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Kickstarter: “Making History: Three One-Session RPGs”

Back in 2010, about a month after I finished writing WR&M I visited GenCon in Indianapolis. There a fellow RPG fan called Tristan Zimmerman did an interview with me for his RPG podcast. Now, almost 9 years later he’s running a Kickstarter campaign for his own roleplaying games!

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If you ever wanted to run a game in a historical setting but didn’t have the time for all the prep and research involved, Tristan has you covered. “Making History: Three One-Session RPGs” contains three complete games including pregenerated characters and adventures set into three eras of play. There’s “Norse Ivory”, a game in which you play Normans in 994 A.D. on a quest to the lands of their Viking ancestors. In “A Killing in Cahokia”  you take on the roles of Native Americans investigating a murder and conspiracy in a Native American metropolis long before white men came to American shores. Last but not least there’s “Darken Ship”, a modern day game in which you play low-ranking US Navy sailors alone in a ship which should carry a crew of thousands.

The Kickstarter started today and has a goal of $1500. The game is already finished in digital form, but he needs help to finance a print run. Tristan has graciously provided me with a copy of the game and it looks very cool. All three games sound very intriguing (I am especially excited about the one set in Cahokia), the rules are fairly easy  and I’m sure you could use all three games to introduce your friends to the hobby, or run it as a convention or similar event. Each game also comes with reading recommendations in case you want to learn more about the adventures’ subjects.

If you are into historical RPGs and/or a game which you can use to introduce the hobby to new people, you definitely should check out Tristan’s Kickstarter!

Alien RPG coming from Free League

It’s no secret that I love everything Free League Publishing (aka Fria Ligan) has released so far. Mutant: Year Zero (see my review here) is definitely my favorite game at the monent (including its spin-offs GenLab Alpha, Mechatron, and Elysium). So it’s no surprise that I am very excited about their upcoming official Alien RPG. Yes, you read that correctly. We’re talking about a tabletop roleplaying game based on the Alien franchise first created by Ridley Scott and Dan O’Bannon back in the late ‘70s.

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Roleplaying Where No One Can Hear You Scream
Their official website already showcases some of the artwork from the upcoming book (which will come out this year!) and gives a few details on the setting and rules. The artwork is – as expected from a Free League game utterly gorgeous. I’ve included a few pieces into this article.

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The Alien RPG will be using Free League’s proven Mutant engine. It’s a quite simple pool-based system, which tends to be quite deadly in most of its incarnations. I think it’s a perfect fit for the Alien RPG.

The setting of the Alien RPG will be the 2183, three years after the destruction of Hadley’s Hope on LV-426 and the closing of the prison on Fiorina 161. So it’s set after the events of Alien, Aliens, and Alien 3.  I don’t know if the “prequels” Prometheus and Alien: Covenant will be considered canon, or if the events depicted in those movies will affect the game universe in any way.

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In my opinion Free League is perfectly suited to pull this off. They have great production values, which is key especially with expensive licenses. Don’t get me started on some of the stuff Mongoose produced during the d20 craze. Their Mutant engine is easy to learn, has enough moving parts to keep you interested for quite a while, and supports the style of gameplay an Alien RPG needs. Life in space is cheap, and no one will hear you scream – especially when all dies come up as 1s. Last but not least they have experience with pseudo-historic setting (like Tales from the Loop). Sure, Alien is not set in the 1980s, but it has a certain late ‘70s/early ‘80s feel, you just have to get right. I am confident they’ll release the Alien RPG we always wanted.

Kickstarter: Odyssey of the Dragonlords

Modiphius is more active than ever. I just heard from their PR assistant Panny that they just recently started another Kickstarter project which has been funded in its first 24 hours. They are raising funds for “Odyssey of the Dragonlords”, and 5th Edition adventure book inspired by Greek mythology and written by Arcanum Worlds which has been founded by ex-Bioware people. This might definitely raise some eyebrows … and in a good way.

b5fb17590516a148c03867a8a25a034b_originalOdyssey will be an about 260-paged hardcover book containing an epic quest in the world of Thylea which will take a party of adventurers from 1st to 10th level. The artwork shown on the Kickstarter page looks gorgeous, and if you want to delve deeper into it, there’s already a free Player’s Guide to Odyssey of the Dragonlords available on DriveThruRPG.

If you’re a fan of D&D 5th Edition and Greek myth, you definitely should give this Kickstarter a look.