B/X Bandits | "Source Material: 'The Gods of Mars', by Edgar Rice Burroughs"


Tom Moldvay's TSR adventure B4: The Lost City is drenched in pulp influences. One of the less-acknowledged examples may be the strong theme of cynicism toward institutional religion it shares with Edgar Rice Burroughs', The Gods of Mars. More than just a passing similarity, specific elements of the adventure seem to reflect important aspects of the book.

DMs who recognize these connections can use concepts from Burroughs' story to enhance and expand the setting of The Lost City, building it out as the miniature campaign it was always meant to be.


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