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RAYD is a tactical tabletop roleplaying game inspired by games like XCom, Mass Effect, and Cyberpunk. Read more

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RAYD is a tactical tabletop roleplaying game inspired by games like XCom, Mass Effect, and Cyberpunk.

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Corporations Run the World, The Alien Invasion is Here, and you don't even have enough cash to buy your guns...

RAYD Wants You for the Xeno Invasion Today!
RAYD Wants You for the Xeno Invasion Today!

RAYD attempts to translate the utter lethality seen in X-Com into a fun and tactical roleplaying game. However, this is not a miniature wargame, this game has personality and story bleeding at every orifice; the world is ruled by opportunistic corporations dominated by greed and power and see the Alien invasion as nothing more than a quick way to get ahead of the competition, RAYD( the good guys you play as) are underfunded by the world to stop the alien menace, and even the aliens themselves are shattered into four very different factions that all see a way to use or destroy Mankind and all of the political conflicts that surround the planet.

RAYD WatchCode Xeno is the representation of all the years of imagining a story coming out of games like XCom( and X-Com), UFO Aftermath, ect. This obsession with how the world would deal with the aliens and the different reasons why the aliens would invade the world is the seed for RAYD.

RAYD has been extensively playtested and revised and is no noobie game. It will shoot you for thinking this....

But...If you would like to try before you buy, you have two options!

1- You can try the free RAYD Demo Package here, included with a RAYD Operation " The Oil God Schism"

2-Mal will be running game sessions starting March 1st throughout March, until the Kickstarter ends. To join up, send an email to raydtheworld@gmail.com with your name and an email address you check often. You can also check out the calendar for game times here - RAYD The World Calendar

If you're interested in a game play demonstration, then check out Mal's Youtube to see some game sessions- 

RAYD Agents are waiting for you to kick Xeno Ass!
RAYD Agents are waiting for you to kick Xeno Ass!

Meet the Corporation "Nations"

The Earth is a startlingly different place in the year 2020. After the 1973 Oil Crisis ended much worse for the world, major corporations began buying out sovereign nations. The future is technologically advanced but crushed by the darkness of oppression and greed.

RAYD is the world's response to the Chromate Invasion in the year 2020. It consists of the finest soldiers, scientific minds, and engineering genuises. RAYD is given unlimited power to investigate Xeno influence on individual nations.
RAYD is the world's response to the Chromate Invasion in the year 2020. It consists of the finest soldiers, scientific minds, and engineering genuises. RAYD is given unlimited power to investigate Xeno influence on individual nations.
The North American Merger is a mighty oligarchy that commands the most advanced nuclear power in the world : E125. Their citizens are provided the best standards of living while trusting their corporate executives fully and blindly.
The North American Merger is a mighty oligarchy that commands the most advanced nuclear power in the world : E125. Their citizens are provided the best standards of living while trusting their corporate executives fully and blindly.
The Neo-Asian Liberation is an ethnocentric power state focused on accelerating China's dominating culture and technical prowess all over the world. While most of the world hates them for the near world bankruptcy of the 70s, they are feared just as much.
The Neo-Asian Liberation is an ethnocentric power state focused on accelerating China's dominating culture and technical prowess all over the world. While most of the world hates them for the near world bankruptcy of the 70s, they are feared just as much.
The South American Coalition is the remains of Central America and South America after the 1970s oil collapse caused massive starvation and war.This has forged them to become the world's most renowned fighting force and source of professional mercs.
The South American Coalition is the remains of Central America and South America after the 1970s oil collapse caused massive starvation and war.This has forged them to become the world's most renowned fighting force and source of professional mercs.
The Revised Euro Board consists of european countries that banded together to avoid being bought out by the NAL and IEB. While the "Nation" has sacrificed much to become the trading center of the world, it is the richest and most influential "Nation".
The Revised Euro Board consists of european countries that banded together to avoid being bought out by the NAL and IEB. While the "Nation" has sacrificed much to become the trading center of the world, it is the richest and most influential "Nation".
The Indo-Euro Bloc is responsible for the 1970s oil collapse that eventually led to major corporations annexing sovereign nations. The IEB is united by its prophet "Zol Sang" who unified all major world religions. The IEB has immense power and riches.
The Indo-Euro Bloc is responsible for the 1970s oil collapse that eventually led to major corporations annexing sovereign nations. The IEB is united by its prophet "Zol Sang" who unified all major world religions. The IEB has immense power and riches.


Meet The Chromate Vanguard

While mankind thinks that the Chromate UFOs that loom above each major population center are unified, it is a much different story. The Chromates are just as varied, and splintered, as Earth itself.

The Malecutors are an ostracized faction of the Chromate Vanguard. They believe in seeking the ultimate experience, which has led them to earth in order to free human minds from complacency. However, their methods can be quite cruel and destructive.
The Malecutors are an ostracized faction of the Chromate Vanguard. They believe in seeking the ultimate experience, which has led them to earth in order to free human minds from complacency. However, their methods can be quite cruel and destructive.
The Chrono-Thanes have discovered how to see and transport themselves through past and future.But they have witnessed the end of the universe, known as "Omega". They are desperate to find out why Humanity can change the "Frozen Death" of the Universe.
The Chrono-Thanes have discovered how to see and transport themselves through past and future.But they have witnessed the end of the universe, known as "Omega". They are desperate to find out why Humanity can change the "Frozen Death" of the Universe.
The Sejudant were built to be the guardians of the Chromate Vanguard, protecting them from any dangerous threat or each other. However, their countless years of war have left them twisted, hungering for war.The hostile state of earth has attracted them.
The Sejudant were built to be the guardians of the Chromate Vanguard, protecting them from any dangerous threat or each other. However, their countless years of war have left them twisted, hungering for war.The hostile state of earth has attracted them.
The Maxitons were the last built Chromates. They heed the last, ancient message of their creators. Furthermore, they have a zealous need to keep the other Chromates focused on the original mission: to explore and report.
The Maxitons were the last built Chromates. They heed the last, ancient message of their creators. Furthermore, they have a zealous need to keep the other Chromates focused on the original mission: to explore and report.

Initial Goal "The World of RAYD"-$3,000

Includes: 

  • 3 Customizable Specializations (Classes)- The squad-fielding Commander, the invincible Operator, and the all-knowing, gadgeteer Xeno-Tech.
  • A Research system that vastly customizes the game experience for players/persistent gaming world. No two games will have the same items available for your players or corporate "Nations".
  • A Deadly yet Tactical Combat system where soldiers and aliens can die from a well-planned attack. See the video for more information.
  • A Dark world set in the year 2020 filled with cut-throat corporate nations with their own agendas that may or may not undermine RAYD's initial goals to stop the alien invasion
  • A menacing alien invasion: the indestructible Chromate Vanguard is represented by four factions, each faction has their own invasion timetables that sets the flow of the beginning, middle, and end gameplay. These alien invaders have unique research that RAYD can obtain for an edge.
  • Art assets for specializations, items, research, vehicles, and alien species.

Stretch Goal "Cerebreon Gene"- $5,000

Unlock the power of your mind with Corporate Gene Therapy!
Unlock the power of your mind with Corporate Gene Therapy!
  • More art assets for everything 
  • The Psion Specialization and Psion flavored Training for all RAYD Troopers 
  • Two more Alien Species for the players to deal with: The dimension walking, bone-marrow sucking Mogulons and the overtly aggressive bio-terrors known as the Spawner Aggregate. Each with their own unique research subjects and invasion plots.
  • Corporate Agendas- Unique introductions that allow players to help the nations they are from and benefit from outside support more easily. This can allow for more interparty drama between players.

Stretch Goal "Terror from the..."- $7,000

What Horrors lie beyond or submerged?
What Horrors lie beyond or submerged?
  • Even more art assets for everything 
  • The Mech-Commander Specialization and Mech-Commander flavored Training for all RAYD Troopers
  • Rules for Underwater and Outer Space(No Atmosphere) Combat along with vehicles flavored for those environments 
  • Two more alien species specifically built for Underwater and Outer space combat. 
  • New Research Tree for Beginning, Middle, and End Game for Underwater and Outer Space combat.


Risks and challenges

The only challenge that will occur after initial funding will be ensuring the printers work according to plan. However, these printers are easily fixed if they do break down and the delay will be minimized to a week at most as parts are shipped in.

The only other challenge I could imagine is too much success where the stretch goals are obtained and there is a lot of work to be done. In this case, I will provide weekly updates on what I am working on and share previews of the material as it is finished so that the community knows that I am on task with developing and finishing this beloved game of mine.

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    A Thank you Memo from Omega Protocol for supporting the war on the Xeno.

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    A RAYD WatchCode Xeno sticker for you to demonstrate your pride in the best damned Xeno fighting force.

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    A PDF copy of RAYD WatchCode Xeno and an updated copy of the PDF if any additional stretch goals are met. This is your SpecOps book for the war on the Xeno.

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    A Black and White Copy of the RAYD WatchCode Xeno book. This will be your tried and true companion even if the internet goes out due to Xeno communications disruptions. Also Included is a PDF copy of the game rule book.

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    A Color copy of the RAYD WatchCode Xeno book. This will be your tried and true companion even if the internet goes out due to Xeno communications disruptions. Good for stimulating your vision soldier. Also Included is a PDF copy of the game rule book.

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    Supplies for the War Gaming Group! 3 Black and White copies of the RAYD WatchCode Xeno book. At least you won't be alone in this war! Also Included is a PDF copy of the game rule book.

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    "Quantity is a Quality all its own!" or so says Stalin. 4 RAYD WatchCode Xeno Stickers and 4 Black and White RAYD WatchCode Xeno books. Also Included is a PDF copy of the game rule book.

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    Form over Function Soldier! 4 RAYD WatchCode Xeno Stickers and 4 Color copies of RAYD WatchCode Xeno books. Also Included is a PDF copy of the game rule book.

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    Infamy or Glory!
    Includes the benefit of the $125 reward and Mal the developer will personally work with you to detail an important RAYD Omega Officer, National Corporate CEO from one of the "Nations", or a command figure of the Chromate Xeno Invasion

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    Destroyer or Protector!
    Includes the benefit of the $125 reward and Mal the developer will personally work with you to detail the creation process of your very own 5 rank specialization (class) or very detailed alien species that can be a part of the invasion to be included with the original release)

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