"It's an alternate history pulpy retro-sci-fi space opera planetary romance. It's throttled up rocket packs burning radium on the long blast to the farthest reaches of the Solar System. It's hunting thunder lizards in the upland jungles of Venus. It's battling Ancient Martian killing machines piloted by the Deutsche Marskorps across the baking red deserts of Mars. It's exploring the deadly skies of Jupiter under the constant threat of Europan disintegration. It's RAY gun wielding heroes bulls-eyeing mutants in the blasted ruins of Io" -Ken Spencer, Rocket Age Line Developer
Rocket Age is set in a universe where, in 1931 Einstein, Tesla and Ray Armstrong, rode the first rocket ship to Mars, discovering that the solar system is populated by strange and wondrous alien peoples and adventure is never far away!
Discovering that they’re not alone in the galaxy, the nations of Earth race one another for the stars, sending out expeditions, embassies and invading armies to far-off worlds. There 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 of the Europans. The solar system is teeming with life – and danger!
Players take the role of whatever sort of heroes they want. There are thirteen playable intelligent species and sub-species in the Rocket Age Core Rulebook, with even more introduced in Heroes of the Solar System. What sort of game you play is up to you. 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.
The Rocket Age setting is packed with danger and excitement – and it needs heroes! Heroes like you…
Rocket Age is powered by the Vortex System – the same ruleset that drives Doctor Who Adventures in Time and Space. 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 system really encourages the sort of high-stakes pulp action befitting the genre.
Finally, the Vortex System’s unique initiative system encourages players to talk, think and plot their way out of trouble before they draw their RAY guns, makes every fight exciting and inventive.
Rocket Age was the proud recipient of a Judge's Spotlight ENnie Award in 2014.
The Rocket Age Line
The Rocket Age Core Rulebook – The best place to start your adventures in the solar system is with the Rocket Age Core Rulebook. This book contains everything you need to blast off into a world of interplanetary adventure. The Rocket Age Core Rulebook is available in all good hobby stores now! If you don't have access to a hobby store you can order it on the Cubicle 7 webstore here.
Blood Red Mars – The red sands of Mars are stained dark with the blood of conqueror and conquered, and are the perfect place for a band of plucky heroes to find adventure. The first supplement for Rocket Age describes the red planet in exhaustive detail, including new locations to explore, enemies to thwart and deadly creatures to face, as well as a complete adventure. Blood Red Mars is available in all good hobby stores now!
Heroes of the Solar System – The solar system needs heroes, heroes like you! This second Rocket Age supplement is the perfect companion for every player, packed with loads more options and rules for your characters. The book contains new playable races, including the utterly alien Metisians and the ancient Robomen, and loads more besides. Heroes of the Solar System is available in all good hobby stores now!
The Trail of the Scorpion contains a thrilling series of adventures that span the length and breadth of the Solar System, and can be played alone or linked together to form the first Rocket Age campaign! The Trail of the Scorpion contains six new adventures. The book also contains complete write-ups of three new organizations, including the Red Scorpion crime syndicate and its machinations, along with plot hooks, new weapons and equipment and even some strange new creatures to encounter. The Trail of the Scorpion is in all good hobby stores now!
The Lure of Venus - The steamy jungles of Venus hide all manner of mysteries – and dangers – beneath their thick canopies, from ancient cities to deadly flora and fauna. The second planetary supplement for Rocket Age describes the Emerald Planet in exhaustive detail, including new concordats to to meet, greedy colonists to thwart and huge critters to face, as well as a complete adventure. The Lure of Venus is available to pre-order from our webstore now, or from your local hobby store.
Additional Episodes – There are currently eight standalone PDF adventures available for Rocket Age, with more released every month, allowing you to blast off into a new action-packed story every time. From expeditions to ancient Martian ruins to a perilous race around the solar system and a deadly threat on the Moon, there’s adventure to be had at every turn.
Grab your free 30 page introductory scenario, Lost City of the Ancients here!
Download the Rocket Age Character Sheet here!
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Or perhaps this view of a silt ship approaching G'Pak, an island of city and trees rising out of the Great Martian Silt Sea: