Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Signals from Space

In preparation for my upcoming 'brand spanking new' RPG campaign (to begin in January of 2010 if all goes according to plan), I have begun to look at several different sources for ideas and inspiriation. Having had a ton of fun listing my muses for my Extended Mission campaign, I thought I'd point out what influenced my next game. As an additional bit of fun and to avoid my players reading my blog and learning too much too soon, I will not yet reveal what I'm running.

That's right folks, I'm announcing the inspirations for the game but not yet the game itself. Ain't I a stinker?

So here goes...

3rd Rock from the Sun, ALF (and ALF the Animated Series), Alien Race, Aliens in the Family, Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials, Ben 10 (the original series more then Alien Force), Chariots of the Gods, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Communion, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Exodyssey, Farscape, Finding Nemo, Futurama, Galaxy Quest, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (and its sequels), King of the Hill, Men in Black (including all related media), Planet 51, Project Blue Book (and Project UFO) Red Dwarf, Star Wars (and all related media - do I really need to link this?), Teenagers from Outer Space (the RPG), UFO Hunters, War of the Worlds (the original book but more so the radio drama), Weird U.S. and The X-Files.

I wish I could be someone other then myself for a moment so I could look at this list without knowing what I know about the resulting campaign.

Barking Alien


  1. Good stuff there. Having just watched "V" (why oh why), I miss the days when aliens were wonderful and weird. When men were real men, women were real women and small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri were real small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri. :)

    aside: Project UFO... wow, there's something I haven't thought of in years!

  2. My Dad and I used to watch a lot of those kinds of shows when I was younger. Project UFO, In Search Of...that sort of thing.

    Oddly, while a fan of these and of course Star Trek, my father wasn't a science fiction fan per se. In reality, he was more of a fan of mystery, adventure and true crime type stories.

    It seems to me that what he appreciated was likely those same elements in American Television's early forays into the sci-fi and scientific mystery genres.

  3. There was an ALF animated series? Wow.

    I'll take a wild stab in the dark a guess that the game will involve an alien invasion. Sounds like it'll be fun.

  4. It involves aliens...and it will be fun. These are about the only things I can confirm so far.

    The ALF cartoon rocked ass! The opening and closing themes were awesome.