Palladium Books and Ninja Division announce Robotech RPG Tactics

By Polar_Bear
In News
Feb 26th, 2013

Palladium Books is teaming up with Ninja Division to bring you Robotech RPG Tactics, a new strategy battle game.

From the announcement:

Prepare for invasion! Robotech® RPG Tactics™ is a fast paced strategy battle game that brings the epic combat of Robotech to your tabletop. Take command of the fighting forces of the United Earth Defence Force valiantly defending Earth from alien annihilation, or lead the massive clone armies of the Zentradi Empire to recover an alien artifact of immense power and enslave mankind.

Robotech®RPG Tactics™ is designed in partnership with the makers of the popular Robotech®RPG, Palladium Games, and Ninja Division. Ninja Division brings together the design talents of Soda Pop Miniatures and Cipher Studios, makers of Super Dungeon™ Explore, Relic Knights™, Helldorado™, and Anima Tactics™.

Ninja Division is developing an all new, streamlined rules system that allows you to relive the massive battles on your tabletop at home as a stand-alone game or to enhance your Robotech®RPG adventures. This fast-paced, action oriented system is being developed by lead designers: David Freeman designer of the popular Ultimate Fighting System CCG™ and developer on the Lord of the Rings TMG™; and renowned game designer Alessio Cavatore former designer of the Warhammer™ and Warhammer 40k™ systems by Games Workshop, designer of Kings of War™ by Mantic Games, and owner of River Horse Game Studio.

In addition, Ninja Division is bringing their years of miniature design and manufacturing experience to produce an expansive and dynamic range of plastic game pieces, sure to please fans of Robotech and serious collectors alike.

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  • Grindar

    If there is a relatively merciful god these will end up being in Battletech scale or close enough to wing it.

  • wormwoode

    They are. There’ also been a mention of certain things (like Cyclone bike armor) being made in 28mm, if things go well for the Kickstarter. I can’t wait for this.

  • wormwoode

    The game got off the ground with a set of fan made rules getting some attention. That fan had some minis commissioned (by Paulson, I think). When they got in touch with Palladium, and Palladium started getting the logistics sorted, the sculptor apparently bailed over the pay Palladium was offering.

    Palladium cleared the licensing, and got a dream team together to polish the rules, get the minis together, and apparently to run the kickstarter.

    So, the minis in those links aren’t the ones we’ll be seeing in the game.

    • haywire

      I have heard nothing about it being the sculptors fault or that he “bailed over the pay Palladium was offering.” Everything, I have heard said Palladium did not want to use him, but no reason was stated.

      • wormwoode

        Someone on Palladium’s forums re-posted something the sculptor had blogged. I don’t have it in front of me, and I will never dive back into the Palladium forums again, but feel free to give it a go. Seems like a lot of their threads get derailed quickly and irreparably by folks with grudges against Palladium (kind of like GW threads here). Looks like Palladium may have issues with production times, street dates, delivery, etc.- I don’t know and honestly don’t care. I just wanted info on the Robotech project.

        The gist of the sculptor’s post was basically that he felt Palladium was offering crappy pay for the gig, and thought that folks were likely to see crappy minis produced, as a result.

        Seeing who ended up taking the sculpting gig, and who’s running the actual kickstarter, has put my mind at ease about quality and delivery.

        • wormwoode

          Found Psionic’s blog post about the project:

        • Just to be clear, I sculpted the Battle Pod and was in the process of sculpting the Officer’s Pod. Maybe I’ll finish it eventually. But for me it had nothing to do at all with pay, Palladium or anything else other than the project being canceled.

          I’m not sure who was doing the digital sculpting of the other models, or what arrangement he had.

          • wormwoode

            Got it. I read the bit about “lower end of industry pay standard” and thought it was referring to an offer they made.

            (also, don’t know if I should be pissed that my spellchecker can’t handle “Paulson” or amused that it knows “Psionic”).

  • Ghool

    I think I need some new pants…these ones are all crapped…

  • Soulfinger

    I hope they use mega damage.

    • grimbergen

      MDC FTW!!!

    • Ghost

      MDC was serious business in 1989

      • Demonetrigan

        MDC was NEVER serious business, it was a pile of crap from the beginning and has never got better…much like the rest of the palladium rules system.

        as long as Kevin Siembada is not allowed to touch the rules in any way what so ever, this could be quite reasonable.

        • Nightbee

          So you don’t have to rhyme when you type?