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The Silver Fox30 Nov 2021 6:22 p.m. PST

I'd like to jump into Retro Sci-Fi wargaming, i.e., 30's-60's.

Pulp Alley seems like a simple and fun rules set. Could that be used for retro sci-fi? How much work would it require to convert?

I've seen Future Tales by Two Hour Wargames, Fantastic Worlds by Rattrap Productions (based on their .45 Adventure) and Galactic Heroes by Wiley Games. Has anyone tried any of these? I'd love any input on evaluating the features and strengths of these.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP30 Nov 2021 6:32 p.m. PST

Brigade Games has this set, but I can't comment on them. Just giving you something else to think about.


DyeHard30 Nov 2021 6:42 p.m. PST

Sorry I do not have any direct experience, yet:

But it has come up here in the past:
TMP link

And there is a Flash Gordon RPG:

And should put a vote in for G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T.
It is generic, but easy and fast moving.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP30 Nov 2021 6:55 p.m. PST

Yes, Pulp Alley is easily tweaked for Retro SciFi games. Also take a look at One Hour Skirmish Wargames, again easily tweaked.

The Silver Fox30 Nov 2021 11:00 p.m. PST

Thanks for the advice and the links. Very helpful! I wasn't aware of Gaslight, nor would I have thought of an RPG like Savage Worlds.

SBminisguy01 Dec 2021 12:01 a.m. PST

Future Tales is fun!


HMS Exeter01 Dec 2021 2:56 a.m. PST

I know nothing but the name, but…

Retro Raygun.

Deucey Supporting Member of TMP01 Dec 2021 6:06 a.m. PST

I played Fantasic Worlds at Historicon a long time ago. It was very fun.

It's small numbers and scenario based.

Tv7 is another very similar option. It's current and supported.

whill401 Dec 2021 7:25 a.m. PST

I have played Fistful of Lead by Wiley Games. The game is a lot of fun and fast moving. Allows for individual figure customization through assigning traits. I own Galactic Heros. The same mechanics are used in both systems.

HMS Exeter01 Dec 2021 4:23 p.m. PST

I keep waiting and hoping somebody will bring back the Hanger 18 Flash Gordon ships and space terrain.

dragon6 Supporting Member of TMP01 Dec 2021 4:27 p.m. PST

I like Five Parsecs from Home but it's solitare and it might not be your cuppa tea

wakenney01 Dec 2021 7:42 p.m. PST

Highly recommend 7TV for retro sci fi. Specifically 7TV Pulp, though the spi fi rules are available for free.

Retro ray gun is a rule set I've heard good things about. Haven't played it, and regret not buying it when I had a chance three weeks back.

JSchutt02 Dec 2021 10:37 p.m. PST

Counterblast by Bombshell… example of play can be found on YouTube.

The Silver Fox04 Dec 2021 12:17 a.m. PST

Wow, so many great suggestions. Time to start purchasing and reading! Thank you all!

Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP05 Dec 2021 8:33 p.m. PST




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