Life on Barsoom

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Fan Written Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks
Location: Barsoom, Lao-Kwei
References: N/A
Publication Details
Author(s): Alessandro Viola
Illustrator(s): Frank Frazetta
Cover illustrator: Frank Frazetta
First published: 2016
Previous Adventure: N/A
Next Adventure: Rimon, the sea-tigress, and the Pirate Coast

Life on Barsoom is a Fan Written Advanced Fighting Fantasy gazzetteer by Alessandro Viola, based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars novels. The very last appendix contains notes for adapting the world of Barsoom to the planet of Lao-Kwei of The World of Calidar by Bruce Heard, a world apparently unrelated, but referring to very similar "pulp" fantasies about Mars.

Of course the whole setting is non-canon.

It was first published online at Librogame's Land download page in January 2016 in this folder: (download is free after registration to Librogame's Land)

It can be downloaded also from Titannica: and from Arion Games website:


Barsoom (also known on Earth as Mars and on Jupiter as Garobus) is the fourth planet in the Solar System, and is orbited by the moons Thuria and Cluros (Phobos and Deimos for Earthlings). In the distant past, it bore five oceans, but today the planet has very little water left.


The gazzetteer in general follows the original rules set down in Advanced Fighting Fantasy – The Roleplaying Game (see Advanced Fighting Fantasy System), but there is a dedicated system of Archetypes, Talents and Special Skills. On top of this, MAGIC is replaced with PSIONICS, as there is no magic on Burroughs' Barsoom but mind powers.

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