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Desert Moon of Karth

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Now updated to Mothership 1E!

"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! 


    Man this is like a living breathing planet, I love this little western town. This is adventures within adventures, each page alone seems like it could be an adventure in itself.  Oh it's so beautiful, I just want to play it so bad
    -Alan Gerding,
    Tuesday Knight Games

    Looks really good! It's very well made, the art is really nice, layout is great, and there's lots of stuff to adventure in here. It gives you tons of material to just travel around this tiny moon.
    - Ben Milton, Questing Beast

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Clément L July 03, 2022 3:59 pm UTC
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I would be intersted by a POD version for this book, as well as Abilities Considered Unnatural from the same author. Why has it been removed ?
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Daniel R July 12, 2022 1:22 am UTC
I would also be interested in a physical copy.
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Brandon M June 06, 2022 1:37 am UTC
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Is there any update on the availability of the POD version? It is still showing as PDF only for me and I have a discount code burning a hole in my digital wallet. :)
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Samuel B March 28, 2022 6:48 pm UTC
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I've bought a copy of Desert Moon of Karth. I love the content, very happy with the PDF. But the print copy is very hard to use. The content is so close to the center of the pages and the binding is so tight that you lose about 10-15% of every page. I've contacted DriveThruRPG's customer service in case it was a misprint, they opted to send me another copy. Unfortunately, I just think the layout has not been thought for print. The maps are especially unsuable because of the missing content at the center.

I don't know about other sources of physical copies, but I would not recommend buying a physical copy on DriveThruRPG. But do buy the PDF, the content is awesome.
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Joel H April 03, 2022 5:09 pm UTC
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I've updated the print files since your review and should be useable for folks. I had some test proofs sent where I could see the centerfold portion of the maps decently so hopefully was a fluke. The lack of ability for perfect bound products to lay flat is a hinderance to usability compared to my staple bound offset print editions but I want to let folks have the option to purchase a decent physical copy that would otherwise be punitively expensive for me to ship them. The POD option will be restored shortly.
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Samuel B April 10, 2022 11:37 pm UTC
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Should I contact DriveThruRPG customer service again after you've successfully updated the POD option?
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Lucas C February 28, 2022 9:38 am UTC
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Hi Joel! I just downloaded the 1e updated version, thanks! This looks great and I'm listening to the amazing soundtrack while writing this comment :)
I have a minor problem opening one of the color player handouts, Larstown.png. It appears that the file is corrupted. I tried opening it with multiple programs and re downloading the file. Not sure if this happened to anybody else.
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Joel H February 28, 2022 11:47 pm UTC
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Should be fixed, it's because the file size was way too large on the image. Uploaded a resized version.
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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" (https://store.cave-evil.com/), 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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Joel H February 26, 2022 9:37 pm UTC
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Hey just saw this too! Did you ever figure out getting your PDF copy? I can set you up
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Eduardo O April 16, 2022 2:49 pm UTC
No I was never able to get the PDF! Would love to get one :)

What do I need to do on my end?
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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
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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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George W November 10, 2021 12:27 pm UTC
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Just queried you in your new Kickstarter. Congrats btw! Is there an update on the POD version of this? Thanks
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Joel H November 26, 2021 5:44 pm UTC
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Should be coming back on in within a couple weeks!
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Joel H February 26, 2022 9:36 pm UTC
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Hey just saw this! Did you ever figure out getting the PDF?
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Steven S July 19, 2021 10:35 pm UTC
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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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