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John Carter references in other RPGs

posted Apr 08, 2016 11:53:04 by NormanRay
Apart from the adaptations of the planetary romance type of stories, I saw the following references to John Carter in other RPGs:

- There's a Warlord of Mars type character in Traveller's original "1001 Characters" (+7 with Swords!).
- John Carter is a NPC in Castle Falkenstein
- In the Babylon 5 tv show and RPG, one of the founders of the Mars colony is a John Carter (a nod by writer Larry DiTillio in the show "A Spider in the Web", which features Carter's great-granddaughter Amanda Carter, played by Adrienne Barbeau)
- In the Eclipse Phase RPG, the independentist movement is called the Barsoomian movement

Have you noticed other references to John Carter in other RPGs?
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Nathan.Dowdell said Apr 12, 2016 21:41:20
In Mutant Chronicles, one of the cities on Mars is Burroughs.

Not strictly an RPG reference, but in the second season of Young Justice (following the adventures of Robin, Kid Flash, Aqualad, Superboy, Miss Martian and a number of other teen superheroes forming their own team under the auspices of the Justice League... but far more serious and deep than it sounds from that description), the characters encounter a Martian whose name is B'arzz O'oomm. Further, while DC's martians are known to exist in Green and White varieties, Young Justice mentions (though never depicts) Red Martians as well, and elsewhere in DC's properties, there's at least one alternate-universe counterpart of the Martian Manhunter who is a towering figure with four arms.
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NormanRay said Apr 13, 2016 10:06:48
Neat! :)
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Rodney Leary said Apr 27, 2016 14:58:44
Early issues of Dragon Magazine had a series of articles called "Giants in the Earth" that featured characters from literature. No. 27 featured John Carter. For what it's worth, he was depicted as a 30th level fighter.

TSR's Buck Rogers in the 25th Century game named Ardala's space ship "Princess of Mars"

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JohnBrentMacek said Jun 23, 2016 16:17:09
If memory serves, in the white box edition of D&D there is a whole series of encounter charts that includes Barsoomian creatures.
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MarvBreig said Jun 24, 2016 01:37:04
You are correct about the OD&D white box. It had several creatures of Barsoom in the encounter charts, mainly because Gary occasionally sent characters there. TSR also created a miniatures rules set called WARRIORS OF MARS which was pulled early on because it hadn't gotten approval from the Burroughs estate.
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JohnBrentMacek said Jun 24, 2016 10:34:12
Did Heritage have a miniatures game, or did they just make the minis for Warriors of Mars?
I have a few Yellow Martians around here from the '70s, and I think they were made by Heritage.
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NormanRay said Jun 24, 2016 12:00:04
Yes, Heritage had rules for the miniatures, the Barsoomian Battle Manual:

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/7775/barsoomian-battle-manual

The companion book contained painting guides and kind of a roleplaying game (I have it, I found that next to unplayable!).

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/34271/john-carter-warlord-mars-adventure-gaming-handbook
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Dominic Toghill said Jul 01, 2016 15:47:55
Peter F Hamilton mentions Barsoomians as an advancer culture of Far Away in the Pandora's star/Judas unchained novels.
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