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…

Pirates Among the Asteroids

Out in the asteroid belt, the Dominion would like you to believe it’s a bunch of happy, go-lucky miners bashing rocks for a living. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. It’s more like the high seas of the 1700s when Blackbeard, Captain Kidd, and Jack Sparrow terrorized merchants and travelers alike with their criminal antics. Pirates…

Views from the Conning Tower: How Much Cybernetic Enhancement is Too Much to be Called Human?

The following was a digital story that went out on the Colonial News Network (CONN) a few days ago. In an age where cybernetic enhancement is the norm, how much is too much? At what point do you become more machine than human? It’s a controversial topic and one tackled by Dr. Hideo Karnak from the…

Real Estate in the Universe

The universe is a big place. As Douglas Adams once wrote, mindbogglingly so. But the thing it doesn’t lack is space. The commute may kill you, but there’s an infinite number of places to hang your hat if you look hard enough. Here on Earth, we’re running out of room in a lot of the…

Religion in the Dominion

It was once said that there are no atheists in foxholes and I suspect the same might be said of being a spacefaring race. Though Aliens & Asteroids may be set a couple of centuries in the future, I suspect that our need to call on a higher power in a time of need may…

Reports from the Edge: Eager Shadow, 2228

The Excursori are a secretive society of explorers who brave the edges of space, exploring uncharted worlds and treading where few souls dare. Through many of their explorations in the last century and a half, they have aided greatly in expanding human understanding of the larger universe in which they find themselves in. Though the…

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…

Story, Story Everywhere and Lots of Tales to Tell…

We live by a rule when playing tabletop RPGs… that without the players there is nothing. No characters. No adventures. No game. No fun. But within that world, everything and everyone has a story, big or small. Since our games do revolve around our players and their characters, we really have to choose which stories…

A Bit of Holiday Decoration for Your Campaign (Take 20)

Though I have to admit I’m beginning to run out of holiday spirit (I’m a bit of a Grinch this time of year), I’ve always been curious about the art of decorating for the holidays. Since I got married my wife has had us decorate a tree every year and put lights outside, plus display…

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