.
Whether as a prop, a shopping list or simply some new items to reward characters with, this is an excellent resource and a fine update for the Savage Worlds version of the best Western RPG on the market.
[4 of 5 Stars!]