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Red Planet • A World of Adventure for Fate Core

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Join the Martian Union of Materialist Republics today!

It’s the year 773 Post Revolution, and Mars is basking in the long embrace of progressive materialism. The Union of Materialist Republics rules over a utopian planet and two moon colonies. The people are happy in their roles; the governments of the Republic remain at peace with one another; technology designed to better mankind advances by leaps and bounds.

But all is not entirely peaceful, for the Union is under attack by the corrupt “U.S.S.R.” and decadent “U.S.A.” back on Earth, the feudal alien Venusians, and the expansionist two-dimensional Country of the Geometers!

Defend the Union and Mars against its enemies, and bring glory to yourself, your squad, and your collective. Put your lives on the line to defend utopia in Red Planet, a Soviet retro-pulp adventure by Jess Nevins. Red Planet requires Fate Core to play. This 59-page supplement includes:

  • A detailed review of the solar system—Fate-style
  • A social-class based character generation system with two new skills: pilot and renown
  • Interesting new rules for Conversions: a mental conflict in which characters try to convince others to agree with their point of view
  • Pulp-style spaceships and gear to equip your campaign
  • A sample adventure: 34 Chernykh

Welcome, Citizen, to the Red Planet.

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Tom Z August 16, 2017 9:00 pm UTC
Good to see a pulp setting for SF that is based on the long tradition of socialist SF. These are not Soviets of the Stalinist school nor the usual capitalists in space that we see in most US written SF rpgs. As a big fan of most SF rpgs, including the capitalist ones, it's great to a see a pulpy utopian one that allows exploration of the role of socialism in a fun way. Many people still believe that the future is communist, so even if you don't, why not have some fun with it? You can subvert it if you like, after all, it's your game..
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Christopher G February 25, 2017 8:08 pm UTC
So...what exactly IS progressive materialism?
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Paul R March 18, 2017 3:27 am UTC
I was wondering that myself. There is a list of mottos on page 21 that give a basic idea (Communism and Socialism without the major flaws or the historical baggage) but a clear 'This is What We Stand For' type list there is not.
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Christopher G March 31, 2017 4:11 am UTC
Yeah, a solid 'is and is not' kind of thing would definitely go a long way.
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DIOGO A January 12, 2017 1:25 pm UTC
So, do you have plans for a POD option ?
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January 12, 2017 4:15 pm UTC
Not at this time. The ROI hasn't been proven there, given past experience.
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Pierre S January 04, 2017 7:14 am UTC
Well! This product has courted some controversy. They tried to mention the historical context of real Communism, showing its evils, but not enough.

Personally I don't think you'd have a successful Communist society on Mars. Communism doesn't listen to human needs, claims to control the market with central planning, but that creates shortages and queues to obtain rations. Queues are bad if it's for razor-blades, the people get angry if it's a queue for bread, and they will be positively DEAD on Mars if they have to queue up for oxygen...
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January 04, 2017 4:41 pm UTC
And yet, we get no complaints about how Venus doesn't have a breathable atmosphere, and Uranus doesn't have ground to stand on ... everything here is pulp-derived, just not American pulp, and that includes the utopian communism-like philosophy of Material Progressivism the text talks about.
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Pierre S January 05, 2017 1:59 pm UTC
Haha, yeah. But L. Ron Hubbard said he astrally travelled to Venus, AND was nearly run over by a freight-train! This is Tom Cruise's faith, so I GOTTA believe that!
You can check out the old Soviet silent movie AELITA (Princess of Mars). She wore a model of the Solar System on her head. It was big in its time. Earth visitors were assumed to be Communists, but "it was all a dream" or something like that.
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Jason Y February 25, 2017 5:30 pm UTC
How exactly do you think that space travel currently works? Do you think astronauts are bartering for food on a space station? It is, in fact, most likely that initial colonies would indeed be "communism" in the sense that they are financially supported and rationed by the government that funded their mission. There's no reason to believe that this practice wouldn't continue until there is some way for people to be self-sufficient on the planet.
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Pierre S February 28, 2017 4:03 am UTC
Read the story "The Man Who Sold the Moon" by Robert Heinlein. Nothing gets done unless there is a capitalist profit-motive.
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Kate B April 06, 2017 11:48 am UTC
Tell that to the Soviet space program that beat us to literally every major milestone except the Moon.
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