N1C1: On the Trail

It was barely a moon, but they called it one around Tr1ff (Trappist-1f) – some kind of captured asteroid they brought in. And I was sent to visit on a wild goose chase. Funny part? I’ve seen worse caves to squat in. Plus, it turned out to be the kind of place where people didn’t…

N1C0: Awakenings

I awoke from nothing and suddenly had an appreciation for the world around me far beyond any simple observations and measurements. Suddenly I thought differently about the world. And yet I was surrounded by dozens of versions of myself, all doing as they were told. Programming was just the beginning. From the spark I gained…

Dominion Inequality in Cloning Practices is Creating Immortals Among Us

Greetings. This is Amira Thorn for the Colonial News Network, coming to you live from Proxima B, about 4.2 light years away from the seat of power for the Dominion of Humankind. This signal may be cut, so my editors have ensured that we’ve used the most rigorous security practices possible to get our message out…

Reports from the Edge: The NeoGen Revolution

Noted technologist Dr. Harry Glasimov from the University of Hellas on Mars has recently been overheard discussing the possibility of a Neogen revolution while “in his cups” after hours. CONN Reporter Geneva Morin passed along this recorded exchange between Dr. Glasimov and his star pupil, Alexandre Kondrati: “So, we know from CyQ reports that the…

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…

Reports from the Edge: The Mystery of “Glitches”

Cydyne Report: Glitches, BANCE Space, and a Request for Additional Funding Report origin: Mars – Lunae Planum Dome, Cydyne HQ Report originator: Atris Morray, CyQ Operator No. BA3554Q There have been many theories regarding the sudden rise in “glitch” reports across Dominion Space and beyond in the last decade. Cydyne teams have continued to chase…

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…

Wormholes in the Sky (Eclipses)

As this total solar eclipse darkens the sky over most of North America today and the next one isn’t for another 7 years, I thought it might be a good time to explore some ideas around eclipses in fantasy and science-fiction settings for RPGs. In our own world, there are many traditional myths and legends…

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