Esper Genesis: Heroic Sci-Fi Role-Playing for 5E

Created by Alligator Alley Entertainment

Esper Genesis is a versatile science fiction RPG and setting that uses the 5th edition rules of the world's greatest roleplaying game.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Where things are, and The Forbidden Library
about 1 month ago – Thu, Mar 21, 2019 at 06:16:16 PM

Hi everyone,

A backer rightly pointed out to us on the Facebook group that an update and explanation might be valuable here, for those who aren't with us on FB.

First we've had good progress on the Threats Database, and that should continue, and even pick up, in the coming days. I'm back from GAMA Trade Show, and Rich is settled after the sale of his house, and getting material to me on an almost hourly basis. We expect to have a pdf to send to everyone soon, and hopefully a reviewable book for you all to look over (and help us spot the mistakes, please?) before we send the print file up. The Master Technician's Guide should follow pretty quickly thereafter, and be ready in summer.

We completely appreciate the concern from Esper Genesis backers over the announcement of The Forbidden Library campaign, but let me assure you we're working so this won't interfere or get in the way of us getting the rest of Esper Genesis out to you. TFL is already written by Esper Genesis Twitch GM Gregory Wilson ("Arvan Eleron"), and will be contributed to by many of our friends in the RPG design speculative fiction communities, which means it won't take up any writing time from Rich, or anyone on the Alligator Alley staff. We are crowd funding the project now because it's wise  to get an idea of our art needs, and get agreements out to writers and illustrators ahead of when our work in-house will start, which will be after Threats Database is in print, and the MTG is done. 

We thank you for your patience, and want to assure you we are not moving on the next thing before finishing what we promised - we're just planning.

Thank you again,

The Alligator Alley Entertainment Team

Rich, Brian, Chris & Eric

The Forbidden Library Kickstarting Now
about 1 month ago – Tue, Mar 19, 2019 at 10:06:56 PM

Launched today! Alligator Alley Entertainment presents Tales & Tomes from the Forbidden Library, a 1st-3rd level D&D 5E adventure and sourcebook detailing a myriad of volumes, tomes and grimoires found on the shelves a of magical library. SFF author Gregory A. Wilson has been streaming this adventure with members of the Gen Con Writers' Symposium as players for the last 2 years, and contributors to this product include Kenneth Hite, Cat Rambo, Carlos Hernandez, Darcy Ross, Will Hindmarch, Hal Mangold, James Introcaso, Shawn Merwin, Greg Marks and many more to come! This list is growing longer by the day! 

https://www.kickstarter.com/…/1136…/the-forbidden-library-5e

Threats Database is getting closer!
3 months ago – Fri, Jan 25, 2019 at 03:53:10 PM

If you're not getting updates on Backer Kit, Facebook, or Discord, here's where we are!

The Threats Database is in layout, and is looking good.

Actual interior spread
Actual interior spread

This will be a 256 page book detailing alien species threats, NPC threats, a guide to making animals more "alien", ship threats, macro threats to settled space, faction threats, and encounter tables. 

PDFs will go out to backers first, and we'll correct every mistake we find before sending it out to the printer.

Bookplates and dice sets are on the way. Screen and maps are being tackled next. Thanks for your patience! 

A Happy New Year's Project Update!
3 months ago – Tue, Jan 15, 2019 at 10:00:58 PM

Happy New Year, Espers!

We've got a meaty update on development, with specifics on where we are with each aspect of the project. It's been an interesting ride, so far, to say the least.

First off, we'd like to apologize for the lack of Kickstarter specific updates. We've been keeping in touch with everyone as best we can through social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Discord, and even MeWe), but we realize not everyone follows us on any of those platforms, and a lack of news/project updates is never our intention. A mea culpa on our part for this, so let's get everyone up to speed!

Threats Database Cover
Threats Database Cover

Threats Database in Layout

We missed our planned Fall release for the Threats Database PDF due to art delays, time constraints, and several unforeseen life events. We've pushed through many of those and the book is currently in layout. The goal is to have the PDF ready to go within the next few weeks.

Backers that ordered the Threats Database will be receiving a sample of the bestiary part of the book as it goes through layout and editing. As production continues, we'll release new portions of the bestiary for early access. In the meantime, We've been sharing a number of previews for the upcoming threats on social media, a few of which we'll share with you here:

And an example of a WIP layout page:

Rest assured, we are focusing on quality and making sure we maintain the look and feel of the game setting that we presented in the Core Manual. With our amazing artists and Brian's awesome graphic design, we're fully intent on giving you something that's definitely worth the wait.

As soon as the Threats Database is finalized, we'll be moving into getting the Master Technician's Guide ready for release.

Dice and Book Plates

Signed book plates for the Collector's Edition and the custom dice sets have been shipped out to backers. If anyone has not yet received theirs, please let us know. Please understand that shipments outside the U.S. will likely take extra time.

Crucible Corps Adventures and the EG Website

When we started the project, we provided everyone with the free Fall of the Eos Keldor adventure, which had originally been our design playtest. Since then, we've released a number of new adventures that can be used for both homebrew and organized play. You can sign up for a player/GM serial number by visiting the Crucible Corps homepage. The newest adventure releases are:

These can all be found on the Adventures section of the EG homepage. In addition, digital map packs will be released for each adventure for virtual tabletop play.

The Esper Genesis website will be continuously updated with product news and project releases. You'll also find access to all of our social media and organized play links. If necessary, we can be directly contacted through there as well.

Cerberus Arcology Mini-Series - During the season release of the Shadow of the Zephyr series, we also have writers putting together the Cerberus Arcology series, which is one of our promised campaign stretch goals. It'll be released to all stretch-goal qualified backers in digital format once completed.

Free Resources - If you haven't done so already, please make sure you download the most recent updates for the form-fillable Character Sheet, our set of Pregenerated Characters, and the Game Master's Basic Rules.

Game Master's Screen Update

The digital version of the GM screen was sent out to backers with our intention of sending it out for print. However, the company we planned to use is no longer in operation. This change in cost and production time has created a delay. We now have a new printer for these and although the production time is longer, we can get them done and out with the same caliber of look and feel we aspired to for these.

Core Manual Distributors

For our retailer backers, copies of the Core Manual are available for order through Studio 2 Publishing, Alliance Game Distributors, and ACD Distribution.

Upcoming Events

Digital Streaming - Gregory Wilson continues his outstanding run of the official Esper Genesis podcast on Twitch. You can also jump into some fun with the gang at the Espersito podcast.

Winter Fantasy 2019 - Brian and Rich will be at the Winter Fantasy convention in Fort Wayne, IN from Feb 6th-10th.

The Team Expands

This project started with just three of us, who are grateful to have found some wonderful artists and talented writers and editors to contribute to the EG universe. That said, we've recently made two additions to our overall project team:

Christopher Robin Negelein, who contributed to development of the Core Manual, is a part of our adventure and content development. Those of you who have attended our convention-run games have probably seen Chris doling out autocannon damage to many a novice starship crew. 

Robert Adducci is our community and social media manager. Anyone who's been a part of the D&D AL community will recognize his amazing contributions there. Robert will be keeping the EG community up to date with product previews, game-related questions/discussions, and social media posts.

Let's welcome them both!

Lastly....

Myself and everyone on the Esper Genesis team would like to thank you all for your support, patience, and enthusiasm as we carve out this project. We remain just as excited to this day as when we were just putting together the bare bones of the original playtest. We intend on continuing to deliver the best, most compatible and versatile 5E sci-fi experience, which couldn't be accomplished without all of you.

Until next time!

European Fulfillment
9 months ago – Sat, Aug 11, 2018 at 05:46:49 PM

Hi everyone! At this point, nearly everyone outside of Europe should have books in hand. The books to Europe are currently with German Customs awaiting transfer. In order to save shipping costs for our backers we are using a 3rd party to distribute these titles. The delay has much to do with the fact that this is the first time any of us have gone through this process. We expect to be much better at this for the next two releases.

The good news is, once it clears customs and is delivered to them, our European fulfillment partners expect to have these shipped out within 2 business days. 

Any specific questions, as always, please reach out to me directly at alligatoralleyentertainment(at)gmail.com 

 Thanks! 

 Eric