Episode 224: Alien RPG Cinematic Starter Review

Our in-depth review of the Alien RPG Cinematic Starter by Free League. More than 90 minutes of overview, analysis and some spoilers for the free PDF adventure, Chariot of the Gods. We start with a summary of the Year Zero System used in the game and how it differs from previous Free League releases like Forbidden Lands and Mechatron. There are also the stress, consumables and PVP mechanics that are unique to this system and setting. We discuss the use of props and sound effects and their effect on the sessions. We played through the adventure in 4 game sessions that are available on our YouTube and Twitch channels.

If you are curious about the Alien RPG and its system and setting this should give you a very thorough idea of how this game plays and if you want to bring it to your gaming table.

For an even longer version please visit our YouTube channel for the video review:
https://youtu.be/eE26W3rXEWg

You can watch our actual play sessions here:
https://youtu.be/WQHfvk_yHAc

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Idle Red Hands Weekly 024: Consent in Gaming, The Lost Mines of Phandelver, Virtue Signaling for Fun and Profit and Trophy RPG

The first session of D&D 5E playing the Lost Mines of Phandelver and the excellent utility of the 5E Essentials rulebook. Consent in Gaming by Monty Cooke Games (which is FREE but requires you create an account) and suspicions of their motives as well as the actual good a document like this can do. Bitter Reach is the expansion for the Forbidden Lands RPG by Free League (not Bitterlands as was mysteriously reported previously) along with a reprint of the core set. Alien is not Star Trek and other GMing mistakes in the comments.

Consent in Gaming (requires account creation)

Trophy RPG

Trophy Excurison Writing Contest

The Bitter Reach Kickstarter

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Idle Red Hands Weekly 023: Co-branding 5E, Ricky and Morty vs. D&D, First TTRPG Experience, Never Knows Best RPG Ashcan

The Stranger Things and the upcoming Rick and Morty Dungeons and Dragons 5E branded starter sets. Are they a good entry point to 5E? The first ever session of a roleplaying game and players’ preconceptions going into it. Free League release downloads for the Alien RPG including printer-friendly versions of the character sheets and maps. Errata for Forbidden Lands and the upcoming Kickstarter for the Bitterlands setting. Never Knows Best RPG Ashcan by Fraser Simons, a FLCL(Fooly Cooly)-inspired setting and system. Positive stories from the game table. #alienrpg #freeleague #bitterlands #dnd5e

Never Knows Best Kickstarter Page (ended)

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Idle Red Hands Weekly 022: The 5E Gateway, Alien RPG Single Session Cinematic, Muspelheim Kickstarter

Staying on topic this week with tabletop talk. Is D&D 5E the best entry to the hobby or are there better option? Dungeon World? FATE? Chris ran the Cinematic Starter Adventure for the Alien RPG in one session. Riot Minds launched the sourcebook and adventure for Muspelheim on Kickstarter.

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Idle Red Hands Weekly 021: Narcissism, Tomb Guardians 3D Printable Tiles, Path of Exile, Alien RPG and Flying Buffaloe

The new negative Narcissism. Selfies as image control and empowerment. Tomb Guardians offers 3D printable files for their Dwarven Mines dungeon tiles on Kickstarter. Going back to Path of Exile on the PS4 after 6 years. Chris will run a true one-shot of the Alien RPG Cinematic starter adventure.  Rick Loomis, founder of Flying Buffaloe, needs our help battling cancer. A GoFundMe has been set up and a Bundle of Holding for the Catalyst series lends a hand as well.

Tomb Guardians Dwaren Mines RPG 3D Printable Dungeon Tiles:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tombguardians/3d-printable-fantasy-dwarven-mine-rpg-dungeon-tiles

Catalyst Bundle of Holding supporting Rick Loomis:
http://bundleofholding.com/presents/Catalyst2019

GoFundMe page to support Rick Loomis directly:
https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-gaming-legend-rick-loomis

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Idle Red Hands Weekly 020: Marriage and Roleplaying, Fiasco in a Box Kickstarter and Dark Heresy Humble Bundle

Marriage and relationships at the tabletop. Balancing your hobby and your family life. Citadel Contrast paints tested on Gretchin (Poor Litull Blytaz). Fiasco by Bully Pulpit Games on Kickstarter. Dark Heresy RPG published by Cubicle 7 on Humble Bundle. Inquistor Eisenhorn series in books and possibly streaming.

Dark Heresy RPG  Humble Bundle
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Idle Red Hands Weekly 018: GenCon 2019, Kisarta on Kickstarter, Red Markets RPG and the most popular RPG on Roll20

Coming to you live from GenCon 2019 in beautiful Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. The most popular RPGs on Roll20. Kisarta, a 5E setting by Isola Illyon Edizioni on Kickstarter. Economic horror in the Red Markets RPG. Stress mechanics on cards for the Alien RPG. #gencon #redmarketsrpg #kisarta

Kisarta for 5E Kickstarter:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/isolaillyonedizioni/kisarta-a-5e-setting-of-damned-souls-and-unearthly-horrors

Red Markets RPG:
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Idle Red Hands Weekly 016: Rules of Improv, Defying the GM, Styles of TTRPGs, Monsterhearts RPG, Etherfields by Awaken Realms

The four rules of improvisation. Collaborative storytelling in the Monsterhearts RPG. Defying the Gamemaster. Player agency and narrative in videogames and tabletop games. Styles of tabletop roleplaying games, “roll” versus “role” playing. The final session of the Alien RPG Cinematic Adventure. Etherfields Kickstarter by Awaken Realms.

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Etherfields Kickstarter:
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Video: Actual Play: Alien RPG Cinematic Starter Kit “Chariot of the Gods” Part 3

The third, but not final session, of the Cinematic Starter for the Free League Alien RPG available for download with all pre-orders of the game. Cinematic adventures are one-shot scenarios with pre-generated characters that replicate the tension and high body count of the Alien movies.

After restoring the reactor and repairing the engines the Cronus is now up a running and auto-pilot takes over. Thank you, special order 966. We are down one player this session so Cham will be an NPC for now.

Our only complaint about the PDF is that it is not very printer-friendly being mostly light text on a black background. So we created a printer-friendly version of the character sheet and a player reference to help anyone interested in trying this adventure.

Check out Tabletop Audio for their amazing RPG sound effects: https://tabletopaudio.com/

#alienRPG #frialigan #ttrpg #actualplay

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Idle Red Hands Weekly 015: Demigods RPG, Tears of a Machine RPG, Conan 2d20

Original Star Wars opening crawl text. Last session of the Alien RPG tonight. Cinematic adventures versus campaigns. Siege of Terra latest book The Lost and the Damned. Conan 2d20 Bundle of Holding. Demigods by Jason Mills on Kickstarter. Tears of a Machine, a Powered by the Apocalypse anime-inspired teens and mechs RPG. Gundam, Pacific Rim, and its unfortunate sequel. #alienrpg #demigodsrpg

 

Demigods Kickstarter:
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Tears of a Machine RPG:
http://www.robotclaw.info/

Conan 2d20 Bundle of Holding:
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