Have a COW (Creature of the Week) #11: Rifle Drones

Last week it was the Memory Drones. This week, it’s Rifle Drones. Design Thoughts Like the Memory Drones, Rifle Drones are a bit of an organic outgrowth of suddenly gaining sentience as a machine. The ship developed the Memory Drones to help it process important or traumatic events as it got better at understanding what…

Have a COW (Creature of the Week) #10: Memory Drones

This week and next, I’d like to go back to look at how a few drones have appeared in our campaign. First the Memory Drone, and then Rifle Drones. Design Thoughts The concept of the “Glitch” is one that I’ve played with a few times and I debated how it might affect a large ship,…

Have a COW (Creature of the Week) #9: Oozes and Waves

Though creatures with faces and claws are often fun to include in our games, I think the faceless horrors that can’t be reasoned with are just as scary. Since we have things like slime molds on our own world, I can only imagine that such simple creatures also exist elsewhere in the universe. And so…

Have a COW (Creature of the Week) #8: Undersea Horror

Environments themselves often suggest interesting creatures to introduce to the PCs. In a recent adventure, our heroes were a mile underwater on an alien ocean floor and attempting to help several terrified members of a science crew get away from an alien species who called the ocean home and were not all that keen on…

Have a COW (Creature of the Week) #7: Little Things

Not every creature is out to kill the PCs in Aliens & Asteroids, I promise. Many are simply there trying to survive themselves. Here were a few of the entertaining things that came up in a jungle adventure… Design Thoughts – Moving Scenery Well, in this particular jungle adventure, there was a wall that had…

Have a COW (Creature of the Week) #6: Drunae Spider

Occasionally I get creepy ideas from pictures that just, somehow, turn into creatures in my adventures. This was definitely one of those times. Design Thoughts – Space Spiders Sometimes, you just need a bug hunt. In this case, it was the bugs who were hunting a friend of our heroes – Bob, the Skaali they…

Have a COW (Creature of the Week) #5: Dread Brute

Last week I covered a bit about the flexibility of Dread Hollows. This week, I want to talk a bit about another tool of the Dread — the Brute. Though they appear in the book (see Chapter 7), we didn’t include a stat block for them initially. Design Thoughts – Dread Brutes When the idea…

Have a COW (Creature of the Week) #4: Dread Hollows

Though the Dread are a force of evil in the Aliens & Asteroids universe, we only describe them in broad terms in the main book. There are many reasons for that, but mostly it was because I had one idea of what the Dread were for myself but I didn’t want to pigeonhole other GMs…

Reports from the Edge: The NeoGen Revolution

Noted technologist Dr. Harry Glasimov from the University of Hellas on Mars has recently been overheard discussing the possibility of a Neogen revolution while “in his cups” after hours. CONN Reporter Geneva Morin passed along this recorded exchange between Dr. Glasimov and his star pupil, Alexandre Kondrati: “So, we know from CyQ reports that the…

Have a COW (Creature of the Week) #3: The Crown, Part 2

Last week I covered Commander Denne Lera of the Crown, a mercenary group our heroes encountered while on a diplomatic mission. She’s not alone, however. This week we’re going to cover Athyn Willey, a Technician with some mad skills. And then we’ll talk about the “omission” somebody caught last week. 🙂 Design Thoughts Though we…

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