“The planet’s famous red colour is from iron oxide coating everything. So it’s not just a desert. It’s a desert so old it’s literally rusting.”
― Andy Weir, The Martian
A colony on Mars resembles more of a human landfill than a viable foothold on the planet.
To learn more about how Dialect is played check out our primer episode. The characters for this game:
Em "Momo" (Eric Mersmann) - The scavenger who braves the wastes for new supplies.
Two "Deuces" (Jeff Dietlere) - The second child of the Mars Eternity colony, maintainer of the life-sustaining tech.
Madam Gisela "Shaman" (Ken Breese) - The naturalist healer that passes for a doctor on this rock.
Bizz Alden "Capatain" (John Holt) - The aged pilot of this doomed expedition.
Backdrop: The Outpost - a Martian colony 5 years since landed on the planet and out of communication with earth.
Main Location: Eternity - a termite hill of natural caves supplemented with scavenged hip tech and low-quality colony support equipment.
Aspects (2nd Age):
We are Expendable
There might be Something out there We're at the mercy of the "Upstaters"
Aspects (3rd Age):
We are Expendable We are being hunted
We're at the mercy of the "Upstaters"
Sump - the act of working.
Dispo - the waste recycling unit we all depend on.
Posit - A marker of time, roughly twelve hours, based on when the machine needs waste inputs.
Upstate - Dying, specifically the act of walking out into the wastes to die - now used hyperbolically.
Aftaxu - The name adopted by the Upstaters.
Tight - A ritual when the upstaters/Aftaxu come to demand tribute, in the form of food, festivities and drugs.
Blue Skies - A bright and positive future.
Red Sand - Inevitable doom/Rebellion.
Shareholders - Traitors who's interests align with the corporate colonists.
Find Eric Mersman @presenteric
Find Jeff Dietlere @excitingjeff
Time is up to back their successful LARP in Zine form - My Jam but keep an eye on their twitter for where you can get the .pdf version!
Find John on twitter @LordJoho
Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard
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Our Bored Ghost theme song is by the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.
Bored Ghosts we hope you found some distraction from your eternity in the void this week!