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ALIEN RPG Core Rulebook

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"The real horror of Ridley Scott’s seminal sci-fi flick Alien has always been the creeping, slithering fear of the unknown. It’s impressive, then, that Free League has been able to craft a tabletop roleplaying game that can conjure up that same pitch-dark dread from the safety of your kitchen table." –Dicebreaker

Space is vast, dark, and not your friend. Gamma rays and neutrino bursts erupt from dying stars to cook you alive, black holes tear you apart, and the void itself boils your blood and seizes your brain. Try to scream and no one can hear you—hold your breath and you rupture your lungs. Space isn’t as empty as you’d think, either—its frontiers are ever expanding. Rival governments wage a cold war of aggression while greedy corporations vie for valuable resources. Colonists reach for the stars and gamble with their lives—each new world tamed is either feast or famine. And there are things lurking in the shadows of every asteroid—things strange and different and deadly.

Things alien.

This is the official ALIEN tabletop roleplaying game—a universe of body horror and corporate brinkmanship, where synthetic people play god while space truckers and marines serve host to newborn ghoulish creatures. It’s a harsh and unforgiving universe and you are nothing if not expendable.

Stay alive if you can.

The ALIEN tabletop roleplaying game is a beautifully illustrated full-color book of 392 pages, both presenting the world of ALIEN in the year 2183 and a fast and effective ruleset designed specifically to enhance the ALIEN experience. The game supports two distinct game modes:

  • Cinematic play is based on pre-made scenarios that emulate the dramatic arc of an ALIEN film. Designed to be played in a single session, this game mode emphasizes high stakes and fast and brutal play. You are not all expected to survive. The core rulebook contains one introductory Cinematic scenario, Hope’s Last Day.

  • Campaign play is designed for longer continuous play with the same cast of player characters over many game sessions, letting you explore the ALIEN universe freely, sandbox style. The core rulebook contains random tables and other powerful tools to quickly create star systems, colonies, missions, encounters, and NPCs for your campaign.

The rules of the game are based on the acclaimed Year Zero Engine, used in award-winning games such as Tales from the Loop and Mutant: Year Zero, but adapted and further developed to fully support and enhance the core themes of ALIEN: horror and action in the cold darkness of space.

™ & © 2019 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.


 
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Fred P July 18, 2020 3:13 am UTC
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I curious to know. Will you ever make a supplement dealing exclusively with the Colonial Marines, including the weapons and vehicles? I love to see something that draws inspiration from the Colonial Marines Technical Manuel.
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RONALD P May 13, 2020 6:10 pm UTC
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If you love ALIEN and its franchise, then this is for you. If you are looking for an excellent Sci-fi setting and system but dont care for Alien, this is still for you. It is more hard sci-fi, but it has everything in you need in it managed in such a way as to make it easy to create giant ships and deep characters
It is true to the setting, the system is innovative and interesting. I used to be old school in my dice conventions, but have now come around to new dice systems. Alien has a system that is simple to use and condenses several aspects of play into one roll as what would normally be several, so it plays fast and brutal.
Make no mistake, this is a brutal setting. Not for those who cant handle blood and gore and constant death. Space is harsh, and the addition of aliens and human greed makes it even more brutal.
Can't recommend this high enough. Another excellent creation from Fria Ligan.
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Todd A May 04, 2020 6:54 pm UTC
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Would be nice if the preview was more of an actual preview to get a better feel for how the layout comes across. Perhaps this is a limitation of the DriveThru's website?
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James F May 10, 2020 7:31 pm UTC
I believe by default it shows the first X pages of the PDF and the publisher can either specify which pages to show or has to create a new file just for the preview.

Agreed it would be nice if the preview showed the table of contents and some of the actual pages outside of the star map. While pretty, it doesn't tell me much about the game.
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Jon H May 01, 2020 7:26 pm UTC
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This is an amazing game. This was my first exposure to Free League's Year Zero Engine, and I found it to be very engaging, easy to learn, easy to teach at the table, and it really allowed the game to be played and the horror to escalate without bogging down the game and slowing the pace. I am a huge fan of the Year Zero Engine, now!
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智鲲 ? March 11, 2020 10:44 am UTC
Is there any intention to release the Chinese version?
Chinese science fiction fans will love this rule!
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溪 ? March 24, 2020 4:31 pm UTC
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Second this! A Chinese language version is in huge need!
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Keith S February 07, 2020 11:01 am UTC
Nice art. I wonder where they got the idea for directions on their map? Coreward, Trailward (Trailing), Spinward? Spinward Marches? Traveller?

Zozer Games has the Hostile which works in similarly designed universe using what is essentially Traveller without the licensing issues of a setting specific rule system. So Blade Runner, Predator and anything else you want in gritty science fiction settings can be added. Even a little Blakes 7 or the Expanse if you like.

If the rule system is good OK but why prop up a good rule system with a specific setting? See Chaosiums basic roleplaying (used in Call of Cthulhu) or Traveller. If you want to play in someone else's universe OK. I want my own universe.

Eye candy is nice but $25 nice? Still it beats wasting money on Starfinder.
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David W J February 04, 2020 1:47 pm UTC
Devs, you got a tough crowd in the comments. I think the game looks interesting and only a moron would give up and just “play traveler” instead. I’m gonna buy the core book now to support you guys.
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Jonathon C January 31, 2020 10:51 pm UTC
I'm potentially interested in this product... how much variety is there in the Xenomorphs? I was a youth at the height of the xeno-variant frenzy of the 90s; I played with toys for things like the mantis alien, snake alien, flying alien, etc. Any of those guys making an appearance here?
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Yann E January 28, 2020 12:10 pm UTC
Is a French translation is scheduled?
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Matthew T February 03, 2020 8:59 pm UTC
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Nothing scheduled, that I have heard of. This is the first game by this Swedish company, that does not have a Swedish version.
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Matthew T February 11, 2020 2:52 pm UTC
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Correction! FL have struck a deal with Arkhane Asylum! Check their website for details.
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Scott N January 20, 2020 8:12 pm UTC
I don't get the point of playing this, reminds me of Starship Troopers RPG, human's vs. Bugs/Aliens only one species enemy??? I sold off my Starship Troopers for the same reason, not enough enemy threats to fight and just got boring always fighting Bugs, this seems to be the same rehash (good shows) but an RPG, use Traveller.
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Andrzej R January 22, 2020 8:46 am UTC
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First of all - this is quite a detailed and compelling world in which you may play many different adventures, not involving any alien creatures at all.
Secondly, there are many alien races, types and stages described in it. If you use them reasonably, as per horror genre, they will last you dozens of sessions.
Thirdly - of course it is not for everybody. This is not generic S-F. It is horror S-F of not-so-far future, with retro futurism you will love if you love Alien movies.
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Scott N January 26, 2020 11:20 pm UTC
okay, well the book is $50.00+ depending on where you get it from, so is there a way to get the pdf free if you buy a book, is there a code in it to use or what because $50+ book plus a pdf at $25 makes this expensive at $75+
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Matt M January 28, 2020 5:54 pm UTC
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According to the official Bits and Mortar website, Free League is one of the participating publishers. If you can find a participating retailer, you can get a complimentary copy of the PDF with the purchase of the physical version.

https://www.bits-and-mortar.com/store-locator
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Matthew S May 09, 2020 1:16 pm UTC
As a roleplaying game of the Alien/Aliens movies it’s very good: there’s a simple, well thought out system that allows both players and referees to focus on playing out short, movie-style adventures without the rules getting in the way too much (I love the 'Stress' mechanic). However, the game’s strength is also its weakness, in that short cinematic scenarios are probably all you can do with it, because he opponent is always going to be the same and every adventure ends up being a fight against - or flight from - the aliens. The risk is that games lose that sense of mystery and some tension: "We've lost contact with the colony on LV-426"; hmm, I wonder what might be going on there...? Longer games probably don't work well if the aliens are turning up left, right and centre, because there will be a high character casualty rate. By the same token, removing the aliens or pushing them very much into the background turns the game into a straight hard sci-fi game. This would be fine if the system was...See more
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Doug E October 29, 2020 1:57 am UTC
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Possibly but then you could go to the extreme crunch of something like GURPS where there is a skill for everything. And its all balanced. Want to use a blunderbuss well that'll be your assault rifle skill -2 and your reloads will be slow... But a 5 minute combat can drag on for 5 weeks of actual playing time.
In terms of long term games you raise a good point. Aliens every week would be a) deadly b) boring. The game does seem to lean towards character death being likely not a rarity. Which could play okay with a marines campaign character dies - gets replaced by new raw recruit. The game could lend itself to Cthulhu in space. The engineers did mess with genetics so human/.. deep ones, vampires or werewolves would be logically possible as would mysterious space faring races like the Migo or Great old ones. Monster of the week sorted!
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Julio Alberto R January 04, 2020 10:01 am UTC
Coming soon Spanish?
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Matthew T January 07, 2020 2:23 pm UTC
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I don’t imagine so. Previous FL games have been translated by local companies. But licensing makes it complicated. And FL have not even created a Swedish version (their native language)
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Julio Alberto R January 07, 2020 8:43 pm UTC
oh....
Gracias.
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Matthew T February 11, 2020 2:54 pm UTC
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Good news! Edge Entertainment have struck a deal with FL to produce aSpanish version! Check their site for more details.
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Julio Alberto R February 11, 2020 8:17 pm UTC
ohhhhhhh
Gracias!!!!!
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Jacob T December 25, 2019 11:28 pm UTC
Is this game compatible with the others that share the core mechanic? I'd like to do a mash up to represent a homebrew setting. Basically Alien, plus lots of other sentient races, and psychic abilities.
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Jackie K December 26, 2019 11:13 am UTC
Like most of the Free League stuff the core mechanic is slightly altered. Though it's closest in mechanics and general dice pool size to Coriolis so you could probably hack that in easily.
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Jock P December 17, 2019 4:54 pm UTC
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Is this just playing space miners and colonists or can you run a group of marines?
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Christopher J December 17, 2019 7:58 pm UTC
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Colonial marines is one of the 3 key play styles, along with "space truckers", and colonists
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Jock P December 17, 2019 10:32 pm UTC
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Thanks!
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Christopher J December 16, 2019 2:04 pm UTC
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The game is good, and the production values are stellar (although without all the empty space in the page layout, you'd have a 250 pg book). I generally like the mechanics a lot. The setting really doesn't offer much depth beyond what you see in the movies and probably novels/comics -- it could be slotted into a Traveller campaign or another better, more fully developed sci fi setting quite easily. And the whole "cinematic" vs "campaign" play is really just "one shot" vs "campaign" and not at all new. There's also a lot more on the rails GMing here in that the Panic mechanic is cause by pretty much everything (a mouse farts in the airlock, PANIC). I get trying to foster a horror-like atmosphere but the game bends over backwards to push it mechanically.
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Christopher J December 22, 2019 4:31 pm UTC
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I just picked up the hard copy at my local shop and it's nice. The colors pop more in the PDF, but the slightly more muted colors in the book actually play into the darkness of the game subject matter (except for the map of known space, which needs the color pop). Pages and cover quality are very nice, per my other experiences with Free League products. It's well worth the $50.
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Bryan B December 16, 2019 2:15 am UTC
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If I played this, it would to be to tell my own story of the xenos and engineers, and jettison any continuity with Prometheus and Covenant.
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Jeremy T January 24, 2020 3:15 am UTC
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lmao I...I can't imagine WHY!!
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Kevin J December 13, 2019 8:27 pm UTC
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Have you thought of doing a printer friendly version of the book/pdf?
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Jason T January 16, 2020 5:36 pm UTC
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I too would like a printer friendly version. Any word on this from Free League Publishing, perhaps?
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Jason K June 15, 2020 8:52 pm UTC
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Yes, please.
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Richard R October 30, 2020 7:04 am UTC
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Agreed
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