Alderac Entertainment Group

Alderac Entertainment Group, or AEG, is a publisher of role-playing game, board game, and collectible card game products. AEG was formed by Jolly Blackburn[1] in 1993 and is based in the city of Ontario, California. Prior to getting into their current markets, AEG was involved in hobby gaming magazines, with their first product the magazine Shadis (winner of the 1994, 1995, and 1996 Origins Awards for Best Professional Gaming Magazine[2][3][4]).

Alderac Entertainment Group
TypePrivately held company
Ontario, California
Key people

Including the three for Shadis mentioned above, AEG products have garnered eight Origins Awards (see the individual articles noted below for more details).

AEG's house system is the 'roll and keep' mechanic, but possibly their greatest contribution to role-playing systems is the concept of 'Action Dice' – these are additional dice awarded to a player for ideas, good role-playing or just amusing the GM; which may be rolled (and thus expended) to improve the player's chance of success when making any die roll.

— Megan Robertson[5]

In 2009, AEG entered the board games market with 10 new board game releases. Notable successes include Thunderstone and Smash Up.


Collectible card gamesEdit

Board gamesEdit

  • Tiny Towns
  • The Adventurers
  • Arcana
  • Infinite City
  • Tomb
  • Tomb: Cryptmaster
  • Abandon Ship
  • Monkey Lab
  • Isle of Doctor Necreaux
  • Rush N' Crush
  • Smash Up series
    • Smash Up: Awesome Level 9000
    • Smash Up: The Obligatory Cthulhu Set
    • Smash Up: Science Fiction Double Feature
    • Smash Up: Monster Smash
    • Smash Up: Pretty Pretty Smash Up
    • Smash Up: Munchkin (standalone expansion)
    • Smash Up: It's Your Fault
    • Smash Up: Cease and Desist
    • Smash Up: What Were We Thinking?
    • Smash Up: Big in Japan
    • Smash Up: That 70's Expansion
    • Smash Up: Oops You Did It Again
    • Smash Up: Big Geeky Box (accessory/expansion)
    • Smash Up: World Tour: International Incident
    • Smash Up: World Tour: Culture Shock
    • Smash Up: Marvel (standalone expansion)
    • Smash Up: Goblins
  • Straw
  • Myth: Pantheons
  • Pressure Matrix
  • The Tempest Series of Games
  • Pretense
  • War Chest
    • War Chest: Nobility
    • War Chest: Siege
  • Mariposas
  • Cat Lady

Deck-building card gamesEdit

  • Thunderstone
  • Mystic Vale
  • Nightfall
  • Valley of the Kings
  • Valley of the Kings - Afterlife
  • Dead Reckoning
  • Trains (also a board game, Origins Award winner)

Role-playing gamesEdit


  • Clan War[13] (Legend of the Five Rings Miniature Combat)


  1. ^ Varney, Allen (November 1998). "ProFiles: Jolly Blackburn". Dragon. Renton, Washington: Wizards of the Coast (#253): 120.
  2. ^ "Origins Award Winners (1994)". Archived from the original on 2008-03-17.
  3. ^ "Origins Award Winners (1995)". Archived from the original on 2008-01-02.
  4. ^ "Origins Award Winners (1996)". Archived from the original on 2007-12-21.
  5. ^ "Alderac Entertainment Group (description)". RPG Resource. Archived from the original on 25 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-26.
  6. ^ "Evil (Review)". RPG Resource. Retrieved 2007-09-26.
  7. ^ "Dungeons (Review)". RPG Resource. Retrieved 2007-09-26.
  8. ^ "Sundered Faith (Review)". RPG Resource. Retrieved 2007-09-26.
  9. ^ Newquist, Ken. "Stargate SG-1 Roleplaying Game (Review)". Archived from the original on 2007-08-27. Retrieved 2007-09-26.
  10. ^ Kohler, Alan. "Review of Swashbuckling Adventures". Psion. Archived from the original on 2007-05-17. Retrieved 2007-09-26.
  11. ^ Mix, Brad (2002). "Review of Swashbuckling Adventures". D20 Magazine Rack. Archived from the original on 2011-05-16. Retrieved 2007-09-26.
  12. ^ Bassingthwaite, Don. "The SF Site Featured Review: 7th Sea". Archived from the original on 25 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-26.
  13. ^ "Listing for Alderac Entertainment Group". The Miniatures Page. Retrieved 2007-09-27.

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