It’s Celebrating InSight Week as we cheer the successful landing of NASA’s latest exploration of Mars project! So Mars is the theme all week, starting with Blood Red Mars, a sourcebook for Why Not Games‘ Rocket Age RPG. Featuring their Vortex system, this book details a pulpy, wartorn planet with armies in battle and ancient mysteries to uncover – kind of Burroughs-meets-Rocketpunk.
The red sands of Mars are stained dark with the blood of conqueror and conquered, of explorer and savage beast, of alien and native alike. Mars, the Red Planet, named for some long-dead Earthling god of war, has lived up to its namesake. Armies march, archaeologists battle the traps of Ancient Ruins, and warbands of the native Chanari raid the towns of the ‘civilized’ castes with impunity. Life on Mars is one of conflict, of gun and blade, of bow and fang, of ideas. Freedom cry out the Julandri slaves, faith call back the Kastari priestly sects, mine scream the prince and the revolutionaries!
In Blood Red Mars you will find a complete gazetteer of the alien world, listing of its major cities, principalities, physical features, and geographic regions, along with story hooks and example characters for each. There’s also information and rules for the (often-deadly) flora and fauna of Mars including the dreaded silt sea dragons, deadly stigia bird, and ravenous desert well tree; a list of organizations operating on Mars, each with detailed descriptions of their history, operations, and rules and story hooks for using them in the game; a complete adventure set on the Red Planet and more besides!
Can our heroes prosper on Mars, or will their blood too soak into the sands of the Red Planet?
Written by Rocket Age Line Developer Ken Spencer, Blood Red Mars is 160 pages long with black and white artwork by Paul Bourne, Jon Hodgson and Paul Bourne.
About Rocket Age
“It’s alternate history pulpy retro-sci-fi space opera planetary romance. It’s throttled up rocket packs burning radium on the long blast to the farthest reaches of the Solar System. It’s hunting thunder lizards in the upland jungles of Venus. It’s battling Ancient Martian killing machines piloted by the Deutsche Marskorps across the baking red deserts of Mars. It’s exploring the deadly skies of Jupiter under the constant threat of Europan disintegration. It’s RAY gun wielding heroes bulls-eyeing mutants in the blasted ruins of Io” – Ken Spencer, Rocket Age Line Developer
Rocket Age is our new radium-powered game line of interplanetary adventure! Powered by the Vortex System, it’s packed to the fins with all the rules, setting information and game ideas to keep you playing throughout your very own rocket age!
Sean Patrick Fannon
Writer & Game Designer: Shaintar, Star Wars, Savage Rifts, Freedom Squadron, and much more!
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