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Free League, Modiphius Release Alien: The Roleplaying Game

December 10, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Alien :The Roleplaying Game

The Alien franchise is officially open for business in terms of roleplaying games, as Free League Publishing and Modiphius have released the official RPG. Modiphius has announced that Alien: The Roleplaying Game is now available, with plenty of facehugging, chestbursting terror for GMs to put their players through.

The game was announced back in April and allows gaming groups to play in the world of the film franchise. The 392-page core rulebook supports two game modes, described as follows:

* Cinematic play is based on pre-made scenarios that emulate the dramatic arc of an ALIEN film. Designed to be played in a single session, this game mode emphasizes high stakes and fast and brutal play. You are not all expected to survive. The core rulebook contains one introductory Cinematic scenario, Hope’s Last Day.

* Campaign play is designed for longer continuous play with the same cast of player characters over many game sessions, letting you explore the ALIEN universe freely, sandbox style. The core rulebook contains random tables and other powerful tools to quickly create star systems, colonies, missions, encounters, and NPCs for your campaign.

The game rules are built off of the Year Zero Engine popularized by games like Tales from the Loop and Mutant: Year Zero, adapted to fit within the action and sci-fi horror world of Alien. The first scenario book, Chariot of the Gods, is also available now and is described as follows:

The job was routine, the money fair. Then the damn company diverted you to answer a distress call from a ship that disappeared almost 80 years ago—a derelict carrying something bizarre, twisted, and alien. What the ship’s frozen crew brought back with them was bad enough—what they themselves were turning into was a bloody nightmare. Add to that an annoying sensor ghost shadowing you in the void, and your stress level is shot.

It’s all a bit much.

You don’t get paid enough to deal with monsters. But hold your breath, count to three, and play your cards right with this one, and you just might walk away very rich. Oh, who am I kidding?

You’re all going to die.

Chariot of the Gods is a complete Cinematic Scenario for the ALIEN Roleplaying Game written by sci-fi novelist Andrew E.C. Gaska. The 48-page booklet designed to introduce you to the game while at the same time taking you on a thrilling, terror-filled ride into deep space where no one can hear you scream. Chariot of the Gods is designed for 3–5 players plus the GM and takes at least 4–5 hours to complete.