Men have conquered the inner planets of the Solar System and are now travelling through the Ether. They discovered the ancient culture of the Martians and the misty wilderness of Venus. Mercury is a world of extremes but rich in valuable raw materials. The Asteroid Belt and the Earth’s moon, Luna, are waiting for further exploration. And there is still a lot to discover on Earth itself.
Under the burning sun of the Martian steppes, the steamy mists of the Venusian jungle, the deadly cold of the Dry Ice Zone on Mercury, or at the banks of the Amazon River on good old Earth – the world of Space: 1889 is full of adventures.
Everything Jules Verne could have written. Everything H.G. Wells should have written. Everything A. Conan Doyle thought of but never published because it was too fantastic. Everything you need for the adventures of the century.
This Kickstarter project aims to give you even more material for adventures in the Etherverse - namely the sourcebook for the red planet, Mars. A hardcover book of approximately 200 black and white pages, giving detailed information about everything you want to know about Mars.
“The dawn commences, and Mars rules the hour.”
— Friedrich von Schiller, The Death of Wallenstein, trans. by S.T. Coleridge
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 almost two decades ago was the truth revealed: Mars is home to a culture whose ancestors built the canals, used to distribute the water of the polar caps, thus enabling the Martians to live on for tens of thousands of years on their dying planet.
With a land area roughly that of Earth, and reachable in only a few weeks via ethership, Mars is the colonial prize of the Space: 1889 solar system. All great powers of Earth eagerly rushed in to stake their claims on Mars, some exploiting the precious resources and ruling with an iron fist, others as cunning negotiators, salesmen and missionaries, offering protection treaties, knowledge and Earth's riches.
Back in the 1990’s when Frank Chadwick and others first filled the original Space: 1889 setting with life, the focus was on the planet Mars: Countless adventure anthologies, descriptions of cities in Challenge Magazine, and sourcebooks on specific regions and cultures were published, joined by unofficial game material such as the Transactions of the Royal Martian Geographical Society.
If one were to revisit these individual sources today, one would find a wide mosaic that offers a wellspring of – sometimes contradictory – information and details on some regions, while others, even regions of continental size, were left with just their mere name on a map. The authors of this volume have worked hard and meticulously to collect, update, and consolidate all existing information, and added new life in filling out the details and adding background material.
Space 1889: Mars will put you in the boots of scouts and diplomats, big game hunters and archeologists, airship captains and scientists as you explore the Martian realms, the lost cities and the numerous natural marvels of a planet that may be dying … but surely isn't dead yet!
15 € (app. $17,50) - Ethernaut
On this level you get the PDF of the Mars sourcebook and all PDF material that might be unlocked during this Kickstarter campaign.
35 € (app. $41) - Colonial Officer
You not only get the PDF of the Mars sourcebook (and all unlocked stretchgoal PDFs), but also a printed hardcover copy of the book itself.
55 € (app. $64) - Hill Martian Warrior
With this level you not only get the PDF of the Mars sourcebook (and any stretchgoal PDFs), but also all Ubiquity Space: 1889 PDFs that we have published so far. This includes the core rulebook, the GM screen, sourcebook for Mercury and Venus, a booklet detailling Martian creatures and inventories, an MP3 soundtrack and eight full adventures (all together with a regular retail value of over 100 € / $115). This is the perfect level for people who haven't delved into our version of Space: 1889 yet but would like to get a full overview.
70 € (app. $81) - Canal Merchant (Retailer-Level)
This level is reserved for retailers. You get four copies of the Mars sourcebook to sell at your store and you can get additional material for special retailer prices (see below for more information).
75 € (app. $87) - Canal Priest
You get a special limited version of the Mars sourcebook with a red faux-leather cover. Additionally you also get the PDF of the book (and the PDFs of all stretchgoals that might get unlocked).
80 € (app. $93) - Canal Guard
You get everything as detailed at the "Hill Martian Warrior" level (including all already published Ubiquity Space:1889 PDFs), but you also get a physical copy of the Mars sourcebook.
115 € (app. $134) - Canal Prince
You not only get the limited version of the Mars sourcebook detailed in the "Canal Priest" level, the PDF of the book and PDFs of all unlocked stretchgoals, but also all already published Ubiquity Space: 1889 PDFs (see "Hill Martian Warrior" level).
225 € (app. $262) - Emperor of Tossia
This level includes everything mentioned on the "Canal Guard" level (physical book, Mars PDF, stretchgoal PDFs, all already published Ubiquity Space: 1889 PDFs), but also all printed Ubiquity Space:1889 books that are still available via regular retail channels (with a retail value of over 240 € / $280)! This includes the core rulebook, the sourcebooks for Venus and Mercury, the booklet Marvels of Mars, a poster map set, a dice set and eight full adventures.
The already published material will be sent separately from the Mars sourcebook as soon as the Kickstarter ends!
265 € (app. $308) - Seldon, Legendary Emperor of Mars
You get everything as in the "Emperor of Tossia" level, but instead of the regular Mars sourcebook you get the limited faux-leather version.
No Kickstarter project is complete without stretchgoals - goals that are unlocked once the project hits certain benchmarks after the initial funding. We also have a couple of things up our sleeve, some of which we want to present you from the start. Additional stretchgoals will be released once we hit current ones.
11,500 € - Bookmark Ribbon - UNLOCKED!
If we reach 11,500 €, the Mars sourcebook will get a bright red bookmark ribbon.
12,500 € - Article "Canal-traveling on Mars" - UNLOCKED!
On this level, we will translate the "Canal-traveling on Mars", a two-page article from the German publication The New Etherverse. All articles in this book are written from an in-game perspective. The article will be made available to all backers who get all PDFs in exactly this format.
14,000 € - Map Of Mars - UNLOCKED!
With this stretchgoal, every book will include a full-color map of Mars in DIN A2 format (app. 42 x 59 cm). Never lose your way on the red planet!
16,000 € - Article "A walk through Tossia" - UNLOCKED!
With 16,000 € we unlock another article from "The New Etherverse", this time giving additional information about the Martian city Tossia from the perspective of a visitor from Earth. Available as a four-page PDF to all respective levels.
17,500 € - Printed Endpapers - UNLOCKED!
If we reach this goal, the endpapers of the book (on both sides) will be printed in full-colour. The front will depict a political map of Mars, the rear will show languages and resources on Mars.
19,500 € - Article "Traditions of the Shistomik Tribe" - UNLOCKED
Get a glimpse with this additional PDF from "The New Etherverse", giving detailed information on this tribe. Four page PDF.
21,500 € - Map Printed On Both Sides - UNLOCKED
The map that is included in all books will be printed on both sides, the back showing the aforementioned political and linguistic maps.
25,000 € - Adventure Included! - UNLOCKED
If we reach this goal, we will translate the adventure "Emerald Waters" from Dominic Hladek and will include it in the book. The adventure is designed as an introductory scenario and is therefore perfectly suited for getting to know Mars.
27,000 € - Article "Charles Darwin and the Locomotive Systems of Mars" - UNLOCKED
If we hit this stretchgoal, we will translate another article from the "The New Etherverse", discussing the evolution of Martian fauna with a view at Darwin's theories. Three page PDF.
30,000 € - Article "A Survey of Mars" (and Addon-Booklet)
With this final stretchgoal, we would unlock the last Mars-themed article from "The New Etherverse", giving a first-hand account of an expedition to cartograph Mars. Furthermore, if we hit this stretchgoal, we will print the various articles from "The New Etherverse" in one booklet that will be available as an addon.
If you want to order additional material that is available through this Kickstarter project, just increase your pledge as listed below. We will sort out what you want for additionally pledged money after the end of the project (most likely via a Pledge Manager like Backerkit). If you are not a backer of a physical pledge level (one with shipment), you have to add extra shipment (see below).
Mars Sourcebook - 30 € (app. $35)
Mars Sourcebook (Limited Edition) - 70 € (app. $82)
Additionally, you can order any of the already released Space:1889 items that are still available via regular retail channels as add-ons (but make sure to check out the higher pledge levels if you are new and want to get the whole product range):
Space:1889 Core Rulebook - 35 € (app. $41)
Venus Sourcebook - 27 € (app. $32)
Mercury Sourcebook - 20 € (app. $23)
Marvels of Mars - 17 € (app. $20)
Space:1889 Dice Set - 13 € (app. $15)
Poster Map set (Mars, Venus, Ether Flyers) - 9 € (app. $10.5)
Adventure "The Strange Land" - 8,50€ (app. $10)
Adventure "London Bridge Has Fallen Down" - 8,50€ (app. $10)
Adventure "Nocturne in the City of Lights" - 8,50€ (app. $10)
Adventure "City at the Center of the Earth" - 8,50€ (app. $10)
Adventure "On the Trail of the Gods" - 8,50€ (app. $10)
Adventure "Thunders of Venus" - 8,50 € (app. $10)
Adventure "The Ether Calculator" - 11 € (app. $13)
Adventure "The Fate of Angahiaa" - 12 € (app. $14)
If you want to get any add-ons that have already been published before the Mars sourcebook finishes, please add extra shipment according to your location. This also applies to backers of purely digital levels that chose printed material as add-ons.
EU - 5 € (app. $6)
US, Switzerland - 10 € (app. $12)
Rest of the world - 20 € (app. $23)
Supporting the retail chain is very important to us at Clockwork Publishing. Whilst we do have a Retailer Pledge Level already, you can of course order additional items from this Kickstarter and also all available Space:1889 items. Just write an email to email@example.com to get the price list for retailers.
Risks and challenges
Clockwork Publishing / Uhrwerk Verlag has been printing RPG books on a monthly basis since 2009, with now more than 100 titles in print, so we basically do know what we are doing. We have already procuded an English version of our Space:1889 rulebook and of several supplements.
After doing a Kickstarter for the rulebook back in 2013 that hit some problems, we are well aware of what pitfalls to avoid in doing such a project. For once, the book has already been translated and we are just aiming at raising the funds for printing and distribution of the book. Furthermore, all stretch goals are calculated not to cause too much additional work which might disrupt the project as a whole. And we are also taking care that we are solely responsible for everything in this Kickstarter, so that other people's problems don't threaten our goals.
That being said we of course can't rule out delays with 100% certainty - but we can guarantee you that we'll always keep you posted if there are any problems.
International shipping: we will work together with an experienced UK-based forwarder, who will handle international shipping for us. For Germany and certain other EU countries we will handle it ourselves.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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