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10 Oct 2017 6:31 p.m. PST
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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian15 Mar 2017 6:47 a.m. PST

Which rules would you recommend for gaming in the worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs?

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP15 Mar 2017 7:58 a.m. PST

Savage worlds

Personal logo Toy Soldier Green Supporting Member of TMP15 Mar 2017 8:45 a.m. PST

Skirmish: Age of Sigmar.
Mass: HotT or One Hour Wargames.

Whemever115 Mar 2017 8:57 a.m. PST

Space 1889

boy wundyr x Inactive Member15 Mar 2017 9:06 a.m. PST

For John Carter, my first pass would be Rattrap's Fantastic Worlds, though Pulp Alley and 7TV would also be contenders with a little thought about how to convert.

Tarzan would maybe be Pulp Alley or 7TV too, though something like Crom, converted to the early 20th century, might be a better engine, since you have the superstar vs. mooks probably with Tarzan that you have with Conan etc. too.

mad monkey 115 Mar 2017 10:39 a.m. PST

Wackmole9 +1.

nvdoyle15 Mar 2017 2:05 p.m. PST

Pulp Alley.

Jim Selzer Supporting Member of TMP15 Mar 2017 3:13 p.m. PST

if you want a straight up miniature game you can find the old TSR Warriors of Barsoom rules on the Guttuenburg <sic> Project site as a free download

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP15 Mar 2017 4:02 p.m. PST

QILS, 'coz we play lots of ERB Barsoom games with it already.

Gamma World is a pretty simple, light, and flexible system that would probably work well, but it is more an RPG system than a pure tabletop wargame.

TSATF for large battles.

nazrat15 Mar 2017 4:33 p.m. PST

Fantastic Worlds is perfect for the superhero type exploits of John Carter and Valor, Steel, and Flesh is great for big Martian battles.

Black Hat Miniatures16 Mar 2017 1:30 a.m. PST

Gaslight for skirmish.

Martian Empires for big battles.


Lion in the Stars16 Mar 2017 2:14 a.m. PST

Savage Worlds, maybe a mod of Lord of the Rings SBG.

TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP16 Mar 2017 11:29 a.m. PST

My crew would do, and does, with GASLIGHT in a heartbeat, though the noble hero is 'Jason Carson.' ;=>=

I must say, I'm rather intrigued by picking up V&S&F, though.

BH-M is biased, but knows how much I'm pickup from him and even more from Mark at Scalecreep, in preparation to play Martian Empires.

Love the figs.


Citizen Kenau20 Mar 2017 2:17 a.m. PST

Swashbuckling set En Garde by Osprey proves eminently suitable for Barsoom and John Carter skirmish games.

mrinku Inactive Member02 Apr 2017 10:32 p.m. PST

In the RPG side of things, you could probably do okay with GURPS Lite.

I had an old project where I was going to use the Pendragon game mechanics for a Barsoom RPG. Always one of my favourite rule sets and well suited for duelling when some of the combatants are ridiculously skilled (i.e. just as in the Arthurian source material). There's romance and morality rules, too, which a lot of RPGs skip over but which is fundamental to the planetary romance genre.

For small number ship combat, you could do worse than Sky Galleons of Mars/Space: 1889/Ironclads & Etherflyers, but there are sometimes big fleet engagements. If you need to game those out, you'd want something a bit more wieldy.

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