Have a COW (Creature of the Week) #16: Werewolves

Recently, in our “weird western” campaign using the same system as Aliens & Asteroids, I had the opportunity to create what is essentially a supernatural creature. And I began to wonder how it might translate to A&A in a slightly different form. Design Thoughts Not everything can be explained through science. At least, not yet. And…

Have a COW (Creature of the Week) #15: Carrion Wyrms of Gend

A while back, our brave Space Marines battled weirdness on a Jurassic World of sorts, populated by alien dinosaurs and radioactive ghosts. But one of the more creative things I threw in were what I called the “cleaning worms.” Design Thoughts Every world must have its own clean-up crew if there’s life and death. On…

Have a COW (Creature of the Week) #14: Volare Spica

While sitting at the edge of a soccer field this past weekend, I had an odd thought for a creature for Aliens & Asteroids… A low-gravity flying critter that has adapted to its environment. Design Thoughts These low-gravity fliers will cause some grief to any Space Marines traveling to the stormy skies of Illunium in…

Have a COW (Creature of the Week) #13: Dread Harvesters

A few weeks ago, I provided a bit more about the Dread — the big baddies in the Aliens & Asteroids universe. We talked about Brutes and Hollows. Design Thoughts Unlike the creatures of Alien, I wanted to give the Dread a bit more of an “infestation” aspect. Sure, the classic Alien had eggs and face-huggers to…

Have a COW (Creature of the Week) #12: Praepostero

The last couple of weeks was all about drones… but today I have something weird from the depths of my warped mind… This one has not appeared in any adventures yet, but has a lot of promise. I see it as a weird adaptation of alien life that could be terrifying in an ocean-based story.…

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…

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