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Alien RPG to Burst Out of Free League Publishing: An Interview with Tomas Harenstam: Ep. 140

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Release Date: 05/02/2019

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Hear the secrets of the upcoming Alien role-playing game from Free League Publishing in this interview with Free League designer and impresario Tomas Harenstam, coming to you live as the internet can be, from the bucolic wilds of Sweden! 

If you're new to Plot Points, we're the podcast that takes role-playing games seriously. If you want to learn about the hidden history which led to the death of the first company that made Dungeons & Dragons, check out Ben's seminar on why TSR failed. If you want to hear more about Free League Publishing's excellent work on sci-fi RPGs, here's the Plot Points gang discussing Tales from the Loop.  

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