Thursday, February 27, 2020

Tabletop Simulator Work Shop: Alien RPG

Hi all,

It appears that I never did upload my links to my Tabletop Simulator Workshop Mod for the Alien RPG to my blog!

This has been something that I have been working on for the last several months, adding things over time, trying to make it as comprehensive as possible. When I first started to make it, I made a short video, below.

So, if you like using tabletop simulator for your virtual tabletop needs, then swing by my workshop on steam and subscribe!

The latest version of this mod, is a lot less cluttered then when this video was made above. But I really do like it, and I hope you do too!

Again, I will ask if you like what you see, support my blog by subscribing and get email updates. You can also follow me on twitter jclocke75

Thanks for reading!

Friday, February 21, 2020

Alien RPG Ship Builder Spread Sheet


So, I am still in the process of learning to use Excel/Sheets/etc. So this time I figured I work on a Alien RPG Ship Builder Sheet. Helps me keep my mind off real life for awhile.

So, yeah.. again, this is a functional not flashy spreadsheet with the sole purpose of learning how excel works.

I need to figure out, how to count the modules properly. That part is still manual. If it has 2 Class III, 1 Class II and 1 Class V.. Have not figured that out how to calculate that yet.

So, if you load this thing up from the link below, you will need to copy it, or download it to get access to it. But when you do that, start at the top of the sheet, select your class, AI, mods, weapons etc, and when you get to the bottom, you should see the proper stats of the ship, the total cost, the yearly lease fee, and a monthly fee, etc.

I am going to keep trying to fine tune this one.. As I want to learn the more advance formulas. As this here is not efficiently written by any chance.

Alien Ship Builder Spread Sheet

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Coriolis Ship Design Spread Sheet

Hi all,

Its been awhile.. it seems that my life in the last 5 weeks got totally upended! There is a lot going on behind the scenes with my life. And every day has been a challenge to stay focused on the priorities in my life. But I am doing my best to get through it.

So, in order to cope with life and all the stresses associated with it. I decided to take advantage of my work situation to help keep my mind off things and focus on what I need to do.

So, recently, I was tasked to work on some spreadsheets. Now, I know very basic stuff about spreadsheets, but I wanted to up my game at work, so I decided to take some time to "LEARN" a little more and enhance my knowledge and be able to apply it at work.

So I decided to learn on something I have a little passion about, and that is with Coriolis, and decided to make a Coriolis ship generator. Figured I would be more able to learn better if I am doing it with something I really love.

It doesn't look pretty, but its functional, and this is also only version 1. Here is my google sheets link below.

Feel free to leave comments or suggestions below. I plan on having a ship layout page, so it will print of a nice little graphic. But I need to figure that out first.

Here is Version 1 of my Coriolis Ship Generator. 


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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Play By Post: Alien Lost Souls Part 4 - Between a Rock and a Hangar Bay

Part 3 ended with Manni staring down the xenomorph with nothing but a gut full of fear..

Manni looks at the screwdriver and shakes his head at his 'Weapon'. He gets on his comm "I'm about 50 meters from the aft air lock near some pipes, the creature is black, slender body with a long tail and thin arms with sharp talons. I need help fast" Manni looks at the creature and not liking either of his choices he tries to escape.

The creature is obviously toying with Manni, as it leaps in front of him blocking his escape back to the Glorious. Manni is reminded of what a cat would do when pouncing at a helpless mouse.

The creature reaches out and grabs Manni with both of its supernaturally strong arms and hoists him up, his feat dangling in the air. The crushing grip is painful, but the pain is forgotten as he is pulled towards the grinning maw.

Its grinning maw, opens up to revel a row of razor sharp blades for teeth. And to your horror, a smaller second mouth starts to protrude outwards, snapping!
The smaller mouth suddenly shoots out like a piston and snaps against Manni's helmet visor, its teeth glancing off, leaving a scuff mark mere inches away from your face!

"Oh my God" Manni screams as the creatures extra mouth glances off his helmet. He contemplates head butting the creature but doesn't want to possibly crack his helmet or kick it and hopes it looses it grip.

The pathetic kicks of Manni do little to hurt this horrific creature. But his flailing feet did cause it to falter and loose its balance.
The creature stumbles and falls backwards just a bit, dropping Manni in the process.

Not believing his luck that the creature dropped him Manni again tries to escape by running back to the ship.

Manni was able to manage to escape around the corner, able to see the Glorious and the station. Manni was able to see running towards his general direction. Debrah, the other working roughneck, who first went inside of the station with the others.

As Manni continues to run to the ship he is breathing heavy and using up more oxygen than he should. As he see Debrah coming out of the ship with the pipe spanner he yells on his comm, "Debrah, get back in the ship and get ready to close the hatch!!"

Manni! She shouts, Are you Ok? She runs towards him. She is holding in her hand a large 48 inch spanner.

Just as Debrah and Manni make their way towards the Airlock to the Glorious, you see Bjorn approach from the station airlock, a large .357 magnum revolver in hand.
Debrah obviously concerned about her buddy, and co worker. Grabs Manni by his arm and assists him back towards the airlock of the shift.
She can then see the scratches and scuffs on Manni's visor.
Holy Shit!? What did that? pointing towards the the gouges along his helmets visor.

Seeing Bjorn approach, she continues talking to Manni. Manni, where is Tammy? The pilot?

"Shut the airlock!!Shut it now! It's right behind me!" Manni is almost hysterical as Debrah helps him into the airlock.

Now inside the Glorious Hangar

Keeps a wary eye peeled behind them with his gun at the ready, scanning for anything coming for them.
"Are you trying to get yourself killed Debrah?"

Looking at Bjorn, Debrah responds.
I know, I know, but I had to do something!! What did you expect me to do? My friend here is calling out for help.
Bjorn scans the area where Manni was running from, but does not see anything. Other then a few scattered tools on the ground around the tail area.

Peter asked loudly.. And Tammy? Where the hell is Tammy?! Walking over to the two roughnecks.

The hired scientist, Rebecca. Walks towards the group, who had been preparing her work area since the ship landed.

In what seems like a very cold, flat tone. She speaks cooly, at first it sounds like she is only speaking to herself.
A creature, here? On this asteroid? There is little, or no atmosphere. Fascinating!
Pausing  for a few seconds, she seems to be thinking. She inspects the scraped exosuit helmet.
Were you able to retrieve any type of sample? Can you describe what it looks like?

A sample!" Manni yells at the scientist, "I was lucky to get back here alive! It was humanoid in shape, black with a large weird shape head and a snapping protruding mouth. He had a strong grip, I barely got away from his claws!"

Bjorn looks back and forth between the two and then opens a comm channel to Matt.
"I don't know what is going on, but Manni definitely has signs of contact with something.  Look sharp out there."

Matt replies over the radio.
Should Jack and I head back to you guys? he responds, We can figure out how we are going to handle this.

"Are there any weapons in the ships locker?" Debrah looks around nervously.
"If there is a dangerous creature loose out there, we will need weapons, and protection".
"I want someone watching my six, if I'm going to have to go back into the station to restore the power."
"And Peter, I am officially activating the HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT BONUS sub-clause in my contract."

Peter franticly walks over to Manni, concern and worry clearly visible on his face, "What do you mean she's just lying there?! Is she dead?".

There is no hiding the obvious scar to Manni's exo face shield. Now that people are a little closer helping him, you can see that there is some form of Goo, over his suit.

Pausing briefly to get a good look at Manni he turns his gaze toward Susan, and suspicious of her motives on this job he sternly asks "Do you know what the hell is going on?". His instincts tell him she knows something about this place, maybe something that can help Tammy. If she tries to withhold any information he feels confident he can convince her to talk, enlisting the help of his crew if needed.

Manni looks at the Captain, "She wasn't moving, she was laying in a pipe not moving and the creature was crawling over her towards me! I wasn't able to check her body but if she's not dead it would be a miracle!"

Dr. Delphine stares curiously at Manni and the substance on his suit. "Mr. Young, please remove your helmet and suit—carefully—and leave them here. I need to make sure this substance isn't toxic or contagious." She gestures to a table near where her equipment is being set up. "It's not ideal, but it'll have to do," she says quietly, more to herself than anything.

Seemingly unconcerned by the prospect of alien creatures, she stands and walks over to Manni, one hand on her hip, the other holding a pen and tapping her lips with it. "You do realize it's impossible for another organism to be on this rock without someone having brought it here. I am going to need you to describe to me exactly what you saw, including where you saw the pilot."

Manni makes eye contact with the scientist, "It had a dark slender body with a large smooth head, with a long whipping tail, thin arms ending with long point razor sharp talons. It seemed like it's teeth glinted, like steel blades.""Tammy was about 50 meters away in what looked like some large surface pipes coming from the direction of where the station is located. They were  are about 6 feet in diameter, and were covered in some form of grating, one of which was damaged and bent outwards away from the entrance."

"Interesting." Delphine purses her lips and stares at the man for an uncomfortable length of time. "You say this—animal—is exposed to the vacuum and still alive? Such a thing shouldn't be possible." She looks down to a clipboard and begins to hastily scribble some notes, followed by the rapid tapping of keys as she enters information into her computer station. Then she looks with distaste at the setup around her. "This setup is completely inadequate for these purposes," she mutters. "We will need the station online. Manni, focus: Was Tammy alive? Was her suit intact? Where did you see the creature last and what was it doing?"

Delphine's blue eyes are lit up with a furious energy. This sort of discovery, of what sounds to be a previously undiscovered species with deep sea dweller-like ability to survive zero-atmos conditions, is the thing scientists can only dream of. If she can pioneer the cataloguing and successful analysis of such a discovery, she would be set up for life. The look in her eyes speaks of the greatest scientific discovery since the invention of space travel.

"All I saw was her legs in the pipe and the creature crawling over her to get to me. After it had grabbed me and tried to bite through my helmet I kicked it and it let loose of me. I took off running as fast as I could to get back here." Manni keeps thinking of his ordeal and not really want to relive it as he talks to Rebecca.

The airlock connected to the station opens up with a hiss into the hanger.
Matt was able to see everyone standing around Manni, and Rebecca standing near by him talking.
What the heck is going on? Is everyone ok? he paused. Peter, where is your pilot?
He walks over and stands next to Bjorn.

"We need to go out there right now and obtain that creature. Ah, lock it down. We'll see as well if Tammy is still alive." She taps the pen to her lips, then writes down a note and circles it on the clipboard.

alien? lab?
import, ICC quar.?
vacuum? data

Rebecca looks at her colleagues as if gauging them, studying their reactions. "It is imperative that we first capture this organism." She decides to try a tack that she knows will appeal to most of these roughnecks. "You want shares? This is either a company asset, or it will be, and this could be our discovery. Our paycheck. Shares? How about we all own our own little slice of interest, instead?"

Matt waited for Rebecca to finish.
This could very well be the reason why we are here. We were told to investigate this area for a reason. This has to be it?
He looks over at Rebecca,
It is imperative that we get to the main frame and get what ever data we can, and secure it first. Stressing the importance of his mission.
Capturing this creature, is a high priority indeed. But I want to make sure, that we know what we are dealing with first, before we start looking for some space space monster.
Still looking at Rebecca.
While we were inside, we think the power to the station was turned off manually, and we should be able to get power up and running. And then I can get access to the mainframe.

"Sounds like we simply need to restore power to whatever station was here first." Rebecca shrugs as though it's a simple matter. "But make no mistake, Mr. Leshainko, capturing this creature is top priority. Not only is it a threat, but its very existence could change our lives as we know it." She stands, clipboard in one hand, the other folded across her chest. "Weyland-Yutani wouldn't be out here without a reason. This asteroid offers no resources. They built that station to study or access something."

Matt: Matt replies solemnly.
I do not think you are wrong..
He quickly turns towards Peter..
Do you have status update for me?

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Play by Post: Alien Lost Souls Part 3 - Shadows and Rocks

When we last left off, Manni was set out to help Tammy, the pilot of the Glorious.


"I'm telling you Captain, she's not here!" Manni continues to search around the aft thrusters feeling nervous as the shadows of the asteroids keep moving around the ship. "What do you want me to do?"


Hold, on.. Peter says... let me have a look!

After what seems like forever, but really only 2 or 3 minutes, Peter comes back on the radio. Her beacon is saying she is about 50m from the ship? he says with a perplexed tone.

Go, see what she doing! Frack sake's! What the hell does she think she is doing.. he mumbles before his mic switches off.

You look at the dark asteroid terrain ahead of you.. and a shiver runs up your spine.

"Alright Captain, I'll go see what she's doing and bring her back!" Manni isn't happy about walking out there especially with the way the asteroids keep impacting the surface.

It doesnt take long for you to loose sight of the ship as you round a huge boulder, there are many chasms, craters, large rocky protrusions

You still see no sign of Tammy, but about another 50 meters away, you see what looks like to be some large surface pipes (Coming from the direction of where the station is located). These pipes are about 6 feet in diameter, and are covered in some form of grating, one of these gratings is damaged and bent outwards away from the entrance.


Manni doesn't like being out of view of the ship but if it was him out here he would want them to be looking for him. Manni moves over towards the pipes and wonders why the grating is pushed outwards. What could have caused it?

As you get a little closer, you can see that some of the grating looks like it was melted or dissolved.

Near the damaged crating, appear to be scuff marks and prints on the ground leading up to the entrance. Just inside of the grating, you can see a pair of legs, feet towards you, laying prone on the surface.

Manni sees what looks like Tammy's leg in the tunnel trying to figure out what she's doing especially being out here without letting anyone know. "Tammy, what the hell are you doing in there? Quit messing around we need to fix the ship!" Manni has a strange feeling he's not alone out here and keeps looking around his eyes darting back and forth between Tammy's legs and the shadows.

Motion catches your attention inside the pipe, first it was a dark shadow moving. Then over top of the body that is in the pipe emerges a living horror, as if pulled from your nightmares of your deepest fears.

A dark slender body with a large smooth head, with a long whipping tail, thin arms ending with long point razor sharp talons. For a second, the teeth glint, like steel blades.

It lounges towards you, bursting through the already damaged grating..

"Oh my God, Oh my God" Manni sees the dark shadow as it climbs over the body. Not having any kind of weapon Manni attempts to get out of the creatures sight and run back to the ship.


This demon, with its tale whipping and lashing, lunges against the grating, You turn to run. You slip on the ground and you stumble over your feet falling forward. Although you can not see it, you know that what ever is emerging from that culvert is now moving swiftly towards you! If you can just make it back to the ship!

Manni starts to panic as he sees the creature coming out of the grating. He opens his com to the rest of the group. "Everyone, you have to watch out! There's some kind of creature out here that got Tammy and he's coming after me!"

In a flash, the slender terror is upon you. When you turn to face it, you are just mere inches away from its elongated eyeless head. It pauses, almost as if it is judging you, sensing if you are worthy to kill, to grab or to let live..

Manni looks around for anything he can use for a weapon!

You rummage quickly through the bag and its spilled contents, looking frantically for anything that can be used as a weapon or a device to defend yourself, but in your haste you can only find a short screw driver, and a roll of duct tape. Nothing considered sturdy..

Although you feel like you are about to soil yourself, you manage to keep your wits.. You keep a close eye on the creature which is staring at you.. waiting, watching preparing to pounce.

You hear over the radio; Bjorn responding to your call for help... .
"What do you mean some kind of creature Manni????".

You then hear Matt over the radio.
A creature!? Manni, where are you?

All that is heard in return is the frantic breathing of Manni over the radio

Stay Tuned for Part 4, Play By Post Alien: Lost Souls

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Play by Post: Alien Lost Souls Part 2

------- Matt

 Matt is thinking about how friggin' awesome the future at this company just became, if he is able to bring this back to the corporate board. He gets lost in a forward flash of his new found life, the prosperity, power, and influence and all the amenities the come with it. He would have to admit that this kind of thing gets the blood pumping to the ol' extremities and unfortunately it gets the oxygen pumping as well.

-------- Bjorn

Bjorn steps out into the darkness, opening a general comm channel to the group, "Alright, let's make some money." As he makes his way towards the station entrance with Tim, he notices that his air supply drop a little quicker than he would expect. "It must be all the excitement", he thinks to himself.

---------- MU-TH-UR

The bulky suits slow your progress as you walk inside the main station hanger. On the deck in front of you, you can see the tracks of the two roughnecks in the frozen condensate. It seems like power to the station has been turned off for awhile. You both notice several other passage ways lead from the Hanger to various parts of the station, they are all opened. In front of you, is a small ATV like vehicle, with various doodads and gizmos attached. This ATV is parked near another door, which seems large enough for it to drive through. Above the door is a sign stating that all people entering the laboratory workspace must where full protective equipment.

 The large hanger door has section of reinforced safety glass (The type with the wire mesh) You can see a cracks in some of the pane, near the edge of the window frame. And one large star shaped crack in the middle of one of the panes. Beyond and through the glass, is eerie blackness.

------ Jack, the Roughneck enters the scene. Coming from the station control.

Before we get too busy, I want to talk about the shares situation? I mean I'm not getting much on this job as it is, and if we find something valuable we can salvage in this place, I want assurance me and Deborah will get full shares?

I'm going to go find engineering and see if I can get the power back on. We'll get a lot more answers with lights and access to the mainframe.

--------- Matt Leshainko

 "Let's take a look at this hanger and determine if there is any useful equipment at hand." Matt says in a routine manner. After taking a careful stock of any protective equipment or casualty safety gear at hand, I want to shine a light through that glass door and see what's inside and if there is any indications of the origin of that star shaped crack. I take a beat to listen and see if there are any sounds that can be identified or seem abnormal.

 ------ MU-TH-UR

 The noise of crunching footprints can be heard as Jack walks from station control into the hanger. After searching through the dark hangar, Jack finds a doorway, with the sign next to it that reads. Engineering Control Sub Level 1 This sliding door is almost completely shut, except for a small gap of maybe an inch. They are powered doors, but they do not activate when getting close, and the door control panel seems to be powered off.

The radio chirps in..

The voice of Debrah is heard by everyone.I hope you do not treat the laddies in your life like this, and just leave them to pay the bill!

 The radio cuts in again, this time, its Peter. Well, I am not sure what happen on our approach to the station, but it wasnt a rock that struck the ship.. thats for bloody sure! I will be submitting a claim to you, Matt. This is over and beyond our contract expectations! The light beam from Matt's suit shines onto the Lab Access door. The shinny frozen water droplets sparkle. Looking at the glass, Matt can see that a larger crack is on the opposite side. It looks like something struck it.

 Beyond the crack, the light does not seem to penetrate very deeply into the access way, it all appears dark. But you can just barely make out a shape of something on the floor roughly 20 feet down the hallway.. but your light is not strong enough to really see what it is.

------ Matt

 Matt eyes the unidentified mass on the floor, notes the ice and surmises this is an environment to clear later. He surmises that room is in vacuum and if the hanger gets equalized, that's going to out a lot of stress on that crack in the window. Sterile, cool, electronic light from his helmet's interior highlights the furrow in his brow as he replies to Peter. "Peter, let me ask you a question: When our corporation decided to sign your contract, do you think the major deciding factor was your cost or your particular brand of work ethic?" I'll carefully head towards Jack's direction and enter the next area, keeping my sense alert for anything unusual -- other than a large, long abandoned derelict that no one has any knowledge of.

 ------ Jack

Jack squints through the dark crack in the door. He reaches out and tests the doors by pushing them a touch. Not enough to open them, but to see if the lack of power has left the hydraulics off. Once that is settled, Jack takes a step back to inspect the ground. He drops to a crouch, grimacing at the angry groan of his bad knee. He scans the ground looking for the source and nature of the crunch he heard walking through the hangar.

----- Bjorn

Bjorn surveys the room watching Jack head off to get try and get power back on. He moves up beside Matt as he investigates the crack in the glass. I say to Matt, "I don't know Matt, people don't just abandon stations for no reason. Something bad happened here. I don't like it." Not liking the situation I check my pistol and make sure it is ready before following Matt into the next area to find Jack.

 As he speaks, everyone feels a slight tremor rumble through the station.

 ----- Jack

 "Bjorn brings up a good point. What if someone went nuts and spaced everyone here? What if that psycho is still here?"


Meanwhile back on the Glorious,  Manni, has been assigned to stay behind and help Susan setup her portable lab equipment and assist her in what ever she needs. The hanger, if you want to call it that, is more of a medium sized room with a few cargo crates for supplies, large enough to hold two large cars side my side if this was a garage back home.

 Over the radio comms, you can here the conversations and comments from Debrah to Jack over the radio. Manni is moving a few crates to make space for some crazy gizmo for Susan when the outer airlock hisses open.

Looking up through the port hole, you can see Peter coming inside. The airlock does its normal equalization process and allows Peter to remove his helmet of his compression suit before opening. He can be heard complaining about some damage sustained as they were landing.. Peters face is a little pale, and he looks to be slightly confused.

 Manni, he barks.. Get your suit on, and get out there and help Tammy with what ever she needs.

The doctor here, nodding to Susan, will have to wait if she wants her toys set up.

The sound of the airlock disengaging, and the air getting sucked out of the room causes that sensation of being kicked in the stomach, but with out the pain. Manni steps outside onto the large barren surface of this asteroid, looking above you you can see other asteroids floating in the darkness of space. Its almost kind of disorienting but its an amazing sight to behold. Manni walks aft, to where the he was told to go.

The first thing Manni notices on the haul, is not damage from an impact of a rock, but rather weird splotchy patterns in the haul. In the gaps below you can see the exposed electronics, that are very apparently damaged. Seeing an open toolbox on the ground, placed near where the largest hole in the haul is found. Which is roughly the size of a football. But there are several of them, peppered along the length of the after section of the haul. But Tammy is no where to be seen.. 

---- Manni

Manni is awed by the site of the asteroids floating around. He can't believe the wonders he's seen since shipping out with the crew. So much better than being dirtside. He looks around the ship trying to see if he can see Tammy but when he can't he opens his comm,

"Tammy this is Manni, I'm out here on the hull and spotted your toolbox. Where are you at?"

 ----- Only the quiet hissing of static can be heard in reply. There is no response from Tammy Suddenly, a crack or fissure opens up underneath your feet, and a small burst of pressurized gas blows up from underneath your feet, nothing serious, just enough to give you a good start and to send the toolbag into the air about 10 feet. Tools going every where!

 ----- Manni Manni squeals as the pressurized gas blows up at him causing him to loose his balance. He's grateful that his fellow roughnecks aren't around to see hear his reaction. Manni then works his way over to the tool kit to try to collect as many of the tools as he can. "Tammy, where the hell are you?" He then changes his channel to talk to his captain. "Captain, I can't find Tammy out here! Can you pick her up on the sensors?"

 ------ MU-TH-UR

 Peter responds: What do you mean she is not there? She was standing right next to the aft thruster. He pauses for a second as he adjust his radio. Tammy, stop messing around! I want to get this fixed ASAP and you can sight see later.

Tammy, come in, over. There is no response from Tammy.

While standing near the aft thruster, Manni feels a sense of dread creep over you. And you begin to notice shadows flick and move around you. Although these shadows are being caused by hundreds of nearby floating asteroids, drifting through the belt. You keep getting the sensation that you are not alone out here.

Stay tuned for Part 3 of Alien: Lost Souls.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Play by Post: Alien: Lost Souls Part 1

Background: Alien Lost Souls

The FreeSpace Corporation is a small minor affiliated partner of Seegson. Seegson a major global corporation and an active competitor to Wheyland.

FreeSpace is contracted on occasion by Seegson, to perform sometimes less then above board operations that need a somewhat of a discreet touch in the corporate battleground. But in many of these cases, the contracted firms are not aware of the larger picture and in their minds, a job is a job.

This is just the case in this adventure.

FreeSpace Corp have hired the Small Tug vessel "The Glorious" to perform a survey mission in a small asteroid field just outside WY sphere of influence past the out rim worlds.

The crew of the Glorious consist of.
Peter (Officer)
Tammy (Pilot)
Jack (Roughneck)
Debrah (Roughneck)
Manni (Roughneck)

All three roughnecks are recently hired on to the crew, at typical bargain day rates. This lowest price as possible is typical for Peter and his most precious "Bottom line" This is the first trip for the roughnecks joining Peter and Tammy.

The Glorious is accompanied by 3 FreeSpace Corp Representatives.

Matt (Co Man)
Susan (Scientist)
Bjorn (Marshall)

The story will start in the later stages of the mission which so far as proved to be pointless and a huge waste of money for FreeSpace. It is only now, that the crew has discovered a weak signal coming from the backside of one of the asteroids in the field and are headed to investigate.