Sep 11

Kickstarting Era: Balam


My Kickstarter habit has been under control since June, but it could not last. My latest find is an RPG with a difference. Once again, I favour the digital option, but the difference here is the genre.


The latest project I want to share is Era: Balam, by Ed Jowett. The campaign page describes the project as follows:


In this game, you are a pilot, with your own “Paladin” one-man ship, sent out to explore space and defend Humanity! Together with other pilots, you’ll form a squadron and head out into the black . . .

This game offers rules for space combat, salvaging materials and upgrading your fighter, a list of bases you can visit (both friendly and not-so-friendly), space-based dogfights and a variety of weapons from bullet-based to plasma cannons!

If you like games such as Homeworld, Freelancer or Elite: Dangerous, this is the RPG for you!


While my favoured genre is fantasy, I have a few SF games in my collection. I spent many hours happily playing solo games of the Traveller trading rules. Era: Balam is more of a fighting game than a trading one, yet I am fascinated by the concept. Playing as part of a squadron of fighters, where the ships are characters as much as the pilots, is a great take on the topic.


Ed is offering Era: Balam in a choice of Era d10, FATE or Savage Worlds versions. I suspect I will take the FATE option, as this is the closest to HeroQuest, and thus the approach I understand the best. These multiple rules options is a clever way to broaden the appeal of Era: Balam.


Funding for Era: Balam closes Sunday, 24th September 2017 at 11:59 pm BST, international timings will vary. The project is close to funding and may yet reach its first stretch goal.


Back Era: Balam to explore a solar system and defend Humanity from an alien fleet


Happy Gaming




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