Published through a successful Kickstarter, a project that even a cassette tape, Orbital Blues is a space western homage to vintage music.
This is the rock and roll future of yesteryear that never was—and nobody wanted.
It is an intergalactic age of cowboys, outlaws and bandits playing on an interstellar stage. It is a time of hyper-capitalism and a cut-throat gig economy. Unreliable trash-heaps carry scrappy underdogs to their next gig, and corporation freighters lumber across the horizon laden with an empire’s bounty.
These are the music-fuelled, moon-age daydreams of a rebel space age.
These are your ORBITAL BLUES.
Sam Sleney and Zachary Cox are the authors of is a lo-fi roleplaying that’s cooperative and old school. It’s a game in the vein of Cowboy Bebop, Firefly and Guardians of the Galaxy.
The same team is behind Best Left Buried (Best Left Buried: Deeper is just being despatched to backers) uses a d6 based system with Muscle, Grit, Savvy when a roll is necessary. However, narrative and relationships are the heart of the game.
As a sci-fi, especially with the cited inspiration, the rules include ship creation and crew rules. There’s space combat, vehicle rules and a system for gambits.
The layout is bright and bold, sometimes with double-page art with text and tables overlayed. There are pages of crew logos, tables of suggestions and photographs that give Orbital Blues a magazine feel.
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