Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Two Sci-Fi Games to Kickstart

Here's an easy way to feed your thirst for some homebrew sci-fi gaming for just $20. In the process you'll help fund two retro-styled games: one pen-and-paper RPG and the other a graphic adventure video game.

I'm sure you've caught wind of the 1970s Starships and Spacemen game license purchased a while back by Goblinoid Games (publishers of the post-apocalyptic Mutant Future and fantasy Labyrinth Lord RPGs). Well now GG is hoping to update 'Spacemen to 2.0 and bring it up to code with its other two games--that is, make it completely compatible. As of this posting, the game is just about half-way to it's modest goal.

Starship & Spacemen (1978)
It would be great to round out Goblinoid's offerings with a sci-fi game that fits neatly into the universe they so deftly extracted from AD&D rules. They're keeping the classes and starship rules from the original, but updating some of the mechanics. So think of this as Labryinth Lord in SPAAAAAACE!

Learn more and become a backer at their Indie Go Go page. You can help out and get a PDF of the game for as little as $5.

Next up is a game that took me by surprise! Warbird Games is looking to produce a series of vintage styled click-n-point computer games (think, Full Throttle, The Dig, and old Space Quest games) which is "...set in an Edgar Rice Burroughs/Frank Frazetta inspired sci-fi world of bubble helmets, rockets ‘n ray guns!"

Yep. Here's the screen you can throw your money at.

Here's some art to drool over:

For $15 you get the game (DRM free!)  This is about as close as we're gonna get to a Fear Agent game.

Honestly, I can't resist project like these--that take vintage game engines and create something completely new. They affirm that classic gaming styles are still robust and flexible enough to fuel fresh creativity. I personally backed both of these and I'm really looking forward to them!


  1. While you're there, check out TorchShips too - a realistic space combat game, for once. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/product7/torchships-real-3-d-space-combat

  2. Looks cool, I'll check it out!