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Flags over Mars! 

This short FREE Quickstart adventure is designed to allow play­ers to take on the role of heroes from the John Carter of Mars stories as they encounter perilous adventures on Barsoom explore the rules of its 2d20 roleplaying system. 

The adventure is set shortly after the events of A Princess of Mars and the decline of Helium’s long time rival, Zodanga. During this period, John Carter stays for years in Helium with his beloved Dejah Thoris, but few of his adven­tures during this time are described in Bur­rough’s work. 

As the adventure begins, Carter is travelling with Dejah and several friends and allies by flier to meet with a delegation from a minor Red Martian kingdom, Voninka, that is seeking alliance with Helium. Voninka was a small satellite nation of Zodanga until the nation’s recent defeat at the hands of Helium. It now seeks new allies among Helium and its jeddak, a young but respected leader known as Corlan Nim, has requested a diplomatic meeting with representatives of Helium—the player heroes and their crew. 

But all is not quite as it seems and this apparently simple diplomatic mission soon launches our heroes into a whirlwind adventure! 

Prepare to experience the might and majesty of 2d20 adventures on the red planet in John Carter of Mars!

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Matthias B January 26, 2018 7:57 pm UTC
It seems there is a crossover with Tarzan hidden in the Quickstart.
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Chris B January 26, 2018 7:59 pm UTC
Actually the paypal pledges are going up tomorrow :-)
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Matthias B January 26, 2018 8:58 pm UTC
That's the reason I've edited my comment.

BTW was the small crossover with Tarzan intentional?
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Patrick B January 26, 2018 11:53 pm UTC
I wondered the same thing
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Eric T January 25, 2018 6:25 pm UTC
Perhaps I’m missing something obvious, but I’m going to ask anyway. It’s my understanding that a Narrator uses Threat exactly like players use Momentum. So what happens if a Narrator character generates more successes then the opposing player? Do they gain Momentum, or they turn it into more Threat? Seems unfair that Narrator characters would get to use Threat and Momentum. Help? Thank you.
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Joseph A H January 24, 2018 12:42 am UTC
Yes! My first Kickstarter, too! Thanks so much!
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Jack N January 23, 2018 7:00 pm UTC
Substantially similar, yes. Perhaps not identical, but similar. Hope that helps!
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Michael S January 23, 2018 7:08 pm UTC
Thanks, Jack! I'll be glad to give the Quickstart a workout.
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Michael S January 23, 2018 5:41 pm UTC
I was excited to download the JCM Quickstart as I participated in the Alpha and Beta playtest and I've been anxious to see how the product developed. Everything is looking great. The art is outstanding and the rules are easy to understand (playing Star Trek Adventures helped). I am happy to pledge to the Kickstarter and eagerly await the publication of the core rules. I do have a question- are the character creation and creature stats substantially similar to those presented in the Beta test?
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This title was added to our catalog on January 23, 2018.