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…

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…

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…

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,…

Aliens & Asteroids: The Second Public Playtest, Pt 1

What, you didn’t think we stopped at one playtest session for Aliens & Asteroids, did you? 🙂 The first session we ran, I had a single player show up at my FLGS – Petrie’s Family Games. John was great, created a fun Technician character, and we had a fantastic time dealing with a hidden Grey…

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,…

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