A Tabletop Roleplaying Games Blog
Est. 2009 by Jonathan Hicks. I've been published by the BSFA, I designed a computer game for Battlestar Galactica, I conceived and co-wrote the Advanced Fighting Fantasy 'Stellar Adventures' RPG and I write adventures for the fantasy game, too. I spend my time on this blog interviewing tabletop celebrities, reviewing products and generally having an opinion on all things gaming. It's all good fun.
'Welcome to Wherwest! This is a town full of opportunities at every corner, adventure through every door and danger at every turn. Glory and gold awaits! That is, if you can get past your first night here! This adventure details the town and the tower of Markas Taskmaster, lord and wizard. It is suitable for novice or experienced players.' Available from DrivethruRPG now!
Okay, so... I'm extremely excited about this. I have a favourite film in the whole wide world and that movie is ALIEN, and the thought of gaming in that world is exciting.
I did try through other games and even had a copy of the ALIENS Adventure Game which I didn't get on with at all, but the quality of Fria Ligan's work is excellent and I'm finding it hard to imagine the game in anyone else's hands, especially after their amazing work on Coriolis and the visuals and atmosphere that evoked.
I'd play this in the vein of the original movie; I love ALIENS and some of the material that came after, but changing the movie style from a Lovecraftian horror to an action packed thriller/gorefest was interesting but diluted the original film, and I prefer the stark horror of the original.
I'm really excited. Like, really really excited.
I'm going to be talking about the ALIEN RPG a lot. I know I've pretty much 'retired' from interviewing RPG peeps, but I've spoken to the great guys at Fria Ligan before and I really want to do it again. However, I know the limitations of talking about licences so I'm not sure what they'll be able to tell me.
What I want to do is talk more about what I intend to do with this game. There is SO MUCH I want to do, and only ten percent of it has actual aliens in it. Exploration, treachery, company problems, industrial espionage, investigation, on-ship melodrama, the sheer danger of deep space work. And then alien killing machines.
This is an amazing coming together of three things I love - roleplaying games, ALIEN and Fria Ligan. I can't wait.
I'm happy to announce that my new Advanced Fighting Fantasy 2nd Edition RPG adventure 'The Vault of the Old Kingdom' is available now from DrivethruRPG! 'Welcome, brave adventurers! The tiny Kingdom of Cardigul in North Western Allansia clings to the edge of the Icefinger Mountains and scratches a living from mining, trapping and farming. But Cardigul hides the evidence of a much older and more mysterious Kingdom. What is the secret and why are the Heroes key to the survival of Cardigul? This is The Vault of the Old Kingdom, an Advanced Fighting Fantasy 2nd Edition adventure for an experienced adventuring party, although it will be easy enough to adjust the statistics of the foes and dangers to suit any level of skill.'
Now that I'm writing material for other games - I'm working on new Advanced Fighting Fantasy 2nd Edition material and artwork for Arion Games and Aliens & Asteroids adventures for Moebius Adventures, as well as writing a complete RPG core rulebook due for publication in 2020 - I haven't had as much time for this blog as I used to. In fact, I have virtually no time at all as I have actual deadlines!
I still want to do work for Farsight Blogger and I may revisit the site at some point in the future, but I can't guarantee when that will be. If you're a regular reader then please keep checking back, or simply subscribe for alerts when a new article does drop.
Thank you for sticking with me for this amount of time. Farsight Blogger has been going for almost ten years, on and off, and there's still more I can do with it, I'm sure.