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"A solar day on Mars is 39 minutes and 35 seconds longer than on Earth. We will use that time to take back our planet."
—39 Dark Member

Life on the burgeoning Martian colony is hard. In the midst of political corruption, equipment failure, extreme weather events, and civil rights crack-downs, a new voice has risen up from the people. That voice is the up-and-coming protest movement, 39 Dark, which is guided by its newly appointed leader, Lane Novak.

Mars Colony: 39 Dark is a tense roleplaying game that allows you to explore modern, real-world political themes without sacrificing the fun of a RPG experience. These are just some of the game’s highlights:

  • Two-player specific design. 39 Dark is perfect for those times when you have only one person to play with, or when you would prefer to tell a story focused on a single memorable character.
  • It’s short. The game is playable in the time it takes to grab dinner and a movie. In just one or two sessions, you will have a complete story about themes that matter to you.
  • Sci-fi and politics were meant for each other. The game features rules for bringing real-life political movements into the fiction, but without the need to be an expert on the news.
  • Rules for sequels built right in. If you love the original Mars Colony, then you’re going to love the rules in 39 Dark that allow you to tie one game to the other. Explore the legacy of Mars Colony’s “hero,” Kelly Perkins. Re-tell the story from another perspective. Reveal the truth about her government programs.
  • It’s on Mars! Let’s not overlook the obvious. Mars has long held the imagination of story-tellers, dreamers, and scientists. I designed both of my Mars games based on a love of the Red Planet. I want to share that passion with you both in the game text and in the wonderful artwork by Tazio Bettin.

The game is also a sequel to my 2010 game, Mars Colony (not required for play). Like its predecessor, 39 Dark is a two-player, sci-fi RPG; however, this time the story is told from the perspective of the people. It’s a game about political freedom and standing up for what’s right.

The world is one plagued by oppression, apathy, and entrenched interests that threaten to divide the movement and squelch political freedom. It is a game inspired by modern political unrest worldwide (e.g., Occupy Wall Street, Arab Spring), and built to explore the costs and rewards of direct action.

39 Dark is another bravura success in hard-hitting, socially conscious science fiction RPGs from Tim Koppang—one that will make you feel the fire in the heart of the revolutionary and the fear of being the leader of the stampede.”
— David Gordon, The Cardboard Republic

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  • Sci-Fi & Political Protest
  • 2 players
  • 1–3 sessions
  • Teen through Adult

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