If the golden age of pulp sci-fi like Flash Gordon holds a special place in your heart, take a look at the dual-scale miniatures space game Rayguns and Rocketships now on Kickstarter.
Game designer Scott Rogers drew inspiration from the classic Flash Gordon movies, both the 1940 and 1980 films, along with more recent takes on pulp sci-fi like Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow and Zathura. The universe he created for Rayguns and Rocketships was created with those movies and classic pulp sci-fi magazines in mind.
“My imaginary universe became populated with jetpack-wearing space-adventurers, sword wielding space-pirates, epic battles between lumbering spaceships, raygun shoot-outs, perilous asteroid belts, and exotic and grotesque alien creatures,” Rogers wrote in a designer diary on the IDW Games site.
In this game for two to four players, each player takes on the role of a captain in one of four Planeteer factions: the Astro Rangers, The Zard, Star Pirates, or the Blaarg Collective. Each of these factions has their own specialty.
Players guide both their rocketship and their loyal crew through space. The game is played in rounds with turns for both the ship and the crew. Captains need to plan ahead to make it through outer space safely, but it pays to be aggressive, so only daring space captains should take to the stars.
Raid enemy ships to destroy rayguns, defeat your rival crew members, and damage their rocketships to claim victory points. Earn the most victory points to win the game–and the galaxy.
There’s not a lot of time left to join in the crowdfunding campaign, so put on your jetpack and fly over to the Kickstarter page to support Rayguns and Rocketships.
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This post is sponsored by IDW Games.
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