Sometimes, games don’t do as well as they should and that’s the case with this week’s Wizkids Constructable Card Game, Rocketmen. This game was produced in 2005 and then discontinued in 2006, it was based around the story of Nick Scion, an adventurer fighting against an evil space alliance. It was fun, it featured five different factions, many different ship types and it had a single expansion.
Then it died. It’s really too bad because it was an excellent game. Continue on to see the world of Rocketmen.
This is one of those games that I wish had continued for a long, long time. It wasn’t based on a big-movie property, it did it’s own thing and therefore, it gave your imagination something to do. Unlike games like the Star Wars CCG I talked about last week, you had no idea what was coming next, it wasn’t ships you’d seen before and had some sort of expectation, it was whatever the creators could imagine.
Perhaps what I liked the most is the retro feel of the ship designs. These are definitely imagined around a 1950s philosophy with bold lines and perhaps somewhat comical sensibilities, but I love that kind of thing.
The series had five different factions, the Legion of Terra, led by xenophobic totalitarian leader Lord Invictus, Mars, who were allied with the Legion, the rebels, part of the Alliance of Free Planets and their two partners in the rebellion, Venus and Mercury. Each faction had a ship design philosophy that were all their own, you could tell instantly whose ships they were, based not just on color, but on physical arrangement of the parts.
Each ship was designed to be altered, based on what the players wanted to load out their ships with. Different weapons could be added at the player’s whim when they designed their armies. It was cool. Cool things rarely last.
So please, take a look at the ships I’ve put together. Again, this is not nearly my entire collection, but enough to give you an idea. Again, I wish I had bought more heavily into this set when it was available, I never expected it to die such a sudden death. It’s really a shame that it did.