So I bought this as it has a novel idea (if you'll pardon the pun, I wouldn't) its a novel that comes with a Adventure for the Alien RPG in it. Full disclosure I am a fan of Drew Gaska's work. Could someone else have written the Alien RPG? Sure but I don't think it would have been as good. Seeing that the new novel would have the RPG Adventure was what made me pre-order it.
The Novel ***
it was ok. Read it pretty quickly. Some of the stuff I liked a lot some things like the base, some of the characters. Somethings I didn't like. The dog was one, as was some of the British elements which were hard to take seriously. More at home in a Victorian pulp novel than Alien.
The Adventure *****
So this was the most expensive adventure I have bought really. I mean that is on me. I bought it for the adventure rather than the novel. The adventure is a added bonus not the reason to buy the book. Unless your me and do it in reverse, but that is the Kritfayle way.
So this is a short adventure (as expected) but there is room for a lot of fun RP. To give me time to think about it we have already had the players decide who they wanted to play and have had their agenda's given to them. The agendas they do not share with each other. Watching Raven's face when they realized just how much trouble they were in, how much trouble they would cause the other characters and the drama and stress that would come from it was worth the price alone.
Its a good adventure. It ties into the book well and the characters have some cool moments because of that. it also has some of those moments for the players. Those moments add to it and give the players a little extra connection to what is happening. In many IP RPG's (IP referring to existing shows, books etc in this case) the games feel distinct from the parent setting. Like a Expanded Universe but not part of the canon in any way. The Alien RPG doesn't feel that way and connecting the adventure to the novel's events is a interesting way to do it. It makes the novel more of a fun read for the players as they are seeing how they effected things and vice versa. If you play the RPG then get it. I think it adds something extra and is worth it.
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