On the 20th August 1977 Voyager 2 was launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida. Sixteen days later, on 5th September, its twin, Voyager 1, followed. Their mission was to study the outer Solar System, primarily the planetary systems of Jupiter and Saturn, with Voyager 2 also studying Uranus and Neptune. Both missions were a resounding success and the Voyager probes have since been tasked with exploring interstellar space as they continue to collect and relay useful scientific data back to Earth.
On August 25th 2012 Voyager 1 became the first human-made object to enter interstellar space. When the probes power eventually gets so low that they’ll ceases transmissions back to Earth the probes will drift, endlessly, in space… going onward to the stars…
2017 is the 40th anniversary of their launch and to celebrate Kickstarter is running ‘A Project Of Earth’. A series of campaigns that are inspired by the Voyager probes.
Shades of Vengeance, a British based games publisher, is taking part in this Kickstarter initiative with a twist. Era: Balam takes a look at what might happen if a probe is discovered by, or arrives on, an alien world. What reaction would these aliens have to it? How would they respond to this thing appearing?
The bad news for us is it looks like they invade in Shades of Vengeance’s Era: Balam. The good news is that Shades of Vengeance are not only releasing Era: Balam in their signature Era d10 system but also for FATE and Savage Worlds.
Shades of Vengeance recently became an officially approved Savage Worlds developer and are working with veteran writer Dave Blewer on the Savage Worlds edition of the game whilst Era designer, and company owner, Ed Jowett is writing both the Era d10 and FATE versions of the book.
Era: Balam is a tabletop roleplaying game set in a far-off solar system. When our space probe arrived on an alien world, it crash-landed on one of their power stations and the resulting disaster rendered their world uninhabitable. Seeking revenge, and a new world to live on, the aliens escaped from their world on a massive ship and set a course along the path of the probe…
They encountered Humanity at a remote outpost many years later, in a system known as HX-7371. More recently, it’s come to be known as the “Killing Fields”, as the war between the aliens’ superior forces and the fighters the Humans have been able to cobble together has now lasted two years.
The main colony in the system, Balam, is well-hidden, but if the aliens were ever to find it, they would be able to find their way to Earth… and that might mean extinction.
You’ll have the chance to explore various planets and the space around them: Fly over icy plains to track down an important salvage opportunity, brave the depths of space for scouting missions and land on the moons of a spectacular Gas Giant as you explore and attempt to stop the aliens from completing their mission…