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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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Comments: 7
  1. Kailem
    I avoided watching them when they went up since I figured there was a decent chance I might end up getting the game (which I ultimately did) and didn't want to have the scenarios spoiled ahead of time. Hope's Last Day is the introductory scenario though, so maybe one of those?

    That video with Andrew Gaska talking about the Colonial Marines sourcebook was great! Lots of cool little details in there, like bringing the Kenner marine vehicles into the game! As far as I'm concerned this man is doing the Lord's work by bringing in as much Kenner stuff as possible! :D

    It's already been mentioned that the next adventure will be "sense of wonder"-themed, but it sounds like we might be getting an explorer-type sourcebook to go along with it too, as well as one for androids specifically at some point in the future. That could be interesting, especially if it features expanded info on combat androids as is implied here.

    Interesting to hear that we'll be getting some new creatures in this one too. I guess it makes sense since not everything is alien with a capital "A" and bug hunts are a thing, but that little tease of a creature that's been hinted at/implied in all the original movies but never seen is intriguing. Gonna keep my fingers crossed for an Alien King on that one (I know it's controversial, but I've always liked the idea, be it Rogue, Kenner or Sideshow/Legacy figure).

    Either way I pre-ordered my copy earlier and I'm really looking forward to diving in to it whenever it eventually arrives!
  2. Mr. Clemens
    Hi all,

    I missed all the playthrough videos that have been posted in this thread because I didn't have time to watch any of 'em, but now I do. Trouble is, by this point there's too many to choose from! Can anybody recommend one of the better ones?
  3. Xiggz456
    Cool I’ll certainly preorder for the art book alone! Still have yet to play (thanks Hicks for the Discord link btw) but I couldn’t help but finally read through the Destroyer of Worlds scenario. Some more references to the EU include General Spears (Nightmare Asylum) being known for his affinity with bio weapons as well as “grown” soldiers and a Venture Corp pleasure Synthetic (Prototype).
  4. Kailem
    Glad to see this finally being announced officially! And with five scenarios included too! :o That's a lot more than I was expecting for this being a source book and all (not that I'm exactly an expert on how many of that sort of thing you typically get in source books :laugh: )!

    Just like the core rules it sounds like it's going to be a good read from both a gameplay and lore standpoint. Now that I've most definitely been bitten by the rpg bug, I'll be pre-ordering this for sure!
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