Monday, January 7, 2013

WotrP - the Problem with Mapping Barsoom

I have been trying for a while now to create a decent map of Barsoom. Consulting various sources, taking notes from the books, looking at the many other homemade maps available online. One thing becomes rapidly clear. There is no definitive map of Barsoom. Contradiction after contradiction abounds. Even the books seem inconsistant - though it is harder to tell with words compared to actual pictures.

Time is running short and it looks like I'm going to have to just pick what I like best aesthetically  and create a map that works best for a semi-sandbox style game to flesh out the Barsoom-inspired Mars campaign section of the book.

Here are just a few examples of Mars maps floating about the interwebs.



One of the better maps came in the John Carter Warlord of Mars boardgame/wargame by SPI:


Another one I like is from the almost-RPG John Carter Adventure Handbook published by Heritage models:


But, of all the various maps of Mars out there, by far one of the worst is the one in the ill-fated Warlord of Mars published by TSR - which was quickly rescinded for copyright violation:


This is a very interesting topic, worthy of several posts, so I'm sure I'll have more to say about it in the coming days as I finish up the version of this map for WotRP.

Discuss this on the WotRP forum, where I'll be posting more details and images.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Sorceror Upgrade

My Friend Ron Edwards has a Kickstarter to fund the next evolution of his great Sorcerer RPG.


I had the honor to paint the cover for this new edition! So I'm quite excited to see that the Kickstarter has already met its funding goal and it just started today. So do me a solid, head on over and check it out, and if it looks cool make a pledge and you'll be getting a great indie RPG with (hopefully) great cover art. :)

Check out the Sorcerer Upgrade Kickstarter link here

Thursday, January 3, 2013

WotRP Preview - Egg of Crepsys

So far we've mostly previewed characters and creatures and some ships, I wanted to post something really strange. While it is listed in the creatures section of Warriors of the Red Planet, it is really just a great adventure hook.

Egg of Crepsys


An Egg of Crepsys appears to be a fist-sized iron egg that is warm and faintly pulsing to the touch. While the origins of the Eggs are unclear, it is rumored that within each gestates a member of a race so far above humanity that they may as well be gods. Thus far, none have hatched as far as anyone knows...

You can view the rest of the description and stats on the Warriors of the Red Planet forum.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013