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Red Markets: A Game of Economic Horror

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2018 Best Game Ennie Award Nominee

Red Markets
is a tabletop RPG about economic horror. 

In Red Markets, characters risk their lives trading between the massive quarantine zones containing a zombie outbreak and the remains of civilization. They are Takers: mercenary entrepreneurs unwilling to accept their abandonment. Bound together into competing crews, each seeks to profit from mankind’s near-extinction before it claims them. They must hustle, scheme, and scam as hard as they fight if they hope to survive the competing factions and undead hordes the GM throws at them.

Takers that are quick, clever, or brutal enough might live to see retirement in a safe zone, but many discover too late that the cycle of poverty proves harder to escape than the hordes of undead. Red Markets uses the traditional zombie genre to tell a story about surviving on the wrong end of the economy. It’s cut-throat capitalism with its knife on your neck.

 
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Richard N April 09, 2018 5:51 am UTC
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Love the game, GM for some friends on TTS. Had one PC ask a newly joined PC how well endowed he was, asked him to roll for it; 10'. GG would run this game again!
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Tony M December 09, 2017 10:42 pm UTC
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Any chance of a high res version of the map on page 45?
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Connor N December 05, 2017 3:02 am UTC
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out of all the systems I've ever run, this one is hands down my favourite. I ran a campaign with the play test version of red markets and my players ended up knocking out a horror that defies nature, filling it with stims, and setting it loose on the locals so my players could escape without being shot. Also my teams medic solved most problems with huge amounts of drugs, the bruiser got shot in the leg and can't walk? fill him with stim sauce! we need to run away faster? stim sauce! we are going to see terrible terrible atrocities against nature? bottles of happy pills!

seriously while everyone else kept on buying gear, anti tank rifles, incendiary mortars, and leveling up their skills, my medic went through the game with a pistol, a medkit, and a bag of drugs
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Tony M November 24, 2017 12:56 pm UTC
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In the end, the words that they wrote there were meaningful.

:-)

Nice background, and lots of it, so even if the Profit System isn't for you could run this with pretty much anything you fancied.
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Jared A November 23, 2017 7:35 am UTC
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I backed the Kickstarter. Post-apocalyptic Ocean's 11 heists with a Call of Cthulu-type sanity mechanic.

This is more about seeing how far you can get when everything is against you as opposed to being the Big Damn Hero. Combat is alright but what I really like is the non-combat side. Negotiation, planning, providing for dependent NPCs, upkeep on your precious gear, and all while trying to keep your humanity from breaking. And you won't need an accounting ledger for this, it's all presented in the abstract. You can spend resources to get information or to say you have some rope when you find you need some. But you have to be cautious about how you do that because you can successfully complete an adventure and end up worse off than when you started.

The book is setting, rules, and how to run the game. The game mechanics can be adapted to other genres, it's not really that dependent upon the zombie motif. I've been tinkering around with adapting it to a more cinematic crime setting....See more
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Jack R November 23, 2017 3:40 am UTC
When will this be available for print on demand?
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Ethan C November 23, 2017 4:37 am UTC
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I don't know about any future POD plans, but it is available in print now from Indie Press Revolution (in the U.S.).
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Craig B July 21, 2018 9:36 am UTC
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Has anyone here bought the hardcover at IPR? I'm just wondering how it holds up. clocking in at almost 500 pages is a hefty printing, and I've had some gamebooks in the past (won't mention names but one could find my comments on various game dev pages here about their books that fell apart repeatedly, and which I do not waste my money on anymore) of this size where if the binding is done cheaply will just self-destruct in months. 500 hundred pages depending on the paper quality is pretty damn large and heavy, and we don't exactly have a world anymore that promotes quality anything since the globalist stooges have convinced everyone cheaper is better. If that's the case I'd really appreciate knowing before I waste money on a book that will not hold up. I take care of my books as well and do not abuse them. I have game books I bought 20 years ago that minus minor cover wear look to be fairly new.
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Daniel K July 21, 2018 1:19 pm UTC
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It is a solid and attractive book. Very good paper quality and what seems to be a robust binding. I haven't heard or seen any complaints about deterioration. There might be printing specs on IPR or in one of the kickstarter updates.
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Ethan C July 21, 2018 8:25 pm UTC
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I can also vouch for the quality and durability of the binding.
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Craig B August 18, 2018 7:14 pm UTC
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Thanks Guys!