Wednesday, April 6, 2022

#AtoZChallenge2022: E is for Extraterrestrials on Earth

The A to Z of Conspiracy Theories E
The A to Z of Conspiracy Theories: E is for Extraterrestrials on Earth

Getting back to some of the aliens I want to talk about some of the aliens found on Earth and how they can be used in the game.

There are some generally accepted aliens in UFOlogy (yeah that is a word I typed). Let's go over them here and then see what we have.


These aliens are called this because they, generally speaking, are tall, blonde-haired, blue-eyed, human-looking aliens.  Seriously I can't help but think about how many of these ideas are so steeped in racism and these are the Poster Boys.  Though, and to be fair, maybe they are more like the Asgardians of the Marvel Universe? Nah, that is giving them too much credit.  

The Nordics supposedly come from the Pleiades star cluster.  They seem to have a more benign nature that the other aliens. 


OR Reptoids I have mentioned already this month and they have a much more sinister motive here.  They have infiltrated various levels of government (more on that later this month), but their true purposes are still unknown.  They can shape-shift and appear to be human and are believed to be somewhere from the Alpha Draconis system. 


These guys are jerks. They visit trailer parks in the middle of the night and abduct people.  Ok that is a bit glib.  These aliens are some of the most seen and are responsible for many of the close encounters. Indeed they were featured in the movie "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (one of my favorites), Roswell, Strieber's "Communion," and the various "Alien Autopsy" movies. 

Popularly they are considered to be from Zeta Reticuli.  This is based on a drawing from one of the most famous alien abductees ever, Betty Hill.  

While generally believed to be benign, there is the opinion that they see humans as little better than animals to be experimented on. 


The Little Green Men are common in Sci-Fi but have not featured much in conspiracy theories or alien sightings for a while.  They were commonly believed to have been from Mars.  

As their name implies they are shorter than humans, even shorter than greys.  


These aliens are spotted far less frequently than the others.  The Selenites are often depicted as insectoids.  Because of this, I am tempted to give them a temporary base on the moon. It was just set up.

Alien Species Concepts by Deimos-Remus

Alien Species Concepts by Deimos-Remus


These five alien species all are active on the Earth of NIGHT SHIFT, in particular Weirdly World News.  Their motivations are pretty simple.  Nordics are observing and helping where they think is best.  Greys and LGMs are abducting humans and trying to figure out what makes them tick.  Insectoids are new to Earth and are rivals with the Reptoids. Their true motivations are still unknown.

That leaves the Reptoids.  They are going to be detailed in more posts here, but basically, they are here to take control of the Earth and its people. There is a lot of speculation on what they want here from human slaves, or they are draining our psychic energy, to needing a new home after their world was destroyed.  

Like the Ophidians I mentioned on Monday, the Reptilians/Reptoids can't use magic. Nordics do use magic, or at least they do something that seems similar to magic.

There are a couple of good game resources that cover all these aliens.  First, there is the DARK PLACES & DEMOGORGONS - The Cryptid Manual (review) a great resource on all sorts of cryptids and aliens.  And secondly an old favorite of mine, The Unexplained (review) a Fudge-based RPG. 

Both are excellent resources.

The NIGHT SHIFT RPG is available from the Elf Lair Games website (hardcover) and from DriveThruRPG (PDF).


Liam said...

Of course, some aliens look just like us!!! Mwahahahaha.

My A to Z is about documentary films (no aliens). Here's today's post should you be interested:

Arlee Bird said...

I'm not buying into this theory, but it's a fun one to speculate about. So many stories can be developed around this theory.

Arlee Bird
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Timothy S. Brannan said...

@Arlee Bird, OH of course not! Most of everything I am posting all month is crazy. But it makes for a fun book!

(in)sane mind said...

I find this topic extremely fascinating, and I believe there might be some truth in it. Because I have seen a few ancient architectures (more than 3000 years old) here in India, and there is no way it was built by humans. Then I saw a documentary on Discovery Channel, and many historians too feel the same. So if it's true, I am sure they have a body structure similar to ours.

Nancy Hill said...

I love finding out about what bizarre things popular culture is promulgating... whether through games, conspiracies, or streaming shows.

doccarnby said...

Ah, aliens. Spent so much time reading about them when I was young. I like to imagine the LGMs were some kind of advance scout sent out by the greys, given they're pretty much the visual precursors to them anyways. Hopkinsville goblins as some kind of rogue combat unit? Reptilians were fun, but always a little more hands-on for my tastes; I always kinda preferred the sinister detachment of the greys and their experimentations. The Nordic aliens always struck me as super boring, though I did like the take Prometheus went with them (even if I did prefer the comics-Engineers). Shame that turned into a series about the most boring robot.

moondustwriter said...

So I have a nice closet to hide from the aliens.
I actually don't think I would play a game with aliens (I guess they creep me out)


Dick McGee said...

The old Conspiracy X RPG does a lot with these clowns, particularly the Greys (and their cousins the Blues) and the Reptoids. Surprised that the Venusians (Adamski's "Space Brothers") didn't make the cut - basically somewhat more hippy-ish Nordics from Venus, visiting Earth for beneficent reasons.

Timothy S. Brannan said...

Yeah. I used to work for Eden so I know all about Con X. Great game really.

James Pailly said...

As silly as conspiracy theories are, there are some fun ideas in them. I like that you're playing with some of these "real" aliens for Night Shift. I've been doing something similar, incorporating the Roswell crash into the lore of my Sci-Fi series. It's fun. At the same time, I think it highlights the fact that these sorts of conspiracy theories make more sense as science fiction than science fact.

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Tasha Duncan-Drake said...

Nordics - I had never heard of these chaps before. The others yep, but not the nordics. They seem more like, oh we couldn't be bothered to think outside the box.ūü§£
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Jeanne Bryan Insalaco said...

Fun post... just hoping I don't run into any of these aliens!

Dyanne @ I Want Backsies said...

I do love old 1950s-era sci fi with the little green men! Also the ones with the menacing "take me to your leader" characters.

Pun Isaac said...

Love seeing how you're using aliens. Great stuff, as always.