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Posted by Kailem
 - Apr 08, 2022, 07:21:35 PM
Quote from: Stitch on Apr 07, 2022, 01:54:18 AM
Quote from: Engineer on Apr 06, 2022, 09:47:39 PM
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
I 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.

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.
Posted by TheBATMAN
 - Apr 07, 2022, 07:21:31 AM
Quote from: Gentleman Death on Apr 06, 2022, 11:00:43 PM
Quote from: Engineer on Apr 06, 2022, 09:47:39 PM
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

But does that read more like a users manual or actual book?

It does although there is a timeline and universe overview then chapters at the end which cover the lore in depth. From memory its a good 100 pages of what is a 300 page book. Worth picking up if you can find a cheap second hand copy perhaps?
Posted by Stitch
 - Apr 07, 2022, 01:54:18 AM
Quote from: Engineer on Apr 06, 2022, 09:47:39 PM
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
I 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.
Posted by Gentleman Death
 - Apr 06, 2022, 11:00:43 PM
Quote from: Engineer on Apr 06, 2022, 09:47:39 PM
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

But does that read more like a users manual or actual book?
Posted by Engineer
 - Apr 06, 2022, 09:47:39 PM
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
Posted by Gentleman Death
 - 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?
Posted by Corporal Hicks
 - Apr 06, 2022, 08:25:34 AM
I'm sure it'll be addressed within the book.
Posted by TheBATMAN
 - 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.
Posted by Adamantiumhip
 - Apr 06, 2022, 07:50:10 AM
Quote from: TheBATMAN on Apr 05, 2022, 09:18:10 PM
It's from the RPG.

So nothing in any other media? I dont play the rpg. Its a shame , its an odd way to add to lore with a niche genre
Posted by TheBATMAN
 - Apr 05, 2022, 09:18:10 PM
It's from the RPG.
Posted by Adamantiumhip
 - Apr 05, 2022, 08:51:24 PM
Wait when are engineers bombing planets with black goo?

I dont remember that in fireteam or previous novels?
Posted by BlueMarsalis79
 - Apr 05, 2022, 12:45:10 PM
Very exciting, just in time for my birthday, I eagerly look forward to this.
Posted by Corporal Hicks
 - Apr 05, 2022, 12:40:31 PM
A blog post from Philippa talking about Inferno: https://www.pjballantine.com/2022/03/31/alien-infernos-fall/
Posted by BlueMarsalis79
 - Mar 16, 2022, 05:45:59 PM
That's cool.
Posted by Corporal Hicks
 - Mar 09, 2022, 02:16:40 PM
Quote from: JohnK on Mar 08, 2022, 10:03:12 AM
The artist is Alex Ronald!

This has been confirmed. You can find more of Alex's work here - https://www.instagram.com/comicartlex/?hl=en

Looks like he's done work for Titan's comics in the past.
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