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Rocket Age won the ENnies Judge's Spotlight Award.

"It's 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 the core rulebook in our new radium-powered game line of interplanetary adventure! Powered by the Vortex System, it's packed to the fins with all the rules, setting information and game ideas to keep you playing throughout your very own rocket age!

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Tony C August 05, 2019 12:23 am UTC
I'm about to start running this in a couple of weeks and I was wondering if there is a quick start guide on character creation and basic game mechanics that I can distribute to the players - none of whom have used the Vortex system before, and are unlikely to invest in purchasing the core rulebook before they know whether or not they enjoy the game.
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Paul R August 02, 2019 1:45 am UTC
Lovely to see this game being saved from the neglect Cubicle 7 was subjecting it to.
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Matthew R February 21, 2018 6:42 am UTC
I was going through the updated files in my RPGNow library (something I haven't done in a while) and I discovered that both this game and the Lost City of the Ancients module were updated last July. I downloaded the latter file and compared it with the original version, but I can't see any difference in content. I haven't downloaded the updated version of the core rulebook yet; before I do I'd like an explanation of why the listed file size has increased by over 50% when the page count is still the same.
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Kenneth S February 21, 2018 3:21 pm UTC
In July Rocket Age was purchased from Cubicle 7 by the creator, Ken Spencer, who is now publishing the game under Why Not Games. We updated the files with our own logos and branding.
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Matthew R February 21, 2018 5:06 pm UTC
Thanks for taking the time to respond. I was aware that the publisher had changed, but that doesn't explain why the file size has inflated so much. Is there any difference in the actual content?

ETA: After writing the above, I noticed that there are actually two separate downloads available: the original file and the updated version. I went ahead and downloaded the new one, and found that the file size has actually *shrunk* by half, which is greatly appreciated (when you have literally hundreds of PDF files, every little bit adds up, and I'm already pushing the limits of my available backup space). I don't know where the figure of 44.8 MB comes from, though; even together, the two files only add up to 42.7 MB. You might want to correct that.
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David K November 28, 2017 2:25 pm UTC
Good Morning,
I was just wondering what the base mechanic of the game was? Just a quick blurb if you are able or have the time.
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Kenneth S November 28, 2017 2:42 pm UTC
Rocket Age uses the Vortex system developed by Dave Chapman for the Doctor Who Adventures in Time and Space RPG. The system has been modified to fit a more cinematic and pulpy setting. Basically it is a combination of a classic attribute + skill +2d6 roll vs. a target number with the twist that all results are non-binary (yes but, yes, yes and or no, but, no, and no and as opposed to yes/no systems) and a strong narrative point spending system.
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This title was added to our catalog on July 29, 2013.