Trailer Tuesday: The Manual (2017)

I have long contended that movie trailers, regardless of genre or style, are untapped resources when looking for story inspiration. Maybe you won’t find exactly what you are looking for when you watch a movie trailer for a romantic flick. And not every story will benefit from an alien invasion, zombie apocalypse, or superhero saving…

Space Horror in Aliens & Asteroids

It’s Halloween — that time of year when we start contemplating bellies full of candy, fun costumes, and horror movies! And I’m happy to say that many of my favorite horror movies also happen to be science fiction flicks, which gives me an excuse to mine those films (for good or ill) for Aliens & Asteroids! Regardless…

Technical Brief #1: Artificial Gravity

Technical Brief: Artificial Gravity File Code: dta-cYz0G-AG Dominion Technician: Domenic Cantos Artificial gravity has been a long road for humanity, let alone the Dominion Technical Agency (DTA). Early spacecraft utilized simple physics through centripetal force or the Coriolis effect to generate areas of increased gravity through mechanical means, but keeping such machines spinning in space…

Trade in Aliens & Asteroids: Information

I saved “Information” as the last article in this series on trade in the Aliens & Asteroids universe. Why? Because it’s the most ubiquitous element anywhere. Knowledge is Power It’s such a simple concept. Known vs. Unknown. So long as we have had knowledge, we have wanted to control it. If I know something you…

Trade in Aliens & Asteroids: Technology

We’ve covered a few things so far in the realm of trade… metal, food, and water being the big three. But what about technology? What about weapons? The Perception of Safety Whether you are in a base on a hunk of rock, a space station orbiting somewhere, or a spacecraft floating through deep space, you…

Trade in Aliens & Asteroids: Food

In the last post, we went a bit “metal,” talking about the metal trade in the Aliens & Asteroids universe. Next up is food. Yes, you read that right – food. Not that exciting? Think again! Food… in… Spaaaaace! In the early days of space exploration, food very quickly became an important factor. When you look…

Trade in Aliens & Asteroids: Metals

Last week we looked at water in the Aliens & Asteroids universe through the lens of trade and industry to scare up some plot or adventure ideas. Next up in the trade parade for the universe of Aliens & Asteroids is metal. Metals in the Future Water may be important for fuel, air, and hydration, but you’ll need…

Trade in Aliens & Asteroids: Water

As we continue to explore the universe of Aliens & Asteroids, it becomes more and more apparent we need to dive a bit into some of the trade networks existing in Dominion space and beyond. There are five main sources of trade income in the Dominion: Water (mostly in the form of Ice), Heavy or rare…

Have a COW (Creature of the Week) #16: Werewolves

Recently, in our “weird western” campaign using the same system as Aliens & Asteroids, I had the opportunity to create what is essentially a supernatural creature. And I began to wonder how it might translate to A&A in a slightly different form. Design Thoughts Not everything can be explained through science. At least, not yet. And…

Have a COW (Creature of the Week) #15: Carrion Wyrms of Gend

A while back, our brave Space Marines battled weirdness on a Jurassic World of sorts, populated by alien dinosaurs and radioactive ghosts. But one of the more creative things I threw in were what I called the “cleaning worms.” Design Thoughts Every world must have its own clean-up crew if there’s life and death. On…

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