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Live, fight, and love on Mars, a world of red death and strange mystery, a world of savagery and romance.

Return now to dying Mars in its last age of glory. A planet of flashing swords and choking sands, of winking courtesans and lantern-lit canal cities.

Mars, where fortune and heartbreak are two sides of the same obsidian chit, where lost cities and dry oceans stretch between the last bastions of civilization. Where the First Martians, the monument-builders, are but a haunted memory. Where the Red Martians become decadent and reckless in their last days. Where the Pale Martians rule the wastes, remembering a history whose weight would crush a lesser people.

 

 

Mars has canals... therefore, Mars must have Venice!

Cavaliers of Mars is a swashbuckling adventure setting from Rose Bailey, longtime developer of Vampire: The Requiem and other World of Darkness titles. Cavaliers draws inspiration from pulp fantasy and historical fiction, adding a modern edge and an exotic setting.

Cavaliers of Mars is powered by the DEIMOS system, in which a hero’s motivations and approach to problems strongly influence her chance of success. In combat, heroes face off with their enemies in contests of tactics and chance.

WHAT IS THE DEIMOS SYSTEM?

In the DEIMOS system, heroes are built from their Motivations (For Self, For Honor, and For Love), their Methods (With Cunning, With Force, and With Grace), and their Careers (such as Cavalier, Thief, or Courtesan). These traits are rated in die sizes, which are rolled as a pool against difficulty dice chosen by the GM. In Cavaliers of Mars, a hero's reasons and approach just as important as their background in solving a problem... or getting into yet more trouble!

When our heroes must draw steel, players choose three dice to represent their character's actions, combining Strikes, Parries, and Stunts. All players roll their dice, then resolve actions in order from highest die to lowest. Players can also use their dice for special maneuvers like Ripostes or Disarms. Combining tactics, chance, and creative flair, Cavaliers of Mars evokes classic fight scenes such as those in The Adventures of Robin Hood, Scaramouche, and The Princess Bride.

Cavaliers of Mars is a new entry in Onyx Path’s lineup of creator-owned games, produced in partnership with Rose Bailey and written by Rose Bailey, Benjamin Baugh, Dixie Cochran, Storn Cook, Steffie de Vaan, Meghan Fitzgerald, Jordan Goldfarb, Danielle Lauzon, Ethan Skemp, Lauren Stone, Travis Stout, Audrey Whitman.

To learn more about Cavaliers of Mars, you can check out the CAVALIERS OF MARS JUMPSTART RULES here at DRIVETHRURPG.COM:

http://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse.php?discount=9318cdfe08

BACKERS ONLY:We'll be providing a link to the complete text for Cavaliers of Mars (barring last minute tweaks) in Backer Update #1. Please let us know what you think!

Rose will be providing excerpts from the Cavaliers of Mars rulebook in Updates during the duration of this Kickstarter, so keep an eye for them!

 

The goal of the kickstarter is to fund the creation, printing, and distribution of a beautiful 180+page, 8.5" x 11" hardcover book. Plus, if we meet our funding goal, we hope to unlock many exciting additional projects and upgrades to the book itself!

 

Careers Spread Layout Mock-up
Careers Spread Layout Mock-up

 

 

It's pretty easy. Contribute any amount you want, bearing in mind the levels of contribution and their commensurate rewards over there on the right. If we hit our $5,000 goal, you'll get the reward that goes with your level of contribution.

PDFs and Print on Demand items will be made available first in the form of a coupon from our online sales partner, DriveThruRPG.


The Cavaliers of Mars book will take multiple months from the closing date to print and ship as we upgrade the book due to your support. PDF Rewards and Add-ons will not take as long as the Cavaliers of Mars book, but will come after we send out the Backer Surveys using BackerKit. We will contact contributors in the upper tiers with details on their rewards.

 

You can Add-on the PDFs listed below to any Reward Tier pledge that already includes a Cavaliers of Mars PDF by clicking on your Reward Tier to the right, and then when you get to the pledge page that confirms your pledge amount, manually changing the amount of your pledge from the base Reward amount to that Reward amount plus the amount of each Add-on that you want as listed below:

+ $15 for all 6 Rose Bailey Mini-Games:

- BLAZON, cosmic superheroes in a universe of Law and Chaos, inspired by Green Lantern and new wave fantasy. (38 pages)
- Bright and Terrible, a game of swords and tragedy in the style of Michael Moorcock's Elric and Tanith Lee's Flat Earth. (24 pages)
- Die For You, the game of monsters and feels, inspired by paranormal drama in general and the web series Carmilla in particular. (16 pages)
- The Shadow of Golgotha, a post-apocalyptic feudal world ruled by a blood-drinking aristocracy. (32 pages)
- Sharded, fantasy noir where death is not the end. (19 pages)
- State Machine, android espionage inspired by Blade Runner and Ghost in the Shell. (17 pages)

+ $15 for an additional copy of the Cavaliers of Mars PDF.

You can also add on individual copies of the Cavaliers of Mars physical book to any pledge that already is shipping a physical book by manually adding the appropriate amount on the pledge page:

+ $25 for an additional copy of the Cavaliers of Mars book. (Inside US)

+ $45 for an additional copy of the Cavaliers of Mars book. (Outside US)

You can add on the Cavaliers of Mars Reference Screen to any reward tier that offers a physical book:

+ $20 for the Cavaliers of Mars Reference Screen, a sturdy three-panel screen featuring beautiful art from Cavalier of Mars on the outer side, and on the inside there's a selection of charts and other info to make referencing a little bit easier.

 

 

As we gain contributions beyond our target number, we have all sorts of amazing added rewards for contributors. Our range of possible Stretch Goal awards include a brand-new adventure, a Cavaliers of Mars companion book, a KS exclusive TShirt, art budget upgrades, and much more.

To start, at $7,000 of pledges, we'll kick off the Kickstarter Exclusive Cavaliers of Mars T-Shirt. Backers who pledge for any reward tier will be notified when a deeply discounted T-Shirt design is available on our RedBubble site for a limited time.

At $12,000, get ready for "Witch-Queen of the Shadowed Citadel" - A setting/scenario detailing the sprawling and bizarre Labyrinth of Night and its ruler, a mysterious exile from the amber star Venus. Face weird creatures and weirder cults in an adventure that's equal parts Elric of Melnibone and Red Nails! This will be released as a PDF that we will send to all backers who pledge for a reward tier that include a CAVALIERS OF MARS core book PDF.

 At $17,500 "City of the Towered Tomb - Part 1: Districts" - This setting supplement takes you inside the bustling canal city of Vance, from the brooding waters and desperate criminals of the Dredge to the beautiful environs and macabre spectacles of the Hangman's Garden. Delve into the affairs of colorful nobles and the schemes of the desperate criminals in this look at Mars' greatest remaining city!

City of the Towered Tomb - Part 1: Districts - A guide to Vance's diverse urban life. Experience the Street of Fools, Little Illium, the Spire of Shackles and more! This will be released as a PDF that we will send to all backers who pledge for a reward tier that include a CAVALIERS OF MARS core book PDF.

 At $20,000, we're going to INCREASE the ART BUDGET. More awesome vistas and amazing citizens pictured in the final book.

  At $27,000, we'll be able to populate the districts of Vance that we learned about earlier! "City of the Towered Tomb - Part 2: Citizens & Outsiders" - From the well-heeled nobles to dispossessed expatriates, meet the people of Vance. This will be released as a PDF that we will send to all backers who pledge for a reward tier that include a CAVALIERS OF MARS core book PDF.

 At $28,000 - POSTCARDS FROM MARS - Three scenic images of astounding Martian locations. Let your friends know you wish they were here! This will be released as a digital image file that we will send to all backers who pledge for a reward tier that include a CAVALIERS OF MARS core book PDF.

Locations chosen by backers: ILLIUM, VANCE and ZODIAC.

At $32,000 - City of the Towered Tombs Part 3 - Words and Deeds. Join Vance's religious factions, professional guilds, and political parties, from the Seven Dead Men to the Most Honorable Insurer's Union to the Society of the Bloody Orchid. This will be released as a PDF that we will send to all backers who pledge for a reward tier that include a CAVALIERS OF MARS core book PDF.

 At $34,000, we're going to do another ART BUDGET INCREASE. We're going to pack as much of the awesome stylized art as possible into the final book to really help bring Mars to life at your table.

 At $35,500 - POSTCARDS FROM MARS Round 2! - Three scenic images of astounding Martian locations. Let your friends know you wish they were here! These will be released as digital image files, sent to all backers who pledge for a reward tier that include a CAVALIERS OF MARS core book PDF. Which locations would you like to see - let's VOTE IN THE COMMENTS! We'll tally up the final votes once the campaign closes!
Choices are: Anger, Chiaro, Cimmeria, Surtur, Wyela, and Ziggur

At $40,000 - SKY-MINERS OF DEIMOS! Fly with the Dawn Runners, brave (or foolhardy!) pilots who fling their rattletrap ships to and from the Far Moon to bring back much-prized Deimos steel! Visit the mining towns and metal forges of the moon, wheeling and dealing among the hard-bitten workers who make their lives thousands of miles above Mars!

At $44,000CAVALIERS OF MARS COMPANION POD Coupon – “Witch-Queen of the Shadowed Citadel,” “City of Towered Tombs Part 1-3,” and “Sky-Miners of Deimos” will be combined into one single product, tentatively titled The Cavaliers of Mars Companion. Upon achieving this funding goal, we will add a coupon for “at-cost” discounted Print-On-Demand (POD) version of this book to every pledge reward level that includes a physical copy of the Cavaliers of Mars core book.

 

This is Onyx Path Publishing's 26th Kickstarter, and the company has learned enough (sometimes painfully) to make some tweaks to goals, reward tiers, and prizes. This knowledge has been applied to the FAQ below:

http://theonyxpath.com/about/faq/kickstarter/

Rose has been designing games professionally for more than a decade, including nine years as lead developer on White Wolf’s Vampire: The Requiem and writing or co-writing over a dozen roleplaying books. As a video game designer, she’s worked on MMOs like EVE Online and The Elder Scrolls Online. She also writes original fiction, like the adventures of Sasha Witchblood (http://blog.fantasyheartbreaker.com/books-and-games/sasha-witchblood/), and her own independent games, which you can find on her Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/fantasyheartbreaker).

 

Risks and challenges

Risk: This book isn't created at all even though the goal is reached.

Solution: We have successfully shipped seventeen Kickstarter projects and several more are headed to completion as you read this. All those projects have taught us how the various pieces of the process works, sometimes painfully, and we have increased our ability to judge the various stages of delivery better with each KS. The text for Cavaliers of Mars is finished, and we are only looking at adding additional art to the book itself.

Risk: Shipping costs soak up pledges that were meant to enable the creation of Cavaliers of Mars.

Solution: Kickstarter shipping costs have continued to rise this last year, but we are aware of that and were able to find ways to work with shippers to bring down those costs - unfortunately, only to some extent as we have also needed to up the shipping charges- both methods allowing us to be sure that shipping doesn't eat up the pledge money supposed to go to printing.

Risk: The books will take a long time to produce and anger the backers.

Solution: We've learned many, many lessons with our previous Kickstarters and we're becoming much better at estimating the various pitfalls that will delay a KS project. We were able to deliver the PDFs for our last several KS projects several months before the estimate, and our last ship-out, for Pugmire, started a month earlier than estimated on KSl.

That being said, backers need to be aware that they are enabling a process, and not a pre-order opportunity, and things do sometimes run slower than we want or anticipate with that process. We've found that an open flow of communication between us and the backer community is vital so once the project funds we will deliver Updates on progress once a month (or more, as needed) via Kickstarter as well as in our regular, weekly, Monday Meeting Notes blog at www.theonyxpath.com

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    PHYSICAL BOOK and SCREEN

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    GAME SESSIONS & BOOK

    ROSE BAILEY will run a session of Cavaliers of Mars over the internet for you and your gaming group. You will be listed in the "Special Thanks" section, and receive the PHYSICAL PRINTED version of the CAVALIERS OF MARS core book

    • ONLINE GAME SESSION WITH ROSE BAILY
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    CONSULTING DEVELOPER

    You will receive every draft and be copied on every email between Rose and the writers working on an upcoming Cavaliers of Mars project. You will be listed in the "Special Thanks" section of the book as a Consulting Developer, and have an unprecedented opportunity to participate in a game world being created. Of course, you will also receive the PHYSICAL PRINTED version of the CAVALIERS OF MARS core book

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Funding period

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