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June 4th, 2019

As most folks who read my blog(s) know, I've started my game campaigns of the John Carter of Mars Roleplaying Game on the Sunday gaming group this past weekend, and will be starting the game campaign with the Friday night group later this week.


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One of the elements of the Barsoom stories and the John Carter of Mars Roleplaying Game is the use of various terms for aspects of the game, such as distances, time, and Barsoomian words. I'm not going to explain most of the terms in the blog entries of the game sessions themselves, but figured I'd present some common elements that folks might be interested in when I use them for reference.

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Barsoomian Distances
1 Sof = 1.17 inches
1 Sofad = 11.694 inches (Barsoom foot)
1 Ad = 9.7 feet
1 Haad = 1.949.05 feet (2.71 haads = 1 mile)
1 Karad = 36.92 miles

Barsoomian Measures
1 Tal = .89 seconds
1 Xat = 2 minutes, 57.7 seconds
1 Zode = 2 hours, 38 minutes, 4.8 seconds
1 Padan = 10 Zodes (1 Barsoomian day)
1 Teean = 67 Padans (1 Barsoomian month)
1 Ord = 10 Teeans (1 Barsoomian year)

Terms and Words
Banth - Lion-like predator of Barsoom.

Barsoom - Mars. The native word for it.

Earthborn - Human. The Barsoomian term for people from Jasoom (see below).

Gorthan - Assassin. On Barsoom, a hired killer, usually a member of an assassin's guild, and treated somewhat as a hero (like the gangsters of the 1920s) on Barsoom despite what they do.

Jasoom - The planet Earth. The term used by Barsoomians.

Jed - Leader of a city. Usually serves under a Jeddak (see below).

Jeddak - A leader of a kingdom.

Panthan - A mercenary or sell-sword, working alone or in a group.

Thoat - A riding beast commonly used on Barsoom.

White Ape - Mostly hairless massive white primate native to Barsoom. Unlike Jasoom primates they bear some resemblance to, they are fearsome carnivores and one of Barsoom's deadliest predators.
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And there you have it, a basic primer to the language and the terms for distance and measurement on Barsoom.

If you have any questions about matters, please don't hesitate to ask here in the Comments.
On Sunday afternoon ((the 2nd of June), the gaming group met up for their weekly scheduled gaming session (barring illness, weather, or working). The Sunday afternoon gaming group started their campaign of the John Carter of Mars Roleplaying Game campaign in the sword & planet science fantasy world of Barsoom, created by Edgar Rice Burroughs. You can read the post about the characters the players created by following this link. This post is somewhat long, so I've put it behind a cut for those who don't want to read about my roleplaying game campaigns.


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The player characters find themselves travelling to the southeast of the city of Pakku in the Principality of Karakh...Collapse )

And that was the first session of the Sunday group's John Carter of Mars Roleplaying Game campaign. The game session went pretty well, I thougt, and the players had a good time of it. This was the first actual session of play where Keith (the new player to the group whom I met at CanGames) joined SteveR and Tammy, and they did a pretty good job, interacting well with each other. One of the questions asks of me was what they were doing around 100 haads from Pakku, and while I didn't say much, that question will be answered when they have a flashback to what happpened in Pakku. (Hopefully during the next session.) The fight with the sandsquids went pretty well, and they had a lot of fun with that and getting used to working with the Combat system and the game mechanics for that. Tammy's character, Jaxti Jarr, took some serious damage during the session (she just couldn't make her defense rolls!), but survived largely because of the John Carter of Mars Roleplaying Game game rules about killing player characters and how to keep them alive. I wasn't crazy about the way the players didn't use a lot of Threat (preferring Luck and getting some great dice rolls to generate tons of Momentum), so there were times when I didn't have a lot of options during the fight with the sandsquids, but we'll see how this works out since I'm still using the House Rule in playtest to see how it works out.

Overall, I had a terrific session of the John Carter of Mars Roleplaying Game with the Sunday gaming group, and they're definitely intrigued where it's leading. I'm looking forward to the next game session, but that won't happen for two weeks as Tammy is on-call this coming weekend.

Hope folks enjoyed the write-up on the first game session.

Comments and thoughts are always welcome. :)

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