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Rocket Age – radium-powered retro-SF action

Rocket Age – radium-powered retro-SF action

Monday 4 April 2016
Spencer-RocketAgeIn April 2016 we presented the Rocket Age Bundle, featuring the radium-powered retro-SF interplanetary adventure RPG Rocket Age from Cubicle 7 Entertainment.

In 1931 Einstein, Tesla, and Ray Armstrong rode the first rocket ship to Mars, where they discovered strange and wondrous alien peoples. The nations of Earth race to send expeditions, embassies, and invading armies across the Solar System. On far-off worlds they discover all manner of alien life, from the stratified caste system of the Martians to the primitive, ape-like Venusians, from the degenerate Ioites and plant-like Ganymedians to the scheming Europans. These planets teeming with life — and danger — are the settings of Cubicle 7 Entertainment’s Rocket Age.

RocketAge-BloodRedMarsIn this cinematic game of planetary romance in the style of Burroughs, Brackett, and Flash Gordon, characters might be archaeologists on Mars, scientists exploring Venus, small time merchants running between the planets, or even members of the elite Rocket Rangers blasting off from one hot spot to another. There are 13 playable intelligent species and sub-species in the Rocket Age core rulebook, with more introduced in Heroes of the Solar System. The sort of game you play is up to you.

DWAITASRocket Age is powered by the Vortex System — the same rules that drive Cubicle 7’s Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space. (Sorry, DWAITAS isn’t included in this offer.) It’s a quick and easy system using D6s that encourages fast talking and high adventure. The system is simple enough to pick up in moments: Roll two dice, add them to a skill + stat, and compare the total to a difficulty number. The more you beat it by, the better you did. Throw in Story Points, which allow you to cheat death, introduce your own story elements, create technological gizmos, and grab hold of the adventure with both hands, and the Rocket Age system really encourages the high-stakes pulp action befitting the genre. This collection presented almost the entire Rocket Age line, including the Venus and Mars sourcebooks, the Trail of the Scorpion serial, and many smaller episodes (adventures). It’s everything you need for planet-roaming adventure in the far future of 1931.

RocketAge-HeroesOfTheSolarSystemThere were four titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $41), all presented as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:
  • Rocket Age core rulebook (retail price $20): Your launchpad to a Solar System of interplanetary adventure. Includes the free introductory adventure Lost City of the Ancients.
  • Heroes of the Solar System (retail $15): The Rocket Age player’s guide, with loads of new sophont races, organizations, and options. Beware the Robomen!
  • Two short, ready-to-play “episodes” (adventures) in the near and far Solar System: Mind Dunes of the Moon (retail $3) and No Good Deed (retail $3).
RocketAge-LureOfVenusSophonts who paid more than the threshold (average) price gained experience and also got our entire Bonus Collection with eight more titles (retail value $61):
  • Blood Red Mars (retail $18): The Red Planet location sourcebook, with new locations, enemies, creatures, and a complete adventure.
  • The Lure of Venus (retail $16.50): The steamy jungles hide mysteries and dangers beneath their thick canopies, from ancient cities to deadly flora and fauna.
  • The Trail of the Scorpion (retail $15): A thrilling, Solar System-spanning six-episode serial that pits the heroes against the mysterious Red Scorpion crime syndicate.
  • Adventures on Mars and Venus (total retail $9): Three short episodes in the inner Solar System — Warlord of the Gravitic Portal (Mars), A Prince’s Ransom (Mars), and Bring ‘Em Back Alive (Venus).
  • Rocket Racers (retail $3): Our heroes go incognito to guard ships racing across the inner Solar System.
  • The Asteroid Belt (retail $3): A location gazeteer about hard-bitten miners and xeno-archaeologists exploring the fragments of the exploded planet Eris.
That’s a total retail value of US$105 for a bargain price that would hit the front page in the Rocket News Service’s Martian Herald. Ten percent of each payment (after gateway fees) went to this offer’s designated charity, Doctors Without Borders. And every purchaser of this offer also received a discount code good for 25% off the price of print copies of all Rocket Age products at the Cubicle 7 webstore. Hot jets!