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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 Author.

Rocket Age is the core rulebook in our new radium-powered game line of interplanetary adventure! 5e compatible, 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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Matthew R June 15, 2022 7:10 am UTC
A word of advice: your preview does a decent job of presenting the feel of the setting, but for those that already own the original version of the rules (like me), it doesn't do enough to show how you adapted it to 5e. The class list in the table of contents was enough to sell me on it for $4, but if it had been full or even half price, I would've needed a sample of the actual rules to convince me.

Also, as a side note, I noticed that "sophont" is misspelled in the table of contents as well as in all the page headers for that chapter. You might want to fix that.
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Eric T June 14, 2022 11:26 pm UTC
Hi. I’m a much bigger fan of Classic Rocket Age, but as the current deal of the day, this price is hard to beat. So my question is this: Is the plan to continue releasing new Rocket Age material in both Classic and 5E editions, or should I get this version to stay on top of any new Rocket Age material? Understand, the setting and stories are most important to me; if I have to, I’ll start buying the 5E stuff. I just am not a huge fan of D&D mechanics in general, so I’d prefer to stick with Vortex if you’ll continue to support it.

Thanks for your response.
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Kenneth S June 14, 2022 11:59 pm UTC
Just as we released Rocket Ranger’s Handbook and Bold Brigands of the Belt in 5e and Classic, we will continue to release new Rocket Age material in both systems. However, because the systems have different assumptions some material might appear in one version of a book but not another. These are usually small things, side comments, or mechanically sensitive matters.
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Eric T June 15, 2022 1:55 am UTC
That's great news. I didn't want to assume that, since a different publisher switched to a different system and said it was because they'd lost the license to use Vortex.
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Dani J August 14, 2020 3:28 pm UTC
I get that his is 5e compatible, But do we need SRD to play, or those the rule come with this book?
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Kenneth S August 14, 2020 3:53 pm UTC
You will need the SRD for the basic rules of 5e. Rocket Age (5e) has species, classes, backgrounds, equipment, the psychic powers system (which is very different from Vanican magic in the SRD and does not need it), vehicle rules, foes, and setting. All you will need the SRD for is referencing the basics of 5e, such as attacks rolls, saving throws, and so forth.
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kristiaan L February 05, 2020 6:17 pm UTC
Is there added "fluff" for 5e that is not in the vortex rules?
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Kenneth S February 06, 2020 1:40 pm UTC
We managed to fit the fluff from the Vortex corebook and Heroes of the Solar System in to Rocket Age 5e. There might be a line altered here or there to make layout work with some of the pages, but it is basically the same.
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