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) #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…

The Hollows are Coming

One of the biggest features of the Dread in Aliens & Asteroids is their ability to drain the life from a world one life-form at a time. We’re not talking plant-life here either. Any higher-order creature with a sizable life force that can be used to fill a battery for the Monarch, whose hunger has no…

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