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Warriors of the Red Planet
Publisher: Night Owl Workshop
by Alexander B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/24/2023 12:41:41

This game is a godsent. It uses the kinda of rules within TTRPG's that are much more roleplaying instead of rollplaying. Bringing things to a manageable core that can be used for fun adventures. I myself have an adventure i'd love to release at some point with it, and which includes alien remnants meaning secretly more to the players than they know.. And which lure to a vast treasure of alien tech that should allow the players to kick pretty much anything's ass on Mars. And where it any other system i don't know if i could pull that off so well. This game get's an utter 8.5 out off 10.



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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Warriors of the Red Planet
Publisher: Night Owl Workshop
by Pablo A. A. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/22/2022 18:16:06

Five stars for the 2019 version: auto cleave, +2 for shields, good skill system, flavourful spell list, beautiful bestiary and spaceships. This is one of my top three games. Four stars for the latest version.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Warriors of the Red Planet
Publisher: Night Owl Workshop
by Andrew M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/14/2022 14:33:40

I love this book- I love the writing and I love the art. I bought this sometime back, and am only now, getting to my backlog of reviews- and I would be remiss if I failed to extoll the virtues of this excellent work!

Every page is evocative of the era and the creators from that era- but geared toward space fantasy, what we called science fantasy when I was a kid. I get lost in the chapters that cover monsters and races, every time I open the book- this is a complete work, by every metric. If you world-build at all, you need this book.

The art suits the genre perfectly. I am an artist in recovery, and I was never this good!

I loved this book so much that I bought most of the other offerings from this publisher- of particular interest was their work on super heroes, check it out.

Five solid stars. You deserve six.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Warriors of the Red Planet
Publisher: Night Owl Workshop
by Alex B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/15/2020 19:28:51

This is exactly what I want a booklet like this to be - a way to convert old school basic D&D to Barsoom (or similar other sword and planet settings). Good character class options, solid trope monsters, fun pulp sci-fi gadgets, it's got everything.

I don't think I need to say much more than that - if you know what Barsoom and the OSR is, then you're in the right place. If you don't, then I'm surprised you find this in the at all.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Warriors of the Red Planet
Publisher: Night Owl Workshop
by Timothy B. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 11/07/2019 13:51:21

Warriors of the Red Planet by Al Krombach with art by Thomas Denmark and published by Denmark's Night Owl Workshop.

The PDF is digest-sized, single column, with black & white art from Denmark (so you know it looks great). At 128 pages it is a good-sized volume. And all for $8.00. They could have made it $10 and still it would have been a great price. Overtly the book is for Swords & Wizardry.

This game is more inspired by Burroughs than actually being Barsoom.

There are five races to play, Ancients, Elevated, Exotic, Humans and Unliving. And four classes, Fighting Men, Scoundrels, Mentalists, and Scientists. Each class goes to 10th level.

Mentalists have powers, Scientists have gadgets and they both work roughly like spells.

There are rules for character creation, equipment (including swords and rayguns), and several examples of play.

While I said it is overtly for S&W, there is Ascending and Descending AC and "Basic-like" saving throws.

There are some great monsters added to this as well. Any of which can be ported over to any OSR games if you wish. Many are recognizable from Burroughs, but there are plenty more as well.

Some of the races get more detail in the appendix. While an Exotic can nearly be anything (with random tables to boot!) some of the more common types are listed here. As per Burroughs we have Red, Green, Black, White and Yellow Martians. Earthlings on Mars are also discussed.

Appendix A covers all sorts of random terrain, building, missions, and the unexplained along with weird science artifacts.

Appendix B adds the eldritch to Mars with the Sorcerers of the Black Gate.

Appendix C adds an optional skill system.

Appendix D covers ship to ship combat.

And finally, Appendix N (yup) covers suggested reading.

Again, this is a great book and 100% compatible with other "old-school" books from Night Owl Workshop. And easily worth twice the cover price in my mind.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Warriors of the Red Planet
Publisher: Night Owl Workshop
by Paul K. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/01/2018 08:51:56

This rulebook is a true gem. The "Sword and Planet" genre is wonderfully brought to life though simple but effective rules for character races, classes and equipment. The sample bestiary is packed full of colour and immediately began giving me ideas for adventures.

This is not 'Barsoom', but rather a tool kit for playing adventures either in worlds inspired by literature, or in unique worlds designed by the umpire.

Many sets of rules contain unwanted umpiring advice. The notes in '"Warriors of the Red Planet", however, were extremely useful. They give pointers on the look, feel and 'geist' of sword and planet settings, and advice for effective creation of settings. There are delightful charts for generating adventures, ruins, strange alien flora and local colour. The book also comes with a treasure list of ancient tech and strange items to serve as treasures.

All in all, this is a wonderfully complete game, and all in 124 pages.

I was delighted with the illustrations in this book and in the adventure"Mechanical Men of Mars". Not too many, but all well placed and simply beautiful.

I would love to see more material come out for this rules set.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Warriors of the Red Planet
Publisher: Night Owl Workshop
by Brian F. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/16/2016 09:53:21

Warriors of the Red Planet is an excellent product in every respect. Its design is clearly a tribute to both the classic Sword & Planet authors and the old D&D white box (the original set of rules), complete with wonderful black-and-white illustrations throughout by Thomas Denmark. Al Krombach's writing is clear and descriptive, and the ruleset he's created is more than sufficient to get a GM and his or her players through a campaign set in whatever Sword & Planet world you desire. The text is also simply entertaining to read in its own right. If you are looking for a ruleset that lovingly pays tribute to classic D&D and Edgar Rice Burroughs' imagination, this book is a must, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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