Last Days of Hadley's Hope — An Introduction to Alien RPG
Alien RPG on Fantasy Grounds
About the adventure
"Hadley's Hope is a "shake and bake" colony located on the moon LV-426. Established in 2157, the colony is a terraforming, research, and mining facility, and a new home to its pioneers. By 2179 there are 158 colonists there, and the first natives of LV-426 had been born. The giant processors are changing the atmosphere: now breathable, but still choked by dense clouds and wracked by electrical storms. The sky is always gloomy, more like night than day. Even when the sun is above the horizon it's often hidden behind the giant form of Calpamos, LV-426's parent planet. Some said building the colony was unwise. The moon hadn't even been mapped in 2157, the weather would make life a constant struggle, and the violent geology made it feel as if the world didn't want anyone there at all. Yet someone at Weyland-Yutani allocated the budget and gave the green light, and so Hadley's Hope was founded. Supervisor Al Simpson got stuck into the job and the colonists soon learned to live with LV-426's quirks. it wasn't long before they were making a success of this most unlikely of colonies. Four days ago, a wildcatter named Russ Jorden was brought back, infected with something. He died, and some snake-like parasite disappeared into the guts of the base. Security has had no luck catching the thing, and somehow more people were infected. Rumor has it that some of them have died, and that there are more of these snake-things than Supervisor Simpson is admitting to. Simpson spoke over the intercoms, calling for calm." This is an introductory game of the Alien RPG by Free League Publishing. It is a quick and easy game system that allows players to experience the Alien Universe with amazing freedom of action while using simple, intuitive rules that can be learned, "on the fly". You can join this game with the demo or free version of Fantasy Grounds Unity. Voice chat will be through Discord, but text only play-throughs are available by request. The action is based on the Hadley's Hope colony where the movie Aliens takes place, but during the time period immediately before contact is lost with the colony. Players will be provided with a pre-generated character, complete with secret goals and information about how they relate to other members of the expedition. Rewards are given for playing to your characters motivations, but the goal is to survive the encounter and escape. My goal as a Game Master is to teach you the system while providing an exciting and enjoyable time.
How to prepare
You will need either a PC or Mac compatible PC with broadband internet access and electricity to play in this game, a mouse with left and right buttons, as well as a third button and mouse wheel is optimal for online use of Fantasy Grounds Unity. You will need a Discord account to access the pregame chat and get installation instructions for the free versions of Fantasy Grounds Unity and Syrinscape Online Player (Beta). The Fantasy Grounds Unity client must be installed before gameplay and updated one hour before the game starts to ensure version cross-compatibility. Fantasy Ground Unity is required, but Syrinscape is optional; it does however, add to the overall immersion of the game if you can hear atmospheric and event sounds. If you intend to speak in the voice channel on Discord, you should have a headset with a microphone. You will be required to set up a push-to-talk button [no one wants to hear you clip your toenails next to your microphone when it’s not your turn], you are, however, free to communicate to the group using text only in Discord, but you will then need speakers to hear their chat and the game sounds. Special text-only sessions are available for the hearing impaired. Please contact me if you’d like to schedule one. Bringing a friend or two would help ensure we don’t need to recruit additional players. While text-only is actually my preferred method of play, it does seem difficult to organize those games. Instructions for setting up the push-to-talk button and installing all the needed software are available on my Discord channel (#getting-started), to which you will be supplied a link when you join.
What I provide
Pre-generated characters will be supplied and we will be using the official Aliens RPG ruleset for Fantasy Grounds Unity.
This is a "survival/horror" scenario and contains images of death, dismemberment, human predation, and extreme violence upon persons in line with those experienced throughout the Aliens cinematic universe. If you find watching Alien or Aliens to be traumatic for any reason, please do not apply for this game.
Safety tools used
- X, N, and O Cards
How will character creation work
Players will be assigned a pre-generated character which they will use during the scenario. Each pre-generated character will have secret motivations and information available only to them. This is a game in the cinematic mode, so players will be rewarded for playing their selected ‘role’ according to those hidden agendas and their chosen character’s personality. A summary of each character will be available before game time, and the characters will be available for selection on a first come – first serve basis.
Players can expect
- Combat/Tactics: High
- Roleplay: High
- Puzzles: Low
- Experience Level: Open to all
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