Priests of Mars

Priests of Mars

A quotation from Herrick, Robert:

To read my book the virgin shy
May blush while Brutus standeth by,
But when hes gone, read through whats writ,
And never stain a cheek for it.

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by Mike Monaco, is a free pdf download published at CMU Press under a CC BY-NC-ND license, and dealing with the history of the eponymous (if a bit incongruously titled) Fantasy Wargaming roleplaying game system. Yes, it turns out you can write whole books not only about DnD. At least if its something as weird as that game at least.

The original game Fantasy Wargaming: The Highest Level of All (or just Fantasy Wargaming in some editions) was a 1981 book by Bruce Galloway, a clear variation on Dungeons and Dragons, based on Galloways home rules. Unlike its competition it was not afraid of using actual historical concepts like astrology and occultism in its descriptions, although it also was written so densely it was hard to make sense of it in any shape or form by someone not already familiar with roleplaying games. And, well, it was called Fantasy Wargaming.

Which made this a problem, as the game was published both in the UK and the US by mainstream publishers obviously trying to break into the nascent TTRPG market. The most available version was most likely the one published by the Doubleday Science Fiction Book Club, which made the game available to many people who did not have any experience with roleplaying games before.

Unfortunately one has to say, as the games size (300pgs) and conceptual denseness made parsing the book quite a feat, meaning if people used this as an introduction to roleplaying, it might not have been very successful.

The Story of Fantasy Wargaming goes into this, and into the development of the game. It could have been a bit more thorough and a bit more critical, but for what it is its a nice look into the environment that created it. And well, its free.

(I learned about this book from an which had the author on and talked about this project. Well worth a listen)

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Another thing I haven't mentioned is how throughout the book you are constantly reminded of propaganda and the mythologising of leaders through the writings of Princess Irulan.

It's a nice touch but it's a continual reminder of the books real meaning.


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I mentioned how Paul takes charge over his mother in the desert section, but then Jessica takes initial leadership in the Fremen section.

Jessica here is integral to their integrating with the Fremen and Paul is shown not yet a leader.

It seems the desert part works as a precursor to Paul's leadership, using his practical skills to demonstrate leadership over his mother, so the eventual broadening to Fremen leadership doesn't seem forced and unnatural.

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