Then the following year at GenCon they released SECRETS OF THE SURFACE WORLD, which was an expansion for HEX that gave great rules for Strange Magics! Weird Science! and Nefarious Secret Societies! of the HEX campaign world. The next year they then outdid themselves with MYSTERIES OF THE HOLLOW EARTH, that gave us Mole Men! Amazons! and even more detailed locations within the Hollow Earth!
I couldn't believe it, I absolutely adored all things Edgar Rice Burroughs, and therefore was a devout John Carter of Mars fan besides being a Pellucidar/Hollow Earth fan. So I rolled into GenCon 2010 with a twinkle in my eye, a handful of dollars, and strolled up to the Exile booth to pickup the new HEX Mars book. But it was no where to be found! "Probably next year," I was told by the friendly booth attendee. I consoled my disappointment by buying some Style Chips with Ape Men on them, and continued on with my GenCon.
The year 2011 came, to the Exile booth I went, and sadly, no Mars book. They had hit a snag, they said. Production of the Mars book was stalled. Maybe next year?
Then 2012 and 2013. Still no Mars book. By 2014 the Revelations of Mars Kickstarter had been released, so I knew Mars was in process, at least, and had donated to the cause. In 2014 they assured me it would be released at GenCon 2015. I couldn't wait to pick it up at GenCon 2015. I was going to party so hard that year after picking it up at GenCon that Phobos and Deimos would hear me.
|Mars is ...hot. Also, the people are green. What?|
Auuuuuugh! The mocking... the mocking! Life is pain! #FirstWorldProblems
But there is a silver lining to this tragic story. Today, in the terrestrial mail, I received a parcel from the Red Planet. This package contained not only the book, but and all the maps from the Lost City of Exile Games, and they are glorious!
|Its beginning to look a lot like Kickstartermas!|
Oh yes, I got both the paper print and giant canvas versions of all the maps: Surface World, Hollow Earth, and Mars. I have a thing for maps. Especially hanging maps on walls. Because a man does not need a reason to frame a Map. All maps are the epitome of masculine art. Akin to paintings of sailboats or of wild horses, framed Maps make a room into a Den. Finally, its time to sit in my den and read Revelations of Mars!
|The Revelations of Mars map, in all its glory.|
Game on to Adventure ...and Beyond!