From the introduction:
Badlands is a free [paper and pen] RPG. In other words [it is] Role Playing Game that uses your imagination and those of your friends to create a story, keeping records with paper and pens. Combat and actions are resolved with dice, and "game mechanics".
Badlands: A Wasteland Game, was heavily inspired by the computer games Fallout and X-Com. It was intended to be used for short campaigns or one-shot adventures and is "rules light" regarding character advancement. The game is set in the post-apocalyptic USA, along the California-Nevada border.