Roleplaying game company Palladium Books launched today a new project on Kickstarter, the Robotech RPG Tactics game. The project reached its goal of $70,000 in a mere three hours.
The game is based on '80s Japanese animation Robotech, featuring the transforming Veritechs and other walking tank-like Mechs fighting the alien Zentraedi army. The idea for the game was inspired by Robotech's vocal followers. Kevin Siembieda, Palladium's founder and Chief Game Designer, said, "We had a fan-inspired movement posting things on our Facebook page. 'Have you ever considered doing sculptures and more of a tabletop game?' Tom Roache, one of our playtesters, spearheaded the whole thing."
Palladium, known for RPGs like Palladium Fantasy and Rifts, has had a Robotech RPG in print since 1986. They launched a second edition in 2008. With the Robotech RPG Tactics game, the company seeking crowdfunding for a series of miniatures and books to bring skirmishes and massive battles to the tabletop. Interestingly enough, those who do not play the Robotech RPG can still use the upcoming Robotech RPG Tactics game for a purely miniature battle game. "Whenever I design a game, I always try to reach the broadest possible market," said Siembieda. "Here is something that could appeal to our roleplaying base, to tabletop war gamers, to Robotech fans who just might want to collect the game pieces to put on the shelves."
Palladium got together with Ninja Division, the makers of the game Super Dungeon Explore, to create the miniatures. Siembieda said, "We teamed up with Ninja Division and everything came together really fast. When we have an experienced team of game designers, you don't say, 'Let me think about it.' You go, 'Okay. Let's do this.' And here we are."
So what lies in the future? Beyond the planned stretch goals for the Robotech project, there may be further tabletop games in Palladium's future. "We would love to see something like this for Rifts. At the same time, we don't want to overextend ourselves," said Siembieda. "That was one of the fears with some of the roleplayers: 'Is Palladium switching over from roleplaying games to tactical games?' The answer is no. We may explore more possibilities with tabletop gaming, but roleplaying is our first love and that's never going to go away."