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:

THREATS DATABASE pdf Ready for Backers
2 days 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.

ALIENS, BEASTS, AND ROBOTS

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.

BEYOND JUST A MONSTER BOOK

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.

THIS PRODUCT CONTAINS:

👾 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!
10 days 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.https://espergenesis.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders🔘 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

Latest Threats Database preview is out to backers!
about 2 months ago – Fri, Jun 21, 2019 at 04:52:28 PM

Exo Genesis, the award-winning cover art for the Threats Database, by Charles Urbach
Exo Genesis, the award-winning cover art for the Threats Database, by Charles Urbach

The final preview of the Threats Database has been sent to backers. The next iteration will contain everything that will be in the book. This preview contains all of the stat blocs, every threat from A to Z, ready-to-go NPC Threats, a section on miscellaneous creatures and how to make your own "alien" versions of common Earth beasts, and Ship Threats. The remaining sections, which will include Threats to the Galaxy and encounter tables, will be added after Rich returns from his honeymoon. Chris is finishing up the tables and Shawn is hard at work editing the rest of the book.

Thank you for your patience on this book - it took a lot longer than any of us expected, but we think the end result is worth it. We hope you do too.

Rich, Brian, Chris & Eric

The Alligator Alley Entertainment Team

Threats Database and where to see updates!
3 months ago – Wed, May 15, 2019 at 01:15:32 AM

Hi everyone,

We've recently received communications reminding us that some of you are relying on updates here on Kickstarter for any word of progress on the Threats Database and Master Technicians' Guide. 

We apologize for the dearth of communications here on KS! Nearly all of our more recent updates have been posted in our facebook group. We will try to do better on that here.

We sent out a 100 page preview of the Threats Database to backers on April 22nd. You should be able to access that through your BackerKit account. We expect a complete A-Z preview of the main Threats section will be going out to you shortly. If you didn't get this preview, please contact us!

The Threats Database is undergoing editing as we work to finish layout in an effort to get it out sooner. The Esper Genesis team is working solely on finishing EG. Our recent crowd funding campaign for The Forbidden Library is not taking resources away or diverting our attention in any way. It's being written entirely outside the AAE team.

As a Kickstarter Superbacker myself, I've seen enough failed fulfillment efforts to understand the worry that we may not come through. Please be assured that's not going to be the case. The end of the tunnel on Threats Database is in sight, and Rich is confident the MTG will come much faster.

Some people have voiced concerns as to how a brewing trade war would affect our costs and shipping. We are printing in Texas and have no backers in China, so we should be unaffected by any tariffs. For European backers, we will once again be using our freight forwarder in Germany to fulfill in Europe. We will not be asking any backer to increase what you've already paid for shipping.

If you've given up hope, we're really sorry to hear that and ask that you'll consider giving us a little more time. The end results will be worth it. You can always contact us directly over facebook messenger, or by email to brian/rich/eric@alligatoralleyentertainment.com to talk about your concerns, and see how we can help.

As for timetables, we expect a finished Threats Database pdf to go to you in just a few weeks. The physical copies will come thereafter. We won't have them in time for Origins, sadly, but we will be there running EG for anyone that wants to stop by the Studio 2 booth to talk. We will also be at Gen Con, of course. 

Please accept our sincere apologies for how long this is taking. We are a very small team working hard on this (our first game as a publisher) while doing regular jobs, and we acknowledge it's taking much longer than any of us expected.

Brian Dalrymple

Alligator Alley Entertainment

Where things are, and The Forbidden Library
5 months 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