The Next Exciting Episode of Robotech


In 1985, Robotech was first brought to the US by Harmony Gold.  The series blended animation from 3 different Japanese series – Super Dimension Fortess Macross, Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross and Genesis Climber Mospeada.  This amalgamation created a series which captivated American audiences and helped usher in the huge surge in anime’s popularity during the 90s.

Now, I’m no Robotech expert.  I’ve seen most of the series and have really enjoyed it, but I only started researching the fascinating backstory behind the franchise when I learned about the topic of this article – Robotech RPG Tactics by Palladium Games.  The project is a tactical miniatures game currently being funded on Kickststarter.  As of this writing, the project has received an astonishing $328,000 out of its original goal of a mere $70,000.

But why mention it on GonnaGeek?  Miniatures games are a dime a dozen on Kickstarter these days and there are already so many established games with years of development and fine-tuning behind them.  Here’s grabbed me (and might just grab you) about Robotech RPG Tactics:

  1. The game has a fantastic license with plenty of room for expansion and a solid fan-base.  Watching just a few episodes of Robotech on Netflix should give any potential investor an idea of the kinds of scenarios that will be playable right out of the box.  Future expansions (and/or stretch goals) could really open up the game with new miniatures and characters from the series.
  2. Palladium sticks by their products.  The company has been publishing the Robotech Roleplaying Game since 1986 and has a catalog of over a dozen sourcebooks for the series.
  3. It’s already funded!  That’s always a blessing with a Kickstarter project since it means that anything you throw in at this point (usually) goes towards making the final product better.
  4. The game is mostly complete.  A recent demo video filmed at AdeptiCon 2013 showcases the basic rules behind the system as well as several of the excellent prototype models for the game.  Being able to see the mechanics in action is always promising for a tabletop project that is looking for funding.

It’s an exciting time for tabletop gaming these days.  Kickstarter has made it possible for games like this to become a reality and as long as Robotech RPG Tactics continues to churn out fantastic looking updates, they’ll get my pledge and hopefully yours, too!

According to his peers, Ryan plays far too many board games, an awful lot of role-playing games, and occasionally makes time for video games. If asked his opinion, he would just laugh and wish for more hours in the day to create characters and place meeples. On the rare occasion he isn't rolling dice, he's reading comics or watching movies. He eats and sleeps between initiative steps

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  1. Avatar Chris Ferrell says:

    I’m seriously considering backing this…

  2. Avatar Ryan Numrich says:

    I check on this one daily because the miniatures are so boss. I’ve heard mixed reviews on early gameplay demos, but overall the system seems solid and who wouldn’t want a whole squadron of VF-1s?

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