Have a COW (Creature of the Week) #20: The Complete Dread List

Crazy enough, we’ve covered all of the Dread since we started the Creature of the Week effort a year ago! So it’s time to pull all of them together into one complete list of links for easy access… Design Thoughts

Have a COW (Creature of the Week) #19: Dread Lord

Amazingly, we’re hitting the end of our high-level exploration of the Dread. All that’s left after the Dread Queen is the Dread Lord – a creature so theoretical that it’s never actually been seen. Design Thoughts If the Queen is the heart and intelligence of the hive, the Lord is essentially the nerve center for…

Have a COW (Creature of the Week) #18: Dread Queen

Last week we talked a bit about the Dread Harvester, the creature in the Dreadverse that takes poor unsuspecting living beings and turns them into Dread Hollows. Well, this week we’re going to talk about the queen. LONG LIVE THE QUEEN! Design Thoughts Of all of the Dread creatures, the Queen is definitely the most…

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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