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In this roleplaying game, you play a Chopper Jockey, a dashing space pilot belonging to a gang. You'll fight bandits and bogeys in daring dogfights, pull off heists against overpowering mega-corps, and talk about it all live on your social media feed. Experience the thrill of stories right in the middle between toxic egoticity and teamwork.
The Future: Earth is uninhabitable. Mankind has fled to the stars, living on far away planets and space stations. The only ruling power left are mega-corps.
In a lawless section of space, called the Kobeni-belt, aberrant pilots roam among the stars. Akin to motorcycle gangs from the past, tattoos and leather jackets are now replaced by cyberware and pressure suits. Space fighters are lovingly called Choppers, Jockeys are their pilots, and Highways now go faster than light: with the help of a drug called Minkowskium everyone can traverse wormholes to cross the vast distances of space.
Yet, unlike the past, today's petty criminals do not shy the limelight. Every daring maneuver, dogfight, and coup is broadcasted live on the datanet, making and breaking the social media celebrities of the future. Good social media publicity isn't something the mega-corps are opposed to, and sometimes, they even endorse it by sponsoring.
This game deals with behavior typically identified as toxic masculinity such as dominance posturing and self-injury. However, the game takes place in a setting that is past racism and heteronormativity.
Dare to fly!
Aces in Space is based on the Fate Core rule system and contains a complete set of rules. You need two to four friends and a set of Fudge dice to play this game. What you don't need necessarily is any other source material or experience in Fate or other RPGs.
We adjusted Fate Core a bit to allow for a unique gaming experience when playing a Chopper Jockey, but we stick to the original rules where possible to allow an easy start for Fate veterans.
For example, social media interactions from shipping to flame-wars play an important role in this setting. Therefore, we added Likes as a resource reflecting influence, contacts and supplies. In addition, we introduced a character aspect called Toxicity to capture the boastful egos of these kinds of fighter pilots.
To honor tactical yet fast paced dogfight action, we use an abstract conflict system inspired by the Fate setting Tachyon Squadron. For those of you who are more into narrative instead of tactical combat, we provide a super-simple challenge based dogfight approach which is also suitable for playing online.
Of course, you should combine your dogfights with social media. Ask your followers to snipe the stream of your opponent for the critical edge in a space battle! We provide this hint and other hints in a tactics guide, which will help you to survive until you will become an ace pilot!