Quote from: Stitch on Apr 07, 2022, 01:54:18 AM
Quote from: Engineer on Apr 06, 2022, 09:47:39 PMI have the RPG, but I'm waiting for friends to become available to go through the scenarios. I don't want to spoil the game by reading it beforehand.
Quote from: Gentleman Death on Apr 06, 2022, 06:03:09 PM
Quote from: TheBATMAN on Apr 06, 2022, 08:16:05 AM
I think Titan announced they are working in conjunction with the RPG and that the next several novels will have tie-in scenarios with the RPG.
I dont play it myself either but the lore is quite excellent.
Is there a way to read the lore without having to play the RPG?
You could read through the rpg book
Unless you're going to be the one running the game, you should definitely give the core rules book at least somewhat of a readthrough beforehand just to get yourself familiar with the rules and systems in play, since there are quite a lot of things you need to keep track of. It's also divided up into a "player's" and "game mother's" sections as well, so you can easily avoid any parts you think might spoil anything for you.
To be honest though as far as the core rules go, it's only really the included scenario "Hope's Last Day" that you'd want to completely avoid (again, unless you're going to be the one running it), and that's the very last thing in the book so it's easy not to read. A lot of the lore sections are in the "game mother" part of the book though, and detail the various governments, corporations and regions of space that might end up playing some part in your adventures, but they don't contain any actual spoilers. They're more there for potential inspiration for GM's to turn into homebrew scenarios and campaigns.
Similarly, the Colonial Marines Operations Manual has "player" and "GM" sections, and in that case much of the lore and timeline stuff about their creation and the battles they've fought over the years is in the player section. I know there's more stuff in the GM part of that book, but I've been avoiding that in hopes that one day we might get to play through the Marine campaign.
The cinematic scenarios though (Chariot of the Gods, Destroy of Worlds and Heart of Darkness) you should avoid reading at all unless you're planning on running them, as they're all about dem spoilers.
But yeah, even if you don't think you might actually end up playing it, the rpg is a fantastic source of lore and info, and by far the most cohesive and expansive tome on the Alien universe as a whole to date. Definitely worth checking out if you're a fan of the world-building side of things.