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Free League Announce Colonial Marines Operations Manual for Alien RPG

Free League have just announced a new expansion for Alien: The Roleplaying Game, the Colonial Marines Operations Manual! Where Free League have previously published an additional cinematic campaign in the way of Destroyer of Worlds, the Colonial Marines Operations Manual is a campaign module which further expands the lore in the corebook to allow Game Muthurs to expand on their own stories.

Armor piercing rounds sizzle through raw flesh as plasma beams sear swollen retinas. Acrid smoke chokes down your throat before you realize what’s burning is you. Chemical attacks melt your armor, simmer your eyeballs, and fuse your helmet to your skull, while bioweapons turn your insides out and pulp you into a quivering mound of black jelly.

Welcome to war on the razor edge of space, marine—where nukes are yesterday’s news, pulse rounds are cheap and a human life is only worth its weight in stock options. It’s a living hell—but none of that’s as bad as the flashes of gnashing metal teeth that terrorize you every time you try to close your eyes—like some monster just split your head open and crawled inside your dreams.

Sometimes you’ve gotta wonder what the hell it’s all for.

But no one pays you to ask why, only to follow orders. You’re just a grunt—no offense. So lock and load your pulse rifle, marine—you’ve got a job to do. Protect and serve the citizens and colonies of the Outer Rim colonies—no matter what the cost.

ALIEN RPG: Colonial Marines Operations Manualis a complete campaign module for the award-winning official ALIEN roleplaying game, written by sci-fi novelist Andrew E.C. Gaska and Paul Elliott. It gives you all the tools you need to run a full open-world campaign as the iconic Colonial Marines. Contents:

  • History & Organization – the inside story of the illustrious Colonial Marine Corps.
  • Creating Marines – expanded character creation rules for grunts of all kinds.
  • Weapons & Vehicles – an extensive chapter with new gear, gloriously illustrated.
  • The Frontier War – the framework and backstory for a Colonial Marines campaign.
  • Factions on the Frontier – the powers that be and their dark agendas.
  • Marine Missions – six thrilling missions for your Marines, playable in any order.
  • The Endgame – the showdown against a deadly enemy, finally revealed.

 Free League Announce Colonial Marines Operations Manual for Alien RPG

The Operations Manual is currently slated for release in March 2021, but by pre-ordering – as is typical of Free League – you will also previous an earlier PDF copy of the book. In addition, pre-orders will also receive a PDF art book containing high resolution copies of Alien RPG artwork by Martin Grip, Gustaf Ekelund and Jarek Kubicki, some of which you can see below!

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Alien: The Roleplaying Game – Colonial Marines Operations Manual is currently up on Free League’s webstore for pre-order at £32/$42.

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  1. RidgeTop
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FJ9FAZ_WQAE3H2_?format=jpg&name=large

    "We are thrilled to reveal Heart of Darkness, the upcoming new cinematic scenario for our multiple award-winning ALIEN roleplaying game.

    ALIEN: Heart of Darkness is a stand-alone adventure, but also serves as a conclusion to the Draconis Strain Saga begun in the cinematic scenario Chariot of the Gods and continued in Destroyer of Worlds, all written by Andrew E.C Gaska. The expansion is designed for 3–5 players plus the Game Mother and is a spiraling descent into soul-crushing madness...

    Heart of Darkness will come in a boxed set including a range of maps, cards, handouts, and pre-generated characters. (Please note - the ALIEN RPG Core Rulebook or Starter Set is required to play.)

    Heart of Darkness will be offered in a pre-order and PDF pre-release on the official ALIEN RPG website later this winter, for a full physical retail release in the summer."
  2. Xiggz456
    Quote from: Kailem on Sep 13, 2021, 03:23:34 PM
    Yeah I love how much stuff from the RPG has shown up in Fireteam Elite (too much, in some cases!), and even a couple of nods to Fireteam in the Colonial Marines Operations Manual. It really helps give a sense of a cohesive, interconnected Alien universe with its own lore and events outside of just the movies, and that's super cool.

    Ya I was surprised that they mentioned General Vaughn and her role in the frontier war considering how recently the Operations Manual came out. But I'm with you on this giving us that interconnected universe feel.
  3. Kailem
    Yeah I love how much stuff from the RPG has shown up in Fireteam Elite (too much, in some cases!), and even a couple of nods to Fireteam in the Colonial Marines Operations Manual. It really helps give a sense of a cohesive, interconnected Alien universe with its own lore and events outside of just the movies, and that's super cool.
  4. Bughuntwilson
    Quote from: Kailem on Aug 06, 2021, 12:40:36 PM
    One expansion I was thinking about recently that I'd like to see at some point is a source book for all the different Alien variations we've seen throughout the comics, games, figures etc. There are so many out there beyond the ones we've seen in the movies - which mostly all have stats now between the current releases - that it'd be great to get some (and a bit more lore and artwork) for things like the Bull Alien or the King or the Queen Face Hugger.

    The only downside could be that they might not be able to include the Predalien or things like the Carrier or Ravager and others that appeared in an AVP context. So that wouldn't be too great. But regardless, if it was as comprehensive as possible it would still be a really cool expansion to have, both from a gaming and a lore standpoint.

    This right here somebody show this to gaska though it already probably a given he loves the Kenner toys
  5. Kailem
    One expansion I was thinking about recently that I'd like to see at some point is a source book for all the different Alien variations we've seen throughout the comics, games, figures etc. There are so many out there beyond the ones we've seen in the movies - which mostly all have stats now between the current releases - that it'd be great to get some (and a bit more lore and artwork) for things like the Bull Alien or the King or the Queen Face Hugger.

    The only downside could be that they might not be able to include the Predalien or things like the Carrier or Ravager and others that appeared in an AVP context. So that wouldn't be too great. But regardless, if it was as comprehensive as possible it would still be a really cool expansion to have, both from a gaming and a lore standpoint.
  6. Kailem
    Quote from: judge death on Jul 23, 2021, 05:45:03 PM
    Got mine 3 days ago, and if you wonder why I purchased the starter kit when I have the core rulebook already: I like to support the project fully and have all books :P

    I got the starter set along with the core rules as well. Even if you've already got the latter, the starter set still has a bunch of stuff that makes it worthwhile, like the custom dice, physical map, cards and Chariot of the Gods scenario etc.

    Plus it's honestly just handy sometimes to have two copies of the rules laying around for reference when you're playing the game.
  7. judge death
    Got mine 3 days ago, and if you wonder why I purchased the starter kit when I have the core rulebook already: I like to support the project fully and have all books :P

    https://images-wixmp-ed30a86b8c4ca887773594c2.wixmp.com/f/7d6993df-3d77-4fbb-878f-4afdb136d515/denur81-42efa626-fc3e-4a48-b47e-0f07ebdeda1c.jpg/v1/fill/w_1032,h_774,q_70,strp/04be9502_efdd_4731_b7ee_1924b3ec113e_by_warrior1944_denur81-pre.jpg?token=eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJzdWIiOiJ1cm46YXBwOjdlMGQxODg5ODIyNjQzNzNhNWYwZDQxNWVhMGQyNmUwIiwiaXNzIjoidXJuOmFwcDo3ZTBkMTg4OTgyMjY0MzczYTVmMGQ0MTVlYTBkMjZlMCIsIm9iaiI6W1t7ImhlaWdodCI6Ijw9OTYwIiwicGF0aCI6IlwvZlwvN2Q2OTkzZGYtM2Q3Ny00ZmJiLTg3OGYtNGFmZGIxMzZkNTE1XC9kZW51cjgxLTQyZWZhNjI2LWZjM2UtNGE0OC1iNDdlLTBmMDdlYmRlZGExYy5qcGciLCJ3aWR0aCI6Ijw9MTI4MCJ9XV0sImF1ZCI6WyJ1cm46c2VydmljZTppbWFnZS5vcGVyYXRpb25zIl19.NXdqWyGNBEZpvG1Y69Zr9zJ8zumVrj7yZ58KLJSbgXc
  8. Kailem
    All this Fireteam Elite talk has finally gotten me to start properly reading through the pdf copy, so fingers crossed if they're starting to ship to the UK I might get my notification soon too!
  9. Darwinsgirl

    Quote from: judge death on Jul 13, 2021, 08:44:52 PM
    Got a message saying my colonial marines manual book is sent and on the way :D
    Hmm I wonder if I can get a updated pdf now as they said they might change and fix typos and other stuff by the time they send out the physical book?

    In earlier printed books known as an erratum. A printed sheet tipped in to later printings or if errors were discovered after printing but before released. A pdf is a better way if errors are known. That way anyone (hopefully) would have access to it. 8)

    That might make for a nice related topic to the literature section. Book or film errors.  ;)
  10. judge death
    Got a message saying my colonial marines manual book is sent and on the way :D
    Hmm I wonder if I can get a updated pdf now as they said they might change and fix typos and other stuff by the time they send out the physical book?
  11. Xiggz456
    It's still quite interesting but it absolutely builds on from the core book. As long as they keep releasing expansions, I'll keep reading them for the sake of feeding my lore addiction lol.
  12. Xiggz456
    Just finished reading through this pretty massive expansion. In regards to the story framework that sets up the scenarios, I really enjoyed the overall "Frontier War" story that's presented. I look forward to hearing the thoughts once folks start playing through these scenarios.
  13. Xiggz456
    Some interesting tidbits regarding Arcturians

    Spoiler
    They share 99.99961% of the same dna as humans and have huge Nazca-esque lines depicting very Engineer like imagery. And there's a really cool page of art that depicts this!
    [close]
  14. judge death
    Quote from: The Eighth Passenger on Jun 08, 2021, 04:35:16 PM
    Quote from: Local Trouble on Jun 07, 2021, 09:40:08 PM
    Quote from: Xiggz456 on Jun 07, 2021, 05:54:05 PMIncluding the UPP's version of a dropship which the book mentions was "coincidentally" the same design as the Cheyenne dropship lol.

    Awful.

    Is the Soviet Mig-28 not also identical to the USAF F-5?
    Was going to say this, as UPP is basicly soviet union and in real life soviet copied several designs from usa and the west, slight changes like engines was max they did. The B-29 copy and the space shuttle copies comes to mind.

    And well this book is the lore canon so UPP has the cheyenne dropship but different name is now canon no matter what we say or think now.
  15. SiL
    I imagine the three people who will ever care about that detail are in this thread, and anyone else who may think it's weird can just ... make that not the case, since they're in charge.
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