Welcome to Rocket Age, to the retro-future sci-fi past. An age of exploration, of scientific and technological wonders unlike any the Solar System has ever seen... A past that never was, but could have been, a Solar System that isn't, but should be... Ride that radium rocket to the edge of Yesterday and blast off into Tomorrow.
Rocket Age is our award winning role-playing game of radium punk sci-fi action and adventure. Set across a Solar System as seen through a retro sci-fi lens, the world of Rocket Age is filled with alien species, strange technologies, terrible foes, and heroic allies. Powered by the Vortex System, Rocket Age is a fast game that blends traditional and narrative styles of play.
Fiction: Tales from the Rocket Age Includes four short stories: Three Aces for the Dancer by Ed Greenwood The Ghost Aces, an elite team of operatives, must lose a rocket ship, but not lose it too easily, in order to stop a Martian prince and his diabolical plot. Emancipation Knights by Ken Spencer Ed and Frank Knight, brothers with obviously different mothers, are on the case as the pair of P.I.s hunt down a stolen Deutsche Marserkorps war walker, murderers, and Emancipation's crime boss, Slate Mac. Spies, Lies and Allies by Andrew Peregrine Join inventor Marian Carlyle as she field tests her home built rocket ship in a race to stop a Nazi plot that threatens the peace of Earth and the Solar System as well! Casey Chester - Rocket Corps on Mars by James Spencer While in pursuit of a lost medallion, Lieutenant Casey Chester of the US Rocket Corps stumbles upon a Nazi secret, battles a fierce storm on the Great Silt Sea, and comes up against his deadliest foe yet.
Tales from the Rocket Age is available for only $1.99 as PDF from drivethrurpg.com. Print on demand coming soon!
Rocket Age Corebook: Blast off from here into the radium punk retro future sci-fi pulpy goodness that is Rocket Age! The corebook contains everything you need to get started, setting, rules, adventure hooks, and more. Grab some friends, strap on some Mark III rocket packs, and leap into adventure!
Blood Red Mars: Mars is a planet in turmoil. The Death of Eris wrecked the gleaming civilization of the Ancient Martians, leaving behind a shattered ecosystem and few survivors. In the millennia since, the Martians have rebuilt as best they could, building nations and struggling to survive in their post-apocalyptic homeland. Then the Earthlings came, and again war ravages the face of the Red Planet. Blood Red Mars covers the entire planet from the Communist lead revolts in the G'Hascar Triangle, through the US, British, and French holdings of the Kalond Canal Valley, and on to the fascist occupied Nazi and Italian domains. In addition to a gazetteer of the Red Planet, Blood Red Mars contains new character options, details on the governmental and non-governmental organizations on Mars, information about Martian culture and history, and a full-length episode, The Stolen Artifact. Blood Red Mars is available for purchase in PDF from DrivethruRPG.com or buy the book.
Heroes of the Solar System: It takes more than a RAY gun and a rocket pack to make a hero. Heroes of the Solar System offers up detailed descriptions of the sapient species of the Solar System with notes on physiology, psychology, technology, and sexuality. In addition to the thirteen species form the corebook, Heroes of the Solar System introduces four new species, the bizarre Jovians, the secretive Lizard Monkeys, the Europan’s client species the warlike Metisians, and the living artifacts the Robomen. Take new character traits, such as boon companion, cloistered, or throttle up. Join Solar System wide organizations such as the Interplanetary Comintern, Rocket News Service or the Wolfgang and Long Detective Agency. Heroes of the Solar System is now available! Heroes of the Solar System is available for purchase in PDF from DrivethruRPG.com or buy the book.
The Lure of Venus: Venus, the Jungle World, the Emerald Planet, home to the Venusians and Lizard Monkeys. Lure of Venus offers Rocket Age fans an entire planet to explore, from the Ishtar Highlands to the Artemis Chasma, and beyond to the Lada, Thethis, and even more distant ranges. Once you have learned to survive the jungles and savannas of these mountain ranges, delve into the mists, and discover the secrets behind Venusian psychic crystals and the molten surface of the planet. Venus is more than just the land, and Lure of Venus details the peoples, the various Venusian cultures, many very different from the well-known Venusians of the Western Highlands. Nazis, the Imperial Japanese, rapacious mining corporations, explorers, wildcatters, and even a refugee Martian principality have been drawn to Venus. In addition to new character options and equipment, Lure of Venus gives you a complete episode, The Downey Creek War.
The Trail of the Scorpion: An epic series of episodes that take your heroes from the jungles of Venus to the final battle above the Saturnian moon Tethys. The Red Scorpion Crime Syndicate has been causing terror and committing crimes across the Solar System, and our heroes are caught up in its machinations. Only the bravest can follow the Trail of the Scorpion and bring the mysterious Red Scorpion him, her, or itself to justice. Featuring episodes written by Ken Spencer, James M. Spahn, Matthew Haines and Anne Toole.
Imperial Jupiter (coming soon): King of the Gods and King of the planets, Jupiter is by far the strangest world that sophonts have settled, explored, or evolved on. Imperial Jupiter is not just about the gas giant, you will find detailed descriptions of the most important moons such as blasted Io, the forest moon of Ganymede, Callisto, and Metis. Europa and the Europans are detailed, and the secrets, or at least some of them, about that mysterious species are reveled. Imperial Jupiter offers new technologies, organizations, the Anglo-American Air Docks, and more. Included is the episode Red Spot Blues that takes your heroes on a rescue mission into Jupiter's great storm.
The Episode Series Each episode offers a three-reel adventure suited for nearly any group of heroes. Run time varies from six to ten hours, depending on how our heroes approach the challenges. In addition to exciting adventure, each episode contains a little something to enhance the rules, strange alien creatures, mysterious technologies, and even the occasional character trait.
Slaves of the Earthlings:The Lincoln Brigade has been battling slavery on Mars, but a new evil has emerged. Where before the Brigade's elite Tubman agents have focused on freeing slaves and leading revolts, now they must battle those who would force freed slaves back into bondage. Will our heroes join this resistance to liberate the…Slaves of the Earthlings. This Rocket Age episode sees our heroes racing against brutal slavers to stop the kidnappings of Julandri Courtesans, exploring the abandoned sections of the Martian city-state of Kostrast, and finally confronting the Red Scorpion backed slaving ring aboard a rocket ship bound for Earth.
Bring 'em Back Alive: Lead the 1938 Anglo-French Expedition to Venus deep into the jungles. Encounter interesting native life and take samples, especially of their tooth and saliva filled jaws. Discover interesting Venusian customs and strange religions, possibly even getting the opportunity to be the guest of honor at a feast. Explore the mysteries of the Grand Crater and participate in hands on archeological work, including interactions with long lost weapons system.
Rocket Racers: Take off from the Indianapolis Rocket Port as part of the 1938 Solar Cup, the Solar System's premier rocket powered race. Someone has been threatening to disrupt this year's race, a terrorist who goes by the name of the Ghost Racer. Your heroes must join the race and put on a good show to maintain their cover while they hunt for the Ghost Racer and attempt to foil its foul plot.
The Lost City of the Ancients: Race against Nazi archaeologists, French academics, and American freebooters to be the first to explore a recently opened Ancient Martian ruins. Face the rigors of the Martian desert and highlands, negotiate with local Chanari tribes, and try not to be dinner for the devil vultures. If you get there first, you still have to contend with the ruin itself, and the dangers that have lain dormant for millennia.
Warlord of the Gravitic Portal: A Martian princess, her insane bodyguard, and an Ancient Martian teleportation system combine in Warlord of the Gravitic Portal with pulse pounding action. Pursue rogue warlord Yathlax across the sands and deep into the Empty Desert. There your heroes must battle the warlord and his fanatical followers as he attempts to activate a device that might destroy Mars, and possibly the Earth as well! Written by Rocket Age contributor James M. Spahn.
Mind Dunes of the Moon: An invasion put off by centuries, a madness gripping some of the Rocket Ranger's finest, and a mysterious threat from the Moon. Your heroes must discover what is driving people mad, confront this psychic threat, and eliminate it or the entire Earth will be doomed, and perhaps the rest of the Solar System! Written by Rocket Age contributor Matthew Haines.
A Prince's Ransom: When Earthling mercantile interests play Martian power games the only winner is death. Rocket Age contributor Anne Toole leads your heroes into the deadly political machinations of the Martina principality of Avat. It all begins with a kidnapping, but there is more here than what might first appear.
No Good Deed: What do you get when you mix avaricious Earthlings, a crashed ship, a Venusian tribe, and one of Saturn's Moons? You get the exciting Rocket Age episode by Tony Kenealy, No Good Deed. Your heroes lose control of their ship and crash while exploring the most distant outposts of the Solar System, the moons of Saturn. What they find should enrage anyone's sense of justice and drive them to greater heroics as they attempt to set right what has been made wrong.
The Booster Series Our main book series covers the Solar System in broad terms, focusing here and there on interesting and important people and places. However, the Solar System is a big place, and some areas, organizations, technologies, and species deserve more attention. For them we have our Booster Series, short books aimed to fill in some of the blanks on the map.
The Asteroid Belt: Spinning rocks in space, the remains of Doomed Eris, the Asteroid Belt is a sourcebook covering the people, places, and strange creatures that call this ring of debris home. Pirates, Nazis, evil corporations, and more struggle to survive, exploit, and dominate the Asteroid Belt. Written by Rocket Age contributor Gabriel Garcia.