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Our Favourite 3 Things about Heroes of the Solar System

Andrew: The latest supplement for Rocket Age, Heroes of the Solar System, is up on pre-order and off to the printers, so I asked author Ken Spencer for his favourite three things in it.

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Ken: Three things? Other than lizard monkeys, silt sea harpooners, and rocket test pilots? Alright, here are the ones I loved the most:

1. Boon Companions: I love sidekicks in games, and this Trait let's a character gain an animal friend, battle brother, loyal follower, or snotty-nosed kid. What really stands out for me is the alien animals offered as boon companions, from Venusian fur frogs and blue rats from Io, to the frankly bizarre Jovian eagle snake.

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2. Ancient Martian Robotic Laws: Yes, it's an open nod to Asimov, but with greater flexibility. Every Roboman character (you did know you can now play a Roboman, didn't you?) must have three overriding laws as part of their programming and the player can create their own, thus allowing them to tailor the restrictions they want to place on their Roboman.

3. Wolfgang and Long Detective Agency: Of all the new organizations this one stands out as one of my favorites. Rocket Age planet hopping space private investigators. I might just play one someday with a red rocket car and brightly colored shirts. The mustache will have to be pencil thin though.

About Heroes of the Solar System

Freebooters rampage across Mars, Nazis plot new atrocities, savage beasts prey on colonists and above all the sinister Europans loom. The solar system needs heroes – heroes like you!

Heroes of the Solar System, the second sourcebook for Rocket Age, offers you a look at the heroes of the rocket set. The focus of Heroes of the Solar System is on the player characters, though Gamemasters will still find plot hooks and episode ideas galore.

This book is just filled with new ideas for familiar species, new organizations for your heroes to fight for (and sometimes against), new equipment to use in their explorations and adventures, new character traits, and new species.
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Heroes of the Solar System contains:

  • 4 new types of sophont for you to play: the beloved Lizard Monkeys of Venus, the ancient Robomen of Mars, the winged Jovians of the skies of Jupiter and the utterly bizarre Metisians, cephalopodian soldiers of the Europans.
  • Expanded background for each of the 13 sophonts from the Rocket Age rulebook. How long does a Maduri live? What sort of material culture do the Venusians have? Are all Martians lactose intolerant? The answers to these questions and more besides are in here!
  • 10 new heroic organizations for your heroes to join up with – or for the Gamemaster to use as antagonists – from the Europan Emissary Corps to the Interplanetary Comintern and the Rocket Rangers themselves. The structure, history and operations of each organization is fully detailed, along with a typical NPC, a selection of plot hooks and character packages for playing an agent of the organization.
  • Over 50 new Traits for your characters to pick from, from Don’t Die on Me! and Percussive Maintenance to Space Sick and Wanted Man, and more esoteric options besides.

Heroes of the Solar System is a 120 page softcover by Ken Spencer, with art by Jon Hodgson,  Rich Longmore, Jeremy McHugh and Scott Purdy.

Links

Buy Heroes of the Solar System at RPGNow
Buy Heroes of the Solar System at DrivethruRPG
Pre-order Heroes of the Solar System at the C7 webstore
Learn more about Rocket Age on the C7 homepage
Rocket Age Supplements
Buy Rocket Age at the Cubicle 7 webstore
Rocket Age PDFs at Drivethrurpg
Rocket Age at RPGNow
Rocket Age Reviewed at GeekNative
Rocket Age Line Developer Ken Spencer talks about Rocket Age adventures

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