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Heart Of Darkness, Multi Award Winning Alien Rpg By Free League Goes On Pre-Order

Heart Of Darkness, Multi Award Winning Alien Rpg By Free League Goes On Pre-Order

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HEART OF DARKNESS CINEMATIC MODULE will be available from the 16th of March 2022 as a pre-order. And Free League have also announced a charitable donation for any purchases through their webshop.

50% of all proceeds from the Free League webshop during March 18–21 will go to support the work of the International Red Cross and its humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. This includes our entire game portfolio & our books. ->

Heart of Darkness is a complete Cinematic Scenario for the ALIEN roleplaying game.

What is a Cinematic Scenario?

The best way I can explain it is that it's like playing out the scenes in an Alien film, you are given a character/role to play. You have a particular crew member you get along with and another who can be viewed as your mortal enemy. That coupled with your own flaws or secret agendas, the way the scenario unfolds is different every time. Depending on who is running the game as Game Mother(a.k.a GM) will also affect the way the game is experienced and played. Now you can make all the correct decisions people don't make in the films, let's see how long you last.

It is a stand-alone adventure but also serves as a conclusion to the Draconis Strain Saga begun in the cinematic scenario Chariot of the Gods which came with the first core book and then continued in the second expansion Destroyer of Worlds.

You can play with 3–5 friends plus the Game Mother, and is described as a spiralling descent into soul-crushing madness.

In the boxed set you get:

The main Heart of Darkness scenario book.

A huge double-sided map (format 864x558mm) of the Erebos plasma trawling space station.

Seven pre-generated characters to choose from.

Custom cards for secret messages and personal agendas.

Player maps and handouts.

Price: Approx. $29.99 (Exact price depends on currency rates and will be shown at checkout.)

From the Alien RPG website:

You can now pre-orderHeart of Darkness, a new Cinematic scenario for the multiple award-winning ALIEN RPG. A pre-order gives immediate early access to a full PDF of the module, months ahead of the official release. Heart of Darkness is designed for 3–5 players plus the Game Mother and is a spiraling descent into soul-crushing madness.

In the Free League webshop, you can also find the ALIEN RPG Core Rulebook, Starter Set (including the Chariot the Gods cinematic scenario)the Destroyer of Worlds cinematic scenario, the Colonial Marines Operations Manual campaign book – including virtual table top adaptations for the Foundry platform – as well as sets of extra custom Stress Dice and Base Dice.

You can also be find the ALIEN RPG at Roll20Fantasy Grounds, DrivethruRPG, and in retail stores worldwide. If your local store doesn’t have it, ask for it and they should be able to order it in – we work with all major distributors worldwide.

This article was written by Clara Äarija, Author, Autodidact, Story Consultant.

Alien Inferno's Fall by Philippa Ballantine, Story by Clara Äarija & Philippa Ballantine is available for pre-order now from your local bookseller and online.




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8 Fan responses to Heart Of Darkness, Multi Award Winning Alien Rpg By Free League Goes On Pre-Order


OvomorphMember63 XPMar-20-2022 8:25 PM

Yay! Thanks for mentioning this and the RPG in general. I know I've been on about it a bit, but I'm obviously enthusiastic. I like the job the RPG has done of bringing together the best and most interesting concepts of the movies, games, novels, and comics in the Alien/s universe, and it gives me hope that the future of all of those things will be better as well.

I am currently reading/ studying the Heart of Darkness scenario. Pre-ordering it allows you to get an early version in PDF format before the retail version is out. Its a really crazy and complex story and introduces some very wild new stuff. I actually don't have a group to play with, so I usually do solo runs of these cinematics with dice and a notebook. Its obviously not as much fun as playing with a group would be, but I still get to see the system at work and participate in the kind mental playground aspect of the game.

One thing I enjoy, too, about the RPG is the way that it kind of throws a new light on the movies when you rewatch them. Someone the other day (forgive me, I don't recall who) mentioned this with regards to Prometheus. Suddenly, there are names and an (almost) internal logic to the events of the film and the engineer ruins that the movie did not really make clear. This is obviously a retroactive effect, but, in my opinion, it makes the story more interesting to watch.

I know I don't post much here, and I know that I sometimes am over enthusiastic when I do, but I enjoy reading everyone's opinions on the movies and such, and, as an Alien nerd, heart and soul, I like that there is an interested and equally enthusiastic community of fellow Alien nerds here. I think it will be interesting to see where the new novels, movie, and tv show take things, and I sincerely hope that the RPG really is a foreshadowing of things to come.


DeaconMember10416 XPMar-21-2022 7:08 AM

Nice to see the Detail  the RPG are Expanding, i may have to Invest in some for Source Material to see what their Take is on things.

Be interesting to see how they Expand the Engineers as looking at the Cover Art it seems to show the Deacon. I have a Different View on the Engineers compared to say the Comics....

I dont see them as Big Brute LV-223 Kinds who just Create all that Crazy £"$£% (Horrors like Deacon and say other Xeno-Related Monsters) to just SMITE their Foes..... especially if its JUST to get rid of Humans...

As a Cargo of Sacrificial Goo would do the TRICK, or HOW the Goo was shown to Infect the Engineers in Alien Covenant (Neomorphs are a Result of UN-Activated/Weaponized Urns that had Fallen/Leaked and Infected Fungi/Mold).

Ive always looked at their has to be another REASON beyond to Create Killing Machines...   and John Spaights Original Pitch for the Engineers to FIT that bill (Quest for Immortality).

so for me its Interesting as to WHAT the RPG could give us in Regards to LV-223 and its other Purposes as its UNLIKELY we will EVER get these Answers from a Movie. I think its a SHAME that Ridley Scott could NOT have been given the Chance to Expand/Flesh this all out.


PraetorianMember4185 XPMar-22-2022 3:05 PM

Can't wait for Heart of Darkness to come out, because after that they might come out with the Space Trucker rulebook. Which is what my campaign is focused on


OvomorphMember63 XPMar-23-2022 8:00 PM

Xenotaris - Yeah, I'm excited about the Space Trucker book, too. And the one-shots in the upcoming books.


OvomorphMember63 XPMar-23-2022 8:02 PM

BigDave - They have kept the Engineers pretty mysterious in the RPG so far. I assume its because they want to leave them open for future movies to expand on. I too would love to see Ridley finish the Prometheus arc and add more to the Engineer mythos. It has a lot of potential.

And that IS a deacon on the cover. I won't be spoilery, but lets just say you'd never be able to guess how they come into the story. Its super weird, but I like it.


DeaconMember10416 XPMar-24-2022 6:03 AM

Yeah the Deacon was a Mystery in Prometheus on that was Vary Ambiguous.  We saw the One at the END of the Movie but this to me was showing the Pathogen in those Urns had Infected a Human Egg-Cell which lead to the Creation of something with more DNA of the Pathogen, mixed with Human DNA.

The Mural to me indicated the URNS in that Room had the DNA of the Creature from the MURAL the other Deacon.

The Origin of this Mural Organism is OPEN to debate... my Interpretation was the Engineers had Encountered a Organism they NEVER had Created and USED their Creation Tool (GOO) to Extract its DNA and Create Many Hybrids of this... the Deacon in the Mural being ONE such Hybrid and the Neomorphs being a Off-Shoot of another Hybrid.

I think its Logical to Assume that Each of the Temple Mounds had a Different Variant of Experiments/Black Goo.

But there have been other Interpretations of Prometheus... i think that the Earlier Drafts give more Clues.... with these we are Indicated the Engineers had Discovered something they had Attempted to Re-Engineer into Numerous Variants using their Scarab DNA Harvesters.

It will be INTERESTING to see if the RPG will Explore as to WHAT was in the FRESCO ;)

As FAR as the Engineers i would keep them a Mystery.... i think some Fans get Caught up too much in the LV-223 Kind and thinking that the Engineers are just Interested in Creating Horrors and Unleash them on the Galaxy.

What we had in ALIEN would be kind of like say we Discover a Human Ship on a World that has either Nukes or some Bio-Weapon on-board and the Pilots have been Poisoned/Killed by their Cargo....

Discovering as to (1) WHY these Humans had Created their Weapon and HOW, would be ONE thing to Explore!

But Once thats DONE... its the (2) WHY would they do so and WHO are they Intending to USE it on!

And Prometheus basically chose to cover (2) but was Vague... but my Point with the Engineers in Context to the Human Ship Analogy.... is there is MORE to Humans and our Agenda, History than just HOW/WHY/WHEN we Created a Weapon that we LOADED on a Ship to SEND to some Place.

And so the Engineers are Creators and THIS seems their Main Motive, but also in ADVANCING their Own Kind..... and so the Creation of Horrors/Bio-Weapons is NOT the Main thing about them.  But Exploring them in this way is NOT what seems to Please the Fans.... so would want to see more about the LV-223 Engineers and their Weapons.

I guess its like the Predators (Yautja)  they must have some History, Culture there is more to them than just HUNTING for SKULLS but maybe thats a Aspect thats BEST left to Mystery and so i think the same is BEST with the Engineers.


DeaconMember10416 XPMar-24-2022 6:13 AM

"Vary Ambiguous"

I mean Very lol....

So as FAR again as the Deacon... i can ONLY assume its Origins are from the Strain of Goo that was in the Temple Complex we see in Prometheus, and so the Alien Covenant Strain is Different.

And so its likely in the RPG (i have not Read it yet) at some Point a Ship does go to LV-223 to Bring Back some of the Black Goo.....


PraetorianMember4185 XPMar-25-2022 2:03 AM

I fore one would love to know more about the yautja culture, like how Dark Horse handle them

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