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[Any System] John Carter RPG

SibKhatru

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The talk in the thread about Space:1889 and Savage Worlds reminded me again that a favorite setting of mine in the John Carter Warlord of Mars stuff (Burroughs).

I think SW would be a nifty system fit... but has anyone done something else in the setting? It's gritty, pulpy, very heroic, etc. so what would work well?

Personally I am very tempted to try Cinematic Unisystem... ahem!

Let me hear your thoughts and/or actual play experiences...
 

Lisa Nadazdy

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Interesting factoid: a company called Heritage Models produced a game called John Carter, Warlord of Mars, a man-to-man miniatures tactical game with a thin roleplaying veneer on top. I'm one of the few people on Earth to own a copy. :)
 

Crakkerjakk

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GURPS Mars for 3e had a ~20 page mini-setting based on the Planetary Romance version of Mars. Canals, swords, princesses, the works.

Easily updatable for a cinematic GURPS 4e game.
 

Max

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Savage Worlds and Spirit of the Century are the two that come immediately to mind, of course, being explicitly designed for this sort of thing...

Interesting factoid: a company called Heritage Models produced a game called John Carter, Warlord of Mars, a man-to-man miniatures tactical game with a thin roleplaying veneer on top. I'm one of the few people on Earth to own a copy. :)
Now I'm curious. Is it any good?
 

mcellis

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I'm actually prepping an upcoming Barsoom-like Planetary Romance game right now, and Spirit of the Century was my first choice.
 

The Fiendish Dr. Samsara

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I continue to think that Prince Valiant would be an excellent system for running a Barsoom game: it assumes that all players are warriors, that glory is what makes life meaningful, and that there are well-defined genre conventions.

I keep threatening to run it and keep not doing so.

Mercutio01 said:
Adamant Entertainment has a Barsoom with the serial numbers filed off coming out soon. It uses the Savage Worlds system.
They actually put this out a few years ago as a D20 game and are now redoing it for SW.

Interesting factoid: a company called Heritage Models produced a game called John Carter, Warlord of Mars, a man-to-man miniatures tactical game with a thin roleplaying veneer on top. I'm one of the few people on Earth to own a copy. :)
I envy you that. That's the one where the goal of the game is to win a Princess, right?
 

Lisa Nadazdy

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Now I'm curious. Is it any good?
I've never sat down and actually played it. From the way it reads, it's a small scale miniatures combat game, but there's a section in the back for rolling up a 'Prince' (as a player, why would you play anything else?), and you go on quests in the John Carter vein- beating up monsters and rescuing princesses in order to build up fame and fortune. It wasn't terribly deep, but it might be fun for a session or two. I mostly got it for the source material. I have a paperback book that's a guide to Barsoom that's floating around here somewhere, too, along with some maps to the classic setting. That's right, you're allowed to envy me. :D
 
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