As the sci-fi horror classic, Alien celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, fans can explore the year 2183 themselves as the official Alien tabletop RPG hits the shelves.

Alien: The RPG takes place shortly after the events of Aliens, the second film in the franchise, set in a universe of body horror and corporate brinkmanship, where synthetic people play god while space truckers and marines serve host to newborn ghoulish creatures.

The new roleplaying game tells a completely original story featuring brand new characters in the setting of the Outer Rim Frontier. Players take on the roles of colonists, scientists, company representatives and, of course, bug-hunting colonial marines in this intense psychological horror.

Created by Free League Publishing, the rules of the game are based on the acclaimed Year Zero Engine, used in award-winning games such as Tales from the Loop and Mutant: Year Zero, but adapted and further developed to fully support and enhance the core themes of ALIEN: horror and action in the cold darkness of space.

The core book is a beautifully illustrated full-color hardcover book of 392 pages, both presenting the world of ALIEN in the year 2183 and a fast and effective ruleset designed specifically to enhance the ALIEN experience. The game itself supports two very distinct game modes:

  • Cinematic play is based on pre-made scenarios that emulate the dramatic arc of an ALIEN film. Designed to be played in a single session, this game mode emphasizes high stakes and fast and brutal play. You are not all expected to survive. The core rulebook contains one introductory Cinematic scenario, Hope’s Last Day.
  • Campaign play is designed for longer continuous play with the same cast of player characters over many game sessions, letting you explore the ALIEN universe freely, sandbox style. The core rulebook contains random tables and other powerful tools to quickly create star systems, colonies, missions, encounters, and NPCs for your campaign.

In addition to the core book, you can pick up a whole host of accessories, including cinematic scenario Chariot of the GodsGM ScreenMap & Markers PackCard Deck plus Base and Stress Dice Sets to bring this lethal universe to life.

To get your hands on a copy of the core rule book head over to the Modiphius online store.

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