Hi, friends. Tonight, on a special #RPGchat, Robert Brooks will be joining us to talk about mixing science fiction and fantasy. Robert has worked on the Aethera RPG, which is Kickstarting now. Check out what he has to say below about the amazing setting.
1. Give me the elevator pitch for Aethera!
In the Aethera system, you’ll soar between asteroid outposts and ancient high-tech ruins on a ship powered by crystallized magic between worlds ruled by intelligent plant bio-engineers, musically prophetic technocrats, human-souled robotic war veterans, and alien shamans, all suddenly threatened by interstellar raiders. A Pathfinder RPG compatible science-fantasy setting.
2. What makes Aethera different than other RPGs?
Aethera offers a grand space opera adventure for use with the Pathfinder RPG, one of the world’s best-selling tabletop RPGs. Aethera takes Pathfinder from sword & sorcery and brings it into the depths of space and across multiple worlds, allowing players to explore a vast new solar system, engage in fast-paced vehicular combat (in atmosphere and in the void of space), and explore a setting where the line between technology and magic has become so blurry its hard to see where one discipline ends and another begins.
3. What makes your development team for the game unique?
The Aethera team’s greatest strength lies in its diversity. When you’re attempting to create a science fiction or fantasy story, the more diverse points of view you bring to the worldbuilding the more robust and vibrant that setting feels. One of my guiding principals when choosing our team was to have people who came not only from diverse cultural, social, and racial backgrounds, but also diverse areas of expertise. We have industry veterans who have worked on numerous Pathfinder RPG products and other tabletop games working alongside fresh faces who are just getting their opportunity to have their voices heard in the tabletop industry. Our team’s uniqueness is its multifaceted nature and the passion each team member brings to the game.
4. If you could run a game of Aethera with anyone from history, who would it be?
I don’t know if Gene Roddenbury was into tabletop games, but I’d wager he would have a great approach to improv storytelling. More contemporarily, I think getting a table together with Vin Diesel, Felicia Day, Wil Wheton, and Chris Hardwick would probably make the internet explode. So, hey, aim for the stars right?
5. What has been the biggest challenge in developing Aethera?
The biggest challenge in developing and designing Aethera is being a new indie company. Even though many of our authors are established and have put out highly rated products, we’re still relative unknowns in the publishing industry and have to prove ourselves to potential backers. We’re coming up from the ground with the intention of making an ambitious 400 page hardcover campaign setting with an all-new IP. That’d be challenging for an established company, and yet we’ve come so far already.