Exploring the Future’s Past, Part 2

In the last post, we talked a bit about the “alternate future” that led to the formation of the Dominion, the dominant organization in the world of Aliens & Asteroids. Run by a collection of the most powerful corporations in human-controlled space, it’s definitely a force to be reckoned with. But the Dominion, though immense,…

Exploring the Future’s Past, Part 1

This week I received some input on A&A from friends of mine from way back… Derek, who I’ve known since college (nearly 30 years now) and Mike, who I’ve known since my days at Sybase (more than a decade). Both offered some intriguing feedback. But first, we’ll take a look at the wacky history that…

The Treasure Hunter is out Exploring!

There’s a new hero on the Mazes & Perils scene today. Maybe he’s something like Indiana Jones, exploring the jungles of South America looking for priceless artifacts to include in a museum. Perhaps she’s like Lara Croft, safeguarding the world from items that shouldn’t fall into the wrong hands. But either way, this character is…

Aliens & Asteroids: Designing Weapons for the Future

Looking into the crystal ball a few hundred years is a challenge. Understatement of the year. But as I look to the future and what humankind has wrought upon our universe, I’m left with one very obvious fact: weapons have to be tough. It’s tough to get replacement parts when you’re light years from the…

The Problems With Alien Invasions

Do you want to know what the problem is with most alien invasions? They want something from us. It’s not like they’re Santa Claus, here to deliver wisdom and technology from the stars out of the goodness of their hearts… Nope. They’re here because we have something they want. I mean, I get it. Every…

Zhilin Campaign Journal #16: Ending their first shift with the ZCG…

After leaving the ratlings nest, they worked their way back through the tunnels to the ladder into Haven and were happy to emerge into the more open space. (For more about the ratlings, check out the last post…) They were ready to get the missing Goon named Brun back to his boss so they could…

Zhilin Campaign Journal #15: Children of the Scarred Tail

Once our heroes took care of the Shifter, a few preliminary questions were answered to the heroes’ satisfaction, and the ratlings were safe to move back to their nest, they took the PCs with them deeper into the tunnels. (See the last post for details about their encounter with the creature and meeting the ratlings…)…

Zhilin Campaign Journal #14: Ratlings… Meet the Ratlings…

Last time our heroes had just joined the battle between the rats and the strange, hairy, humanoid figure… And our heroes were unsure whether the creature in the center was Brun, a ratling, or something else. Bart, the Cleric, cast Detect Evil on the creature and got a certain “YES!” from his deity in response,…

Zhilin Campaign Journal #13: Into the Dark…

We began the third gaming session of the City-State of Zhilin campaign with a full complement of players. In fact, my two daughters stepped into a couple of roles so that we had even more folks around the table. Here’s a refresher of the cast of characters (human unless stated otherwise): Bartholomew “Bart” Fatima (Jonathan)…

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