Desert Moon of Karth is a space western sandbox set on a tiny moon designed for the sci-fi horror RPG Mothership.
The only way down to the surface is via a space elevator to the lawless Larstown. It’s even more dangerous outside the boomtown and PCs could harvest ossified coral corpses to live forever, hunt sandsquid or become involuntary organ donors.
The Zine Quest community approves, and the $500 asking price has been slaughtered with a week left to back and $13,300 pledged so far. You can join in at the project page.
Karth’s listed inspirations are broad; Dune, Firefly, Alien, John Carter of Marks, Cowboy Bebop, also The Dark Tower and Ultraviolet Grasslands. Creator, Joel Hines notes that you’ll find a use for the desert moon with games like Stars Without Number, Traveller and Starfinder.
The zine will weigh in at 52-pages and include 10 details locations, a regional moon map and a detailed colonial Lawstown map. The setting documents five volatile factions, evolving encounters, lots of 1d10 tables, sandsquid hunting rules and new creatures. Oh, and suggested rules for the dark secrets of eternal youth.
The reward tiers are considerate of geography. There are print on demand codes for DriveThruRPG and for US, UK and EU backers there are also “Mixam Fancy” versions printed separately.
A pledge of $5 will get you the PDF via DriveThruRPG and all the digital stretch goals.
Stepping up to $8 adds the at-cost print on demand code which is expected to come in at about $3 plus shipping. Those aforementioned “fancy copies” from Mixam cost $15 but are limited to certain countries.
No matter which tier you back for the project, the zine is expected to ship to you in August 2021.
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