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"One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams...”

― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Desert Moon of Karth is a space western sandbox adventure zine for the Mothership Sci-Fi Horror RPG

Karth is a tiny mesa studded moon on the galaxy's edge. The only way down is an antique space elevator to the lawless boomtown of Larstown; a place surrounded by even greater danger and strangeness in the wastes beyond. Survival or salvation is not guaranteed, partner.

Harvest ossified coral corpses to live forever. Become an involuntary organ donor. Dodge ancient orbital defenses. Explore sand blown ruins. Hunt the fearsome sandsquid. Ride camels through the dunes. Drink whisky until you’ve forgotten your own name.

Karth's inspirations include Dune, Firefly, Alien, John Carter of Mars, Cowboy Bebop, The Dark Tower, spaghetti westerns, and modern adventures like Hot Springs IslandA Pound of FleshUltraviolet Grasslands, and Slumbering Ursine Dunes.

You'll find plenty to use for your other sci-fi RPG of choice like Stars Without NumberTraveler, or Starfinder with a touch of back alley stat surgery.

Desert Moon of Karth is a meaty 52 pages, chock full of evocative illustrations and also includes:

  •  10 detailed and dangerous locations to explore including a ship graveyard, camel ranch, organic coral caves, and a decadent shattered spire.
  •  Regional Moon Map and rules for point crawling navigation.
  •  Detailed Larstown map, rumors, NPC’s, prospective jobs, and fine establishments.
  •  4 volatile factions for players to interact with including immortal organ harvesters, tribal park rangers, extinct coral beings, and a colonial boomtown of prospectors.
  •  Evolving encounters based on the day/night cycle (and it’s sometimes night for a week).
  •  Tons of 1d10 tables ranging from creepy prayers, to strange technology, to requested organs, to random drugs.
  •  Rules for sandsquid hunting and a dungeon crawl within one, should you be devoured.
  •  3 detailed dungeon maps, 8 new creatures, the dark secrets of eternal youth and more! 


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Eduardo O October 08, 2021 4:09 pm UTC
Hello there! I just bought a physical copy of the adventure from the online store "Pit of Infinite Shadow" (, but the store owner said it doesn't come with PDF versions of the adventure. I know other online stores offer the PDFs when you buy the physical copy. So I was wondering if it was possible to get the PDFs from you? What's you policy with this kinda thing?
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Chad K July 20, 2021 12:26 pm UTC
Can i get this in print somewhere?
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Joel H July 27, 2021 4:55 am UTC
Hey Chad! Several retailers like Tuesday Knight Games, Exalted Funeral, and Floating Chair club will have copies of the fancy Mixam print. I also will probably have a POD version out here soon.
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September 19, 2021 1:20 am UTC
Joel, I bought a print copy of Karth this weekend at Gen Con. I think they said it comes with a free PDF, but I don’t see any way to redeem it! Thanks!
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Steven S July 19, 2021 10:35 pm UTC
Great looking book with lots of info and adventuring crammed into 52 pages. Love the art vibes and the feel of the setting.
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