(Note: Liftoff! is still available from its creator, Fritz Bronner. So please do not ask for my version of it. I own a copy of the original game and just made a deluxe version for my own personal use. No challenge to his copyright was intended.)
I wanted to use playing pieces. The original game does not use them, rather you make up your mission using your equipment cards and them moving the stack around the board. At first I thought about just using rocket shaped pawns, then I considered some of the small plastic spacecraft that you can find in tubes at various toys stores. What I really wanted though was to actually configure the piece to show what the mission was - single-stage, lunar module, docking , whatever. I briefly toyed with the idea of designing pieces on Shapeways, but time and money out weighted that thought. Then I remembered Legos. So I designed some basic pieces that could be interchanged and now I have playing pieces.
|Mission Manual containing|
Advanced Failure charts
|Inside of Manual|
|2-Man Capsule, with a two-|
stage rocket and boosters on pad,
|3-Man Capsule and 2-Man|
Lander on moon.