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:

Upcoming Master Technician's Guide Update Update :)
about 1 month ago – Fri, Feb 28, 2020 at 07:23:51 PM

Possibly not the final cover image :)

Thank you, everyone, for your patience and understanding as we plod ahead! Esper Genesis was our first project, our first Kickstarter, and we got ambitious with what we wanted to offer, no doubt about that. We've also tried to deliver the highest quality product we could, and will continue to do so.

There have been delays in excess of what we foresaw (like Rich has mentioned in the Facebook group), and cash crunches (anyone familiar with RPG publishing would tell you the money we raised in this KS and BackerKit falls way short of the production costs of even the first 2 books). We've been fortunate to be successful enough that revenues from book sales have enabled us to maintain a high standard as we work to finish the 3rd book, but we do have to wait for those revenues to catch up as we move ahead. This doesn't mean work stops, but sometimes it slows things down.

Every aspect of the MTG is being worked on. Most of the art is already done, but we want to commission a bit more. Our favorite artists have told us when they'll next be available to work on our stuff (it's soon, but not right away), and the same goes for our writers. Plus, we need to be able to pay these talented folks, and book sales are how that happens (continuing to spread the word about EG, and encouraging a friend to pick up a CM or TD can go a long way!). We don't have a marketing department, or much of an advertising budget. Running games at conventions is the closest we get to that, plus word of mouth.

We were just going over where we are on the MTG yesterday, and trying to figure out what we could talk about in our next announcement, which channels that announcement should go through, etc... This is going to be a really neat book, and it will hopefully expand everyone's ideas about what EG can be, encourage GMs and players to take the game to new creative directions, as well as filling in all those cool tech and ship options you've been waiting for.

We so appreciate your patience. There's only 4 of us, and we all have at least one other regular, full time job (Rich and I have more than one besides AAE), plus all the normal other RL issues that come up. Rich has had the most of that going on, and he's also carrying the heaviest load on EG. But we are all devoting many hours to EG every week.

Expect to see that announcement on the MTG posted in Facebook, here through KS, and hopefully in some other news outlets in the coming weeks.

Thank you again.

Rich, Brian, Eric & Chris

Threats Database Shipping
4 months ago – Tue, Dec 10, 2019 at 09:42:31 PM

We are thrilled to let everyone know that the Threats Database is shipping to backers.  Per tracking, most US backers should have the books in hand. Several US Backers have reported receiving the books already.  

International shipping will take a little longer, but much quicker than the Core Manuals from last year. 

We hope you are as happy with the Threats Database as we are!

Printer Proofs for Threats Database
6 months ago – Thu, Sep 19, 2019 at 09:20:09 PM

Rich looking over the color laser proof

We are going over the printer proofs for the Threats Database! A few technical fixes and we are printing books!

Thank you so much for your support! We expect physical books in a few weeks, and Studio 2 and our European partners will be getting them out to you as soon as they arrive.

We are so excited for this book, and we hope it meets your expectations. 

The Digital Threat Tokens were sent out through Backer Kit, and are up on Drive Thru RPG now.

Work is proceeding on the Master Technician's Guide.

Thanks again,

Rich, Eric, Chris & Brian

Alligator Alley Entertainment

THREATS DATABASE pdf Ready for Backers
8 months ago – Fri, Aug 16, 2019 at 12:02:52 AM

We're very happy to announce the Esper Genesis Threats Database is complete, and links are being sent to backers to get their copies from DriveThruRPG.

What is the Threats Database?

A Grand Collection of Monsters and Villains for Your Sci-fi Universe!

The Threats Database introduces a trove of sci-fi creatures, antagonists, and hazards to use with the Esper Genesis Roleplaying Game. Keeping with EG’s full compatibility feature, this product can be used as a supplement to any D&D 5E setting, giving you the power to drop your futuristic baddies into a world of your choosing.


The bestiary contains an assortment of creatures, each with their own storied lore and specifically varied to cover classic science-fiction genres including post-apocalyptic, space opera, sci-horror, cyberpunk, and tech-noir.

GM tools are also included to create a horde of custom sci-fi beasts using base stat templates and a wealth of miscellaneous options.


In addition to over 200 stat blocks, the Threats Database offers rules for Starship Hazards and Environmental Encounters. Lastly, a Lore section is dedicated to the galaxy’s most dangerous threats, complete with plot threads and potentially devastating consequences they can bring about in your sci-fi game.


👾 A breakdown of threat categories and types

👾 Universal rules for using stat blocks for any 5E game

👾 A collection of sci-fi threats from AI robots to cosmic invaders to trans-dimensional horrors.

👾 Modern and futuristic NPC antagonists and allies

👾 Rules for creating alien beasts that can be found on any world

👾 Environmental starship hazards such as cosmic storms, spatial anomalies, and wormholes

👾 Major galactic threats, their machinations, and potentially lasting effects in your game setting.

Thank you, backers, for your extraordinary patience. Getting this book done was a much tougher task than any of us anticipated, but we hope you'll find the the end result satisfactory. If you backed at any level that includes the Threats Database pdf, you are being emailed a link to DriveThruRPG to get your copy. Physical copies are a still weeks away, as we get the cover image files done and apply any last second corrections to the interior pages that you may discover need to be made, before we send it all to the printer. Because we print in the USA, we won't have to wait for any boat time - it's just a matter of where we drop into the printing queue. We'll update you as to where we are in that process. In the meantime, please enjoy the Threats Database, and let us know how you like it.

Thank you again. Work is already picking up on the Master Technician's Guide, and we expect it to come together much, much faster than the TD.

Rich, Brian, Chris & Eric

Alligator Alley Entertainment

Product and Conventions Updates Post!
8 months ago – Wed, Aug 07, 2019 at 07:35:55 PM

So close
So close

Apologies for the length of time since the last Update here. Again, we have been regularly updating in the Facebook group and page, and we are available in Discord and on Twitter as well.

I was in an accident at Gen Con and may have a concussion, as well as a bruised or broken rib, but I am in one piece, and Rich is wrapping up the last pages of the Threats Database tomorrow. Once edits and layout are in, we will have a PDF. We'll send that out to those of you who ordered it for a final pass, before we send it to print.

Convention Updates:

🌍 GenCon -  We've just returned from GenCon, ran a bunch of great games and met with a lot of great fans.🌍 Con on the Cob (Oct 3-6th)🌍 GameHoleCon (Oct 31-Nov 3rd)🌍 AetherCon (Nov 15-17th)🌍 PAX Unplugged (Dec 6-9th)🌍 Winter Fantasy (Feb 5-9th?)

Project Updates:

🔘 Esper Genesis Core Rulebook: Sold Out. A reprint is in the works.🔘 Threats Database: The final few pages are being laid out within the next week, soon to be followed by the much-anticipated release of the PDF. Once released, we'll be preparing the files to be sent out for print. Anyone who orders the PDF on BackerKit receives the Threats Database preview pdf as well.🔘 Master Technicians Guide: This is a work in progress, we’ll include updates when the text is done and it’s in editing.🔘 Crucible Corps Organized Play: 01-07 - 01-09 were played at GenCon and are going through final edits before layout and release.

Thanks again for your patience,

The Alligator Alley Entertainment Team