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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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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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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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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
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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December 12, 2019 3:04 am UTC
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Bladerunner and Predator are part of the Alien Universe. Anyone know if there are some kind of source books in the works to integrate those two?
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Matthew T December 12, 2019 6:17 am UTC
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Neither are part of the Alien license, so no, nothing is in development.
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Rory H December 12, 2019 11:08 am UTC
Bladerunner isn't officially part of the Alien universe - it just shared the same original director, and therefore had some visual (and occasionally thematic) similarities.

Alien vs Predator could work though, but as has been pointed out, it's not in this license.
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Dani J December 12, 2019 5:33 pm UTC
Fyi, Alien Isolation is a canon.
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NICK E December 28, 2019 3:56 pm UTC
There are a few easter eggs linking in Bladerunner, Vids up on YouTube but take that as you wish.
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Soluman B December 11, 2019 10:26 pm UTC
Any chance for other editions of this book like Pathfinder (preferably 1e) or 5e?
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Matthew T December 12, 2019 6:21 am UTC
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You mean using these other systems? No, I doubt it. This system is fast and easy to learn. It captures the spirit of the films. I urge you to persuade your fellow players to give it a go, even if they are dedicated to Pathfinder 1.

*the company behind Alien, Free League, ARE working on a d20 version of one of their other worlds, Symbaroum, so you might want to look into that
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Chris M December 11, 2019 8:20 pm UTC
Looking at the 'Full Sized Preview' is that a map of the entire milky way galaxy? or is it just a smaller portion of said galaxy. I hope it's a smaller portion as the implied tech level of the movies doesn't seem to mesh with a fully traveled milky way.
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Daniel L December 13, 2019 5:50 am UTC
Looks like a smaller portion, since the edges point to "coreward" and "spinward" which indicate other sections of Milky Way.
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Donovan G December 11, 2019 7:24 am UTC
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Are there any plans to release a form-fillable character sheet for those of us who tend to play online with friends rather than being able to meet face to face?
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Matthew T December 12, 2019 6:24 am UTC
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I don’t think Free League produce form fillable versions, but the fans do. Here is one I made way back in May. It’s not great, but I am sure other fans have tried too.
https://fictionsuit.org/2019/05/28/a-form-fillable-character-sheet-for-alien-rpg/
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Scott F December 11, 2019 5:27 am UTC
Is there a quick start?
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Matt M December 11, 2019 5:55 am UTC
There is!

https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/293977
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Scott M December 11, 2019 10:06 am UTC
Not a very quick start if you have to pay for it.
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Alex C December 11, 2019 12:17 pm UTC
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Turns out games cost money to produce. Who knew right
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Alexandre L December 11, 2019 5:05 pm UTC
Yes, all those other RPG´s who actually manage to release a completely free (and sometimes with great production values) QS must be insane and in the business of opening bankruptcy. Either that or they see the wisdom in giving players a chance to check and test, AND hook them to the new product. Who knew, right?
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Alex C December 11, 2019 5:09 pm UTC
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Ah yes most notably *checks* the two biggest RPG companies in the entire industry. There's plenty of groups on YT and similar who have played the game where you can see. If you won't buy the game without a free preview, it looks like you won't be playing this game. Pretty simple math.
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Matt M December 11, 2019 5:13 pm UTC
Not sure what you mean, Scott M. The extra time it takes to enter in payment information is less than a minute, so one could get a game up and running in pretty much the same amount of time as they could if it were free.
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Matthew B December 11, 2019 7:39 pm UTC
Matt M, a quick start is usually a stripped-down, basic version of the rules, designed to give potential buyers a taste of the game, to see if they like it. This looks to me more like a scenario for people who already own the full rules.
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Matt M December 11, 2019 7:53 pm UTC
Matthew B: I suppose the product description could be clearer, but Chariot of the Gods does come with rules to play the game without needing the full rulebook. (It only deals with the "Cinematic" rules since Chariot is more or less intended as a one-shot and not the basis for a campaign.)
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Rory H December 12, 2019 1:09 am UTC
Different companies have different policies with their licenses, and no company is obligated to give away anything for free, by the same token that not everybody is obliged to buy anything they don't wan't.

For me, a Quick-Play alternative is useful for me - even if I have to pay for it - as I'm a little skeptical that I really need a full blown version of the game as it stands. The quick-play may pique my interest at a lower cost.
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Matthew T December 12, 2019 6:28 am UTC
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The IP owners will want to maximise their profits. If you want to try the system out, without paying anything, Free League produce free (and comprehensive) quick starts for other Year Zero Engine games. The only thing you won’t get is this game’s push mechanic.

I will say this. If the chariot of the gods package is the same as the one us preorder customers got sent, it’s a pretty full version of the rules.
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Matt M December 12, 2019 11:40 pm UTC
Scott F: I stand corrected. Free League changed Chariot of the Gods from its pre-release version, which was 168 pages, and now it is just a 52-page adventure scenario. Unfortunately, that means there is no quickstart. Bummer.
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William E December 10, 2019 7:47 pm UTC
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Question!

What are some examples of things this game does well beyond shooting guys and being stalked by xenomorphs?

How much variety is there in the bestiary? Are there non-xenomorph non-human non-android enemies included?

Thanks!
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Dean S December 11, 2019 1:31 am UTC
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It does Horror very well with a pretty neat rising Panic system until characters freak out. If you've played Mutant:Year Zero, Forbidden Lands or Coriolis then the system is much the same and should be easy to pick up.

The system can be used to run a whole slew of Sci-Fi campaigns set in the Alien universe. Many of the GMs talk about using it for ideas from an 'Outland' style detective game, to 'Rescue/Disaster' scenarios, to gritty smugglers sticking it to the corporations. I think most of the old traveller scenarios should be able to be used (with a bit of work converting them to the Alien Universe).

The bestiary has pretty much every kind of Xenomorph we have seen in the movies from the humanoid alien (including workers, scouts, sentries etc.) to the facehugger and chestburster to the Alien Queen and also a few comic book/game versions like the Crusher. All the Neomorphs from Prometheus/Covenant are also covered but not the Engineers. An Additional 5 other alien creatures (non-movie)...See more
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Matthew T December 11, 2019 9:59 am UTC
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The Engineers are covered, but not statted up.
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William E December 11, 2019 4:08 pm UTC
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Thanks for the info!
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Matthew B December 11, 2019 7:42 pm UTC
The marines in Aliens make reference to "not another bug hunt", indicating they've fought extraterrestrial life before, but it's not proven challanging or even interesting. So creatures we've not seen in the movies would make a lot of sense.
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William E December 12, 2019 7:15 pm UTC
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Yeah I was wondering how the game would expand on stuff like that. Neomorphs and Xenomorphs are really cool but once the players know they are playing an Aliens RPG I'd like more stuff to mix them up with.
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December 14, 2019 6:09 pm UTC
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Campaign mode let You play kind of sandbox style game with three different flavours: colonists, space marines or haulers. They more directed to play economy, trade, investigation, politics, discovery, war, epecial ops etc. Campaigns. There are a lot of info about political and economic big players and their agendas in the world plus engineers and remains after them. If You want You can play grim space opera with it not touching Aliens if You want.
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Bryan B December 16, 2019 1:48 am UTC
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Not really. A bug hunt could mean a wild goose chase, and in programming it means looking for coding errors, or hunting for glitches in other technical fields (and remember, Hudson was their tech specialist). I would presume a bug hunt in this setting is reference to both, as the full quote was:

"Is this going to be a stand-up fight, sir, or another bug hunt?"

All we know is that there’s still no contact with the colony," replies the lieutenant, Gorman, "and that a xenomorph may be involved."

"Excuse me, sir," interjects PFC Frost from the back row, "—a what?"

They hadn't run into anything like it before.

"And found something never recorded once in any of the three hundred surveyed worlds [reads the report] 'A creature that gestates inside living human host', these are your words 'and has concentrated acid for blood'.

No, a bug hunt in military jargon is going looking for something...See more
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Neil P December 16, 2019 2:03 am UTC
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Whilst its been a long time since I've seen it, I recall there being other alien creatures existing in the original Alien RPG, although again, canon is open on that.
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James D December 16, 2019 2:21 am UTC
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I think in the movie the implication is that they often LOOK for aliens, but don't find any. That's MY takeaway at least.
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