What is an alien?

As I ponder some of the ways to approach playable alien races in Aliens & Asteroids, I had to ask myself a key question: What exactly *is* an alien? Simple question though it may be, it really opened up some interesting ideas to explore at my game table. Let’s look at the definition of alien. According…

Friendly Galactic Gunsmith – Stealth Armor

Though standard combat armor is meant to protect its wearer from harm, by either slowing or deflecting attacks, there is always a trade-off between protection, mobility, and stealth. In game terms, it’s similar to the difference between plate mail, chain mail, and leather. Plate is great for stopping attacks, but you are usually slow and…

Friendly Galactic Gunsmith – Weapon Mods

Last time we chatted about some fun hacks for ammunition. This time, let’s talk about the guns themselves. Characters with the Gunsmith trait can build, modify, or repair standard guns during Downtime. That’s pretty broad when we come right down to it. And if you specialize in a particular type of gun (Gunsmith: Pistol), you can…

Friendly Galactic Gunsmith – Custom Ammunition

Aliens & Asteroids offers a couple of traits for those characters wanting to really go crazy with new armaments and armor: Armorer and Gunsmith. And today, I want to talk a little bit about some of the weird ways we’re thinking of going with those rules. Essentially it’s up to the Referee to determine what…

The Six Unique Characters in our Aliens & Asteroids Campaign, Part 5

Last, but definitely not least, we have Commander Zell Cantrell, pirate and leader to the team. Played by KT, Zell embodies the ideals of a pirate and leads from the front. She is NOT to be trifled with! 6. Zell Cantrell, Commander   Zell was nothing like our first commander (A. Serious). Zell approached her…

The Six Unique Characters in our Aliens & Asteroids Campaign, Part 4

  After Sean Samsonite and Victoria Stone joined the party, we had two new characters join our ranks. One of those was Astra Brannigan, played by Kaelynn. 5. Astra Brannigan, Dominion Scientist Xenobiologist Astra Brannigan began pretty simply, but over time she’s gained a great deal of confidence and become a big part of the…

The Six Unique Characters in our Aliens & Asteroids Campaign, Part 3

Sean Samsonite was the first PC to join our Aliens & Asteroids playtest at my FLGS (Petrie’s Family Games), but he wasn’t the last. (You can read about him here.) The very next session we had a new player join our ranks, but only for a single night. Vernon created A. Serious Commander — a…

The Six Unique Characters in our Aliens & Asteroids Campaign, Part 2

Last time we talked about the main NPCs in our campaign, the dynamic duo of Space Marines Buddy and Jennifer. They have seen a lot of action and been a great way to get some other folks into a game at the table from time to time, including my daughter AJ. But today I want…

The Six Unique Characters in our Aliens & Asteroids Campaign, Part 1

For several months now, we’ve been playing in a regular Aliens & Asteroids game at my FLGS, and each character is very unique despite their chosen professions. That’s one of the nice things about this system. Character creation is not locked down once you select a career path. Sure, you can follow the path and only…

Five Things about the Grey Men in Aliens & Asteroids

The Grey Men figure into the story of Aliens & Asteroids frequently, so I thought it was time to learn a bit more about these critters. 1. They have always been here. The Grey Men or just “Greys” seem to have been on the periphery of human experience for centuries on Earth. Even H.G. Wells wrote of…

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