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Recruiting courageous citizens to recover and restore colonies and space stations lost during the Great Blackout. Are you healthy? Do you love and support the Interplanetary Union? Do you believe in the strength of Human will? No applicants turned away! Excellent pay. Great benefits. Exciting missions. Join a Rescue & Exploration team! Apply at your nearest Interplanetary Union office today!

Foreign Elements is a cinematic, fast-paced, & fun science-fiction roleplaying game.

Humanity's ambush push into the stars is halted with a mysterious event known as the Great Blackout. Thousands of colonies, space stations, and space craft go silent in a matter of days and weeks. Now, the Interplanetary Union is scrambling to discover what happened, sending out RX teams to diagnose the rot spread through known space. Infiltrate remote outposts, hack into corporate secrets, and blast your way through enemy hordes as you unlock this mystery and your hero's destiny.

  • Fast-paced, rules light system utilizes six-sided dice.
  • Six archetype characters, ready to play -- or create your own desperate or courageous citizen.
  • Heroes don't die -- nano robotic technology in the distant future regenerates a dead comrade in days.
  • No equipment lists to maintain -- a dice pool mechanic increases as you scavenge ruined tech and decreases as you use it to do cool things.
  • Some battles and tasks have deadlines -- face consequences if you can't hack the mainframe in time!
  • Missions within missions -- earn extra credits working for shadowy sources, and spend them upgrading your hero with self-help services in space!
  • The mystery is left up to you -- you decide what caused the Great Blackout and whether it might happen again.

Originally published by Mystic Ages Publishing.

"The conflict of motivations, sponsoring corporations, and secret objectives mean that a mission can easily end in failure, and yet some characters will still come away smiling – the balance in their secret bank accounts looking substantially healthier. Gaming groups playing Foreign Element could easily run the gamut from gritty sci-fi drama to dystopian black comedy, and I like that freedom – along with the fact that the game doesn’t commit to a specific cause of the Great Blackout." 

Read GeekNative's review...

It's basically Aliens. You take on whatever threat the GM thinks up. Instead of shooting at each individual creature, you roll your dice to whittle down the scene's difficulty, which represents the monsters out to get you or even just the challenge of opening a secured airlock door. Lots of fun for a boring evening.

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David D November 27, 2019 9:38 am UTC
when it says 'the mystery is up to you' does that mean they offer several different options? or does it mean they didn't bother to think of anything?
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Brett B November 27, 2019 3:31 pm UTC
The reason is a MacGuffin -- it's not the main purpose of the game. However, there are a number of options provided to explain it. Indeed, several or all of them could even be used.
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neil S November 12, 2019 1:48 am UTC
Does this have an alien generator?
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Brett B November 12, 2019 3:39 am UTC
It provides a selection of alien creatures and threats. The beauty of the system is that a creature/alien only needs a few elements for play: Scene Difficulty rating (which is how tough they are), Prowess rating (how competent they are), and a few traits (and possibly some other ability ratings). This lets you easily create hordes with large Scene Difficulty ratings that can be whittled down turn by turn until finally defeated. So, basically, it does not require a complex system with which to create aliens.

If you are looking for something requiring gritty tactical placement and rolling, this is not it. This is more relaxed in the amount of detail that must be read and written, but it can be very gritty in the Aliens (second movie) fashion in the way that tensions build and characters go about their business.
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