[Kickstarter] John Carter of Mars RPG

imagineGod

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With scarcely a parting glance I turned my eyes again toward Mars, lifted my hands toward his lurid rays, and waited..."- John Carter, Gods of Mars


Adventures on the dying world of Barsoom, a planetary romance inspired by the literature of Edgar Rice Burroughs.


https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/modiphius/john-carter-of-mars-the-roleplaying-game


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The core book is fully written, and now in layout, depending on what other books are unlocked in the line, we will be aiming for one shipment in the summer prior to a retail release in the fall. As soon as the Kickstarter closes and payments have been processed you will be given access to the complete documents for the core book as well as the full PDF before we go to print, to provide last minute proofreading.


"As I gazed upon it I felt a spell of overpowering fascination - it was Mars, the god of war, and for me, the fighting man, it had always held the power of irresistible enchantment."- John Carter, Princess of Mars
 

imagineGod

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Onward to the Stretch Goals people, hold the gate open, the humans are pouring in and with them they bring heroism and imagination. More, more, more!!!

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Nagol

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Romance is a large element in the Barsoomian stories, almost every book contains a romance for the major protagonist and possibly others for secondary characters (in addition to the three book epic for John Carter & Dejah Thoris the first seven novels have the tales of Tars Tarkas & Gozava, Cathoris & Thuvia, Gahan & Tara, Ulysses and Valia, and Tan Hadron & Tavia, that I can recall!)

Does romance fit into the mechanics at all or is it simply left to the game table?
 

Nagol

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A question regarding copyright.

Is there a license from the Burroughs' estate?

The copyright status of Barsoom is complicated with some of the works released to the public domain in the U.S., but still protected by the Berne convention elsewhere and later works are still under copyright protection (except in Australia).
 

imagineGod

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A question regarding copyright.

Is there a license from the Burroughs' estate?

The copyright status of Barsoom is complicated with some of the works released to the public domain in the U.S., but still protected by the Berne convention elsewhere and later works are still under copyright protection (except in Australia).
Quoting below what Modiphius Entertainment wrote on the Kickstarter page, so I guess the proper licensing has been covered.

John Carter of Mars - Adventures on The Dying World of Barsoom is a planetary romance tabletop role-playing game. We've created it under license and with the cooperation of the estate of Edgar Rice Burroughs, author of the original Barsoom novels. We've also had guidance of Scott Tracy Griffin one of the leading scholars of his works to ensure utmost authenticity.
 

modiphius

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Romance is a large element in the Barsoomian stories, almost every book contains a romance for the major protagonist and possibly others for secondary characters (in addition to the three book epic for John Carter & Dejah Thoris the first seven novels have the tales of Tars Tarkas & Gozava, Cathoris & Thuvia, Gahan & Tara, Ulysses and Valia, and Tan Hadron & Tavia, that I can recall!)

Does romance fit into the mechanics at all or is it simply left to the game table?
Yes romance is included in the typical tests - Benn will pop in to answer

A question regarding copyright.

Is there a license from the Burroughs' estate?

The copyright status of Barsoom is complicated with some of the works released to the public domain in the U.S., but still protected by the Berne convention elsewhere and later works are still under copyright protection (except in Australia).
Yes we have a license with the Edgar Rice Burroughs Estate - still owned by the Burroughs family - and they also have trademarks on many of the terms in use.
 

imagineGod

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For those of you who like miniatures with your role playing games, the 32mm collection of detailed heroes of Barsoom and villains, of course, is available in a new pledge tier "The Swords of Mars" collection on the John Carter of Mars Kickstarer.

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imagineGod

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Just reminder for those taking the Swords of Mars pledge tier, if we get even more people pledging, the value of this tier offers so much bang for the buck "all the miniatures" including the Thark Warband, if we can hit the £105,000 tier (since this is a British publisher, I quoted the British Pound Sterling, but that is about $143,000).

As of this posting, the status of the John Carter of Mars Kickstarter rests on just over £90,700 with 1150 backers (nice round figures).

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Contact made! The Thark warband miniatures have been unlocked. We are taking fire. Quick, flip to the page on the rules of engagement. And let us hope luck is on our side.


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imagineGod

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Hot damn!

Those four-armed green Tharks with their green dice have injected new blood into John Carter of Mars.

It seems new fans have backed the Kickstarter which has risen to the top ten of the Kicktraq list of trending Kickstarters.

Yes, new fans rule!

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IMMORTAL HERO OF MARS (Could that be you?)

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/modiphius/john-carter-of-mars-the-roleplaying-game/posts/2096365


If you've ever imagined yourself stalking through the ruins of a once great city port of Barsoom, standing at the bow of a great Helium warship, your steel ready as she surges forward or leaping between ancient spires in Helium then these could be the pledges for you!

As we have with our previous Kickstarters, we're unlocking the potential to be drawn in to the corebook or one of the supplements by one of our illustrators. Will you be a hero or villain? We'll also be providing the NPC stats for the character. You'll be featured in one of the large format pieces scattered throughout the books.


There at not many of pledges on this tier left. Only 10 in the core book and 5 are already gone, so better get yourself to Barsoom fast.
 

imagineGod

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Flags over Mars!

This short FREE Quickstart adventure is designed to allow play­ers to take on the role of heroes from the John Carter of Mars stories as they encounter perilous adventures on Barsoom explore the rules of its 2d20 roleplaying system.

The adventure is set shortly after the events of A Princess of Mars and the decline of Helium’s long time rival, Zodanga. During this period, John Carter stays for years in Helium with his beloved Dejah Thoris, but few of his adven­tures during this time are described in Bur­rough’s work.

As the adventure begins, Carter is travelling with Dejah and several friends and allies by flier to meet with a delegation from a minor Red Martian kingdom, Voninka, that is seeking alliance with Helium. Voninka was a small satellite nation of Zodanga until the nation’s recent defeat at the hands of Helium. It now seeks new allies among Helium and its jeddak, a young but respected leader known as Corlan Nim, has requested a diplomatic meeting with representatives of Helium—the player heroes and their crew.

But all is not quite as it seems and this apparently simple diplomatic mission soon launches our heroes into a whirlwind adventure!

Prepare to experience the might and majesty of 2d20 adventures on the red planet in John Carter of Mars!


Check it out on DriveThruRPG below:

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imagineGod

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After a long slog through difficult terrain, Earthborn fans of John Carter of Mars successfully unlocked all four core adventures from the "Swords of Mars" campaign.

ACT ONE: Remnants of Mars
ACT TWO: Traitors of Mars
ACT THREE: Phantoms of Mars
ACT FOUR: Cabals of Mars


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And if you already backed the "Dotar Sojat" tier (that includes miniatures), then this brand new stretch goal may be of interest to you:

"The Dotar Sojat Adventure" at £175,000.


Finally, if we gather enough momentum (pun intended) we may capture wonders from the Barsoom bestiary like the great White Ape, Banth, Apt, Synthetic Men, and Plant Men.

And believe, me we need more momentum in the last two weeks now, lest both HATE and Nemesis and out heroism and planetary romance.


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imagineGod

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So we already got a peak at the Thark battle crew.

And, now, let us preview a very special Thark miniature, basically this is Sola, the daughter of Tars Tharkas, and one of the most notable Tharks without whom John Carter may not have survived Mars when he first arrived.


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imagineGod

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Happy February everyone.

Hopefully, wages and salaries have all been paid and so some disposable income may be available to support fantastic creative projects. :angel:

John Carter of Mars could sure use some more of your support to unlock even more awesome miniatures and content hiding behind the £200,000 milestone.

Those feeling extra generous can join the "Jeddak of Jeddaks" elite tier which includes the following rare collector's item:

The Deluxe leatherbound Barsoom Edition of the John Carter of Mars roleplaying game with engraved metal corners, metal closure, gold finish imprint on leather cover, red page edges and bookmark PLUS The Deluxe leather bound Jeddak of Jeddaks Notebook & ERB Doodat leather dicebag PLUS The deluxe large fabric map of Barsoom (39" x 27" / 100cm x 71cm) PLUS the complete contents of the JOHN CARTER DOTAR SOJAT pledge (all the dice, minis, books in print, PDFs, collectors slip case, Prince of Helium Notebook & GM Screen)

This role playing game has been a passion project for many creative types, including Francesca Baerald, who creates, draws and paints beautiful character sheets and maps.

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The Helium minis were unlocked, about $2800 away from the next stretch goal which is the pdf miniatures rules. 9 days left and the big pledge level will be added in 30 minutes, limited slots.
 

imagineGod

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This is the expensive pledge tier, but those who can afford it, well, it is so worth it.

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