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by Vader
Thu 23 Jan 2020, 20:36
Forum: General
Topic: Historical and Cultural Context of the Mythic North
Replies: 9
Views: 546

Re: Historical and Cultural Context of the Mythic North

Extremely interesting question, and one I hope the background material in the game will address, at least to some degree (it certainly ought to). The 19th century is not really my era, but I'll try to start this off for you, at least to some small degree: As far as I know, spiritualism never was a b...
by Vader
Thu 23 Jan 2020, 19:28
Forum: GM Only
Topic: Trying to make sense of "Xenomorphs"
Replies: 85
Views: 3305

Re: Trying to make sense of "Xenomorphs"

If we go the full "death of the author" route, that only on-screen material is canon (and authorial intent is irrelevant), then Giger's intent and Scott's interpretation are both irrelevant and we can judge only what made it to the movie. The result? It's inconclusive: we simply do not have enough ...
by Vader
Thu 23 Jan 2020, 00:56
Forum: GM Only
Topic: Home made ship plans and maps
Replies: 20
Views: 1616

Re: Home made ship plans and maps

Although admittedly not very fancy in any way -- I suppose you might charitably call them "utilitarian" -- I made the ones in the Nostromo thread in the General section simply in Powerpoint. I am sure many will have access to that or other similarly basic drawing tools. It does lend itself to much m...
by Vader
Thu 23 Jan 2020, 00:48
Forum: GM Only
Topic: Trying to make sense of "Xenomorphs"
Replies: 85
Views: 3305

Re: Trying to make sense of "Xenomorphs"

Agreed. . Call it what you will -- the simple fact remains: SRS came up with the idea only as a possible rationalisation after-the-fact  for Giger's bipedal design. Therefore, referring to the bipedal Alien as "evidence that the concept made it to the screen" amounts to nothing more than circular l...
by Vader
Wed 15 Jan 2020, 00:46
Forum: GM Only
Topic: Trying to make sense of "Xenomorphs"
Replies: 85
Views: 3305

Re: Trying to make sense of "Xenomorphs"

I'm surprised this discussion is still going on.
Yeah me too.
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You surprise yourself, then...?   ;)
by Vader
Wed 15 Jan 2020, 00:44
Forum: General
Topic: Reprints... Corrected?
Replies: 11
Views: 552

Re: Reprints... Corrected?

Since it's called a reprint and not a revised edition, it seems likely it'll be just that: a reprint of the current book -- no corrections.
by Vader
Fri 10 Jan 2020, 23:47
Forum: GM Only
Topic: Trying to make sense of "Xenomorphs"
Replies: 85
Views: 3305

Re: Trying to make sense of "Xenomorphs"

Alien was surprising 40 years ago. I was lucky to see it shortly after release even though I was really too young to see it.  Today, people know what to expect from Alien. The characters will be surprised when someone's chest explodes and a slimy monster comes out in a spray of blood. The players w...
by Vader
Fri 10 Jan 2020, 09:20
Forum: GM Only
Topic: Trying to make sense of "Xenomorphs"
Replies: 85
Views: 3305

Re: Trying to make sense of "Xenomorphs"

I'm surprised this discussion is still going on. If we're looking at canon, the alien does take on some traits from its host and does actually bring some genetics over from its host. So in a very literaly sense the alien in the first movie could be called Kane's Son though I'm not sure the Alien ev...
by Vader
Fri 10 Jan 2020, 08:55
Forum: GM Only
Topic: Trying to make sense of "Xenomorphs"
Replies: 85
Views: 3305

Re: Trying to make sense of "Xenomorphs"

Again, besides the point.  The fact is it was something the people who made the first film had taken into consideration when they were making the first film.  It wasn't created for the third film. Whether you think the concept is present in the first film or not doesn't mean they didn't create it a...
by Vader
Thu 09 Jan 2020, 22:51
Forum: GM Only
Topic: Trying to make sense of "Xenomorphs"
Replies: 85
Views: 3305

Re: Trying to make sense of "Xenomorphs"

I believe the full paragraph you were quoting goes as follows -- the second sentence giving the crucial context: . FACT: There was much more to the Alien than met the eye. Since Ridley Scott used a painting by Giger as the basis for the adult Alien, he had to work backward to create the first two p...
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