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Alien: The Roleplaying Game Now Available for Pre-Order!

What better day to unleash Alien: The Roleplayin Game pre-orders onto the world than on the 40th anniversary of Alien?! Fans and gamers all over the world are able now able to pre-order Free League Publishing’s Alien: The Roleplaying Game!

The full printed ALIEN roleplaying game will launch late this year, but you can pre-order it NOW in our webshop and get immediate access to a meaty 168-page Cinematic Starter Kit PDF. It  includes rules for skills, combat and panic, five pre-generated player characters, and the full-length Cinematic scenario Chariot of the Gods written by Alien RPG setting writer and sci-fi novelist Andrew E.C. Gaska.

The Cinematic Starter Kit will be available for download via DrivethruRPG as soon as your pre-order purchase is confirmed – no more than a few days after your purchase. You don’t need a DrivethruRPG account to receive the PDF.

In addition, if you pre-order the core rulebook you will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the game before it goes to print and earn a play-tester credit in the final publication. There is a link to a feedback form inside the Starter Kit PDF itself.

 Alien: The Roleplaying Game Now Available for Pre-Order!

Currently available to pre-order on the Alien RPG website, there’s a bunch of pretty sweet 40th Anniversary editions of The Roleplaying Game that are exclusively available via this pre-order!

  • STANDARD EDITION includes the Alien RPG Core Rulebook in a hardcover format with approximately 300 full-color pages of beautiful artwork and complete game rules for both the Cinematic and long-term Campaign game modes. A PDF of the book is included. Price: $49.99
  • STANDARD BUNDLE includes the standard Alien RPG Core Rulebook, along with a deluxe gamemaster screen, two sets of custom dice (one set of 10 Base Dice and one set of 10 Stress Dice), a set of 50 custom cards (for initiative, weapons, and NPCs), and a set of useful maps and markers. A PDF of the book is included. Price: $99.99 ($50 discount on the total retail price)
  • 40th ANNIVERSARY LIMITED-EDITION offers the Alien RPG Core Rulebook with a special commemorative book cover. Exclusive to this pre-order campaign, the 40th Anniversary Limited Edition will never be printed again. A PDF of the book is included. Price: $89.99
  • 40th ANNIVERSARY BUNDLE includes the Alien RPG 40th Anniversary Limited-Edition Core Rulebook, along with the deluxe gamemaster screen, two sets of custom dice (one set of 10 Base Dice and one set of 10 Stress Dice), a set of 50 custom cards (for initiative, weapons, and NPCs), and a set of useful maps and markers. A PDF of the book is included. Price: $139.99
  • THE COMPANY SPECIAL EDITION includes everything from the 40th Anniversary Limited Edition Bundle, as well as signatures from the Free League team on both the commemorative cover and a Limited-Edition 27” X 40” poster of the Alien RPG cover art by Martin Grip. Price: $249.99

 Alien: The Roleplaying Game Now Available for Pre-Order!

The full game itself is currently expected to release by in December 2019, but pre-ordering now gives you early access to the first Cinematic scenario. So what are you waiting for? Head on over to the publisher’s website and get those pre-orders in! 

Fri Ligan (Free League), the publishers, have also setup an Alien RPG sub-board on their own forums which can also go check out and sign up to.

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  1. FenGiddel
    I saw this fella’s Tweet today.

    Do you notice a similarity between my old A-Deck plan…

    https://thenostromofilesblog.files.wordpress.com/2018/07/a_deck_callouts-bathroom-closeup1.png




    https://thenostromofilesblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/06/a_deck_callouts.gif


    and Fria Ligan’s deck plan sheet?

    https://thenostromofilesblog.files.wordpress.com/2019/06/5c3e2b63-3e56-4fc9-8056-7490d63f748e.jpeg

    https://thenostromofilesblog.files.wordpress.com/2019/06/0257977e-0102-4d6e-9105-c261d0aee24d.jpeg



    They've done a nice job, dressing it up. You might also note that when I drew the plans back in the late 90s, my site was hosted on a Swedish server.  How cool is that?
  2. Kailem
    Yeah it's one of the ships in the Chariot of the Gods cinematic campaign. The brief description in the review Hicks linked to a couple of pages back describes the premise thusly:

    "The starfreighter USCSS Montero has been diverted to check out the distress beacon from the USCSS Cronus. The Cronus is a science ship that has been missing for nearly a century."
  3. SM
    Yeah the Cronus makes more sense than the movie set.  The Prometheus concept art had a lot of pieces with stairs and elevators.

    The main hatch for the lifeboat on Prometheus on the other hand is in a odd position at the stern of the ship.
  4. skhellter
    The "Cronus" ship from the Chariots of the Gods scenario has good detailed layouts of all four decks.
    It's a heliades class ship, Prometheus equivalent.

    I screencapped a ton of stuff from Prometheus a while back in order to try and map it.  Since it has multiple levels, but the crew only ever seem to inhabit one in the film and there's a distinct lack of stairs, I suspect the RPG one will make more sense.

    There's stairs in the Cronus.  :laugh:
    It's not 1:1 with the Prometheus, of course. The "corporate suite" is definitely not like Vickers' and there's no basketball court for starters.
    But it is coherent with itself and very detailed.
  5. SM
    The "Cronus" ship from the Chariots of the Gods scenario has good detailed layouts of all four decks.
    It's a heliades class ship, Prometheus equivalent.

    I screencapped a ton of stuff from Prometheus a while back in order to try and map it.  Since it has multiple levels, but the crew only ever seem to inhabit one in the film and there's a distinct lack of stairs, I suspect the RPG one will make more sense.
  6. Kailem
    Does the game include any other maps besides the galaxy one? The description says maps plural, but none of the pictures I've seen show any of the other ones (and I'm assuming those Hadley's Hope layout ones will only be included if that scenario is).
  7. Corporal Hicks
    #7 – THE HIVE IS GROWING

    Quote
    Hello! This is the seventh official newsletter for the upcoming ALIEN tabletop RPG by Free League Publishing and Twentieth Century Fox.

    The pre-order at ALIEN-RPG.COM has now been running for over a week, and we have sent out Cinematic Starter Kit PDFs to hundreds of players. The response has been great so far – here's a full review from GeekNative.

    What's even more awesome is the awesome community that's quickly growing around the game. Already, players are sharing ideas, advice and amazing resources with each other. This is something we highly encourage, and we'd like to take this opportunity to give you an overview of some great places to go online:

    The inofficial Facebook group called "ALIEN RPG by Free League" is probably the most active place right now. There, you can already find resources like form-fillable character sheets, printer-friendly sheets, digital dice rollers, and much, much more.

    You're also very welcome to official forums on the Free League website. That's a great place for questions on the rules and setting, and for posting feedback on the Starter Kit PDF, as it's actively monitored by us.

    There is also a pretty active subreddit and Mewe dedicated to the game, as well a Discord dedicated to ALIEN and other games based on the Year Zero Engine.

    You are all very welcome to come the Hive and join the conversation! And remember – keep it friendly. :)

    Not pre-ordered yet? Hurry over to ALIEN-RPG.COM right now!
  8. Mr. Clemens
    A note to anyone who may be having this pdf professionally printed and bound, like I did:

    The pagination is messed up. Specifically, odd-numbered pages are on the left and even-numbered pages are on the right, which is the reverse of what should be. This means that two-page art spreads instead wrap around a page turn, as does the timeline. It doesn't mean the book can't be read, but it is annoying.

    So if you're gonna get it printed double-sided, have them either add a blank page after the title page, or have them remove the credits page, and then everything will line up like it should.  :)
  9. Kailem
    Nice, I'll be giving those a listen for sure. I'll never play it (nobody to play it with), but this looks awesome. Very much looking forward to watching all the inevitable Youtube playthroughs when it's released.
  10. Dachande
    I'm always happy to dump the grid in RPGs. People counting squares is a real tension-killer.  :P

    I do love me some miniatures as a visual aid, but I find putting 'em on a grid strips back the drama.


    I'm gonna be quite happy using the Board and Minis from Nemesis, I think that will work great


    Didn't get the Prodos stuff while it was around?

    I'm not a huge fan of Miniatures games, so apart from it being AvP I wasn't too interested. Granted having an Alien mini or 2 for this would be great.

    Although the nemesis ones will make perfectly good stand ins, they even have their own lifecycle
  11. SM
    There's no plans as far as I know. When I spoke to them - long time ago now - they had access to anything with Alien in the title as well as Prometheus.

    Being an RPG, players can make up their own Predator stats and use it in a game if they wanted to.
  12. SM
    Read about half of it so far.  Doubt I'll get an opportunity to play it, but from I've read so far they seem to have a really good handle on the tone.
  13. Mr. Clemens
    I'm always happy to dump the grid in RPGs. People counting squares is a real tension-killer.  :P

    I do love me some miniatures as a visual aid, but I find putting 'em on a grid strips back the drama.
  14. Dachande
    Reading through this stuff, everything seems fine. Everything except how movement is covered. Ordinarily something like D&D uses a grid along with 5-foot increments to measure a characters movement within' a round. This mentions something about zones and the like, kinda weird.

    Outside of D&D and Pathfinder, i think rules for movement can vary. I know the Star Wars themed RPG's don't use grid based combat, and just have different distance measurements, the same for the Legend of the Five Rings RPG, and The One Ring. It depends on the game and the DM playing the game, i've had D&D sessions where you don't need a map for combat, it just makes it easier.

    Reading through the Starter Guide, and just envisioning how the game could play, i don't think it would really work too well to use a grid based combat system in an Alien universe, where generally speaking you aren't really going to be fighting lots of enemies at once, and if you are, you're probably pretty screwed.
  15. Monster Man
    Reading through this stuff, everything seems fine. Everything except how movement is covered. Ordinarily something like D&D uses a grid along with 5-foot increments to measure a characters movement within' a round. This mentions something about zones and the like, kinda weird.
  16. Mr. Clemens
    The thing is, I hate reading books on my computer so I'm likely going to wait for the print edition before I really dive deep into anything.

    I'm the same, so I'm gonna have Staples print me a copy and coil bind it.

    And yeah, that Anniversary Edition looks pretty bland compared to the Standard!
    Let me know how much that ends up costing you, maybe I'll do the same thing.

    Just placed my order. Printed b&w, double-sided, on regular 20lb bond with cardstock covers and coil bound was $33.87 Canadian, tax in.  :)
  17. Xenomrph
    The thing is, I hate reading books on my computer so I'm likely going to wait for the print edition before I really dive deep into anything.

    I'm the same, so I'm gonna have Staples print me a copy and coil bind it.

    And yeah, that Anniversary Edition looks pretty bland compared to the Standard!
    Let me know how much that ends up costing you, maybe I'll do the same thing.
  18. Xenomrph
    I got the PDF and I've been skimming through it, it's pretty neat so far. The thing is, I hate reading books on my computer so I'm likely going to wait for the print edition before I really dive deep into anything.

    I'm still really hoping that they crib from the old Leading Edge RPG.
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