Aliens & Asteroids

Though we initially intended Aliens & Asteroids to be based on the Old School rules of Mazes & Perils, we changed course after several long design sessions and decided to make a new system that was more flexible and less cumbersome. The new system for A&A relies on more speedy mechanics using one or two d20s and a…

The Trick is to Keep Breathing

The title of this post comes from a great song done by the group Garbage back in the 1990s, but definitely applies to dealing with certain conditions in a science fiction setting. Breathable atmosphere is one of those things most creatures require to survive. In the human case, we tend to like a good mix…

The Gravity of the Situation

Dealing once again with a science fiction setting after so many years of being focused in the realms of fantasy, I’ve been forced to deal with several things I’ve not really pondered before as a game designer. One is the application of gravity. One of the many alien races we’ve come up with so far…

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…

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…

Roll-Your-Own-Adventure (Adventure Outline Maker – Sci-Fi Edition – from Ennead Games)

If you’ve read any posts here at the Moebius blog, you know I like random tables. I like making them. I like rolling on them. And I used them all the time to help me come up with ideas, flesh them out, and add what Vince calls “the Fitz touch.” Another friend in the RPG…

Memorials to the Fallen

Memorial Day in the United States is all about remembering those who fell in the line of duty while serving in the US Armed Forces. To have such brave volunteers fighting for our interests around the world is a privilege and we must never forget their sacrifices. We are lucky to have such a group…

Gates and Portals: Describe the Gate

This month, Tales of a GM has kicked off a fun topic for the RPG Blog Carnival… Gates and Portals. Whether you take them literally as physical gates and doors or abstractly as storytelling techniques, this is a subject that offers lots of room to explore. So today let’s take a look at a common…

31 Days of Halloween, Day 13

Monday the 13th does not quite have the stigma of Friday the 13th, but we do have another vignette as we keep chugging through October’s writing challenge… Today we use Little Spaces: Spacecraft to come up with a science fiction-themed story to cause trouble in someone’s game. The collection of terms today includes: Size: Tiny…

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