So a friend of mine, StormFey tweeted her intention to blog her #GameaDay 2015 over on her blog Ballgowns and Battleskirts and, after doing the D&D 30 day challenge earlier this year I thought it’d be fun to do the same thing so, here we go for day 1.
What forthcoming game am I most looking forward to?
I guess I should say Call of Cthulhu 7th edition, after all I paid for it over 2 years ago, or Paranoia as both are hopefully coming to me this year but honestly, its probably the recently announced John Carter rpg.
I’m a big fan of the early 20th century sci-fi, fantasy and horror fiction. I love the style of it and the way it embodies the spirit of adventure and exploration, of delving into the unknown and facing what is beyond. To me those themes are what Roleplaying is all about, it’s why I’ve done it week in week out for over 20 years and it’s hat keeps me coming back again and again.
One of the first great heroes of books of that era was John Carter, the American Civil War Cavalry Captain from Virginia who was transported to Mars, known as Barsoom. On Mars he became a great hero, known for great feats of strength due to the way his human physiology interacted with the strange gravity on Mars. The author, Edgar Rice Burroughs, better known for another of his creations Tarzan, wrote numerous novels about John Carter’s exploits and these stories are known to have influenced the creation of early D&D.
So why am I so excited by a John Carter RPG? Honestly, I don’t know, I didn’t even know much about the character prior to hearing the hype for the movie a few years back. I guess it’s because the world of Barsoom hits many of the sweet spots I like in a setting, it’s ancient but advanced and utterly alien in so many ways and undeniably human in so many others. It’s the unknown, horror, adventure and excitement all in one. Some of my favourite games are things like Spirit of the Century, Deadlands and Numenera and a John Carter game looks like it would encapsulate all of the things I love about those settings.
According to Modiphius John Carter should be available by Christmas this year and so far they look like they are doing everything right by approaching the community and asking the fans what themes they would expect to be in the game. This is definitely the one to watch for me.