Rocket Age 5e, hardback roleplaying game, by Ken Spencer
“Welcome to the 1938 that never was and the Solar System that should have been!
Rocket Age is a radium punk sci-fi game of exploring the Solar System, fighting Nazis, Stalinists, aliens, and the bizarre environments of nine planets (yes nine, it is 1938 and Pluto is still a full fledged planet). It is a game of ancient ruins on Mars, the steaming jungles of Venus, strange life in the clouds of Jupiter, RAY guns, chromed rocket ships, radium fuel, hot exhaust, and fins. So many fins on things you didn’t know you could put fins on.
The setting is a kitchen sink sandbox for you to set your games in. Want to be the brave explorer discovering lost civilizations and new wonders? We have that on Venus, Mars, Jupiter, the Jovian Moons, and more. Looking for a daring game of brinksmanship as you battle agents of foreign powers (even alien nations)? Choose whom you want to fight and who you want to fight for, such as the Americans, British, French, Nazis, Soviets, Martian princes, or the enigmatic Europans.
Rocket Age has it all, from details of the planets and moons and their inhabitants, to story hooks for years of adventures, to the weapons and armour and (of course!) the rocket ships. Everything feels alive, everything entices, and…it hooked me.
And if rocket ships and RAY guns kindle something in you, it’ll hook you too. “Rocket Rangers, AWAY!” – Ed Greenwood