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Alien Is Getting A Tabletop RPG!

In tabletop role-playing games, someone wants to hear you scream! That’s right. The Alien franchise is getting a tabletop game of its own.

Soon you’ll be able to traverse the Outer Rim battling the terrifyingly iconic Xenomorphs in this upcoming RPG by Free League Publishing.

Alien: The RPG couldn’t have come at a much better time, having been announced on the 40th anniversary of the beloved sci-fi horror franchise. And the folks at Free League aim to do justice to the atmospheric world as seen in the movies.

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If you’re the least bit skeptical about how this RPG will play out, rest assured that Free League is a master of their work. Having made award-winning RPGs in the past, such as the ’80s sci-fi throwback game Tales From the Loop and the X-Men-esque Mutant: Year Zero, be sure to expect quality gaming with Alien: The RPG.

To add some context to what you’ll be getting into, the game is set after the events of Alien 3. That means Alien: Resurrection won’t factor into the gameplay unless you and your GM want to include that into your canon).

While there won’t be any special cameos made by fan-favourite characters such as Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley, that’s nothing you and your group can’t just make up on the spot. Such is the beauty of the open nature of tabletop RPGs, and this one is no exception.

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“The Alien saga isn’t about superheroes with superior firepower,” said game director Tomas Härenstam. “It’s about placing ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, and testing the endurance of the human spirit against inhuman atrocities and impossible odds. Such a harsh yet hopeful universe has captured our imagination for 40 years with good reason, and we’re excited to explore new stories and perspectives as players must face their demons (in a true and metaphoric sense) and brave the horrors of the unknown.”

While there will be a traditional campaign to get your own canon of Alien up and running, Free League has got role-playing greenhorns covered with a “Cinematic” mode in the book.

Cinematic mode includes several pre-generated characters and storylines ready for you to fully enjoy the Alien experience.

No exact release date for Alien: The RPG has been announced yet, but you can head over to the official site for more news.

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The Alien franchise is in full throttle with its 40th anniversary celebrations, having had a mobile game made in the movies’ likenesses, a reissue of the Reebok Stompers, a cameo in a new Capcom arcade game collection, short films, a stage play, as well as having been bought over by Disney for more movies.


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