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…

Seven Things About Armor in Aliens & Asteroids

Armor in Aliens & Asteroids has been the source of a few questions at the game table, so it was time to lay out a few things. 1. Armor Mechanics, Broken Down The armor mechanic in A&A is broken into two parts: Armor Resistance (AR) and Armor Points (AP). Each creature with armor, whether natural or…

Aliens & Asteroids: The Third Public Playtest, Pt 4

So to recap our third session: We gained a new player! Yay! And our brave heroes were called by the Drs. Roberts on Luna, who had found what they thought was some sort of hidden Grey Man base on Mimas, a moon of Saturn. (Part 1) They arrived on Mimas, were taken prisoner by the…

Aliens & Asteroids: The Third Public Playtest, Pt 3

Once the heroes were freed from their cells in the weird prison of the Grey Men, they plotted ways to escape. But first, they released the lizard alien down the hall. They learned his name was Bob, he was a Skaali, he could read galactic, but couldn’t speak it. And within moments they were off…

Aliens & Asteroids: The Third Public Playtest, Pt 2

In the last post, we talked about adding a new player to the mix, Shannon, who created a new Medic character for the unit. And they were headed to Mimas, one of Saturn’s moons where some data recovered from the abandoned Grey Man asteroid belt hinted at a Grey presence there. The dropship dropped them…

Aliens & Asteroids: The Third Public Playtest, Pt 1

So when the second session ended (the summary post is here), John’s Technician and Vernon’s Commander just had basic wrap-up to finish up. And when we started the third session, Vernon couldn’t join us, but John brought his girlfriend Shannon to play. And I’ll start off by saying it was definitely not my finest session,…

What’s this? An Economy of Die Rolls for Aliens & Asteroids!

As we’ve been working on the Quickstart for Aliens & Asteroids, I had a great conversation with Alan Bahr about trying to figure out a simple economy system for the game. For months I’ve been pondering how to use credits, granted at the end of missions, to characters — so they can “purchase” equipment or whatever…

Aliens & Asteroids: The Second Public Playtest, Pt 6

So after all of that with the mission to the grey’s abandoned asteroid base… Starting with a new Character Entering the Base Getting Past the Entrance Deeper in the Base Exploring the Lab and Android Fight! What did I take away from this playtest session as a designer and referee? It was very easy to scale…

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