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Why Not GamesBy Why Not Games
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Why Not GamesBy Why Not Games
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Imperial Jupiter Cover Art
Imperial Jupiter Cover Art

Imperial Jupiter

Cover Art by by ReOnna Smith
Art work in the video by ReOnna Smith, Peter Saga, and Miguel Santos

Jupiter, largest planet in the Solar System, has finally been detailed for the Rocket Age RPG. As a setting book, Imperial Jupiter offers the detail, iconic NPCs, and story hooks you would expect from a Rocket Age product.

Learn more about Rocket Age RPG from Why Not Games.

Ancient Artwork in Imperial Jupiter by ReOnna Smith
Ancient Artwork in Imperial Jupiter by ReOnna Smith

Explore the sky islands of Jupiter, brave the terrors of the Great Red Spot, and descend into the fiery heart of the planet where the temperature and pressure can crush a rocket ship like a tin can. The Jovians are given some love throughout this chapter and the rest of the book, as is right since Jupiter is their planet. Or is it? Alien species are coming to Jupiter in small numbers, but once there they tend to stay. The Jovians have only recently emerged from hiding in the depths of the planet's atmosphere only to discover that they are not alone.

When you're done return to the Anglo-American Air Docks to rest and refit, or find all new types of trouble in the hanging warrens of Down Below or the politically charged halls of diplomats and businesses. The Docks are the central hub for games set in the Jovian System, a place to seek adventure as much to find it. Tell Rainsong we said, "hi".

Imperial Jupiter is more than just a single planet, the major moons offer danger and adventure, wealth and death in equal amounts.

Europan Food Artwork in Imperial Jupiter by ReOnna Smith
Europan Food Artwork in Imperial Jupiter by ReOnna Smith

Io is a post-apocalyptic wasteland of marauding mutants and dangerous monsters. Explorers come here to loot the ruins of Io from before the Europans blasted the moon, and hope they do not fall prey to the toxic environment or the deadly creatures that inhabit it, not to mention the Ioites themselves. Some of the greatest dangers on the moon are weapons left over from the war that ended Io's rise to challenge Europa for supremacy.

Fungi Artwork in Imperial Jupiter by ReOnna Smith
Fungi Artwork in Imperial Jupiter by ReOnna Smith

Ganymede is a cool forested moon where all life is plant or fungus based. There is a war growing on Ganymede as the natives battle Earthlings and others who have come to exploit rich timber and mineral resources. Not only do we detail the moon, but also we give information about the native Ganymedians. Watch out for the thorn-elk.

Thorn-Elk Artwork in Imperial Jupiter
Thorn-Elk Artwork in Imperial Jupiter

Europa is off limits to all other species, but in lieu of visiting that planet Imperial Jupiter reveals the secrets behind the Europans. Their origins, their government, technology, and even their fie separate sexes are detailed. Questions long asked, such as what the Europans are up to, why they are so odd, and what planet will they disintegrate first are answered.

New equipment and character traits provide something for everyone. There are new toys for Europans, Jovians, and Ganymedians to play with, and examples of the cutting edge of Earthling technology. Included in the latter are the deadly Volksuntertasse II of the Nazi rocket force.

Death Worm in Imperial Jupiter by ReOnna Smith
Death Worm in Imperial Jupiter by ReOnna Smith

The life of Jupiter is bizarre and does not fit into the categories Earthlings have founded their science on. Then again, the walking and talking plants of Ganymede turn standard theories of biology and evolution on their ears. It might be best that we don't even talk about the strange and terrible mutant beasts that haunt the wastelands of that moon. Of course we discuss all of these and more, each creature offered with stats, story hooks, and stunning artwork by ReOnna Smith.

Funds

The money we raise from this kickstarter will pay the artists, the editor, printing costs, shipping in the United States, and distribution fees.  Layout of the book is by Krystal and writing by Ken, co-owners of Why Not Games. From the day we bought back the IP and started Why Not Games, we have been looking forward to and working towards this next book of the Rocket Age series. 

Following the fulfillment of this kickstarter we will release Imperial Jupiter, a source book for Rocket Age RPG, in print and PDF though Drive-Thru RPG, Studio 2, and our webstore.

Shipping Information

DriveThruRPG.com is our print on demand supplier.

We are working with Studio 2 for order fulfillment. We will notify all backers regarding shipping to the United States, the EU, and around the world as soon as we have exact costs. 

PDFs will be sent as a link via DriveThruRPG.com.

NEW! Imperial Jupiter Stretch Goals

Imperial Jupiter covers three of the Jovian moons, Europa, Ganymede, and Io. As we pass these stretch goals we will add a chapter covering another moon, as well as sections in the Ecology and New Equipment chapters.

$3250- Callisto

Home to the fearsome Yeti, Callisto is a frozen world of glaciers, icy seas, and vast fields of snow. Brave the cold and deadly native fauna to learn more about the origins of the Yeti and explore ruins of Lost Eris!

$3750- Metis

The Metisians are an Europan client species and form the backbone of the Europan military. For centuries their forest-covered moon was infected by a virulent plague that drove the Metisans underground. Now with the Europans having cured the plague the Metisians are able to explore their own home, but who knows what they will find?

$4250- Amalthea

Never before covered in Rocket Age, Amalthea is a small moon that supports a bizarre and toxic atmosphere. What wonders lie there and why do they hint at strange signals from beyond the orbit of Saturn?

Add-Ons

An experienced rocket hand or new to Rocket Age, you might want these additional products from Why Not Games:

Rocket Age Corebook (powered by the Vortex system)
$10 for PDF only
$40 for hard cover print plus PDF 

Blood Red Mars (the sourcebook covering Mars and Martians)$10 for PDF only
$30 for soft cover print plus PDF 

Lure of Venus (all about the jungle planet Venus and the Venusians who live there)
$10 for PDF only
$30 for soft cover print plus PDF 

Heroes of the Solar System (a player's guide offering four new species, including the Jovians and Metisians, as well as traits, equipment, and organizations to join or fight against)$10 for PDF only
$25 for soft cover print plus PDF 

Trail of the Scorpion (a six-part campaign on the trail of the Red Scorpion, the Solar System's greatest criminal mastermind)
$10 for PDF only
$25 for soft cover print plus PDF 

Tales from the Rocket Age (Four short fiction stories set in the Rocket Age)
$2 for PDF only $9 for soft cover print plus PDF 

Lift Off Bundle (Rocket Age Corebook and Heroes of the Solar System) $15 for PDF only
$55 for print plus PDF 

All in Bundle (Rocket Age Corebook, Blood Red Mars, Lure of Venus, Heroes of the Solar System, Trail of the Scorpion, and Tales from the Rocket Age)$40 for PDF only
$130 for print plus PDF 

Why Not Games - www.whynotgames.com

Ken Spencer, co-owner ENnie award winning creator of Rocket Age, Ken is our creative director and lead writer. He has written for Cubicle 7 Entertainment, Chaosium, Frog God Games, Alephtar Games, and Steve Jackson Games. Educated as an archaeologist, geographer, and teacher, Ken brings experience as a field scientist to his writing, adding a certain verisimilitude to exploring ancient ruins and traveling through unexplored wildernesses. 

Krystal Faller Spencer, co-owner 
Our nationally award winning marketing director and business manager, Krystal keeps the lights on and the fridge stocked. Her many years in broadcasting have taught her how to tell a complex story in a short amount of time, something necessary for when Ken starts to ramble. Krystal is also a life long Cubs fan, which worked out well for her once.

ReOnna Smith, Freelance Artist
https://moriarteacup.wixsite.com/bunnygardenparty
Creatures of myths, legends, superheros or seemingly normal humans have always been the main subjects within personal works. It is just more fun that way and keeps things interesting. Why settle for normal when otherworldly is an option.

Peter Saga, Freelance Artist
http://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/8357/Peter-Saga https://artofpetersaga.wixsite.com/mysite

I specialize in Sci-Fi RPG illustration and have been professionally published for over 5 years now by numerous small press companies.

My line artwork has appeared in Pathways Magazine, and in Gygax Magazine issue #2!

Fulfillment by Studio 2

Isle of the Dead Artwork in Imperial Jupiter by ReOnna Smith
Isle of the Dead Artwork in Imperial Jupiter by ReOnna Smith
Tortoise Crab Artwork in Imperial Jupiter by ReOnna Smith
Tortoise Crab Artwork in Imperial Jupiter by ReOnna Smith

Risks and challenges

This is our first kickstarter. We have thoroughly researched the project, from the cost of developing Imperial Jupiter to production and shipping costs. The book is written, edited, and art is nearly complete. Layout has already begun on the parts with completed art. International shipping is always a difficult piece of the puzzle. We are working with Studio 2 for product fulfillment. Studio 2 has successfully completed several kickstarters and have provided sage advice!

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