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Free League Announces Heart of Darkness Cinematic Scenario for Alien RPG

Free League have just announced an upcoming cinematic scenario box set for Alien: The Roleplaying Game, Heart of Darkness! Following last year’s Colonial Marines Operations Manual expansion, this release will cap the story set up so far from the previous Free League scenarios Chariots of the Gods, and Destroyer of Worlds. The cover artwork features what appears to be a space station within an ominous red nebula (or black hole?) in the shape of a Deacon, the creature which appeared at the end of Prometheus.

 Free League Announces Heart of Darkness Cinematic Scenario for Alien RPG
Free League announced the new scenario on social media and in an email newsletter:

“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.”

Pre-orders are not up yet but listed as coming soon on Free League’s website before a planned physical summer release. As per usual those who pre-order will receive a PDF digital copy before the final release. If you’d like to get started with the core rulebook or previous expansions for the critically acclaimed Alien: The Roleplaying Game, check out Free-League’s webstore.

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  1. Corporal Hicks
    QuoteFree League and Titan Books Announce Creative Partnership for the ALIEN Universe Cohesive Narrative Across Novels and the RPG

    Free League Publishing and Titan Books today announced a collaboration to publish a unified storyline set within the ALIEN Universe. For 2022 and into 2023, the editorial and writing teams will share assets and coordinate plotlines to form a cohesive narrative across three original novels and the multiple award-winning ALIEN RPG.

    "The ALIEN RPG has established the 'Frontier War,' as remote human colonies come under assault by an unknown enemy, dropping a deadly pathogen that unleashes monsters on those worlds," Titan Acquisitions Editor Steve Saffel said. "At the same time, in the wake of the Titan novel Alien: Into Charybdis, political tensions on Earth reach a boiling point."

    These dramatic events play out in the recently released ALIEN RPG: Colonial Marines Operations Manual by Free League and three upcoming trade paperback novels by Titan Books, each independent but all set against a dramatic galactic backdrop:

    Alien: Colony War by David Barnett  (April 2022)
    Alien: Inferno's Fall by Phillipa Ballantine and Clara Carija (July 2022)
    Alien: Enemy of My Enemy by Mary SanGiovanni (February 2023)

    The results will set the stage for further developments within the ALIEN Universe, as depicted in the roleplaying game and original fiction.

    Find out more about the novel Alien: Colony War here.

    To further establish the connection between the game and the novels, the ALIEN RPG lead setting writer Andrew E.C. Gaska will develop three unique RPG scenarios which will appear as bonus features in the books, one per novel. The first such scenario, Fallout, is included in Alien: Colony War. Readers intrigued by these adventures will have the opportunity to further explore the RPG experience.
  2. Simply_Kevin
    Oh that looks sick! I haven't gotten my hands on Destroyer of Worlds yet, but my party has already played through Charriot of the Gods with a sole survivor. Shit seriously hit the fan! Andrew's writting is amazing.
  3. Xiggz456
    Quote from: RidgeTop on Jan 25, 2022, 06:21:52 PM
    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."


    Nice! Gaska hasn't disappointed yet! Maybe one day I'll get around to actually playing the game but for now I'm content reading through the playbooks and sucking up that sweet lore lol.
  4. Corporal Hicks
    We haven't had the chance to play through the scenario from the CMCB yet, but have thoroughly enjoyed the last 2 cinematic releases, so really looking forward to this one too!

    The artwork in the game continues to look fantastic as well!
  5. Kailem
    It's the Deac.....on!

    That's pretty cool, I was under the impression that they weren't able to use him because he was "Ridley stuff." Maybe things have changed under Disney and they're finally allowing them to touch things that were previously untouchable. And if that's the case I wonder if we might one day see a scenario that features the Engineers after all?

    Either way, looking forward to this! Both the previous cinematic scenarios were great, so I've got high hopes for this one too.
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