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Build-Race-Win! Construct amazing moon rockets from an array of weird science devices in this fast paced card game for 2-6 players.
Build-Race-Win! Construct amazing moon rockets from an array of weird science devices in this fast paced card game for 2-6 players.
Build-Race-Win! Construct amazing moon rockets from an array of weird science devices in this fast paced card game for 2-6 players.
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The year is 1898 and Queen Victoria has declared that the British Empire shall land on the Moon. With the challenge laid, the powerful Leagues of Adventure immediately begin working on their Moon Rockets!

Leagues of Adventure Rocket Race is a fast-paced non-collectible card game of Victorian Scientific Research, Groundbreaking Engineering, Financial Acumen, Heroic Endeavor, and a Dash of Luck for 2-6 players.

It is based in the world of Leagues of Adventure (LOA), a hugely successful steampunk role-playing game (RPG) of the same name published by Triple Ace Games. We have taken all the flavor of LOA, distilled it, and injected it into Rocket Race! Although based on LOA, Rocket Race is a standalone game, so you do not need to know anything about the world of LOA or the RPG to play Rocket Race!

Leagues of Adventure RPG - The origins for Rocket Race.
Leagues of Adventure RPG - The origins for Rocket Race.

What are the Leagues of Adventure? These fine establishments are gentleman's (and gentlewomen's) clubs, social clubs, scientific societies, and collectives of like-minded individuals striving to achieve various cultural, political, social, and scientific objectives, as well as earn public recognition for their deeds.

'Aegis of Terra' is a League playable in Rocket Race.
'Aegis of Terra' is a League playable in Rocket Race.

In Rocket Race, each player represents the combined resources of one such League that has taken up the challenge to construct and launch a Moon Rocket!

In order to achieve this magnificent feat you need to assemble a Rocket. Your Rocket must comprise a Steering Mechanism, a Capsule, and a Propulsion System, and you can add Accessories you think might aid your successful moon landing and return to the Earth!

Rocket components.
Rocket components.

The sample Rocket above shows how it's possible to create weird and wonderful spacecraft from almost anything lying around the workshop! Once your basic Components are brought together you may attempt a launch. If you make it to the Moon before your competitors you win the game, guaranteeing eternal fame and plenty of medals!

Rocket Race is a brilliant little game - but don't take our word for it! Check out what independent reviewers are saying:

GAMING BITS

A tabletop review site by Jonathan Nelson.

"It’s fairly simple to learn and play. It’s one that almost any player will be able to find a version that they enjoy. ...I really enjoyed playing it. I recommend that you give it a try. You might just enjoy it as much as we did!"

—Jonathan Nelson, Gaming Bits

WE THE NERDY

A website devoted to all things nerdy!

"Rocket Race, is one of those perfect filler games that has a lot of replay ability and the fact that it is also two games in one makes this sure to be one that will comes off the shelf a lot, especially if you are playing with more than two players you can get two different games out of this in one night!"

—WETHENERDY.COM

POLYHEDRON COLLIDER

Polyhedron Collider has a website devoted to games af all shapes and sizes! They've given us a great little review for Rocket Race!

"To give you an idea of how much I enjoy this game, I played a demo at this year’s UK Games Expo and immediately bought a copy! Rocket Race is a quick and silly game that crams a huge amount of competition into a tiny box."

—POLYHEDRON COLLIDER

GRIM TREE GAMES

Grim Tree Games is a UK based online games store who have just released this really new review of Rocket Race!

"I really like it! Its quick and easy and is a really nice filler game... Its one of those games that bring people in and gets them all talking"

—GRIM TREE GAMES

THE MEEPLE MECHANIC

The Meeple Mechanic's 'Kickstarter Badger' has taken a look at Rocket Race.

"Minimal dice luck, awesome theme and mechanics, and most importantly a better imagining of what is essentially a card game than I've seen in a while. Great job. I'd like a copy."

—THE MEEPLE MECHANIC

ROCKET RACE REVIEW BY BREACHER18

Breacher18.com was started by Jay Howitt, whose nickname was Breacher due to “Breaching the school rules”.

"So what did I actually think of Rocket Race? As I said of the video its a great little game. That’s an understatement, when I recorded the audio to the video I was extremely tired, but now I’m awake and I loooooove Rocket Race!"

—BREACHER18

ROCKET RACE REVIEW BY RLYEHREVIEWS

A gamer for thirty years, Pookie has been reviewing games and saying mostly nice things about them for ten of them. His reviews have appeared in Steve Jackson Games' Pyramid and Journal of the Traveller's Aid Society, Campaign Magazine, Games International, The Unspeakable Oath, at OgreCave.com, and elsewhere. Currently they appear regularly at Reviews from R'lyeh.

"Rocket Race: A Steampunk Rocket Building Card Game is an amusing, if simple diversion that brims full of derring do, erratic scientific endeavour, and of course, the best use of One Hundred Hungry Mice ever!"

—Pookie RLYEHREVIEWS

SILVER PROMO CARDS!

With all the gold promo cards allocated, we're excited to announce a new set of rocket component cards! The "Liquid Courage" set of silver cards will be awarded to the first 240 backers. So that means if you already backed our project you'll be getting these cards automatically. If you're joining us in the Rocket Race party then you'll get the silver cards from today!

"Liquid Courage" Silver Promo Card set.
"Liquid Courage" Silver Promo Card set.

We've designed these cards for the high class lunarnauts who like to mix their drinks! However mixing alcohol and rocket science together might be explosive in the wrong way! This rocket packs a punch with a Second-hand Still for a capsule, One Million Champagne Bottles for the propulsion and Pressurized Yeast Boosters for steering. When its all strapped and bolted together, its unclear if this contraption will make it to the moon but if you can combine these cards during game play it will help to boost reliability!

The silver look backgrounds (not foils) for these cards will stand out amongst all the other cards in Rocket Race and we will be commissioning the artwork for the set from one artist for a coherent look at the end of the campaign.

Once we hit 240 backers these promo cards won't be available. Also these are kickstarter only cards so don't miss out and become a lunarnaut today!

GOLD PROMO CARDS - ALL GONE!

We're really excited about reaching the half way point in our campaign! So we want to give our early backers something special with a brand new reward. We have designed a special set of themed rocket component cards! The "Age of Steam" gold promo cards set includes a Refurbished Locomotive for a capsule, High Pressure Steam Jet for propulsion and Steam Vents for a steering mechanism! The gold 'look' (not foil or metallic inks) backgrounds will stand out from the other component cards in the deck and the artwork featured on the cards will be commissioned from the same artist at the end the of campaign.

"Age of Steam" Gold Promo Card Set
"Age of Steam" Gold Promo Card Set

Each individual card works as a standard rocket component but together they add a reliability bonus due to their engineering compatibility!

So how do you get these cards? Simple if your one of the first 120 who have already backed the project then you will automatically get them! Once we hit 120 backers this set of promo cards will no longer be available during the kickstarter campaign or after - so make sure you don't miss out and pledge today!

Rocket Race is two games in one, having standard rules and advanced rules. In the standard game, each player bids from a limited resource pool of 10 cogs to secure rocket Components and Events from a single shared deck. As each component or event is won your resource pool is temporarily diminished, leaving chances for your opponents to catch up.

Strategies develop with this bidding mechanic as you decide to keep or spend your precious cogs as components become available at the auction. You could wait for better components to become available before bidding or be a cad and thwart your rivals by bidding on Components they desperately need!

Bidding continues in this way until someone declares a launch.

Bidding Mechanic example of play. Each player has bid a quantity of cogs. Janes' bid wins and she takes the card. As she places it into her build area she adds the cogs to the card. The cogs will be recycled during the game.
Bidding Mechanic example of play. Each player has bid a quantity of cogs. Janes' bid wins and she takes the card. As she places it into her build area she adds the cogs to the card. The cogs will be recycled during the game.

In the example above, Jane's' winning bid means she gains the card but it also means five of her cogs will be tied up while the Component is manufactured. Each turn, every player takes one cog from every card that has one or more cogs on it and returns it to their cog resource pool for use in bidding. As play continues resources rapidly change from full to empty and back again!

For players who want to meddle with their opponents' chances or improve their own situation, there are a number of Event cards in the deck. You obtain these cards during a bidding phase as you would a rocket Component card. However, these Events are kept face down once obtained and their effect is triggered only when the owner decides to play that Event.

Three Events from the deck.
Three Events from the deck.

Events could stop an opponent's launch or speed up your own Rocket build. Either way, these cards can be useful during the game. But remember, they also divert your attention away from your own rocket building efforts!

Once you have built a Rocket it's time to declare a launch! At that point you must produce a viable Moon Rocket. Every Component and Accessory card has a Reliability rating. Your Rocket's total Reliability is calculated by adding each of these ratings together. This total is compared to a dice roll, which must be lower than or equal to the Moon Rocket's Reliability total for you to successfully land on the Moon and win the game!

In the advanced game the bidding is replaced with a resource management mechanic. You also add League, Workshop, and Workshop Upgrade cards to the game. The aim is still to build a Rocket and reach the Moon. However, obtaining the rocket Components requires your League to complete scientific research!

Each player receives a League and Workshop card. Every League card has scientific skills in three disciplines. These disciplines are Electrics, Mechanics, and Chemistry.

The appliance of science!
The appliance of science!

Once per turn your League can increase one of the three science disciplines by one point. This is recorded on the Workshop card. They may also benefit from a Scientific Breakthrough! The active player rolls one six-sided die and compares the result to the skill value on the League’s card plus any Workshop upgrades. If the result is equal to or lower than the skill level of any of the three scientific disciplines, the player gains one additional point in each of those disciplines in his Workshop.

Acquiring rocket Components using your scientific research is easy! Every Component has one or more scientific symbols and values not used in the standard game. These come into play now. You simply look at the values on the Component card and spend the corresponding science research points collected in your Workshop. Once obtained, the Component is automatically added to your rocket building area.

Events have no scientific cost in the advanced game, but you cannot conduct any Scientific Research during a turn in which you take an Event card.

The launching rules in the advanced game are identical to the standard rules.

For more detail and to view the complete rules you can download the PDF here.

We also have the Rocket Race rules translated into Italian, these can be downloaded here:

Leghe di Adventure Race Rocket italiano

 The retail version of the game will include the following components:

  • x8 Steering Mechanism cards
  • x8 Capsule cards
  • x8 Propulsion cards
  • x12 Rocket Accessory cards
  • x6 Event cards
  • x6 Workshop Upgrade cards
  • x4 League cards
  • x4 Workshop Cards
  • x1 Advanced play turn sequence card
  • x60 Die-Cut card cog counters
  • x2 Six-Sided Dice
  • x1 Rules Booklet

With Kickstarter backing we will be able to produce a minimum size press run of Rocket Race for the hobby games retail market. We need funding to cover artwork costs and printing costs. 

The good news is that we have a complete game! All the cards have been designed and all of the artwork is complete. We produced a small advance printing earlier this year to test the market and, judging by the response, we think it will be a very popular game. With your help we will get Rocket Race manufactured for a larger market!

 We've released this fun online flash mini game! Its not a representation of the actual game play, but it does immerse you in the themes, art and ideas from the Rocket Race card game - we think its fun and we hope you enjoy this while we continue to build our campaign! Make sure you let your friends know about this cool free online game.

Rocket Race Online Mini Game
Rocket Race Online Mini Game

With basic funding complete Rocket Race will be produced. If we exceed our target funding we'll bring you a number of stretch goals that will unlock extra cards which add more events and rocket components for every reward level!

The basic pledge level (MOONLANDER) gets you one copy of the retail version of the game with a sizeable saving on the RRP. We also have several upgrade versions of Rocket Race that will only be available direct from Triple Ace Games.

The special editions!
The special editions!

The Inventor's Pack is a beautifully crafted version of the game. The outer full-color card sleeve wraps around a bright red wooden box with the Rocket Race logo and cog motif emblazoned on its lid. The lid is held closed by mini-magnets and the card sleeve covers the box and keeps your game firmly closed when travelling.

Inventor's Pack
Inventor's Pack

 The Inventor's Pack red box edition contains the following:

  • x1 Small Wooden box 140mm x 95mm x 65mm
  • x1 Game box card sleeve
  • x1 Pack welcome insert card
  • x60 Die-Cut card cog counters
  • x1 Zip-lock bag
  • x2 Six-Sided Dice
  • x1 Rules Booklet
  • x8 Steering Mechanism cards
  • x8 Capsule cards
  • x8 Propulsion cards
  • x12 Rocket Accessory cards
  • x6 Event cards
  • x6 Workshop Upgrade cards
  • x4 League cards
  • x4 Workshop Cards
  • x1 Advanced play turn sequence card
    The Scientist's Pack is for those rocket builders who need a little bit more room! It comes in a larger wooden box lovingly built and stained in a deep royal blue! The lid has the cog motif corners and a larger Rocket Race logo, and the interior is designed to contain more cards for future Rocket Race expansions. The lid is held shut by mini-magnets and the card sleeve slips easily over the box and keeps the contents firmly inside when you're travelling.

The Scientist's Pack
The Scientist's Pack

 The Scientist's Pack blue box edition contains the following:

  • x1 Larger Wooden box 194mm x 119mm x 75mm
  • x1 Game box card sleeve
  • x1 Pack welcome insert card
  • x60 Die-Cut card cog counters
  • x1 Cloth drawstring bag
  • x2 Six Sided Dice
  • x1 Rules Booklet
  • x1 Globetrotters' Guide to the Moon booklet & Promo Card
  • x8 Steering Mechanism cards
  • x8 Capsule cards
  • x8 Propulsion cards
  • x12 Rocket Accessory cards
  • x6 Event cards
  • x6 Workshop Upgrade cards
  • x4 League cards
  • x4 Workshop Cards
  • x1 Advanced play turn sequence card
    The ultimate luxury version of Rocket Race! The Lunarnaut's Pack was designed for those who want a unique bespoke experience. The larger wooden box has been lovingly built and includes the cog motif and larger Rocket Race emblem on its white exterior. Inside you will find all the standard Rocket Race game components along with a few additions and extras! The card cog playing pieces have been replaced with aluminium cogs. These are contained in a white/tan handmade leather pouch. The bespoke experience continues with a wooden deck box, the lid of which has the Rocket Race emblem. A Rocket Race pendant and Globetrotters' Guide to the Moon booklet with accompanying promo card complete the Lunarnaut experience.

 The Lunarnaut's Pack white box edition contains the following:

  • x1 Larger Wooden box 194mm x 119mm x 75mm
  • x1 Wooden deck box 104mm x 84mm x 50mm (fits inside main game box)
  • x1 Game box card sleeve
  • x1 Pack welcome insert card
  • x1 Rocket Race mug
  • x60 Aluminium metal cog counters
  • x1 Leather pouch
  • x1 Rocket Race emblem pendant on a leather cord
  • x2 Six Sided Dice
  • x1 Rules Booklet
  • x1 Globetrotter's Guide to the Moon booklet & Promo Card
  • x8 Steering Mechanism cards
  • x8 Capsule cards
  • x8 Propulsion cards
  • x12 Rocket Accessory cards
  • x6 Event cards
  • x6 Workshop Upgrade cards
  • x4 League cards
  • x4 Workshop Cards
  • x1 Advanced play turn sequence card

 We've added a number of pledge levels to suit any gamer's budget and get as much from Rocket Race as possible. Please check out our recommended pledge levels below.

We have a number of add-ons to enhance your Rocket Race experience! Please remember all add-ons require additional shipping costs to be added. Please use our PLEDGE CALCULATOR to get your precise pledge amount.

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Please follow the shipping advice on each pledge level. If you are adding add-ons please use our PLEDGE CALCULATOR to make sure your pledge is correct:

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Any pledges missing shipping may result in delayed rewards while we sort out the issue.

 To gain a quick insight into the rules of Rocket Race please view our Rocket Race rules introduction video below:

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Risks and challenges

The design for Rocket Race has been completed, so we know what will be going into the final product. We also have a great deal of experience in the field of games publishing and we think we can deliver this project without problems.

Things can go wrong with anything that goes into a manufacturing process, however. We have identified that delays in artwork delivery and delays in manufacturing could happen. To accommodate these possibilities we have allowed additional time in our schedule. If all goes to plan we may even be able to deliver the project a little sooner.

We understand the printing process as we have printed a large number of products previous to this project, and we know how to communicate our ideas to the printer. We have discussed proofing requirements so we know that when the printing press is started Rocket Race will match our specification requirements.

With projects like this there is nearly always something that costs more, so it is good business sense to have some contingency. We have built a contingency into our costs.

No matter what problems may occur we will always keep our backers and supporters informed of all issues, ensuring you are kept aware of the situation and how we are dealing with it.

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