Warbirds is Outrider Studio's latest RPG. It is a diesel-punk air combat adventure game that focuses on fighter pilots as they chase after fame and fortune. It combines the action and excitement of early adventure serials with chaos and heroism of World War 2 dogfights.
The game is set amongst the sky islands of Azure. It is an alternate reality version of the Caribbean islands (and the Florida and Yucatan peninsulas), floating in the sky above an endless murk. The islands are populated by fascinating characters and rich cultures which are both familiar and slightly alien.
The game uses Outrider Studio’s Rapidfire system for fast, cinematic action. We’ve modified it to fit the new pulp comic setting.
Warbirds' new dogfighting rules allow for fast and exciting dogfights that do not require any complicated maps, elaborate charts, or specialized knowledge of air combat. While the combat system is streamlined, it retains tactical depth and can handle both small one-on-one arial duals and the chaos of larger air battles.
In addtion to the dogfighting rules, the system also has specialized strafing rules for when fighters attack larger targets like airships, trains, or air bases. As with dogfighting, strafing is fast and easy (though it can be dangerous for the pilots involved).
Fame and Scandals
In Azure, fighter pilots are celebrities. Your character’s achievements dictate their fame, and you’ll get to decide how to interact with fans, gain publicity, and deal with scandals. Will you star in movies? Start your own clothing line? Hide yourself away in a mountain top mansion? Or trash your hotel room?
The fame mechanic tracks a character's progression from up-and-comer to superstar. Characters can increase their fame by completing missions, but they can also compete in air shows and air races, and even obtain sponsors and turn their plane into a flying billboard.
Being famous means risking scandals. The paparazzi are everywhere in Azure, and they will there taking photos when characters slip up. Dealing with the blowback from scandalous behaviour can be even more harrowing than facing enemies in the air.