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Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Mars: Shadows of a Dying World (An OGL Guide to Monsters, Races, and Beasts) $5.99
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Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Mars: Shadows of a Dying World (An OGL Guide to Monsters, Races, and Beasts)
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Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Mars: Shadows of a Dying World (An OGL Guide to Monsters, Races, and Beasts)
Publisher: Skirmisher Publishing
by Billiam B. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 03/22/2012 20:08:41
Shadows of a Dying World is loyal to its source material. Excerpts from the novels are used as part of the monster descriptions. I especially like the fact that some of the monsters can be used as characters (using the Racial Ability Scores Modifiers - a hallmark of 3.5e). I'd love to play an 8ft tall four armed green-skinned Thark.

D&D plate-mail doesn't really have a place here, in fact actual clothing is fairly rare in ERB's Martian books. So Appendix III in Shadows' provides us with Class Defence Bonuses - which give players just enough of a level-linked boost to AC so that even when they're standing still characters may still survive the slings, arrows and radium guns of outrageous Barsoom. Loin-clothed barbarian-types are welcome here.

With Feats descriptions and Random Encounter Tables, this product comes over as a succinct, settings based, Monster Manual with extras. It's all generic enough to make the Mars milieux your own. Skirmisher Publishing have also included a document built from select tables and text in the SRD to assist with creature building and modifying what's already provided in the text.

Because this is an OGL product, in theory all you would need is the d20 Source Reference Document and this product to play campaigns on Mars (but if I remember right, the SRD doesn't include character generation so you'll probably enjoy this more if you actually own the rules for Pathfinder, core DnD3/3.5 rule books or d20 fantasy-equivalent).

The many interior illustrations are in a variety of styles, black and white and printer friendly.

For many DMs who are fans of this genre, who use a d20 system, this document will be perfect starting point for encounters with monsters based on adventures from one of the grand-daddies of fantasy.

I'm really grateful that I've had a chance to see this product. It's certainly worth the $6. It is definitely worthwhile considering if d20/PF/DnD/3-3.5 is your preferred system and you're dying to try out some truly classic, but brutal, sci-fantasy. :)

-Billiam B
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Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Mars: Shadows of a Dying World (An OGL Guide to Monsters, Races, and Beasts)
Publisher: Skirmisher Publishing
by Richard B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/16/2012 00:58:46
This is a cool book. There are several things going for it that enhance not only the thematics of the volume, but also its usefulness for anyone not familiar with the Martian Tales by Edgar Rice Burroughs. One of the things that's nice about the creature entries is that the descriptions are lifted from the text, so that the supplemental material provided by this work's author adds to the translation from literary construct to a usable game component. As a writer, I can't think of a higher compliment; as an avid reader, this is a great way to invite people to read the novels by sampling some of the text and exposing a new audience to the works being transcribed for play.

As to the art, I'll be honest. The cover isn't my taste, but like the interior artwork, it's a great nod to old school play. One of the fun things here is the way the sword-and-sorcery pulpy roots of gaming are used to draw out the pulp feel of the Edgar Rice Burroughs' novels. In many respects, it's the perfect homage to gaming's roots and these classic sci-fi tales. The author and artists of this book have done their due diligence, making it worth its price.

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Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Mars: Shadows of a Dying World (An OGL Guide to Monsters, Races, and Beasts)
Publisher: Skirmisher Publishing
by Darren B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/06/2011 03:22:22
I thought this was an utter piece of rubbish. Sorry I wasted my money on it. I found the details provided in the supplement to be little more than what you would get from reading ERB's novels themselves, and the added abilities of some of the creatures were really unnecessary. While the layout is ok, the internal art is terrible. I don't like being too harsh with reviews, but this supplement really left me with a bitter taste in my mouth.

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Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Mars: Shadows of a Dying World (An OGL Guide to Monsters, Races, and Beasts)
Publisher: Skirmisher Publishing
by Paul S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/12/2007 14:59:44
I picked up this book yesterday because I'm a big fan of the ERB Mars books. In case you didn't read the description, this is basically a Monster Manual for Edgar Rice Borrough's Martian creatures. Now I can finally pit my party against some Great White Apes and Banths. I am looking forward to seeing more Mars books from these guys!

Rating:
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Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Mars: Shadows of a Dying World (An OGL Guide to Monsters, Races, and Beasts)
Publisher: Skirmisher Publishing
by colin s. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/12/2007 05:26:33
A very nice product offering nice addition of monsters that can be used in more then just Mars gaming. It is also nice to see that there was an effort to some of the art featured inside.
Cudos!

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