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MARS: Savage Worlds Edition $34.95 $17.48
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MARS: Savage Worlds Edition
Publisher: Adamant Entertainment
by Timothy B. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 08/06/2012 10:55:00
Adamant Entertainment distilled some of the best features of the Planetary Romance/Sci-Fantasy genre into their Mars books. The lineage is obviously Edgar Rice Burroughs, with Green, Red and White (Ape) Martians. There is also a fair enough amount of H.G. Wells, but I have a hard time seeing this dying Mars invading Earth. As they advertise this is not the Mars of reality, this is the Mars that never was. This is Barsoom as it were. While not "John Carter of Mars the RPG" it can be played that way. There are even some surprises in the form of the Grey Men of Mars. Hint, they are not the "Greys" of later UFO mythology.

There are plenty of options for characters with an emphasis on high heroism and great feats. Imagine all the adventure of Victorian Times and the Pulp Era with the feel of a Space Opera in a D&D campaign then you get an idea of what Mars can do or be. This all reminds me a bit of the "Dying Earth" genre as well, since Mars is dying. Maybe that invasion of Earth is not too improbable after all.

I enjoyed this and really want to play a game on Mars now!
I rated this one a bit higher than the d20 version since I feel the fit with Savage Worlds is a bit better.
This is Savage Mars.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
MARS: Savage Worlds Edition
Publisher: Adamant Entertainment
by Aaron H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/10/2012 15:27:21
The following review was originally posted at Roleplayers Chronicle and can be read in its entirety at http://roleplayerschronicle.com/?p=24255.

If you enjoy the planetary romance genre as envisioned by Edgar Rice Burroughs, with a bit of H. G. Wells “War of the Worlds” tripod action thrown in, you’ll have fun with this product. All of your favorite people and creatures are here, whether red, green, white, or grey. This is a collection of all the best tropes in the genre along with some new perspectives, set up to deliver some serious Savage Worlds fun.

OVERALL

I enjoyed MARS and found many worthwhile things that could be used in various genres. One of the strengths of Savage Worlds supplements is that the materials can easily be ported over into other environments. In eight chapters with a 192 page count, the planet and its history are presented very well. Character creation, player character races, gear, setting-specific rules, a gamemastering section, a five-part Plot Point campaign, and an excellent bestiary fill this book with quality content.

RATINGS

Publication Quality: 8 out of 10
The production quality is excellent. There are several grammar and spelling issues which could have been avoided with some more extensive proofreading, but this is only slightly distracting from the otherwise rich content. There is a lot of “white space” which makes the content seem light for those used to very compact formats, but the art and content are very good.

Mechanics: 10 out of 10
The new Edges, Hindrances, and Setting Rules presented in this volume integrate well with the core Savage Worlds rules, and they provide an excellent extension that serves this genre well. The rules for creating new character races and species are particularly useful.

Value Add: 9 out of 10
The planetary romance genre is well-represented and the materials can easily be used to spice up Savage Worlds games in completely different environments. The pricing on both the hard-copy and PDF editions is at the higher end, however the content probably justifies the investment.

Overall: 9 out of 10
Overall, this is an excellent addition to the Savage Worlds RPG and will permit the players to have a rollicking good time on Barsoom. One interesting thought might be to mix elements of Mars: Savage Worlds Edition with Pinnacle’s excellent Space 1889 – Red Sands setting, just to give the British Empire a bit of a challenge. Mars: Savage Worlds Edition is well-supported with a series of supplements available at RPGNow.com, including Blood Legacy of Mars, City-States of Mars: Korium, Face of Mars, Minions of Mars, Rebels of Mars, Sell-Swords of Mars, Sky-Tyrant of Mars, Soul-Thieves of Mars, and Warriors of Mars.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
MARS: Savage Worlds Edition
Publisher: Adamant Entertainment
by Asen G. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/31/2011 19:05:24
It's a very nice product. The setting rules are a nice addition to the Savage Worlds rules and really fit the genre.
I especially appreciated the Random adventure generator. It waves some nice plots and allows you to prepare a basic plot in minutes. Then you thrust the characters in it, and wait for the action to start. Normal GMing, just made easier.
I also really appreciated the attention to politics between Red Martian cities and other races. Obviously, these give you even more plots waiting to happen. And it's a good thing that the Earthmen aren't totally overwhelming, like they would be in an ERB books. This way, you can have a nice mixed party.
All in all, I have only good words for this product.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
MARS: Savage Worlds Edition
Publisher: Adamant Entertainment
by Dillard R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/15/2011 18:26:43
Price is what puts this in four star range. Two dollars is a steal for the buyer. When it was 15 dollars it was a rip off.

The setting book is adequate. It has everything necessary to play a campaign on Burroughs Mars and that is about it. Adequate is the watchword here. It defines pretty much the entire book. Burroughs fans can "get" this book, but it seems unlikely to me that anyone else would. I don't understand the addition of the Clone Wars Synthmen and the War of the Worlds cephalopods however.

Adequate does not rate a 15 dollar price tag.

But it is great for two dollars.

The art and stories are evocative and imaginative. The art was clean but lacked "slick" except in a couple of places. Some of the art was a bit juvenile, but this was a minor amount. Two pictures got in there that clearly needed to be edited before being put in the hands of young readers.

Overall a good deal at two dollars.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
MARS: Savage Worlds Edition
Publisher: Adamant Entertainment
by Warren S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/29/2010 17:17:00
If you like the Savage Worlds RPG system... and love Edgar Rice Burroughs' Martian series... then MARS: Savage Worlds Edition will be right up your alley.

Excellent book!!!!!

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
MARS: Savage Worlds Edition
Publisher: Adamant Entertainment
by Berin K. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 03/07/2010 20:09:29
If you like the planetary romance genre (Edgar Rice Burroughs, Flash Gordon, and so on) you'll have a lot of fun with this. Welcome to Pulp Mars, where scantily-clad women (there is nudity here) cling to muscular men, intelligent White Apes plot and scheme, hideous chthulhoid Grey Men engage in weird science, and the Red Men, Green Men, Earth Men, and other assorted races do their thing.

The flavor text introduces things well, and the art is evocative of Frank Frazetta and Alex Raymond (although not of their caliber, but good). It's broken into eight chapters. The first is about the planet and it's history, a 33-page primer on the setting. The second is about characters, specifically creation, player character races, skills and edges. There's a chapter on gear, one on setting-specific rules, a gamemastering section, and a bestiary full of nasty Martian critters to fight. Chapter sever is a five-part Plot Point campaign, which gamemasters can use and expand upon as in other Savage Worlds setting books. The last chapter has random encounters of various kinds, for player characters who wander around the planet running into things.

Really nice produce, captures the genre nicely, leverages the Savage Worlds setting format effectively.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
MARS: Savage Worlds Edition
Publisher: Adamant Entertainment
by Scott W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/11/2009 17:54:42
A wonderful and inspired setting book that only gets 4 stars due to the number of grammar and spelling issues throughout. Considering this is a Savage Worlds conversion of a previously published work, these mistakes are inexcusable. Other than that, it is a terrific book (though a tad overpriced) and I look forward to running it soon!

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
MARS: Savage Worlds Edition
Publisher: Adamant Entertainment
by Ronald W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/30/2009 16:55:22
Sword and blaster adventures on the red planet! As a fan of ERB's Martian Tales I can say that this book is everything I thought it would be and more.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
MARS: Savage Worlds Edition
Publisher: Adamant Entertainment
by Mark S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/28/2009 23:22:01
This Savage Setting has everything a gamer needs to play "planetary romance" campaigns in the vein of Edgar Rice Burroughs and other pulp sci-fi writers of yesteryear. Highly recommended for everyone who enjoys "Sword and Blaster" fantasy.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
MARS: Savage Worlds Edition
Publisher: Adamant Entertainment
by Steve Z. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/28/2009 11:17:05
At last, MARS with the combined with the ruleset that really will let the setting shine! The book is well laid out and well illustrated, as well as being very printer friendly. MARS is a world packed with monsters and villians to vanquish, and really presents the sword and planet genre well. An incredible product! Well done!

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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