Exploring the Future’s Past, Part 2

In the last post, we talked a bit about the “alternate future” that led to the formation of the Dominion, the dominant organization in the world of Aliens & Asteroids. Run by a collection of the most powerful corporations in human-controlled space, it’s definitely a force to be reckoned with. But the Dominion, though immense,…

Exploring the Future’s Past, Part 1

This week I received some input on A&A from friends of mine from way back… Derek, who I’ve known since college (nearly 30 years now) and Mike, who I’ve known since my days at Sybase (more than a decade). Both offered some intriguing feedback. But first, we’ll take a look at the wacky history that…

Aliens & Asteroids: Designing Weapons for the Future

Looking into the crystal ball a few hundred years is a challenge. Understatement of the year. But as I look to the future and what humankind has wrought upon our universe, I’m left with one very obvious fact: weapons have to be tough. It’s tough to get replacement parts when you’re light years from the…

The Problems With Alien Invasions

Do you want to know what the problem is with most alien invasions? They want something from us. It’s not like they’re Santa Claus, here to deliver wisdom and technology from the stars out of the goodness of their hearts… Nope. They’re here because we have something they want. I mean, I get it. Every…

Games

Roleplaying has probably been around as long as mankind has had an imagination. As a child, can you remember pretending to be someone else on a school playground or in your own back yard? You might have imagined yourself as a famous sports figure, playing house, or stepping into the shoes of your favorite character…

Aliens & Asteroids: OSR-style Scifi Ranged Weapon Revised

Last week I brought up the ideas I had about a Pulse Rifle for Aliens & Asteroids. Some of it I liked, some of it I didn’t, and I asked the studio audience for help. Well, I got some great ideas, so I want to thank some folks: Felbrigg Herriot Alan McLin Alan Bahr John Goodwin…

Aliens & Asteroids: OSR-style Scifi Ranged Weapon

The other day I talked about a bit of the idea I had for combat armor in Aliens & Asteroids. This time I want to talk about a ranged weapon – the Pulse Rifle. We’ll probably have to change the name a bit, but let’s go with that for now. Pulse Rifle Essentially a Pulse Rifle…

Aliens & Asteroids: OSR-style Scifi Armor

Though my time these days is split three ways creatively (the Zhilin campaign for the Lost Age, an upcoming project I can’t talk about yet, and Aliens & Asteroids), I have been writing quite a bit about A&A in recent days as I read a great book of short stories (Aliens: Bug Hunt) — some…

Skinning Mazes & Perils for Space?

Not sure if it was the lack of sleep last night or a wild hair, but I had a crazy idea. Vince has been working off and on on the Space Lords of Venus idea, which has a particular spin on M&P for a “space pulp” kind of setting. And I dig that kind of…

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