Now available: Mars Sourcebook, Mars Additional Content and Adventure: Murder on the Ether Express PDF

Mars

The Space: 1889 planet sourcebook Mars is now available!

Ever since telescopes have allowed it, mankind has observed the surface of Mars with ist massive canal structures. But only when Thomas Edison set foot on the Red Planet was the truth revealed: Mars is home to a culture whose ancestors built the canals. They used them to distribute the water of the polar caps and thus saved the dying planet from the inevitable. Their deeds have enabled the Martians to live on for tens of thousands of years.

Edison brought news from this world where many new civilizations waited to be discovered, all with their own customs, rites, beliefs, and world views. The British, the Germans, the French Commune, Belgian corporations, the Japanese, and the Russians all landed on Mars to found their own colonies. What brought economic boons and technological progress to the compliant city-states, instead brought exploitation, oppression, and war to the rest.

In this source book, we offer you an overview of the planet and its peoples, divided into eight great regions:

Join the British colonial efforts and the war against the militaristic Oenotrian Empire in the Central Basin, compete for allies, or fight for resources!

Experience the Eastern Basin (almost) as it once was before the human colonists arrived: Full of intrigue and border skirmishes between the strange city-states.

See for  yourself the inhuman  practices  of the  Earth  invaders in  the  Western Basin, where Martian rebels unify against the exploitation, and the tradition-bound Tossian Empire slowly rouses from its slumber.

Travel with the Caravans across the Eastern Desert, the region marked most strongly by the great fall, and search for ancient relics and secrets. See what Mars was once like in the lush relic Green Vein.

Rejuvenate trade in the Western Desertalong the Tea Road, the source of all cultural and goods exchanges between the peoples of this region—which is not unlike the Silk Road on Earth.

Travel the Northern Polar region and bring order to this lawless desert with nothing but your honor and your trusted muzzle loader.

Or end up in the Southern Polar region, where a lone man can rise all the way to warlord with a blade, some technology worshipped as magic, and an iron will.

Many canal cities are described in detail, as well as the backgrounds of Martian cultures and their history. The source book describes Martian technology—some of which is quite ancient—and provides numerous pieces of equipment you can use to enrich your game. Dozens of creatures and eight ready-to-play archetypes (with a focus on Martians) are presented. And, finally, an entire chapter is dedicated to the many secrets of the Red Planet …

Last but not least, the scenario The Emerald Waters will introduce your adventurers to the exciting world of Mars.

The dying Red Planet is waiting for your footprints in its dust!

This book is written for the Ubiquity version of the Space: 1889 RPG. Some chapters in it are based on information from the earlier booklet Marvels of Mars (Flora and Fauna of Mars, 21 pages; and Martian Technology, 6 pages).

Mars is now available as PDF for $19.99 at Drivethrurpg.com.


Mars – Additional Content

Additional Content for the Space: 1889 planet sourcebook Mars is now available!

Ever since telescopes have allowed it, mankind has observed the surface of Mars with its massive canal structures. But only when Thomas Edison set foot on the Red Planet was the truth revealed: Mars is home to a culture whose ancestors built the canals. They used them to distribute the water of the polar caps and thus saved the dying planet from the inevitable. Their deeds have enabled the Martians to live on for tens of thousands of years.

This small PDF contains several separate articles on Martian topics that have all been written from the perspective of 19th century observers:

  • A Journey on the Canals of Mars (2 pages)
  • Charles Robert Darwin – On the Development of Mobility on Mars (3 pages)
  • On the Traditions and Customs of the Shistomik Tribe on Mars (2 pages)
  • A Stroll through Tossia (4 pages)

Mars – Additional Content is now available as PDF for $1.99 at Drivethrurpg.com.


Murder on the Ether Express

Murder on the Ether Express by Kieran Turley is a brand new 32-pages adventure:

The RMS Aetheria is a marvel of modern etheric engineering capable of incredible interplanetary speeds and, if the owners are to be believed, the fastest civilian ship in the solar system. Of course, this brash claim requires proof and the adventurers have been lucky enough to secure passage on the ship’s shakedown cruise, during which the vessel and her crew will be put through their paces.

They are not alone, however. The wealthy aristocrat Montague Harrington-Hyde has commandeered the ship for one of his famous business parties where, if rumor is to be believed, fortunes are made and lost. This isn’t the only thing they need to worry about, as the competition eyes the Aetheria with jealousy, and the Tossian government sent one of their ambassadors along for the ride.

Can they navigate the world of the aristocracy and rub shoulders with the elite without causing a stir or making the front page of The Times? With sabotage, political skullduggery, and maybe a murder or two in the cards, can they even survive this ship of secrets?

Murder on the Ether Express is an adventure for a veteran Gamemaster and players who are interested in an adventure based on investigation and social interaction.

Murder on the Ether Express is now available as PDF for $ 5.00 at Drivethrurpg.com.

Murder on the Ether Express (Savage Worlds Edition) is now available as PDF for $ 5.00 at Drivethrurpg.com.

New Space: 1889 PDF Adventure: On the Trail of the Gods

The new adventure On the Trail of the Gods by authors J.C. Clements, Esq., Frank Frey, and Shane Ivey, Esq. is now available as PDF.

“Since the inventors Edison and Armstrong set out on their first journey to Mars in 1870, there has been speculation about visitors from other worlds to Earth as early as the prehistoric times of mankind. Archaeologist Alastair Whitman believes he has found proof. The characters are invited to join the Glasgow International Exhibition in 1888 where they can learn about the latest technological inventions and even meet celebrities like Nicola Tesla. When the exhibition receives threats, they realize that Whitman’s discovery might be an explosive issue: Not just scientists are interested in it, and the characters have to take care that this knowledge does not fall into the wrong hands.
This adventure is set on Earth, especially in Glasgow (Scotland), Egypt, and the Sudan. The characters will journey through the Sudan where they will have to beware many dangers, such as the followers of the Mahdi, who are fighting about his succession. A long journey up the Nile will take them into currently unstable territories where the characters will be on their own. Will they choose the right company? Will they achieve the rescue of Whitman and escape his persecutors? The characters will learn the answer On the Trail of the Gods.

The adventurers can be of any nationality, even if the starting point of this journey is set in Scotland. The events in this adventure challenge various archetypes, especially Academics, Discoverers, Reporters, Scientists, and Soldiers, but other adventurous characters will be just as useful.”

On the Trail of the Gods is now available as PDF for $5.00 via DriveThruRPG. A printed version of the adventure will be available next year.

Now available: London Bridge Has Fallen Down and The Fate of Angahiaa PDF

London Bridge Has Fallen Down

The Space: 1889 adventure London Bridge Has Fallen Down by Kieran Turley is now available in stores!

“Mylarkt—Mars’ oldest city, home to a proud and fading race. But that pride masks a rot festering in the cracks of the city’s decay, an underworld teeming with smuggled goods and ancient artifacts sold at the behest of local crime lords to be shipped out along the ancient canals of which the city’s founders were pioneers—or so the inhabitants claim.
No sane Earthman would enter this pit of iniquity willingly—but who can refuse the request of a grieving noblewoman? Lady Edith Tillington is mourning her husband, a scientist in her Majesty’s service, who crashed in the desert onboard an ether flyer called London Bridge. She is now in need of bold, Mars-proven adventurers willing to help her recover the remains of her late husband. The characters arrive at the ancient Martian city only to find themselves at the very heart of the city’s quarrels, with the colonial powers, local smugglers, assassins, and the ruling elite of Mylarkt all playing out their own selfish schemes. In a wild chase, they will find themselves forced to make their way deep into the Isidis Desert, where they will be confronted with the best kept secret of the Empire!
This adventure includes a detailed description of the city of Mylarkt, including a city map, with additional locations, factions, and thrilling plot hooks providing inspiration for further adventures in and around Mylarkt, a city with a long history and powerful interests at play.”

London Bridge Has Fallen Down is now available in print for $10.99 / £7.99at our retail partner MODIPHIUS or available via any other retailer. A PDF version of London Bridge Has Fallen Down is available for $ 5.00 at Drivethrurpg.com.


The Fate of Angahiaa

The Fate of Angahiaa by Niklas Forreiter is a brand new 64-pages adventure set on Mars:

“Mars and its city states are the most important concerns of Earth’s colonial politics. Liftwood is a critical, highly sought after resource, and not all nations have equal access to it. But the Martians are playing their own games and seek to use their contacts with the humans for their own plans.
The Canal Prince of the small Martian city-state of Angahiaa seeks to expand its power through a trade treaty with the German Empire. But other groups within the city do not want any human influences, while others seek power over the city themselves and will use the foreigners for their own schemes.
The player characters forming the German delegation are drawn into the midst of the battles and intrigues for power in the city. They must maneuver between the decadent Canal Prince, his enemies in the nobility and guilds, as well as the priests, the slaves, and the Hill Martians of the surrounding valleys, to find friends and allies.
The player characters can greatly influence—the Fate of Angahiaa.”

The Fate of Angahiaa is now available as PDF for $ 8.50 at Drivethrurpg.com.

Venus Sourcebook now available in print!

The first Space: 1889 planet sourcebook Venus is now available in print. On 176 pages, this supplement entails everything you need to know about the Morning Star, including information on all major colonies and settlements, a detailed description of Lizardmen biology, tribes and culture, Venusian creatures, and new rules for developing and applying chemicals. Furthermore you will find new equipment, additional Talents and Motivations, sample characters and tips and advice on how to play adventures on Venus.

“From before the beginnings of history, mankind had spun tales and wondered about that bright point of light named for the Roman goddess of love: Venus, the enigmatic, ever-shifting star of evening and of morning. Yet more recently, scholars speculated what might be hiding beneath the swirling clouds of Venus. Then, the first pioneers started their journey into the ether, and found the Morning Star to be a deadly Garden of Eden. The first expeditions entered a world resembling an Earth 150 million years past. Steaming jungles, treacherous swamps, and stormy oceans cover its surface. Giant dinosaurs dominate the planet, and in the midst of these primeval beasts, strange and alien Lizard-man peoples fight for survival. Despite its hostile nature, thousands of human colonists have already been lured to Venus, searching for resources, treasures, new territories and more …

With this source book you and your fellow players can now plunge into the “green hell” of the Morning Star! Try your luck as a soldier-of-fortune in the pioneer settlements and the wilderness of Venus. Or perhaps as a scientist, exploring the wonders of a new world. As a colonist you can create a new home far away from Mother Earth. As a secret agent you might want to intervene in the dangerous and bloody game of the great powers. Or you can choose to play a Venusian warrior defending his homeland against the cold, emotionless invaders from beyond space. It’s up to you!

The deadly swamps of the Morning Star await you!”

Venus is now available in print for $34.99 / £27.99 at our retail partner MODIPHIUS or available via any other retailer. A PDF version of Venus is available for $ 19.99 at Drivethrurpg.com.

Space:1889 – Adventure “The Strange Land” now available

 

The Space: 1889 adventure The Strange Land, written by Gareth Hanrahan, is now available in print!

“Far away from his home planet, Canal Martian boy Kime lives on the estate of Lord Feltam.Hithe who shows the orphaned child off to entertain his curious guests during his illustrious dinner parties. Not only does Kime come from a foreign planet, he also has a most extraordinary talent: his lifting gland is rudimentarily functional, allowing him to levitate in the air – although exhausting him visibly.

At one of these dinner parties, the adventurers have the pleasure to meet this remarkable Martian. However, the boy disappears the same night and it is up to the player characters to search for him immediately. Their first trace leads them to a dubious travelling circus and in the end, the adventurers find themselves on the frontlines in the London dockworkers’s strike.

In part two, the player characters can choose to meet Kime again on Mars. Hired by a British officer in Parhoon, the adventurers are now involved in a conflict between the local potentate and the former orphan boy Kime who in the meantime has become a figurehead of the Martian canal workers. The British colonial power has, of course, its own interests.”

The Strange Land is now available for $10.99 / £7.99 in print at the Modiphius Shop or any other retailer! A PDF copy of the sourcebook can be acquired for $5.00 at our DriveThruRPG store.

The adventure is also available with Savage Worlds rules: The Strange Land (Savage Worlds edition) print version or PDF

New Space: 1889 PDF-Adventures: City at the Center of the Earth & two Savage Worlds Adventures

The new adventure City at the Center of the Earth by author Kieran Turley is now available as PDF.

Since inventors Edison and Armstrong set out on their first journey to Mars in 1870, mankind has been enthused by the worlds lying beyond the Ether, and nations and enterprises, inventors and explorers have ventured into the depths of space. German inventor Elke Eggers, however, has no interest in going up. Driven by her memories of the fantastic tales her grandfather Ansgar used to tell her about underground civilizations, she has dedicated her life to seeking ways to voyage underground and find the mysterious City at the Center of the Earth.
This adventure is set on Earth and—in particular—inside it. On an adventurous journey à la Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth and in particular Edgar Rice Burrough’s Pellucidar novels, the characters join Elke Eggers in her giant Mole Drill, digging its way towards the Earth’s core. But sabotage and unknown threats make the voyage challenging and dangerous. Will they reach the mysterious city Elke Egger is convinced exists down there? And if so, which mysteries and secrets await the adventurers there? What creatures live in the gigantic caverns deep down in the center of the Earth? And, where do the inhabitants—and possibly even builders—of this ‘World beneath the World’ come from?
The adventurers can be of any nationality, even if the starting point of the journey is set in the German Empire. The events in this adventure challenge various character archetypes with tasks matching their expertise: Academics, Scientists, and Explorers are best suited for this endeavor, of course, but Engineers, Mechanics, or Soldiers will be useful as well.

Also, the two adventures Nocturne in the City of Lights and London Bridge has Fallen Down are now available with Savage Worlds rules (both PDF)!

 

All three adventures are now available as PDF for $5.00  via DriveThruRPG:

City at the Center of the Earth

Nocturne in the City of Lights (Savage Worlds)

London Bridge has Fallen Down (Savage Worlds)

Core Rules in stock again, Marvels of Mars and Dice Set now available

One reprint, one new supplement and the dice set are available now!

Core Rules Reprint

After being out of print for some time, the Space: 1889 Core Rulebook is finally in stock again!

 

Marvels of Mars

Furthermore, the 80-page source book Marvels of Mars is now available via normal retail channels as well. The book contains two supplements focussing on the red planet: “Creatures of Mars” is a comprehensive collection of Martian fauna and flora, “Wonders of the Martian Past” gives a detailed overview on the mysteries of Martian technology and artifacts.

Marvels of Mars is now available for $20.99 / £15.99 in print at the Modiphius Shop or any other retailer! A PDF copy of the sourcebook can be acquired at our DriveThruRPG store.

Creatures of Mars

Mars—a dying planet, still far from dead!
In the vast steppes, in the sand of equatorial deserts, on the mountain tops, at the icy poles, in the massive artificial canals and in the ancient sewers of Martian cities, underneath the dry dust of Mars’ surface, and in the wide open of the cloudless skies: the Martian flora and fauna thrive everywhere and have managed to adapt to even the most unfavorable of environments.
Expand the game’s atmosphere by including herds of grazing eegars, a lens beetle lamp, or a tasty krolik dish with all six legs still attached. Confront your players with challenging combat encounters with a teshuwaan, a dust kraken, or even the legendary white ape. Alternatively, add some flavor to your game by having the adventurers participate in a gashant race or ambush them with a Deimos crawler—the deadliest weapon of the Worm Cult. This sourcebook contains descriptions and stats for more than sixty Creatures of Mars, for every purpose imaginable!
Wonders of the Martian Past

The Mars of today is but a pale shadow of its former glory, where great technological marvels lie hidden in the sand, long forgotten by the native Martians. For Martian technology had already reached its lofty peak by the time human weapons technology had evolved to the stage of throwing stones at each other. But the slow death of the planet halted the march of Martian technology, and now the secrets of the ancient Martians lie forgotten as Martian civilization continues to decay.
Discover the many varied roles of Martian crystals: shoot mighty rays with fire lances, communicate across the void with pair stones, or have mind blowing experiences with Martian mind crystals. Encounter amazing Martian robots or find out how ancient Martian cities were powered by telluric currents. Discover the ancient history of the Canal Builders themselves, and uncover their darkest secrets!
The second part of this sourcebook is dedicated to the Wonders of the Martian Past and contains background information about the technological history of Mars as well as detailed descriptions of more than 20 aspects of ancient Martian technology. Also included are two adventures centered around Martian technology.”

 

Dice Set

Also available now for Space: 1889: The Ubiquity Dice Set!
This set includes 9 eight-sided dice for use with any roleplaying game that uses the Ubiquity rules. There are three different colours and each colour features three times in the set. The bronze dice count as one die, while the silver dice count as two dice and the golden dice count as three dice when playing any Ubiquity game.
Get your Dice Set now for $15.99 / £11.99 at the Modiphius Shop or any other retailer!

New Space: 1889 PDF-Adventure – The Ether Calculator

A new adventure for Space: 1889, The Ether Calculator, is now available on DriveThruRPG as PDF.

Analytical Engines are of special importance for the calculation of complex processes, especially in ether travel. The characters are invited to visit the Silesian Analytical Engine Productions facilities in Wroclaw where they are introduced to the innovative analytical engine ‘Ordination Fabricate OF 2001’, specially designed for operations in the ether.

For this purpose, the hosts are planning to test the ‘Old Fritz’, as they fondly call the machine, on board the ether zeppelin ‘Von Neumann’, where the analytical engine is supposed to break a calculating speed record and make the headlines of the world’s newspapers.

What starts out as a simple publicity event suddenly leads the adventurers right in the middle of a criminal investigation and then onto an action-loaded maiden voyage, with demanding tasks for all types of player characters. It requires skills in social interaction, a sharp mind, quick reflexes—but also accurate marksmanship.

The Appendix includes an elaborate article on analytical engines in the alternate universe of Space: 1889 and provides optional rules for using these unique artifacts in the game.

The Ether Calculator can be purchased as PDF for $6.00 on DriveThruRPG.

Status Update: Current Project Status

There’s some new information concerning the kickstarter: Since the products for the first shipment wave (and most important: the core rulebook) are close to being finished, we wanted to give you an update on the current project status. Most things have stayed pretty much the same as in update #18 concerning the timetable (which is – of course – a good thing, because it means no more major delays). We know that you guys are waiting anxiously for the files and books – and we are as keen to deliver them as soon as possible, since the project already took way more time than we planned in the first place. But we are close to getting the first and most important things finished. 🙂

Core rulebook

The book is basically finished, we are just waiting for the backer list to be implemented in the back of the book. But your reviews and comments have all been taken into account and we have revised the book accordingly – thanks again to all of you, who took time to go through the preview version and sent us feedback. You guys helped to improve the book! 🙂

The PDF should ship out early in September, preferably with the backer list. But if the list is delayed for any reasons, we will send out the PDF without it (and send you a new version with the list later) – we just don’t want this to be delayed any more.

The print version of course has to wait for the backer list, but after we get it, the book will be printed immediately. This will take a couple of weeks, after which the book will be shipped (you will find more concerning the first wave and the timetable below). All versions of the book (regular, VIP, etc.) will be printed and sent out together.

Other Content of the First Wave

The Gamemaster’s Screen plus NPC Booklet is currently being finalized – which pretty much means, that your comments on the preview version are being implemented. Again, thanks for your help! The digital version should be send out together with the core rulebook (or a couple of days later). The printed version will be definitely go out with the first wave, since printing will start shortly.

The CD is also finished and will be pressed shortly, so it can go out with the first shipment wave. The digital version has to be converted into another file format, but this shouldn’t take much time, so that it should be available with the digital core rulebook as well.

The miniatures are (as we said before) finished, so they will go out with the first wave as well.

Poster set and character pad will also be part of the first wave, printing will start shortly for those too.

Timetable for the first wave

– Download of the digital content: early September

– Printing of the books: early September

– Delivery of the books to us (expected): early October

– Beginning of Shipment to European backers (directly from Germany): October

– Shipment to American warehouse: same time

– Beginning of Shipment to International backers (from US): as soon as the above mentioned shipment gets there

Outlook on later Shipment Waves

Of course the project isn’t finished as soon as the first wave gets out (also a big step has been taken then) – there is more to come. We wanted to give you a little information to those books and contents as well to keep you informed.

Venus sourcebook: The German version will be printed shortly, which of course means the text is well finished. Translation has started some time ago, the English version is currently at about 70%. The book will be sent out in the second wave, but we decided to make the PDF available as soon as it is finished (since there is no reason to delay this). This should be somewhere in the next 2-3 months – we will keep you informed on the exact time.

Mercury sourcebook: This is not finished in German yet, but is at about 90%. As soon as it is finished, translation will start (and here again: we will send out the PDF as soon as it is finished, regardless of shipping of printed versions). If it will go into second or third shipment wave depends on how fast work will go (as well for the German version as for the translation).

Dice set: Is currently planned for the second wave (and there shouldn’t be any reason why it shouldn’t work out that way).

Adventures: Only the text of one adventure is completely finished so far (though the layout is not done yet, since illustrations are not finished), others are close. None of those will be sent out in the first wave, but some or hopefully most should be in the second wave. We decided to release the PDFs of the adventures when they are finished – which also means that for the double adventure books we are not waiting until both adventures are finished. This has to be done for the printed version of course, but for the digital content we see no reason not to get it out as soon as possible.

Booklets: We got the final version of the Martian Technology booklet a couple of days ago. The Martian Creatures booklet is finished in a first version, it should go into revision next week. But since it is written in German, translation has to be done afterwards. Still there is no reason, why they shouldn’t be able to get into the second wave. And again the PDFs will be made available separately and as soon as they are finished.