A downloadable tarot-based RPG

You, the player, are a martian in hiding.  Aliens used to openly live among us, but now Earth has turned its back on the stars. Most deny that aliens exist because that is what T.H.E.Y. (the secret organization behind the corrupt conspiracies that run the world) want you to think. There are still those who hunt your kind so you must use your powers in secret and use makeup or masks to hide any strange anatomy you may have.  The investigators of the Martian Muckraker try to convince people that aliens are real . . . and that they can be our friends, while exposing Earthling conspiracy after conspiracy.   

Most say their work is just gonzo journalism. Nonetheless, these determined martian muckrakers seek to uncover the truth, hoping one day the truth about themselves can be shared openly.

These are the Chronicles of the 👽 Martian Muckraker 👽 The Last Honest Newspaper in the Milky-way!

Why Play Martian Muckraker

  • High narrative and rules light
  • Emphasis on Character driven storytelling
  • Rules easily adaptable for other genres

Hello!  I am working on the Muckraker System, and it's flagship game, Martian Muckraker.  The idea is to make an RPG system where archtypal cards drive the direction of the story. Originally tarot cards were used, but am phasing these out of the system in favor of cards more clearly connected to the sci-fi theme.  

Martian Play Testers!

Sample Cards:

Martian Muckraker Logo


The Martian Muckraker Core Rulebook.pdf 24 MB
Story Deck and More 108 MB
Deck Contents_markdown.txt 4 kB
Keep The Faith - One Page RPG with the StoryDeck 1 MB
IndexCardRulesSummary.pdf 135 kB
Plutos Plan - Early Development.pdf 491 kB
zzMartian Muckraker RPG - Playtest Format 4 MB

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The Martian Muckraker now has an Insta - feel free to join to see more surreal Tarot images, Pixel art and more! TheMartianMuckraker

The tarot mechanic is a really cool idea. Also I totally dig the graphics 💜


Thank you very much axoona! I appreciate it. And a Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays & a Happy New Year!

thank you ! happy holidays and and even happier new year !! :)