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I cant lie to you about your chances.

But
you have my sympathies. Ash, Science
Officer USCSS Nostromo

Game Summary

Welcome to Legendary Encounters: An


Alien Deck Building Game. In this fully
cooperative game for 1-5 players, each
player starts with a Role such as Gunner or
Medic and a deck of basic Character cards.
At the start of your turn, take a card from the
Hive deck and place it face down onto the
board to show how the aliens are creeping
through the Complex. Then play cards from
your hand to generate Attack, Recruit Points,
and special abilities. Use Attack to kill aliens
or scan the Complex and use Recruit Points
to gain new Characters for your deck. At the
end of your turn, each alien that made it to
the Combat Zone attacks you.
Whenever your deck runs out of cards,
shuffle your discard pile to make a new
deck, including all of the new Characters
you recruited. This allows your deck to
get stronger over time. But beware the
Hive deck also grows in power. Youll face
progressively tougher aliens until you reach
the Final Enemy.

How to Win

Players must work together to complete


three Objectives such as The S.O.S.,
They Mostly Come At Night, or Whos
Laying the Eggs?. As the game progresses,
aliens will attack and strike the players. If
a player takes strike damage equal to or
greater than their health, the player dies and
is out of the game. If all the players die, the
aliens win. If at least one player survives to
complete the final objective, the players win.

Your First Game

For your first game, follow the setup rules


on Pages 4-5, using the specific card stacks
listed there. This will allow you to simulate
the movie Alien. After your first game
you can follow the instructions on page
23 to play through Aliens, Alien3 and
Alien: Resurrection, or you can mix and
match Objectives, Characters, and Locations
from different movies to make your own
scenarios. Once youve mastered the game,
you can try Hidden Agenda mode which adds
in the possibility that one player is secretly
working against the others.

If Youve Played
Legendary : A Marvel
Deck-Building Game

Legendary Encounters has many things in


common with its Legendary counterpart,
such as playing cards to gain Attack and
Recruit Points, generating combos with
cards of the same class or crew, and fighting
enemies as they move across the board. Here
are the major differences between
the games:

Hidden Enemies

When cards are drawn from the Hive deck,


they start off face down in the Ventilation
Shafts and must be scanned by players who
have enough Attack in order to turn them
face up. You might find an alien to kill, an
Event or Hazard (similar to Scheme Twists
and Master Strikes), or even a potential ally
whos been hiding from the aliens.

Enemies Strike Players

When a card moves past the Airlock room in


the Complex, it drops down to the Combat
Zone where its immediately revealed if it

was not already revealed in The Complex. At


the end of each players turn, the enemies in
the Combat Zone strike that player causing
them to draw cards from the Strike Deck
equal to the number of those enemies. When
players take too many strikes they die.

Roles

Each player chooses one of ten roles at the


beginning of the game. Your role determines
how much health you have and gives you a
special Role Character card that starts in your
deck.

Alien Players

If a Facehugger is revealed, your team must


kill it quickly. Otherwise a player will become
impregnated and gain a Chestburster card
which will eventually kill them. If a player
dies in this manner, that player can re-enter
the game playing as a newly created Alien,
but this time playing against the rest of
the team.

Your First Game - Use These Cards

Location: The Nostromo


Objective 1/Hive 1: The S.O.S.
Objective 2/Hive 2: No One Can Hear You Scream
Objective 3/Hive 3: A Perfect Organism
Characters: Warrant Officer Ripley, Captain Dallas, Chief Engineer Parker,
icon.)
Navigator Lambert (Note: All of these characters have the
Player Roles: Gunner, Technician, Researcher, Medic, Scout (in a 4-player game,
leave out the Scout. In a 3-player game, leave out the Medic and Scout, etc)

Game Setup

Game Stacks

Player Cards

Give each player their own personal 12-card


deck made up of these cards:
7 Specialists
5 Grunts
Each player then selects one of the ten Roles
and takes the appropriate Role Avatar and
Role Character Card. (You can choose which
ones you like or you can randomly deal out
the Avatars. Another method is to give each
player two random Avatars and let them
choose one.)
Avatar Card
MEDIC
Name
The Avatar stays in
front of each player
during the game.
Your Health
determines how
much strike
damage it takes
5 Defense
to kill you.
10 Health
Your Avatar also
determines which
Battlefield Medicine
Role Character
Card you get.
Each player
should take that
card and add it to
their deck as a
13th card.
Your Defense
0
Value is only
used when
youre playing with the Advanced Rules
(see pages 19-20 for more info.)
AVATAR

You start the game with


Battlefield Medicine in your deck.

Note: Only the Sergeant, Strikes, Hatchery,


Location, Objective, Hive and Barracks spaces
on the board are used to setup the game. The
other spaces will be used once the game begins.
Shuffle the 10 Sergeant cards together and
place that stack face down on its space on
the board.
Shuffle the 40 Strike cards together and place
that stack face down on its space on the board.
Place the 14 Hatchery cards face up on
Hatchery space on the board. Those cards
dont need to be shuffled. They are used when
specific effects happen during the game.

Location and Objectives

(See page 23 for how to simulate playing


through each of the four Alien films.)
Pick one Location and put it on the
Location space.

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The NosTromo
LOCATION

medic

Draw a card.
Heal a Strike from any player.

Role Card

Hazard 1: Brought Something Back


Add two Hive cards.
Hazard 2: Its Loose
Put the top card of the Hive into the Combat Zone.
Hazard 3: Self-Destruct
Leave the Hazard card face up where it was revealed. It moves
like an Enemy. If it reaches the Combat Zone, discard it and each
player draws three strikes.
on any turn to discard it.
Pay 8
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Objectives are marked as either 1, 2, or


3. Each game uses exactly one 1, one 2,
and one 3 objective.

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Pick a 1, a 2, and a 3and place them on


the Objective space with Objective 1 on the
top and Objective 3 on the bottom. (Players
have to complete Objectives in order, from
Objective 1 to Objective 3.)

The S.O.S.

Objective #

OBJECTIVE 1

No oNe CaN Hear You SCream

A Perfect OrgAnism

OBJECTIVE 2

OBJECTIVE 3

Objective: Find both parts of the S.O.S.


Event: Rough Landing
You and the next player each draw a strike.

Objective: Block the Ventilation Shafts.

Objective: Kill The Perfect Organism.

Event: People Are Disappearing


The next player discards two random cards from their
hand.

Event: Its Hunting Us


Move the leftmost Enemy or hidden card in the
Complex to the Combat Zone.

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The Hive

Each of the Objectives you picked above has


a corresponding mini-deck of Hive cards.
The mini-decks are stacked on top of each
other with Objective 1s mini-deck on the top
and Objective 3s mini-deck on the bottom.
EGG

EVENT

EnEmy - AliEn

HAZARD!
The S.O.S. - 1
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This Alien does not move or strike.


Event: Kill this Alien and put a Facehugger
from the Hatchery in front of you.
The S.O.S. - 1
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The S.O.S. - 1
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There are also 24 Drone


cards which are shuffled
into the mini-decks
depending on how many
players there are. In a oneplayer game, youll shuffle
one random Drone card into
each mini-deck. In a twoplayer game, youll shuffle
two random Drones into
each mini-deck. And so on.

EnEmy - AliEn

Death: Each player kills one of their characters.

Drone Deck

The Barracks

There are 16 different Characters in the


game. There are 14 cards for each character.
To build the Barracks, pick four Characters
(at random or your choice) and shuffle all of
those characters cards together for a total of
56 cards.
There are four different Ripley characters
(one for each of the four films), and each one
has its own suite of 14 cards. You can build
a Barracks with any or even all of the Ripley
Character cards if you want.

Acid-sprAy Xenomorph

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Heres how to build the Hive deck:


Find Objective 3s thirteen card mini-deck.
Shuffle one randomly selected Drone card
into it for each player. Then put that stack
face down on the Hive space on the board.
Find Objective 2s eleven card mini-deck.
Shuffle one randomly selected Drone card
into it for each player. Then put that stack
face down on top of Objective 3s mini-
deck thats already on the Hive space.
Find Objective 1s nine card mini-deck.
Shuffle one randomly selected Drone card
into it for each player. Then put that stack
face down on top of Objective 2s and
Objective 3s mini-decks that are already
stacked on the Hive space.
So when youre done, youll have one Hive
deck with the Objective 1 cards on the top
and the Objective 3 cards on the bottom.
Note: Dont look at the Drone cards you
shuffle in it keeps things more suspenseful!

Starting the Game

Put the top five cards of the


Barracks into the five spaces of
the Headquarters (HQ).
Each player shuffles their own
personal deck of 13 cards and
draws a hand of 6 cards from it.
Choose a player to go first. Players
take turns in clockwise order.

On Your Turn

During your turn, complete the


following phases in order:
1. Hive Phase: Draw a Hive card (keeping it
face down) and add it to the Complex.
2. Action Phase: Play cards from your hand,
using them to recruit, scan, and fight.
3. Strike Phase: Each enemy in the Combat
Zone Strikes.
4. Cleanup Phase: Discard your hand
and all cards played and then draw six
new cards.

Hive Phase: Add a Hive


Card to the Complex

At the beginning of your turn, without


looking at it put the top card of the Hive face
down into the closest space in the Complex.
The aliens are coming!

Push Other Cards Forward


If Necessary

Each of the five rooms in the Complex can


only hold one card. Whenever a card enters
a Complex room, if theres already another
card there, the existing card gets pushed
one space toward the Airlock to make room
for it. So a single card entering the Complex
sometimes causes several cards to get
pushed forward.

Remember: Only push a card forward if


it needs to move to make room for another
card entering that space.
Cards move the same way whether theyre
face down or face up.

Xenomorph Swarmer
EnEmy - AliEn

Reveal: Add a Hive card.

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A Card Might Get Pushed to the


Combat Zone

If a card is on the Airlock room and gets


pushed, it leaves the Complex and enters the
Combat Zone. If its face down, immediately
turn it face up. (See page 10 for what
happens when a card turns face up.)
The Combat Zone can hold any number
of cards. Each time a new one is added,
slide the existing ones over to the right.
Each enemy in the Combat Zone will attack
a player at the end of that players turn
starting with the enemy that has been in the
Combat Zone the longest (farthest right) and
resolving cards from right to left.

Action Phase: Play cards from your


hand, using them to recruit, scan,
and fight.
Your deck is made up of Character cards.
Here are the different parts of a character:

Character Card
Crew Icon

Name

Sleep When You Die, Man


JOHNER

Character
Class Icon

Character Name

Recruit Points:

Use these to recruit


more heroes

Attack:

Use this to scan


rooms & kill enemies

1
1

Coordinate

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Special Ability

Cost: How many


Recruit Points it
costs to recruit
this character

After you add a Hive card, you play cards


from your hand. Some of your cards produce
Recruit Points that let you recruit more
characters. Other cards produce Attack
that let you scan rooms and kill enemies.
Some cards give you special abilities like
drawing cards or healing. Heres what
you do:
Play each card in your hand in any order,
one at a time.
Each time you play a card, do what
that card says immediately. (Some
cards say Once this turn which
means you can wait until later that turn
in order to use that effect.)
You get any Recruit Points listed in the
Recruit icon on the card, but you dont
have to use those Recruit Points right
away.
You get any Attack listed in the Attack
icon on the card, but you dont have to
use that Attack right away.
Some cards say something like 2+
inside their Recruit or Attack icon.
The 2 means that you always get

at least 2 from that card. The +


symbol means you might get more
Recruit Points or Attack based on what
the card says in its special ability.
Keep the cards you play face up in front
of you until the end of your turn.
You dont have to play every card in your
hand. Some cards are very powerful in the
right circumstances but risky or even
harmful in the wrong ones.

Class and Crew Abilities

Some characters have an ability with a


Class Icon and a colon, like
: You get +2
You can only use a Class ability if
youve already played another card of
that class earlier in your turn.
A cards class is shown with the class
icon on the cards upper left and also in
the color of the cards border.
You can only use a cards Class ability
once even if you played two or more
cards of the required class earlier in
the turn.

You must use the Class ability if you
can (unless the ability says You may...).
Some characters have an ability with a
Crew Icon such as
or .
These work the same way as Class
abilities.
A cards crew icon is on the cards
upper left hand corner.
Example of a Class Ability:

Captain of the Ship,


captain of the ship
shown here, always
gives you 2 Attack
when you play it,
even if you dont have
any other
cards.
If you have already
played another
2+
card earlier in the
4
turn, then you can
use Captain of the
Ships class ability to get an additional 2
Attack for a total of 4 Attack.
If you play two copies of Captain of the
Ship as your first two cards of the turn,
you wont get to use the Class ability
of the first one, but you will get to use
the Class ability on the second one. So
you would get 6 Attack total from those
two cards.
Captain Dallas

: You get +2

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Recruiting Characters, Scanning


Rooms, and Fighting Enemies

In-between playing cards from your hand,


or after youve played all of your cards, you
can recruit any number of characters, scan
any number of rooms, and fight any number
of enemies. You can do any or all of that as
many times as youre able and in any order.

How to Recruit a Character

The HQ section of the board has five spaces,


each of which contains exactly one face-up
character from the Barracks.
To recruit a character from the HQ, spend
Recruit Points equal to that characters cost
(found on its bottom right corner) and then
put it into your discard pile. When your deck
runs out and you shuffle your discard pile to
make a new deck, you will soon draw that
new character and be able to use its abilities.
Whenever there is an empty space in the

HQ for any reason, immediately refill it with


the top card of the Barracks face up. For
example, you might recruit a character, see
what new character appears in its place, and
then recruit that new character if you have
enough Recruit Points.
You can also recruit a Sergeant from the
Sergeant stack. To do so, spend 3 Recruit
Points and put the top card of the Sergeant
stack into your discard pile. Sergeants always
cost 3 Recruit Points and there are Sergeants
for each of the five character classes. (You
wont know which one you get until you
recruit it.) Besides being different classes, the
Sergeants are identical.
Some special abilities instruct you to gain
a character. Whenever you gain a character,
unless the effect says otherwise, it goes to
your discard pile.

How to Scan a Room

During the game there will be hidden (face


down) cards in the Complex. Its usually a
good idea to scan those cards in order to turn
them face up. That way, if you find an alien,
you can try to kill it before it moves into the
Combat Zone and starts attacking you.
Each of the five rooms in the Complex has a
Scan Cost. To scan a room that has a hidden
card, spend Attack equal to that rooms Scan
Cost. Then turn the hidden card face up.
There are also special abilities in the game
that let you scan a room. In those cases you
dont have to pay the Scan Cost to scan the
room.

Turning a Hidden Card Face Up

A hidden card turns face up when its room


is scanned or when it enters the Combat
Zone. Depending on what kind of card it is,
different things happen when its turned face
up.

Revealing an Enemy

Enemies make up the majority of the cards


in the Complex. Enemies include aliens as
well as humans or androids who are working
against the players. Here are the different
parts of an Enemy card:

Enemy Card
Name

Xenomorph Swarmer
EnEmy - AliEn

Card Type &


Descriptor

Special
Ability

Attack: You must

Reveal: Add a Hive card.

The Lost Colony - 1


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have this much


Attack in order to kill
this enemy.

When an enemy is revealed, it stays where it


is and continues to move through the complex
the same way a face-down card moves.
Some enemies have Reveal: abilities.
When an enemy is turned face up its reveal
ability triggers once and then can be ignored
afterwards.

Revealing an Event

Each Objective card has an Event ability.


When an Event is revealed, follow the Event
ability located on the current Objective and
then put the Event card into the Discarded
Hazards/Events space.
At the beginning of the game youll be on
Objective 1 so when you reveal an event

it will trigger the ability on that objective.


Later in the game, after youve completed
Objective 1, youll be on Objective 2, so any
events that get revealed will trigger that
card. Eventually if you make it to Objective 3,
events will trigger that card.
(See Completing Objectives on page 11 for
more info on Events)

Revealing a Hazard

Each Location card has three Hazard


abilities numbered 1, 2, and 3. The first
time in the game when you reveal a Hazard
card it triggers the first Hazard ability on
the location. Then put the Hazard in the
Discarded Hazards/Events space.
The second time you reveal a Hazard card it
triggers the second ability on the location,
and the third time you reveal a Hazard it
triggers the third ability on the location.

Revealing a Character or
Special Cards

Sometimes youll find a Character or Special


card. These cards will always have Reveal
abilities that tell you what to do. (Often,
something good will happen if you find one
of these cards before it gets pushed to the
Combat Zone.)

How to Fight an Enemy

Once an enemy has been turned face up


you can fight it. You can fight any number of
enemies, one at a time, that are in either the
Complex or the Combat Zone. To fight
an enemy, spend Attack equal to that
enemys Attack value in order to kill it. Then
put that card onto the Dead Enemies space
on the board.
You can only fight an enemy if you have
enough Attack to kill it. If somehow an
enemy has 0 Attack, it will die immediately
when you attack it.

After you kill an enemy, if you have more


Attack leftover, you can use it to scan rooms
and/or fight more enemies.
Some enemies have a Death ability. When
that enemy dies, follow the instructions of
its Death ability.

Strike Phase: Each Enemy in the


Combat Zone Strikes

From right to left each enemy in the Combat


Zone strikes you one at a time. When an
enemy strikes, you must draw a card from
the strike deck.
Most strikes have an Attack value that
represents the damage of the Strike. Put
those strikes next to your Role Avatar. If you
ever have strike damage greater than or
equal to your Role Avatars health, you have
died and are out of the game. You no longer
take turns and remove all of your cards from
the game. Its now up to your teammates to
avenge you!
Some strikes have additional effects, some do
nasty things instead of causing damage, and
a few are misses (which dont hurt at all).
Sometimes other game effects can force you
to draw strikes. These work just like when an
enemy attacks.
Fortunately some effects allow you to heal
strikes. When a strike is healed or otherwise
discarded, put it into the Discarded Strikes
space on the board.

Cleanup Phase: Discard Your


Hand and Draw Six New Cards






At the end of your turn, put all the cards


you played this turn into your discard
pile. Also, discard any cards in your hand
that you didnt play this turn. (You can
look through your discard pile at any time
to see whats in there.)
Then draw six new cards from your deck.

If you dont have enough cards left in


your deck and you still need to draw
more, shuffle your discard pile to form a
new deck. Then draw the rest of the cards
you need.
Dont shuffle your discard pile into a new
deck until your deck has completely
run out AND you still need to draw or
reveal more cards from your deck.
(Sometimes this can lead to your deck
being temporarily empty.)

Completing Objectives

There are many different types of Objectives.


Some require you to find and reveal certain
cards. Some require you to attach special
cards to a room in the Complex. And some
require you to kill a specific alien.
The players can only be on one current
objective at a time. Whenever an Objective is
completed, immediately put it on the bottom
of the three Objective cards. Players can then
work toward completing the next Objective.
Players must always complete Objective
1 before they can complete Objective 2,
and must complete Objective 2 before they
can complete Objective 3. When the third
Objective is completed, the game is over and
the players have won.
Some Objectives have Setup text. Follow
these instructions immediately when it
becomes the current objective.
On your first time playing with an Objective
it might not be immediately clear how to
complete it. However, youll always be
able to figure it out as you make your way
through the Hive.

Objective Goal Cards

Some Objectives require you to do


something with cards youll find in the Hive.
The cards are marked as a goal for Objective
1, 2, or 3. If one of these cards has an ability
on it where you can spend Recruit Points,
you can only use the ability if youre on the
proper Objective.
SENTRY GUNS
MISSION

Final Enemies

Each Objective
3 requires the
players to kill one
or more specific
aliens. These aliens
say Final Enemy on them. You may not
fight a Final Enemy until youre on Objective
3. (If you havent completed Objective 2
yet when a Final Enemy shows up, youre
probably in trouble.)
Reveal: Move this to Operations.

That player can now play a copy of the


card you coordinated with them. (See
Copying a Card on page 16)
At the end of that players turn, put the card
you Coordinated into YOUR discard pile.
You can only Coordinate one card to each
player on their turn. However, multiple
players can each coordinate one card to the
player whose turn it is in order to give that
player a huge advantage.
When you Coordinate a card to a player, they
can choose not to play a copy of it. Either
way you still draw a replacement card.

Operations: Pay 2
Attach this to any clear
room that doesnt already have a Sentry Gun.
Complex: Enemies in this room have -2

Find it and Kill it

The Companys orders

Chief engineer Parker

Francis 85 aaron

They Mostly Come At Night - 2

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Keyword Abilities on Characters


There are four keyword abilities found on
Characters:

Coordinate

Coordinating allows you to let another player


borrow one of your cards. It is a critical
way to help your teammates kill tough
enemies. Its the most common keyword
found on characters in the Barracks, and all
Sergeants have Coordinate.
During another players turn you can
Coordinate with them like this:
Set aside a Coordinate card in your hand
face up, and then immediately draw a new
card to replace it. While it is set aside, its
considered out of play.

Coordinate

Coordinate

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Example of coordinating: Its Player As turn.


Player B decides to Coordinate the card Find
It And Kill It. Player B sets aside the card
face up, draws a replacement card, and tells
Player A. Player C decides to Coordinate as
well. Player C sets aside The Companys
Orders, draws a replacement card, and tells
Player A.
Player A now copies both of the Coordinate
cards, gaining 2 Attack from the first one and
2 Recruit Points from the second. Even better,
card that
since Find It And Kill It is a
allows him to trigger his First Aid survival
ability which heals a strike from any player.
At the end of Player As turn, the card Player
B coordinated goes to Players Bs discard
pile and the card Player C coordinated goes
to Player Cs discard pile.

Vigilant

body armor

Vigilant characters can stay


in play longer than one turn.
When you play a Vigilant
character, leave it in play in
front of you like a normal
card. However, at the end of
your turn, when you discard
your cards and draw a new
2
hand, leave your Vigilant
cards in play.
Most Vigilant characters let you discard them
in order to get an effect such as gaining
Attack or avoiding a Strike.
On the turn you play a Vigilant character
it helps you trigger Class or Crew abilities.
However, on later turns while a Vigilant card
remains in play, it wont help you trigger
those abilities.
If an effect says to do something to one of
your characters, this includes characters in
your hand, characters you played this turn,
and any Vigilant characters that you have in
play. If you need to show a character for
an effect, you can show one of your Vigilant
characters.
private hudson

Vigilant: If you would draw a strike, you


may discard this to avoid it.

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Sacrifice

BAIT FOR THE BEAST

Some cards allow you


to sacrifice them to get a
special effect. Play the card
as normal. Then any time
on your turn you can kill the
card, putting it into the Dead
Characters space, to get its
2+
Sacrifice effect.
4
When you Sacrifice a card,
you still get to keep any Recruit Points, Attack,
or Once this turn abilities it generated that
turn. It also still counts for the purposes of
triggering other cards Class or Crew abilities.
SiSter ripley

Sacrifice: You get +2

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Mobilize

I Mostly Just Hurt PeoPle

A Mobilize character grants


you a special ability as soon
as you gain the character.
When you recruit or
otherwise gain a character
with Mobilize, after you refill
the HQ, you get its Mobilize
3
text immediately. (You must
use the Mobilize ability
unless it specifies You may....)
Once you gain a Mobilize character you
ignore its Mobilize text from then on.
JOHNER

Mobilize: Choose a player. They may kill a


card in their discard pile.

: Choose a player. They may


kill a card in their discard pile.
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Facehuggers and Chestbursters

Facehuggers work differently than other


aliens. Whenever one is revealed, it gets
placed right in front of the player whose turn
it is. This represents the Facehugger trying to
attach itself to that player.
That player can fight and kill it that turn if
possible. If that player cant kill it, the next
player is allowed to fight it on their turn.
If neither player can kill it, the Facehugger
impregnates the initial player: The
Facehugger dies and goes to the Dead
Enemies space. Then that player puts a
Chestburster card from the Hatchery into his
or her discard pile.
If theres only one player left in the game and
that player reveals a Facehugger, they will
have this turn and the next one to kill it.
Facehuggers cant be moved by player
effects (like the Electric Prod).
If multiple Facehuggers impregnate a player
at the same time, they all die, but the player
only gains one Chestburster card.
Beware: Facehuggers can show up from
unexpected places, without warning!

When you gain a Chestburster the following


things happen:
Enemies will no longer strike you. (Youre
part of the family now.)
If a Facehugger would be placed in front of
you, it moves onto the next player.
That player still only has this turn
and the next one before he or she
gets impregnated.
If there is no other player to move
onto, the Facehugger dies.
The moment you draw the Chestburster, it
claws its way out of your chest and you
die horribly.
If youre playing with the Alien
Player advanced rules (see page 19),
you now get to re-enter the game as an
Alien. Otherwise, youre simply out of
the game.
Example of a Facehugger + Chestburster:
Player A expends some Attack to scan the
Med-Lab. This reveals the hidden card there
and its a Facehugger! Player A puts the
Facehugger right next to his avatar. Player A
realizes he doesnt have enough Attack to kill
it and starts to panic. He takes the rest of his
turn and then looks at the next player (Player
B). Hey, can you kill this thing?
Player B takes her turn. She realizes she
doesnt have enough Attack to kill the
Facehugger. Im sorry I cant help you...
At the end of Player Bs turn, the Facehugger
impregnates Player A. The Facehugger
dies and goes to the Dead Enemies space.
Then player A puts a Chestburster from the
Hatchery into his discard pile.
If the players can find a way to remove the
Chestburster from Player As deck or discard
pile hell be all right. Otherwise, when he
draws it, he immediately dies.

Additional Rules
Players Fight Players

Sometimes a player might want to fight


another player. (The main reasons to do this
are when playing with the Advanced Rules for
Hidden Agendas or Alien Players.)
During your turn, you can fight another player
by spending Attack equal to that players
Defense value. That player must then draw a
Strike card. You can attack another player as
many times you like on a turn as long as you
can spend enough Attack each time.

Your Characters

If an effect refers to your characters this


includes any character in your hand as well
as any characters youve played this turn.
(It also counts any Vigilant characters you
have -- see page 13.)The characters in your
deck and discard pile do not count. Copies
of characters (such as a card that was
coordinated to you) also do not count.

Kill

In addition to spending Attack to kill enemies,


there are many effects that say to kill
certain cards. Killed enemies go to the Dead
Enemies space and killed characters go to the
Dead Characters space. If a Chestburster gets
killed, put it back into the Hatchery. And if
somehow a Hazard or Event gets killed, put it
into the Discarded Hazards/Events space.
If a card says to kill one of your characters
you can kill a character in your hand or one
youve already played this turn. If you kill one
youve already played this turn, you still get
to use the Recruit Points, Attack, and special
abilities the character produced, including
Once this turn abilities. It also still
counts for the purposes of triggering

another cards Class or Crew ability.


Killing some of the Basic Colonial Marines
(Specialists and Grunts) you start with
can actually be very good for you, since it
means you will draw your more powerful
characters more often, instead of drawing
the weaker Marines.

Marines

The Specialists and Grunts you start with, as


well as the Sergeants you recruit all have the
Crew symbol. Specialists and Grunts have
no character class, but there are Sergeants
with each of the five character classes.

Gaining Cards

When you gain a card, put it into your


discard pile. After you shuffle your deck,
youll be able to draw that new card.

Running Out of Cards in the


Hive Deck

Often the Hive deck will run out while the


players are struggling to defeat the Final
Enemy. If you need to add a Hive card and
the Hive deck is empty, take all of the cards
in the Dead Enemies space, shuffle them
together and make a new Hive deck.
In the unlikely event that the Hive deck runs
out a second time, the aliens have overrun
the players and the players all die. (As
above, this happens when you need to add a
Hive card and there isnt one left.)

Running Out of Cards in the


Barracks Deck

If the Barracks runs out, keep playing


normally except the HQ will no longer refill.
And once there are no longer cards in the
HQ you will no longer be able to recruit
characters (other than Sergeants).

Running Out of Cards in the


Sergeant Stack

If this stack runs out, keep playing normally


except you will no longer be able to
recruit Sergeants.

Running out of Cards in the


Strike Deck

When this deck runs out, immediately shuffle


all of the discarded strikes to make a new
Strike Deck.

Special Abilities On Cards

















Cards can override the rules of the game.


If one card says you cant do something
and another tells you to do it, cant
beats can.
If a card tells you to do something and you
cant do all of it, then do as much as you
can. For example, if a card tells you to
discard two cards from your hand and
you only have one card, just discard the
one card.
If a card requires a choice and its not clear
who should make the choice, then the
player whose turn it is makes the choice.
If a card instructs you to do something
and its not clear who it refers to, it refers
to the player whose turn it is.

Show a Card

This just means to show the other players


that you have a particular card. You dont
have to play or discard the card. You can also
show a card that you already have in play
(including Vigilant cards).

Once this turn

Get Him to medical


bishop

Most card abilities take


place immediately when
you play the card. However,
some say Once this turn
which means that you can
2
choose to use that ability
later on during your Action
2
Phase instead of right away.
However, once you get to the Strike Phase
part of the turn its too late to use it.
Once this turn, if the Med-Lab is clear, you
may heal a strike from any player.

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Next Player

Some effects refer to the next player. Usually


this means the player who is next to act.
However, if theres only one player left in
the game (whether because youre playing
solo or because everyone else is dead), then
next player refers to you. For example, if
an effect says you and the next player each
draw a strike, you would draw two strikes.

Enemy gets -2 Attack

Some effects reduce an enemys Attack. It


can never go below 0. When you fight an
enemy, if its attack is 0 you can kill it without
using any Attack.

Attach to a Room

Some cards tell you to attach it to a


room. In this case put it in that room of the
Complex but slide it up a bit. This way other
cards can still go into that room on top of the
attached card, but the attached cards name
is still visible. The attachment doesnt count
as being inthat room.
SENTRY GUNS
MISSION

Clear Room

A room is considered clear if there is


no card in that room. A room that has an
attached card can still be clear if there is no
other card in it. If a room gets blocked by
an effect it is removed from the game and
never counts as being clear.

Copying a Card

Some effects allow you to copy a card.


Whenever you copy a card, pretend as
though you just played that card. You get
all of its Recruit Points, Attack, and special
abilities including any Class or Crew abilities
it has and keywords such as Sacrifice. A copy
of a card cant be killed or discarded.

Does Not Move

Some enemies dont move. If another card


tries to enter its space, leave it where it is,
and have the other card skip to the next
space.

Does Not Strike

Some enemies dont strike. Just ignore that


enemy during the Strike Phase.
Double Strike and Triple Strike
When an enemy with Double Strike strikes
you, you draw two Strike cards instead of
one. If it has Triple Strike, youll draw three
Strikes instead of one.

Strike Abilities

Some enemies have


Strike abilities. When
these enemies strike
at you, in addition to
drawing a Strike, follow the
instructions on the card.

Xenomorph Screecher
EnEmy - AliEn

Strike: When you draw a new hand at the end


of this turn, draw one fewer card.

The Beast Is Out There - 2


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Reveal: Move this to Operations.


Operations: Pay 2
Attach this to any clear
room that doesnt already have a Sentry Gun.
Complex: Enemies in this room have -2

They Mostly Come At Night - 2


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Area Abilities

Deck Labels

Most cards in the game have a label on


them that makes it easier to tell where
a card belongs. This is especially useful
when youre cleaning up and reorganizing a
finished game.

Some cards have abilities which are


only active while the card is in a certain
area. They look like this: Complex:,
Operations:, or Combat Zone:

Event Abilities

Some enemies have


abilities that trigger when
an Event is revealed.
When an Event is
revealed, first resolve
the Event trigger on the
Objective and then resolve
it on any enemies in play.

EGG

EnEmy - AliEn

EVENT

FACEHUGGER

FLESH WOUND

EnEmy - AliEn

Acid-sprAy Xenomorph

STRIKE

EnEmy - AliEn

This Alien does not move or strike.


Event: Kill this Alien and put a Facehugger
from the Hatchery in front of you.
The S.O.S. - 1
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Special Hive cards

Some cards in the Hive are marked as


Special. Just follow the instructions on
these cards when theyre revealed.

Reveal: Put this in front of you. Any player


can fight it on their turn. If its still alive at the
end of the next turn, kill it and gain a
Chestburster from the Hatchery.
The S.O.S. - 1

Hatchery Deck
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Death: Each player kills one of their characters.

Strike Deck

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Drone Deck

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Timing

Abilities

If a card tells multiple players to do


something at the same time, first the player
whose turn it is does it then the other players
go in clockwise order.

Grown in a Lab

If multiple cards are moved to the Combat


Zone at the same time, turn the first one face
up (if necessary) and resolve any Reveal
triggers or its Hazard or Event ability. Then
turn the next card face up, and so on.

Pay

Some cards allow you to pay


in order
to get an effect. In this case, just spend the
and follow the instructions.
Grown in a Lab becomes a clone of another
card you played this turn. In this case, it
gains the stats, text, class, crew, character
name, etc. of the card youre cloning.
However, it also still counts as a Ripley card
(for the purposes of cards like Acid Blood or
The Newborn).

Ventilation Lock

One card, Ventilation Lock, can block the


Ventilation Shafts. When this happens,
that room no longer exists. Put the current
Objective Card (No One Can Hear You
Scream) on that room and then put the
whole Hive deck on top of it.

If multiple effects occur at the same time, and


its not clear what order to resolve them in,
the player whose turn it is chooses the order.

Character Classes

Crews

Intel characters are the best at gaining


information, scanning rooms, and
drawing cards.

Nostromo: Well move in pairs.


Well go step by step and cut off every
bulkhead and every vent until we have it
cornered. And then well blow it out into
space. Warrant Officer Ripley

Leadership characters excel at


generating extra Recruit Points and gaining
extra characters.
Strength characters are great at

generating Attack and killing cards you


no longer want in your deck.
Survival characters can avoid drawing
strikes and can heal players.
Tech characters are jacks of all trades

who can dabble into the effects of the other


classes as well as do some unique things
like move enemies or copy other cards you
played this turn.

Sulaco:We got tactical smart missiles,


phase-plasma pulse rifles, RPGs, we got
sonic electronic ball breakers. We got nukes,
we got knives, sharp sticks
Private Hudson
Fury-161:Youre all gonna die. The
only question is how you check out. Do you
want it on your feet? Or on your knees
begging? I aint much for begging. Nobody
ever gave me nothing. So I say $%&# that
thing! Lets fight it! Brother Dillon
The Betty:Hey, Ripley. I heard you, like,
ran into these things before. So, like, what did
you do?
I died. - Johner and Ripley No. 8.
Colonial Marines:All right,
sweethearts, youre a team and theres
nothin to worry about. We come here, and
we gonna conquer, and we gonna kick some,
is that understood? Sgt. Apone

Advanced Rules

These are rules you should only use once


you feel like you have mastered the game.

Advanced Rule: Player Aliens

Theres a monster in your chest. Its a really


nasty one. And in a few hours its gonna
burst through your ribcage, and youre
gonna die. Any questions? Ripley No. 8
In the standard rules, when a player dies to
a Chestburster theyre out of the game (just
like if they die from Strike damage). With
this optional rule, when a player dies to a
Chestburster they get to re-enter the game
on their next turn as an Alien Player.
Heres how it works:
Warrior Xenomorph

Xenomorph Screecher

ALIEN AvAtAr

Once during each of your turns,


choose a player to draw a strike.

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Xenomorph Swarmer

EnEmy - AliEn

6
8

EnEmy - AliEn

Strike: When you draw a new hand at the end


of this turn, draw one fewer card.

The Beast Is Out There - 2


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Reveal: Add a Hive card.

The Lost Colony - 1


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When you die, remove your avatar and all


your cards (deck, hand, etc.) from the game.
Choose a random Alien Avatar.
Shuffle the 36-card Alien Player deck and
draw a hand of 6 cards.
You now have a new goal: Kill the rest of
the players.
Do the following on each of your turns, in
this order:
1. Play any number of cards from your
hand.
2. Discard each card you played and
any that are left in your hand, and
draw a new hand of 6 cards. (You
dont do anything else on your turns
like having a Hive or Strike Phase.)

If your deck runs out, reshuffle it just like


you would as a regular player.
Players can fight you by spending Attack
equal to your Defense number. Each time
youre attacked this way, draw a Strike.
Ignore any text on that strike, but if it has
a damage number of 1 or higher put it
next to your Avatar.
If you ever have Strike damage greater
than or equal to your health, you die.
Remove your deck, hand, and discard pile
from the game, but leave any cards that
you might have put onto the board.
You no longer count as a player for the
purposes of game effects. If an effect says
something happens to the next player
and that would have been you, it skips you
and goes on to the next player. Note:
Some cards refer specifically to an
Alien Player.
If an Event or Hazard is revealed, treat it as
though the next player revealed it. (It
refers to them and they make any
decisions on it.).
If you would ever receive a Facehugger,
give it to the next player instead.
If at any point all players in the game are
Alien Players, the game ends.

Advanced Rule: Hidden Agendas


You know, Burke, I dont know which
species is worse. You dont see them
screwing each other over for a goddamn
percentage. Ellen Ripley

As if a horde of aliens wasnt enough, now


there might be a traitor in your midst. The
Hidden Agenda rules add an element of
secrecy and suspense among the players.

Agenda Cards

ENTHUSIASTIC
EVIL AGENDA

At the beginning of the game


after players have selected
their roles and built their
13-card starting decks, do the
following:
Without looking at them,
randomly select one of
2
0
the ten Good Agenda
character cards for each
EFFICIENT
player but dont give them
out yet.
Without looking at them,
randomly select one of the
five Evil Agenda
character cards
Shuffle the one Evil card
in with the Good agendas
2
0
cards, then deal one out to
each player. Put the
remaining card back in the game box
without looking at it. It wont be used
this game. If that was the Evil card it means
theres no traitor this game but the
players dont know this yet.
Players may now look at their Agenda
cards to find out if they are Evil this game.
Then each player puts their Agenda card
face down underneath their Avatar. (They
can look at it at any time during the game.)
You may not reveal your Agenda card to
other players.
If you received a Good Agenda, youre
playing the normal game. You win by
completing all three Objectives.
If you received the Evil Agenda, youre
playing a very different game. You are
secretly working for The Company. By
any means necessary you want all the other
players to die so an alien specimen can be
Choose a dead Alien and put it into the
Combat Zone. Avoid all strikes you would
draw this turn.
Evil Agenda

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GOOD AGENDA

You may switch an Enemy or hidden card


with another Enemy or hidden card.
(Both must be in the Complex
and/or Combat Zone.)
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acquired. Once everyone else is dead, you


must then call in the rescue team from The
Company. (See below.)
The name of each Agenda card describes the
personality of your character. For example,
you might be a Ruthless Gunner or a
Fearless Scout.

Secrets Revealed






SECRETS REVEALED

During Setup, set aside


Secrets Revealed cards
equal to the number
of players. Each of these
replaces one of the Drone
cards in the Hive decks
youll use this game.
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For example, in a three-player game,


you would normally use a total of nine
Drone cards. But in a three-player game
with Hidden Agendas, you would use
three Secrets Revealed cards and six
Drone cards. (In a four-player game youd
use four Secrets Revealed cards and eight
Drones, etc.)
During the game, when a Secrets Revealed
card is revealed, the player whose turn it
is must reveal the Agenda card of any one
player (including their own) that hasnt
been revealed yet. Then put the Secrets
Revealed card aside for he remainder of the
game. (It wont be used again.)
When a players Agenda card is revealed,
two things happen:
1. It shows everyone else whether that
players a traitor or not.
2.
That player then gains their Agenda
character card. (It goes into their discard
pile and works just like a regular
character card.)

When a Player Dies

If a player dies and their Agenda hasnt been


revealed yet, it gets revealed at that time.

When the Player with the Evil


Agenda Dies

The Good players dont need to kill the Evil


player. They can win by completing their three
Objectives whether or not the traitor is still
alive. However, if the Evil player dies, not only
does that remove a big threat to the team, but
it buys the players some extra time: Shuffle
each enemy and hidden card in the Complex
together and put them on top of the Hive deck.

When Everyone but the Traitor Dies

Now all the traitor needs to do is play their


Agenda card to win the game. (This represents
The Company showing up to collect an alien
specimen and rescue the traitor.)
Alternate Victory: Agenda cards count as
Character cards, so its possible for them to be
killed. If the Evil players Agenda card gets killed,
he can still win the game. All other players must
be dead and the Evil player must complete all
three Objectives. (This represents the evil player
being left on his own by The Company such that
he must fight his way out to survive.)

When Everyone Dies

Sometimes the good players might kill the evil


player or vice versa, but then the aliens overrun
the survivors. In this case, everyone loses just
like in the regular game

When Theres an Alien Player and


a Traitor

In this case, things arent going great for the good


guys. The traitor doesnt need to kill the Alien
Player in order to win the game. The Alien Player
has the option to try to hurt whomever it wants.

Gameplay Tips

At the beginning of the game you dont


know who you can trust (unless youre the
Evil player). You can attack other players if
you want, but youll risk hurting a potential
ally or possibly revealing something about
your Agenda.
When you reveal a Secrets Revealed card,
its great to try to find the evil player because
then everyone can start fighting him and the
Good players will now stop coordinating with
or otherwise helping him. But it can also be
beneficial to reveal yourself. Not only will you
get to put your Agenda character card into
your deck, but, if youre Good other Good
players will know that youre on their team.
We recommend playing several games of the
regular game without Hidden Agendas before
trying them. They often make the game much
harder as youre not sure who to trust and at
any moment a player might betray everyone.

Table Talk and Etiquette

In the regular game players are allowed to


say anything they want and even show each
other their hands. When playing with Hidden
Agendas use the following etiquette:
Players may not reveal their Agenda card
or discuss any details about their Agenda
card such as its name, stats, or game text.
Players may not ask other players details
about their Agenda card. It is okay to ask a
player if hes Good or Evil (Although the
player doesnt have to answer.)
Players may lie about their hand or
intentions.
Players must reveal each card they play
during their turn.
Each players discard pile is public
information and can be looked through by
anyone at any time.

Delayed Hidden Agendas

This is a variation of Hidden Agendas, where


players are not allowed to look at their own
Agenda card until after a Secrets Revealed
card is played on them. This way you might
not even realize youre a bad guy. In this
variation, finding out youre Evil represents
the Company sending special orders to you
to kill everyone else, right in the middle of
the game, after theyve learned about the
aliens existence.

Adjusting Difficulty

The game can be very hard, especially


for newer players. Some Objectives and
Locations are harder than others and some
combinations of characters and roles work
better than others. In addition to trying out
different combinations, here are some ways
to make the game easier or harder.
To make the game easier, do one or more
of these:
During Setup, shuffle extra Drone
cards into each Hive mini-deck. The more
Drones you use, the easier the game. We
recommend starting with one extra Drone
per mini-deck.
Treat each players Defense value as extra
Health.
Give each player one (or two) free
preparations turn where they get to skip
the Hive Phase.
To make the game harder, do one or more
of these:
During Setup, dont shuffle in as many
Drone cards. The fewer drones, the harder
the game. We recommend starting by
removing one Drone per mini-deck.
During Setup, put cards from the Hive face
down into the Complex. The more cards,
the harder the game.

Scoring

If youd like to keep score for your games,


use these rules. (These are especially good if
you play a series of Hidden Agenda Games
to determine an overall winner.)

Regular Game (No Hidden Agendas)








If the players lose, they score 0 points.


If the players win, they each score 1 point
for each player that survived. (Dead
players still get their points unless they
turned into Alien Players.)
Alien Players can never score points. Their
goal is to deny everyone else points.

Hidden Agenda Game
















If the good players lose, they score


0 points.
If the good players win and there was
no player with an evil agenda, they score
1 point for each player that survived plus
1 bonus point for the difficulty of playing
while paranoid.
If the good players win and there was a
player with an evil agenda, the players
score 1 point for each player that survived
plus 5 bonus points for thwarting the
evil player.
If an evil player loses, he scores 0 points.
If an evil player wins, he scores 2 points
for each good player that died.

Achievements

When you draw a new hand it has no


basic cards in it.
When you combo three different class
symbols on the same turn.
If you have all five different class symbols
in your hand (or in front of you.)
If the HQ is all one class
If the HQ is all five classes

Playing Through the Movies

We suggest playing through the movies for


your first several games. To do so, use the
following cards:

Alien

Location: The Nostromo


Objective 1 / Hive 1: The S.O.S
Objective 2 / Hive 2: No One Can Hear
You Scream
Objective 3 / Hive 3: A Perfect Organism
Characters: Warrant Officer Ripley,
Captain Dallas, Chief Engineer Parker,
Navigator Lambert
Note: All of these characters have the

icon.

Aliens

Location: Hadleys Hope


Objective 1 / Hive 1: The Lost Colony
Objective 2 / Hive 2: They Mostly Come
At Night
Objective 3 / Hive 3: Whos Laying
The Eggs?
Characters: Lieutenant Ripley,
Corporal Hicks, Private Hudson, Bishop
Note: All of these characters have the

icon.

Alien3

Location: Fiorina Fury 161


Objective 1 / Hive 1: Where are
the Brothers?
Objective 2 / Hive 2: The Beast is
Out There
Objective 3 / Hive 3: Nobody Can Stop It
Characters: Sister Ripley, Brother Dillon,
CMO Clemens, Francis 85 Aaron
Note: All of these characters have the

icon.

Alien: Resurrection

Location: The Auriga


Objective 1 / Hive 1: Breakout
Objective 2 / Hive 2: Youre a Thing.
A Construct.
Objective 3 / Hive 3: Shell Breed.
Youll Die.
Characters: Ripley No. 8, Call, Johner,
Christie
Note: All of these characters have the
icon.

Combining Legendary
Encounters with
Legendary

If you have Legendary : A Marvel DeckBuilding game, you can mix your Alien and
Marvel cards together in a variety of ways.
When Playing Legendary

Encounters

You can use Marvel Heroes in place of


some or all of the Alien characters in the
Barracks.
You can use Villains and/or Henchmen in
place of Drones.

Special Rules











If a Marvel card says to gain a wound,


draw a strike instead.
If a Marvel card says to KO a wound, heal
a strike instead.
If a Marvel card has an Escape ability
this happens when the card enters the
Combat Zone.
If a Marvel card has an Ambush ability,
it works like a Reveal ability.
If a Marvel card has a Fight ability, it
work like a Death ability.
See below for more terminology swaps.
When Playing Legendary
You can use Alien characters in place of
some or all of the Marvel Heroes in the
Hero deck.
You can use aliens and other Enemies
in place of Villains/Henchman in the
Villain deck.

Special Rules

If an Alien card says to draw a strike,


gain a wound instead.
If an Alien card says to heal a strike, you
may KO a wound in your hand or discard
pile instead.
If an Alien card has a Reveal ability, it
works like an Ambush ability.
If an Alien card has a Death ability, it
works like a Fight ability.
If an Alien card has a Strike ability, it
occurs when the alien escapes the city.
If an effect says to turn a card face down,
ignore it.

Terminology Swaps

In either game, treat these terms as


the same:
Barracks = Hero Deck
Hive = Villain Deck
Sergeant = Shield Officer
The City = The Complex
Kill = KO
Character = Hero
Enemy = Villain/Henchman

Class Symbols

The Symbols for each class are the same in


both games.
In either game, if some game text doesnt
make sense, just ignore it. (Such as rescuing
a bystander in Legendary Encounters or
completing an Objective in Legendary .)

Game Contents

Rulebook, game board and 600 cards.


10 Role Avatars
10 Role Character Cards
35 Specialists
25 Grunts
10 Sergeants
224 Character cards (16 characters
with 14 cards each: each character has
1 rare, 3 uncommons, and 5 each of
two commons)
4 Locations
12 Objectives
132 Hive cards (12 different mini-decks)
24 Drone cards
14 Hatchery Cards
40 Strikes
4 Alien Avatars
36 Alien Player Cards
15 Agenda Cards
5 Secrets Revealed Cards

Credits
Game Design and Card Set Design:
Ben Cichoski and Danny Mandel (Super
Awesome Games)
Brand Management: Jason Brenner
Development Team: Jason Brenner,
Bubby Johanson, Mark Shaunessy,
Crystal Goggio.
Product Management and Art Direction:
Bubby Johanson
Graphic Design: Krista Timberlake
Project Management: Rachel Valverde,
Louise Bateman.
President, Upper Deck Company:
Jason Masherah
Director of Creative Services:
Mike Eggleston
Original Legendary Game Engine Design:
Devin Low
Playtesters: Jason Brenner, Crystal Goggio,
Bubby Johanson, Matt Rogers,
Mark Shaunessy, Jenny Silva
and many more.
Super Awesome Playtesters: Gus Cichoski,
Drew Clark, John Earle, Mike Leoncavallo,
Eric Thomas, Ken Wyman

Quick Reference Guide


Setup

Note: Only the Sergeant, Strikes, Hatchery, Location, Objective, Hive and Barracks spaces on the
board are used when you set up the game. The other spaces will be used once the game begins.

Initial Setup

1. Each player chooses a Role Avatar and takes the Role Character card that goes with it.
2. Each player takes 7 Specialists, 5 Grunts, and their Role card, shuffles them to make a
personal deck of 13 cards, then draws a hand of 6 cards.
3. Shuffle the Sergeants and shuffle the Strikes, then put them face down on their
appropriate spaces.
4. Put the 14 Hatchery cards face up on the Hatchery space.
5. Choose a Location and put it face-up on the Location space.
6. Choose one Objective 1, one Objective 2, and one Objective 3 and put them face-up on the
Objective space with Objective 1 on the top and Objective 3 on the bottom.
7. Find the three Hive mini-decks that match those Objectives. Shuffle in 1 random Drone
card for each player into the Objective 3 mini-deck and put it face-down on the Hive space.
Then repeat this process for the Objective 2 and 1 mini-decks so that you have one Hive
deck with the Objective 1 mini-deck on the top and Objective 3 mini-deck on the bottom.
8. Choose four characters, shuffle all of those characters cards together and put them face
down on the Barracks. (There should be 56 total character cards.) Then put the top 5 cards
into the HQ face up.

On Your Turn
During your turn, you do the following:
1. Hive Phase: Draw a Hive card (keeping it face down) and add it to the Complex.
2. Action Phase: Play cards from your hand, using them to recruit, scan, and fight.
3. Strike Phase: Each enemy in the Combat Zone Strikes.
4. Cleanup Phase: Discard your hand and all cards played and then draw six new cards.

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Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game


Frequently Asked Questions
Date 10.21.14

Table of Contents
Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game ................................................................... 1
Frequently Asked Questions ........................................................................................................... 1
General Questions .......................................................................................................................... 2
Alien Players ................................................................................................................................ 2
Attacking ..................................................................................................................................... 3
Attacking other Players ............................................................................................................... 3
Avatars ........................................................................................................................................ 3
Avoiding Strikes........................................................................................................................... 3
The Board .................................................................................................................................... 4
Cant be killed .......................................................................................................................... 4
Characters ................................................................................................................................... 4
Chestbursters .............................................................................................................................. 4
Combos ....................................................................................................................................... 4
Coordinate .................................................................................................................................. 5
Does Not Move ........................................................................................................................ 5
Events .......................................................................................................................................... 5
Final Enemies .............................................................................................................................. 6
Hazards........................................................................................................................................ 6
Healing ........................................................................................................................................ 6
The Hive ...................................................................................................................................... 6
Objective Goals and Special Cards .............................................................................................. 6
Player Death ................................................................................................................................ 6
Scanning ...................................................................................................................................... 7
Solo Play (or everyone else is dead) ........................................................................................... 7
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Strikes .......................................................................................................................................... 7
Table Talk .................................................................................................................................... 7
Specific Card Questions .................................................................................................................. 8
Role Cards ................................................................................................................................... 8
Sergeants..................................................................................................................................... 8
Barracks Cards ............................................................................................................................. 9
Objectives.................................................................................................................................. 13
Locations ................................................................................................................................... 14
Hive Cards ................................................................................................................................. 16
Drone Cards .............................................................................................................................. 21
Strike Cards ............................................................................................................................... 22
Alien Player Cards ..................................................................................................................... 22
Agendas..................................................................................................................................... 24

General Questions
Alien Players
When I die to a Chestburster, when do I re-enter the game as an Alien?
On your next turn.
When the Chestburster pops (usually but not always at the end of your turn when you refill
your hand), your current turn immediately ends. Youll take your next turn as an Alien.
What happens if there are two or more Alien Players?
Well, for starters things arent going well for the good guys.
All Alien Players will draw cards from the same Alien Player deck. If that deck runs out of
cards, shuffle all the discarded cards just like you would a regular players deck.
What happens if an Alien Player dies?
Theyre out of the game. Any cards that theyve attached to things in play remain in play.
(Example: Structural Perfection.)
Any effects that end at the start of their next turn last until what would have been the start of
their next turn. (Example: Communications Are Down.)
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Attacking
Do I have to use all the Attack from one card for the same thing?
No. For example, if you play Knife Games, you could use 2 of that Attack to scan the Airlock and
the other 2 Attack to kill an Acid-spray Xenomorph.

Attacking other Players


When am I allowed to attack other players?
Being able to attack other players is an advanced rule. There are three cases when you can
attack another player:

If a player has died and re-entered the game as an Alien Player, you can attack them.

If youre playing with Hidden Agendas, then any player can attack any other player (even
if youre not yet sure what that players Agenda is).

If your play group agrees before the game starts, you can attack other players even if
youre not playing with Hidden Agendas. (The primary reason you might want to do this
is if a player has a Chestburster and you want to put them out of their misery and/or
avoid their becoming an Alien Player.)

Avatars
What is the Armor symbol on the Player and Alien Avatars?
Its the avatars Defense score. When you want to attack another player, you spend that much
Attack to force them to draw a strike.

Avoiding Strikes
If I get to avoid a strike, do I draw it and then discard it, or do I not even draw it at all?
You dont draw it at all.
If there are multiple enemies in the Combat Zone and I get to Avoid the next strike you
would draw this turn do I get to choose which enemys strike I avoid?
No, the enemies in the Combat Zone attack from right to left so youll avoid the strike from the
rightmost enemy.
If I avoid the strike of an enemy that has a Strike: ability, do I also get to avoid its ability?
Yes. (Examples of Strike abilities are Michael Weyland and Xenomorph Screecher.)
If I avoid the strike of an enemy that has Double Strike, do I avoid both of its strikes?
No, it strikes two separate times and you just avoid one of them.

The Board
Why is the Hatchery supposed to be face up?
Its to help players avoid confusing the Hatchery with the Hive. That said, theres no gameplay
reason for the Hatchery to be face up so feel free to turn it face down if you prefer. We like to
place it face down.
Where do discarded Objective Goals and Special cards go?
Put them into the Discarded Hazard/Event pile.
What counts as a room?
The only rooms in the game are the five spaces of The Complex.
How many cards can be in the Combat Zone?
Any number. The Combat Zone never fills up. Its rare for there to be more than 3 enemies in
there for long because either you deal with them or you die.
Are face-down cards enemies?
No. Enemies are only face-up cards that say Enemy on them.

Cant be killed
What if an effect would cause a character that cant be killed to be killed?
Ignore that part of the effect.

Characters
What exactly counts as a character?
Anything that can go in your deck with the exception of Chestbursters and Hazards (from The
Aurigas Hazard #1) is a character. If it has a cost (including 0), its a character.
Heres the comprehensive list:

Starting cards (Specialists and Grunt)


Sergeants
Role cards
Agenda cards
Friends you find in Hive decks (Jonesy, Newt, Missing Brothers, Larry Purvis).
Cards that start in the Barracks

Chestbursters
If a Chestburster is killed, where does it go?
It goes back to the Hatchery. (This is different from killed Facehuggers which go to the Dead
Enemies pile.)

Combos
If I choose not to play a card (for example, Knife Games) can I still get credit for having played
its Class symbol in terms of triggering another cards combo?
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No, you must play the card in order to get credit for having its symbol.
If I play two copies of a game card that has a class ability, only the second one triggers,
correct? (For example, First Aid.)
Yes, only the second one would trigger its class ability. Youd still get its Recruit Points though.
Also, if you then played a third copy of First Aid, it would trigger as well. (Once youve played
one card with the required symbol, the rest of your cards that need that symbol will trigger.)

Coordinate
What is the timing of coordinating a card and shuffling my deck?
When you coordinate a card, set it aside. (It is considered out of play.)
Then draw a replacement card. If this would cause you to shuffle your deck, do NOT shuffle the
coordinated card into your deck.
At the end of the current turn, put the coordinated card into your discard pile.
Can I coordinate a card to a player even if they dont want it? (Lets say were playing with
Hidden Agendas.)
Yes, you can. However, they dont have to play the copy of it. They can effectively pretend you
didnt coordinate with them. You will still get to draw your replacement card.
If I coordinate a card to a player, do they have to use it the way they said they were going to?
For example, my teammate says he says hes going to use the Attack I coordinate to him in
order to kill an enemy, but then he decides not to.
Players can lie or change their minds about their intentions, especially when playing with
Hidden Agendas. For example, its possible that you coordinate some Attack to a teammate,
and then he turns around and uses it to attack you.

Does Not Move


If an enemy doesnt move, what happens if a card would push it?
It jumps over it and goes in the next space. (Pushing whatevers already in that space, unless
that doesnt move either!)

Double Strike and Triple Strike


If an enemy has a Strike: ability and Double Strike what happens?
It will get its Strike: ability twice. (Or three times if it has Triple Strike.)
This also applies to the Inner Mouth Alien Player ability.

Events
When an Event is resolving, do you leave the Event card in its room or discard it?
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First discard it, then follow the instructions on the Objective (and any other Event abilities).
Note: Some Events may attach to rooms or go someplace else other than the discard pile. In
those cases, first put the Event where it goes, then follow the instructions.

Final Enemies
If the Hive deck runs out and I have to reshuffle to make a new one, do Final Enemies get
shuffled in?
Yes. (Currently this can only happen if youre playing the Objective Shell Breed. Youll Die.
which has two Final Enemies. )
If a Final Enemy comes back (because of a Hive reshuffle or some other effect) do I have to kill
it again to complete the Objective?
No, you just need to kill it once.

Hazards
When a Hazard is resolving, do you leave the Hazard card in its room or discard it?
First discard it, then follow the instructions on the Location.
Note: Some Hazards may attach to rooms or go someplace else other than the discard pile. In
those cases, first put the Event where it goes, then follow the instructions.

Healing
When a card says I can heal a Strike from any player, who chooses which Strike gets
healed?
The player who played that card (or triggered that effect by killing an enemy, etc.) gets to
decide. This is especially important when playing with Hidden Agendas. You might want to heal
another player, but possibly not their worst strike just in case they turn out to be evil.
When I heal a Strike, does that just heal 1 damage or does it get rid of the whole card?
The whole card. You can also heal Strikes with an asterisk (*).

The Hive
When the Hive deck runs out of cards, do you reshuffle the discarded Events, Hazards, or
Special Cards in with the dead enemies to make a new Hive?
No, you just shuffle the dead enemies in. (This makes Cloned Xenomorphs extra hard since you
wont have Containment Cells for them!)

Objective Goals and Special Cards


Do Objective Goals such as Sentry Guns or Bishops Head remain in play after you complete
their objectives?
Yes.

Player Death
When a player dies, what happens to his deck?

All of their cards in hand, play, deck, and discard pile are removed from the game. They do
not go to the Dead Characters pile. Except for Chestbursters, those go back to the Hatchery.
(We wouldnt want someone to miss out on one!)
Any strikes on that player go to the Discarded Strikes pile.

Reveal Triggers
What happens if a card with a Reveal trigger gets put directly into play face up? (For example,
the hazard Blood and Terror puts two dead enemies into the Combat Zone.)
The Reveal trigger will occur.

Scanning
If I spend Attack to scan a room, can I also use that Attack to fight an enemy in that room?
No, once you spend some Attack to scan, that amount of Attack is gone. But if you have leftover
Attack you can spend that to fight an enemy.

Solo Play (or everyone else is dead)


The rulebook says anything that refers to the next player refers to you instead. (Page 16) If
an effect says the next player discards a card and Ive already played all the cards in my
hand, what happens?
Nothing. You dont have to discard a card in that case.
Are there other places where other players count as me?
No. Only if the effect explicitly says next player.

Strikes
If I need to draw three strikes but the first one kills me, do I keep drawing?
No. You stop the moment youre dead.
Do some strikes stay in your deck and continue to circulate? Like Damaged Hand which says
I must discard it and some cards from my hand?
Strikes never go in your deck. They are always discarded to the Discarded Strike pile.

Table Talk
What information can players share during a game?
It depends on what your playgroup agrees to, but the default way to play is that everyone can
talk about anything including even playing face up and showing everyone your hands if you
want.

When playing with Hidden Agendas, youre not allowed to reveal or talk about your Agenda
other than to say that youre good. You can lobby for yourself Of course Im a good guy.
Why would I have done such and such if I were evil?
(See page 21 of the rulebook for more info.)
Can you discard a Vigilant card on any players turn?
Not unless the card explicitly says so. (Currently only two Vigilant cards can be discarded on
another players turn Body Armor and This Aint Happening, Man!)
Do Vigilant cards count toward your hand limit of 6 cards?
No.

Specific Card Questions


Role Cards
Lets Rock!, Right Tool For The Job, Thirst For Knowledge
How do these work?
You begin the game on Objective 1 so these are all worth 1 of their respective effect (Attack,
Recruit Points, extra cards). Once Objective 1 is completed, these are now worth 2 of their
effects, and so on.
What happens if I complete an Objective in the middle of my turn and then play Lets Rock?
What if I played Lets Rock before I completed the Objective?
When you play the card, it immediately checks the current Objective # (even if you only just
completed the last one a moment ago).
If you complete the Objective after youve already played Lets Rock, you wont get a
retroactive point of Attack.
Versatile Programming
Can this be used to combo with multiple cards of different symbols?
Yes. For example, you could play Versatile Programming and then combo First Aid and Expert
Navigator off of it.
Welcome Aboard
Can I use the effect on a Sergeant or a character I gained in a weird way (like finding Jonesy or
rescuing a captive)?
Yes and yes.

Sergeants
How much does it cost to recruit a Sergeant?
3 Recruit Points.
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When I recruit a Sergeant, do I get to pick which one I get?


No, you gain whichever one is randomly on the top. (The Sergeant stack should be shuffled and
placed face down before the game starts.)
Are Sergeants part of the HQ?
No, theyre separate.
What does Apone mean?
Its the name of the Sergeant from the movie, Aliens. (Just a little bit of flavor.)

Barracks Cards
Body Armor
Does this work even if I would draw the strike on another players turn?
Yes.
Buying Time
Do I get to look at the hidden card?
No.
Close Encounters
What happens if the next enemy I fight in the Combat Zone has 2 or less Attack?
It dies and you dont have to spend any Attack on it. (You can spend the 2 Attack from Close
Encounters on a different enemy.)
What happens if I play two copies of Close Encounters in a row, then I fight an enemy in the
Combat Zone with 3 Attack? Does it get -3 Attack and then I can spend the remaining -1
Attack on a different enemy?
No, it will get -4 Attack and die. (The extra -1 Attack would be wasted.)
Electric Prod
Can this be used to move an enemy or hidden card thats already in The Complex?
Yes.
Emergency Surgery
What if the player I want to heal only has one or two Strikes?
You heal all of that players strikes. (Always try to fulfill an effect as much as possible. See page
15 of the rulebook under Special Abilities on Cards.)
Get Him to Medical
Lets say I play this and the Med-Lab is clear, but I dont have any Strikes. Then at the end of
my turn an enemy strikes forcing me to draw a strike card can I use the ability to heal that
strike?
No, you may only use the ability during the Action Phase.

Grown In a Lab
Can you explain how this card works?
When you play it, it becomes an exact duplicate of a card youve already played this turn. It
loses all of its own characteristics (its name, crew symbol, class symbol, cost, and so on). The
only thing it retains is that it counts as a Ripley card, which matters for cards like New And
Improved or The Newborn.
If I use it to clone a card I already played this turn, does it still count as having the Survival
class symbol?
No. It takes whatever symbol the cloned card has.
What happens if I play it as my first card on a turn?
It doesnt have any effect. However, you do get credit for having played a Survival card and a
The Betty card for the purposes of comboing with other cards.
What happens if I use it to clone a card that has Vigilant?
It becomes a duplicate of that card and will have that cards Vigilant text as well.
Gun For Hire
If I leave a mobilize card in the HQ, can I trigger it over and over again each time I play Gun
For Hire?
Yes.

I Can Smell It
Can I tell other players what the card is?
Yes. (Depending on your play group you can also go ahead and show it to them. The key is that
this doesnt count as revealing the card. You are under no obligation to tell the truth about
the card.)
Incinerator Flamer
If I spend the initial 2 Attack from this card to kill an enemy in the Weapons Locker, will I get
the bonus +2 Attack.
Yes.
Internal Exam
What if I play this on myself and only have 1 or 2 cards in my deck?
First look at the remaining cards in your deck, then shuffle your discard pile to make a new
deck, and then continue resolving the effect.
Its His IQ
Can I play this if I only have one or zero cards in my hand?
No. You must discard the cards as a cost to play the card.

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I Wanna Get This Thing


Can this be used to attack an enemy that has 4 or less Attack? Or must I spend all 5 of its
Attack?
You can use it to kill a 4 or less Attack enemy. The excess Attack will be wasted.
Can this be used to attack another player?
No. It can only be used to fight enemies. Other players, even if they have an opposite Agenda,
arent enemies.
Interface with FA-TH-UR
What happens if I start scanning and a room has an Event, Hazard, or card with a Reveal
ability?
Resolve the Event, Hazard, or Reveal ability. Then go back to scanning any number of rooms.
What happens if I scan every room and then the last one triggers a bunch of Hive cards to be
added to The Complex?
As long as those additions were a result of scanning with Interface with FA-TH-UR, you may
scan them all for free as well.
Medical Attention
Can I use the Sacrifice ability even if I didnt trigger the Survival ability this turn?
Yes.

The Monsters Mother


Do I get to choose which dead Alien I gain?
Yes.
Can I gain Ash or Carter Burke with this?
No. You can only gain an Alien.
If I gain some dead aliens and then they are killed, where do they go?
Back to the dead enemies pile. (They do not count as characters.)
MU-TH-URs Advice
Can I use the card I just gained with it right away?
Yes.
Play The Angles
Can I choose myself?
Yes.
Power Loader
Can you walk me through how this card works?

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On the turn you play it youll gain 5 Attack. At the end of that turn, if you played another
Strength (the green fist) card that turn, you get to keep the Power Loader in front of you.
Otherwise, you must discard it. (It doesnt matter if you played the other Strength card before
or after you played the Power Loader on that turn.)
On each turn where you already have it in play, youll gain 5 Attack. Then, just like on the turn
you played it, you get to keep it in front of you if you played another Strength card that turn.
Otherwise, you must discard it.
Quarantine Procedure
Can this be used to kill a Chestburster?
Yes.
Re-Education
Can I kill a character in my hand? Can I kill a character Ive already played this turn?
Yes and yes. Your characters are any in your hand or in play in front of you (including any that
have Vigilant).
Remember the Dead
Do I get to choose which dead character I gain?
Yes.
Split In Two
How does this work if Im the only player in the game?
When there are two (or more) identical cards in the HQ, you can gain one of them to your hand.
Leave the other in the HQ.
Does this work on non-characters? (Like the Its Their Ship Now ability that puts event cards
into the HQ.)
No, it only works on characters cards.
Stay Frosty
Can I choose myself? Can I choose all players?
Yes and yes. (Usually youll choose all players. But if youre playing with Hidden Agendas or
someone has a Chestburster in their deck, you might not want everyone to draw a card.)
Teams of Three
What does having two Crew symbols on its ability mean?
It means you must play (at least) two cards with that symbol prior to playing Teams of Three in
order to trigger its ability.
Why does it say If its a character? What else can go in the Barracks?
The Fiorina Fury 161 Location has a Hazard that shuffles Facehuggers into the Barracks. (They
are not characters.)
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Thermos Gun
Does using Thermos Guns ability count as fighting those enemies?
No. So for example, you could use it to kill a Xenomorph Stalker even if theres a hidden card
next to it. Or a Camouflaged Alien that you revealed that turn.
Can I choose to only kill some Enemies with Thermos Gun?
No, if you use the ability it kills all enemies with that much Attack or less.
Can I combine Thermos Guns ability with some additional attack to kill a large enemy?
No. Thermos Gun doesnt weaken enemies. It just kills them or doesnt.
This Aint Happening, Man!
Does this work even the Event or Hazard is revealed on another players turn?
Yes.
What if more than one Event gets revealed at the same time?
This card can only be used to cancel one Event or Hazard.

Ultimate Sacrifice
Can you explain this card?
When you play it (including if you play a copy of it via Coordinate), you have the option to
immediately kill yourself. If you do, remove all your cards from the game the same way you
would if you were to die to Strikes. Then, you get to choose and heal any number of strikes and
kill any number of Facehuggers and Chestbursters (even Chestbursters in decks).
It works as either a panic button when everyones about to die, or as a self-sacrifice if youve
already been impregnated with a Chestburster.
Can I spend the 5 Attack before I choose to kill myself?
No, its one or the other.
You Have Your Orders
If one of the top two cards is a Facehugger, does that count as revealing it? Or can I put it on
the bottom of the Barracks?
It does not count as revealing it. You can put it on the bottom of the Barracks if you want. (But
its more fun to keep it on the top.)

Objectives
Breakout
For the event, do face-down cards count as enemies?
No. The event only moves face-up enemies.
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The Beast Is Out There


For the event, what if the next player doesnt have a character that costs 1 or more in their
hand?
Then the event has no effect.
The Lost Colony
Do I have to actively kill the three Colonist Hosts? What if an Event getting revealed is what
kills some of them?
Either way is fine. Once all three are dead, you have completed the Objective.
Can I scan a room that has Low Visibility with a free scan like Reconnaissance?
Yes. Low Visibility only doubles the scan cost if you pay Attack to scan the room.
They Mostly Come At Night
For the Event ability, can I choose myself?
Yes.
Whos Laying The Eggs?
For the event, what if the next player doesnt have a character that costs 1 or more in their
hand?
Then the event has no effect.
Youre A Thing. A Construct.
Do the Failed Clones count as enemies?
No. (This matters for some effects such as The Lead Works and Thermos Gun.)
What happens if there are Facehuggers in the Barracks (for example, from the Hazard
Stowaway) and I reveal one when setting up the Failed Clones?
The Facehugger will jump on the player whose turn it is. Then keep revealing cards from the
Barracks until you have three Failed Clones.

Locations
The Nostromo
While resolving Hazard 1, the first Hive card I added caused a face-down card in The Complex
to move to the Combat Zone. Do I reveal it before or after I add the second Hive card?
Before. If the first added Hive card causes a card gets pushed to the Combat Zone, reveal it (if
necessary) and resolve anything it does (like if its an Event or the Self-Destruct (Hazard 3)) then
add the second Hive card.
How does Hazard 3 work?
Usually when a Hazard is revealed it immediately goes to the Discarded Hazards/Events pile.
But in this case, leave the Self-Destruct hazard card in the room where it was revealed.
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It now moves like an enemy. (That is, it will get pushed by cards to its right, and an effect that
moves an enemy can work on it. Some examples of effects that can move it are the event Its
Hunting Us found on the A Perfect Organism objective, the card Electric Prod, and the Agenda
card Efficient.)
Once it reaches the Combat Zone, it detonates and everyone draws three Strikes.
If it was initially revealed in the Combat Zone, it detonates immediately.
If any player has 8 Recruit Points on their turn, they can pay to discard the Self-Destruct.
Hadleys Hope
For Hazard 1, does a * count as having a printed Attack of 1 or more?
No. Cards like Lets Rock! dodge this effect.
For Hazard 2, what if The Complex is already full?
Then skip to turning all enemies there face down and shuffling them.
What exactly can I do and not do while Im imprisoned (Hazard 3: Cocooned).
While youre imprisoned, you cant fight, scan, or gain characters, however you can do anything
else. Here are some examples:

You continue to draw and play cards normally.


You can play your cards.
You can coordinate a card to another player.
You will get attacked by enemies and draw Strikes.
You can become impregnated by a Facehugger. (In fact, thats the reason they put you
in the cocoon!)
You can pay Recruit Points to free yourself from being imprisoned.

Note: You CANNOT rescue captives because thats the same as gaining them.
Fiorina Fury 161
How do Facehuggers in the Barracks work?
Each time you recruit a character from the HQ, immediately refill the HQ with the top card of
the Barracks. If the new card turns out to be a Facehugger, it immediately jumps on the player
whose turn it is. (And then you refill the HQ again, possibly revealing another Facehugger.
Hooray!)
Does Blood and Terror cause the enemies to get their Reveal triggers?
Yes. If a card is put into play from out of play (such as the Dead Enemies pile) it counts as
revealing that card.

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The Auriga
Can the Hazard card that No Time to Waste puts into my discard pile get killed by effects
like I Mostly Just Hurt People.
Yes.

Hive Cards
Airlock Controls
Can I use this to move an enemy thats in the Combat Zone? What about The Complex?
Yes and yes.
Can I use this to move the Self-Destruct Hazard?
Yes, as long as the Hazard is in The Complex. Once it moves to the Combat Zone, it immediately
detonates and theres no opportunity to move it back to the Airlock.
Armored Xenomorph
Can I fight it twice in one turn to kill it?
Yes.
Does it still strike while injured?
Yes.
If its injured and gets turned face down does it stay injured?
No, it heals. (The same is true if it gets put back into the Hive.)
Ash
If Im playing solo or all of my teammates are dead, how do I kill Ash?
You cant. You can still win the game by killing The Perfect Organism. But youll have to deal
with Ash in the meantime. Some options are to keep him in The Complex, or avoiding his
Strikes, or healing his Strikes.
The Beast
What happens if The Beast gets turned face down?
Put all Events that are underneath the Beast into the Discarded Events pile. When it turns face
up, put all Events back under The Beast. (For example, the Alien Player can use Hide in the
Shadows to heal The Beast.)
What happens to The Beast if its in The Complex when a player who has an Evil Agenda dies?
Put all Events that are underneath the Beast into the Discarded Events pile. Then shuffle The
Beast along with any other enemies and hidden cards in The Complex together and put them
on top of the Hive deck.
Bishops Head
Does he remain in play for the rest of the game?
Yes.
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Can I still pay Attack normally to scan his room?


Yes. You can pay attack or 3 Recruit Points to scan his room. (You cant combine Recruit Points
and Attack though.)
The Cloned Queen
How does she work?
While shes in the Combat Zone, she causes you to add an extra Hive card each turn.
If she was face down, but the first Hive card you added on a turn caused her to move to the
Combat Zone and get revealed, then you will add a second Hive card that turn.
Colonist Host
How does this work?
When you reveal the Colonist Host, leave it where it is. It doesnt move so if f another card
would push it, that card jumps over it instead into the next space. It doesnt strike so if its in
the Combat Zone, you wont draw a Strike card from it.
When an Event is revealed, the Colonist Host dies and then youll put the top card of the Hive
face down in its place. If it was in the Combat Zone, the new card would then immediately be
turned face up.
Dr. Wren
If Dr. Wren and The Newborn would die simultaneously (perhaps from a huge Thermos Gun),
what happens?
Dr. Wren will die, but The Newborn will survive unharmed. (The same is true for The Cloned
Queen.)

Egg
How does this work?
When you reveal the Egg, leave it where it is. It doesnt move so if another card would push it,
that card jumps over it instead into the next space. It doesnt strike so if its in the Combat
Zone, you wont draw a Strike card from it.
When an Event is revealed, the Egg dies and then the player whose turn it is puts a Facehugger
from the Hatchery in front of them.
If more than one Egg pops at the same time, the player whose turn it is puts one Facehugger
in front of them for each Egg that does so.
Facehuggers
What if a player reveals two Facehuggers on the same turn?
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They both go on the same player.


If I reveal a Facehugger right at the end of my turn (due to drawing a Strike) how many turns
are there before it impregnates me?
Theres the rest of this turn (which is almost over) and the next players turn.

What if I reveal a Facehugger when its not my turn? For example, lets say I have to draw a
Strike and it turns out to be a Facehugger?
The Facehugger goes on you. You now have until the end of the current turn and the next
players turn for someone to kill it.
Its possible that two other players may end their turns before you even have a turn to try to kill
it. In this case, youll become impregnated.
Note: The rulebook incorrectly says When you reveal a Facehugger, it goes in front of the turn
player.
Does the Facehugger in the Strike Deck count as a Strike?
No.
When a Facehugger is killed, does it return to the place noted on its Deck Label (Hatchery,
Drone Deck, Strike Deck, etc.)?
No, it goes to the Dead Enemies pile. (When the game is over it should then be returned to its
original starting deck.)
Do enemies strike before or after a Facehugger impregnates me?
Before. Lets assume its your turn and its the second turn youve had the Facehugger, meaning
its going to impregnate you at the end of this turn.
First enemies strike you if this causes you to die from Strikes, then you wont become
impregnated. (Which might be a good or bad thing depending on your teammates
perspectives.)
Flooded
Can enemies in Flooded rooms still be killed by other effects like Thermos Gun?
Yes.
What happens if the Airlock is Flooded and I need to kill The Perfect Organism there?
Youll need to drain the Flooded Room first.
Jonesy
Can you explain how this card works?
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This is a character card that comes from a Hive deck. If you find him in The Complex, you get to
choose a player to gain him (for free). If you find him in the Combat Zone, he dies instead. Once
hes in your deck, youll get his effects just like any other character.
Why does he have a cost of 1? Do I have to pay 1 to gain him?
The cost is there for effects that tell you to do things to characters with a certain cost. (For
example, an event that makes you discard a random character with cost 1 or more.)
You do NOT need to pay to gain him.
Larry Purvis
Can you explain how this card works?
This is a character card that comes from a Hive deck. If you find him in The Complex, you get to
choose a player to gain him (for free). If you find him in the Combat Zone, he dies instead. Once
hes in your deck, youll get his effects just like any other character.
Why does he have a cost of 1? Do I have to pay 1 to gain him?
The cost is there for effects that tell you to do things to characters with a certain cost. (For
example, an event that makes you discard a random character with cost 1 or more.)
You do NOT need to pay to gain him.
The Lead Works
Is this a one-time use effect?
Yes. Discard the Lead Works to Discarded Events/Hazards space.
Michael Weyland
If I avoid his Strike, do I get to ignore his Strike ability?
Yes.
The Newborn
Can you explain how his Combat Zone ability works?
You can pay 6 Recruit Points and show a Ripley card (including a Vigilant one you have played
on a previous turn if you have one). If you do, the Newborn wont strike you this turn. Plus you
have the option of having it immediately kill a different Enemy in the Combat Zone.
Can I have The Newborn kill the Cloned Queen if shes in the Combat Zone?
Yes. (In fact, thats what he does in the movie!)
Newt
Can you explain how this card works?
This is a character card that comes from a Hive deck. If you find her in The Complex, you get to
choose a player to gain her (for free). If you find her in the Combat Zone, she dies instead. Once
shes in your deck, youll get her effects just like any other character.
Why does she have a cost of 1? Do I have to pay 1 to gain her?
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The cost is there for effects that tell you to do things to characters with a certain cost. (For
example, an event that makes you discard a random character with cost 1 or more.)
You do NOT need to pay to gain her.
The Queen
For her Reveal ability, what happens if I dont have a discard pile?
You wont have to give her one of your characters as a captive.
Lets say there are multiple enemies in the Combat Zone and The Queen is the farthest on the
left. Each enemy strikes at me from right to left. If an enemy to the right of The Queen kills
me, does The Queen still strike me? (This is relevant because her ability causes the next
player to draw a strike too.)
No, she doesnt strike you since youre already dead. (And therefore her ability wont trigger.)
If the Queen strikes me and I die, does the next player still have to draw a strike?
Yes. Since she strikes you her ability will trigger.
Sentry Guns
Do these remain in play for the rest of the game?
Yes.
If an enemy with 2 or less Attack is in a space with Sentry Guns, does it automatically die?
No, but it will as soon as someone chooses to fight it. (You have to actively kill it, even though it
doesnt cost you any Attack.)
What if a Xenomorph Stalker is in a room with Sentry Guns but theres a hidden card next to
it?
In that case, you cant fight the Stalker. However, if you reveal the hidden card, then you can
fight it for 0 Attack.
If a Facehugger is revealed in a room with Sentry Guns, what happens?
It jumps onto you before the Sentry Guns have a chance to weaken it. (In other words, it works
the same way as if it were revealed in a normal room.)

Ventilation Seal
Please explain this card.
When you reveal the Ventilation Seal, attach it to the Ventilation Shafts.
Then at any point while the Ventilation Shafts is clear (meaning theres no other card in it), the
player whose turn it is can pay 2 Recruit Points to block the room.

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When that happens, discard the Ventilation Seal, and put the Objective Card No One Can Hear
You Scream into the Ventilation Shafts. (It goes there to act as a marker that the room is now
blocked, especially when the Hive runs out of cards.)
Then pick up the Hive deck and put it on top of the Objective Card. The Ventilation Shafts are
now no longer part of the game and the Hive is there instead.
Xenomorph Guardian
What happens if there are two of them in the Combat Zone?
They give each other +3 Attack.
Xenomorph Runner
When exactly does it run?
At the start of your turn, youll draw a Hive card, and push anything as normal. After that any
Runners in the Complex will each move one space, pushing anything to their left as normal.
If there is more than one Runner in the Complex, they move simultaneously. (They wont push
each other.)
Xenomorph Screecher
If I avoid its Strike, do I get to ignore its Strike ability?
Yes.

Drone Cards
Ambushed Medic/Cornered Scientist
Whats the story behind these cards?
The idea is that an alien has the Medic/Scientist pinned down. Once you kill the alien you get
help from the Medic/Scientist.
Meddlesome Xenomorph is a third card in this family, except hes sitting on a Map Console
instead of a person.
Noxious Xenomorph
How does this card work?
When its revealed, each player gets -1 Health for the rest of the turn. If this doesnt kill you by
the end of the turn, the effect goes away.
Xenomorph Stalker
How does this card work?
While its in The Complex, if theres a face-down card next to it, it cant be fought. (It can still be
killed by other effects such as the Thermos Gun.)
Once the Stalker is in the Combat Zone its power no longer does anything.

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The Hive itself does not count as a hidden card.

Strike Cards
Broken Morale/Damaged Hand/Fallen Friend
Where do these go when I discard them?
To the Discarded Strike pile.
Double Slash
If it kills me, do I draw another Strike?
No. Once youre dead you stop drawing Strikes.
Somebody Help!
Does my teammate have to discard the Survival card to cancel the strike?
No, they just need to show it to the other players.
Splash Damage
If it kills me, does the next player also draw a Strike?
Yes.

Alien Player Cards


Facehugger
Does this Facehugger work differently than the normal ones?
Yes. The good guys will only have one turn to kill it (as opposed to the usual one full turn and
one partial turn).
Game Over Man!
So if I choose a player who has 4 Strike cards, theyll get -4 health this turn? Wont that likely
kill them?
Yes. Its really mean.
How many players do an impression of this line?
So far, all of them.
How Do We Kill It?
What happens if I put this on The Beast? Or an Armored Xenomorph?
The next time a player would kill The Beast they can discard this card or one of the Events
under The Beast. (It basically acts as one additional kill required to defeat The Beast.)
When a player would kill an Armored Xenomorph, they can discard this card or injure the
Armored Xenomorph. (This card acts as one additional kill required to defeat it.)
I Have Some Bad News
How does this work?
When you play it, put it into the Discarded Hazards/Events pile and then resolve the current
Objectives Event ability. (And any other Event abilities like the one on the Egg or Colonist Host.)
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Note: When an Event is revealed on the Alien Players turn, treat it as though the next player
triggered it.
Inner Mouth
If I avoid the Strike from an alien with Inner Mouth, do I also avoid the extra Strike?
Yes. The Inner Mouth attachment only triggers when an alien successfully strikes a player,
(similar to a Strike: ability).
If an alien has Double Strike with an Inner Mouth what happens?
An Alien with Double Strike actually strikes two times. And each time that alien strikes it will
trigger Inner Mouth. So the player will actually draw four strikes.
What happens if The Queen has Inner Mouth?
When The Queen strikes a player, Inner Mouth will cause that player to draw a second strike.
Inner Mouth does not affect The Queens Strike: ability so the next player will still only draw
one strike.
Left Behind
Can I look at each players discard pile before I choose a player?
Yes. Discard piles are always public information for everyone.
Molecular Acid
How does this card work?
You get to pick up a Strike from anywhere and move it onto another player. This can cause a
player to die. This will not cause the Strike text to occur a second time. For example, moving a
Double Slash wont cause them to draw a second Strike.
You can choose to transfer a Strike that cant be healed.
No Conscience
Does this mean the player with the fewest Strike cards or the fewest total damage?
It counts the fewest Strike cards.
Unstoppable
Does this make the alien work like a Xenomorph Runner?
Yes. And if you put it on a Xenomorph Runner, that runner will move two spaces. If there is
another Xenomorph Runner in the Complex, they both move one space at the same time and
then the Unstoppable one will move a second space.

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Agendas
Brilliant
Does this count every Alien card in the Dead Enemies pile?
No it only counts each Alien card with different names. For example, lets say the Dead Enemies
pile has the following:
3 Eggs
2 Skittering Xenomorphs
1 Xenomorph Stalker
In that case, you would get +3 Recruit Points. (Because there are three different aliens.)
Collaborative
How does this card work?
When you play it, you may discuss trading cards from your hand with another player. If you
both agree on a trade, then the trade goes through and is then permanent.
Can I try to trick another player with a trade? Like if I think they have an Evil Agenda?
No. The cards that will be traded must be revealed to each other before the trade goes
through.
Efficient
Can you swap an enemy with a hidden card?
Yes.
Can you swap one card thats in The Complex with one thats in the Combat Zone?
Yes.
Implacable
Does this count the number of strike cards I have or the amount of damage?
It counts the number of Strike cards.
Inquisitive
Can I put one Facehugger in front of each of two different players?
No. Both must go in front of one player.
Resourceful
Why would I want to use its ability?
You could heal a small damage Strike from an opponent hoping to draw a meaner one.
Or you could heal a large damage Strike from yourself hoping to draw a smaller one.
Ruthless
Do I get to look through my deck first?
Yes, first look through your deck, then kill zero, one, or two cards. Then shuffle your deck.
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If I play it and dont have a deck (its all in my discard pile) what do I do?
You reshuffle to make a deck then resolve Ruthless.
If my deck only has one card, how does it work?
In that case you can either kill that card or not (after looking at it).
Selfless
How does this card work?
It works just like a regular Coordinate card, except when you play it you can choose to forgo
drawing a card. If you do, Selfless goes back to your hand at the end of the current turn.
In this manner, you can actually Coordinate it to each of your teammates in successive turns.
Talented
Do I get to choose which Role Card I want?
Yes.

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