The Nighthawks setting is inspired by the Battlestar Galactica reboot, with enough changes that it doesn’t matter if you’ve seen the series. In particular, The Enemy are not Cylons. There are three games planned – same setting, but gameplay may be quite different between them.
- The Run for Ragnar: a rag-tag collection of civilian pilots and military dropouts are gathered together to gather the last human survivors and take them to a rendezvous on the edge of the Twelve Colonies. A game about survival under pressure. (First ran at Lucky Consequences 2018)
- Scylla: Loosely based on the brief scene in the TV movie Razor, in which the battlestar Pegasus strips the freighter Scylla of all her resources and leave the crew to die. A game about what is important when you’re facing the end. (Playtesting 2020)
- 33: Loosely based on the first episode of the BSG reboot – a surviving battleship is relentless attacked by The Enemy, every 33 minutes. (Planned for 2021)
As the stories go, the Twelve Colonies were settled after an evacuation from an inhabited world. Four stars in close proximity support twelve habitable world, each holding a colony that originated with one of the twelve colony ships. Each colony is quite different: Gemini, Virgo and Leo have collectively held power for a long time, but the illegal Nine Worlds Alliance was struggling to change that balance of power.
No-one seems to know how The Enemy gained such a technological advantage so quickly. In a generation, they’ve gone from outcasts nibbling at the edges of known space, to an overwhelming force. No-one saw it coming.
Jump drives require massive capital ships, and won’t work inside planetary orbits – but small Enemy Raiders jumped right into the atmosphere of colony worlds, detonating anti-matter bombs over cities and military installations. They jumped into the middle of Colony fleets, detonating bombs there that crippled resistance.
Then they landed troops on the Colony planets – mechanized armored soldiers, all but immune to our weapons.
Humanity is dying. The Enemy has won.
Survivors are fleeing the shattered colonies in whatever ships they can scrounge together, while Enemy ships hunt them. Each game tells a different part of this story.