Here's a bit more info...:
The UNSC (United Nations Space Command) has put together the Colonial Marine Corp as a quick response force capable of performing a large number of tasks out in space, where conventional forces cannot perform. These tasks include but are not limited to Search and Rescue, Responding to Distressed Vessels, to put down Piracy and Smuggling, Reconnaissance on new worlds prior to colonization and responding to possible violent confrontation within the colonies where the local colonial police force cannot provide adequate force.
Each platoon is assigned to a Quick Response Vessel, which doubles as a space transport, platoon headquarters and a home away from home. This ship carries everything the platoon needs to be an effective fighting force, drop ships, ground vehicle, single fighter escort, armoury, medical facilities, barracks, space weapons platform, etc… These ships are known as “Predator Class Destroyers”, and the player’s ship is the “Hades Gate”. The crew for these vessels is small usually 5 naval officers.
The idea behind the campaign is very simple (though the story probably won’t be), while the player’s ship is on a routine patrol it responds to a distress call. The game won’t follow the events of the alien movies though I may use the aliens as a base for the game/story with a few twists. This not the same world as the movies, just an alternate reality really. There would likely be other opponents other than the aliens themselves. There will likely be some investigating as well. Rather than look at this from a very long campaign standpoint, I’d rather look at it like a movie with a definitive start, middle and end. Should we actually reach the end, and interest is still there, there’s always room for a sequel !!!
As indicated above, there are many possibilities for characters and the UNSC is an equal opportunity employer, so male/female don’t matter. Players can be Marine soldiers or officers (though officer spots are limited), they can be special task soldiers, such as combat medics, combat drivers, section commanders, communications and electronic experts, heavy weapons, whatever. They can be part of the Hades gate crew, Captain, helm, operations, engineering, or weapons officer. They can be otherwise civilians if the player wishes, for example a member of the press embedded with Marines for a specific time frame.
Another option would be a civilian crew member of the distressed ship, an as of yet unnamed Scientific Research vessel.
Until I’m sure we get enough people to start, that’s about as much as I can elaborate other than it will be freeform, but I may ask for an occasional dice roll to determine random effects.
If anyone has any specific questions about anything related, ask away. The more people ask the more people will stop in to look and maybe get interested, so don’t hesitate !!!