Aliens & Asteroids: The First Public Playtest, Pt 3

In the last post, John’s technician “Sean Samsonite” and his drone (the “S.S. Prototype 1”) valiantly headed down into the crater with the alien bits and pieces. And when he spotted the jar of green alien goo on a device with blinking lights, he got very excited. So excited in fact that he jumped on…

Aliens & Asteroids: The First Public Playtest, Pt 2

In the last post, I covered a bit of the terror I felt when trying the whole “public playtest” thing again at Petries’ Family Games. Sure, Cameron was helping out by offering a space and telling folks about it on the website as well as on Facebook, but would it be enough? Well, apparently it…

Aliens & Asteroids: The First Public Playtest, Pt 1

When beginning a brand new effort for a completely new rules system and setting, there’s always a bit of terror. Is it good enough? What will people think? Will folks have fun? Will anybody show up? Wait? What do you mean “will anybody show up?” Well, several weeks ago I started something completely terrifying for…

Reports from the Edge: What are the Hunters Hunting?

Excursori agent Major Demon recently sent a report. It was received by the repeater at BANCE-11 (near TRAPPIST-1). We believe it was sent from the far edge of the zone we call the Stellar Graveyard, but there were no location markers in the message and portions were garbled as though it was damaged in transmission.…

Gun Battles on the Moon

One of the things I want to bring into Aliens & Asteroids is the effects of various environments on combat. And two of the big things I’ve been struggling with are zero-gravity and zero-atmosphere, so I thought I’d write about that struggle. Let’s describe a scenario. For example, let’s say that we have a group…

Pirates Among the Asteroids

Out in the asteroid belt, the Dominion would like you to believe it’s a bunch of happy, go-lucky miners bashing rocks for a living. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. It’s more like the high seas of the 1700s when Blackbeard, Captain Kidd, and Jack Sparrow terrorized merchants and travelers alike with their criminal antics. Pirates…

Views from the Conning Tower: How Much Cybernetic Enhancement is Too Much to be Called Human?

The following was a digital story that went out on the Colonial News Network (CONN) a few days ago. In an age where cybernetic enhancement is the norm, how much is too much? At what point do you become more machine than human? It’s a controversial topic and one tackled by Dr. Hideo Karnak from the…

Real Estate in the Universe

The universe is a big place. As Douglas Adams once wrote, mindbogglingly so. But the thing it doesn’t lack is space. The commute may kill you, but there’s an infinite number of places to hang your hat if you look hard enough. Here on Earth, we’re running out of room in a lot of the…

Religion in the Dominion

It was once said that there are no atheists in foxholes and I suspect the same might be said of being a spacefaring race. Though Aliens & Asteroids may be set a couple of centuries in the future, I suspect that our need to call on a higher power in a time of need may…

Treasures in the Belt

There are few things in the solar system as unique as the asteroids in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Since Giuseppe Piazzi discovered Ceres, the first and largest asteroid, we’ve had a fascination with discovering what was out there. And when we finally started a process of not only mapping, but mining the…

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