Just felt like throwing my $0.02 worth of thought on this.
First I would say it depends on how you use the aliens in your game. The creatures from the Aliens, Xtro, and, Critters, films all can be used in a straight up horror game. The only sci-fi element that need to be touched on in a game is the question, where did they come from.
While coming from outer space, the creatures in Lifeforce, are really nothing more then a twist on various vampire myths.
While I cannot remember the title of the book off the top of my head, there was a vampire novel written a couple of years ago, where the vampires were the decendents of a race that was breed to fight in planetary wars.
IIRC, in Fred Saberhagen's novel, The Frankenstien Papers, we discover that after several failures, the doctor created his monster after discovering the gigantic corpse of a human near where a meteor crashed to earth.
So there is nothing wrong with using "known" monsters and giving them new backgrounds that have them either coming from space or the offspring of those first visitors.
Finally, everyone knows what a Grey Alien looks like. Thanks to movies, novels and TV, the image is one that has bombarded us for over a decade. However, back in the 30's Aliester Crowley claimed that while in North Africa he summonded up a demon named LAM. The curious matter is that Crowley's drawing of this demon, who appeared out of a bright light, looks exactly like a Grey. Think about it.
However, back in the 30's Aliester Crowley claimed that while in North Africa he summonded up a demon named LAM. The curious matter is that Crowley's drawing of this demon, who appeared out of a bright light, looks exactly like a Grey. Think about it.
Half-right. Lam was summoned in 1918 in New York, Greenwich Village to be precise. The spirit he contacted in Africa was named Aiwass. John W. Parsons of the Los Angeles Ordo Templi Orientis or O.T.O. also contacted a Lam-type entity during the Babalon Working in January 1946. I'm not a Crowley expert, I just ran a COC camapign based on this very Lam/Grey connection. BTW, just as another COC bit, Crowley also said that Lam was the dead spirit of a lama from the region of Leng in Tibet... :twisted:
Thanks for the correction. I've been interested in Crowley for awhile now and the more that I read the more I think he may have been the greatest mage of our time. Or, a dope smoking fiend with one hell of a good PR man.
Aliens are in there as Outsiders (which, amusingly for people drawing comparisons between the Greys and Crowley's entities, or the Greys and fairy sightings, is the same category as that used for Demons and Fey). There isn't a vast load of details on the aliens, but the rules should plug into most backgrounds easily enough.
One of the sample campaigns revolves around time travel via ancient buildings - it posits that the structure of arranged stone can be used as a guide for time shifting, so you can move to any point in a structure's history <I>as long as the structure remains intact</I>. The campaign revolves around refugees from the far future who have become stuck in the far past trying to alter our present.