Star-Fall Podcast

Creatures of Star-Fall RPG

Good Science fiction always has cool space monsters 

Growing up I noticed that Star-Wars had some very interesting aliens and monsters. I always loved reading the books where they would talk about the strange live cycles of these alien creatures. Sometimes they were just a reskinned version of an existing animal found here on earth. Then sometimes these creatures were totally (without a better word) Alien. I remember thinking about this topic for hours. 

Then I discovered Dungeons and Dragons, Monster Manual.  This resulted in even more hours of pouring through those pages reading every page over and over. What I loved about the monster manual was that they also had stats. This helped flesh out the creatures even more. 

Star-Fall RPG has strange alien animals too

One of the rules I have with Star-Fall is there are no normal animals. (Except for Zapperburger menu items) The creatures must be alien in some way. My wife and I have even had long talks about what shape the eyes should be. For the past few weeks, I have been trying to get as much drawing done as possible. One of the things I have been working on as you could guess by the name of this blog post is Alien Monsters. I'm trying to get at least one drawing done a day.

How I Draw Alien Monsters 

I start off with almost random squiggles on the page. Looking at it for some time I try to see how it might look like some kind of creature. From there I start adding other layers to the page (I use Krita to draw on my Mac) until some sort of story starts to pop in my head. 

 

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The Carsovax 

The Carsovax an Alien Lizard for Star-Fall RPG

This Alien lizard only has two legs but has a nasty bite. These lizards are found on the planet Turnhout (Jhodian Confederacy). The farmers in the region have a mixed relationship with the beasts as they are excellent for reducing pests but are too curious for their own good. These lizards are about the size of a German shepherd. They are not aggressive but have no problems turning and fighting if needed or cornered (like the parked Space ship they happen to wander into ) The stories about their venomous bite is only that a story told to tourists. Elome finds these creatures adorable. 

The C'ahha 

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Not all aliens in Science fiction need to be dangerous. The Ch'Ahha is a small ombnvore that is found on the Agriculture moon of Neven. This creature is not aggressive towards sentient beings and is attracted to G'Dar for some reason. (The G'Dar are not sure what to do with the concept of a pet ... but it's not uncommon for one to take a Ch'Ahha as a pet.)

Elome do not like the taste of CH'ahha and avoid eating them. 

What makes this creature unique is the row of ten eyes. These creatures are not on the top of the food chain so some of the eyes are for defense and some are for spotting and catching prey. The closest earth equivalent is if a rabbit decided that it needed to augment its diet by eating birds. 

 

The Warzodian Thunder Bear

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Now before you think "Bear" understand that Bears have not existed in the universe for over 800 years. These Thunder Bears are found on the forests of War-Zod. These creatures are extremely dangerous as they are always hungry and always defending their territory from everyone. 

These creatures are known for their thick armored skin, Six red eyes that tend to glow at night & their powerful jaws.  These creatures surprisingly enough are not apex predators but it seems that nobody sent them the memo. As they sure do not act like there is anything that might try to eat them. 

The WarZodian Animal control spends a lot of time trying to control where these creatures live. Having to forcefully move them with the use of powered armor units. (See Episode Four of Star-Fall

Powered armour vs Alien monster RPG Podcast

 

The Tiny Alien Bugs 

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Sometimes I try to think about the other creatures that nobody would ever notice. Like the bugs. Sometimes they are dangerous like the cyber scarabs or sometimes just interesting like the red-hopper.

The Red hopper is a tiny bug that lives by eating the other bugs found on grain. These creatures are not as plentiful as farmers would like as they are often affected by pesticides. These little farmers helpers have a very distinctive call similar to wind chimes. It is considered good luck if one lands on your nose. 

chomp

Turbo Weasels 

This little guy has his own article. Turbo Weasel

Sometimes it's the little details that make a RPG fun

Create little details in your game 

So a few days ago we recorded another episode of Star-Fall RPG Podcast. Part of the world building was that the players were not allowed to use their ship to arrive on the planet surface. Lucky for them there is a shuttle that departs from the space station every few hours. The joke around the table was that the player characters all had "K-run cards". and of course I felt the need to create cards as a joke. 

Posting this on the group forum. They loved it. 

K-Run Public Transit card for RPG Star-Fall Podcast

How can this help your RPG game?

Now I'm not saying that you need to make public transit cards for each of your players in your game. But there are little things like props that you can do to add a little more to a game session. During a game listen for moments where everyone is laughing about something that would be considered small. Something that would make a great detail. 

 

 

Turbo weasel FAQ

Common questions about the Character Turbo Weasel 

Of all the characters Turbo is perhaps the most popular. I have been answering more than a few questions about him and figured it was time for an FAQ about this fun NPC. If you have your own questions feel free to email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

 

Turbo Weasel from Star-fall actual play podcast Turbo Weasel vs the Box  - Star-fall Actual Play podcast

You say in the podcast that he is very powerful ... how powerful?

Powerful enough that I have not shown any of the players his stats. I will say that he has a special skill for taking out the most powerful threats in Star-Fall. Maybe an extremely focused and useful Niche character may be more appropriate. (Like a cleric vs undead) I have been very careful to not have him solve every problem that comes before the players. I do this by having very clear motivations written down. 

 

Is it True you were Drunk when you introduced the character to the party as a pet?

YES!! Brodie had used a Role Vs Roll Card and gave me those eyes that said: "I REALLY WANT A PET FOR MY CHARACTER". Between the too much vodka, The fact she used a Role Vs Roll card to add to the plot of the story AND her overflowing enthusiasm for cute critters. It was a perfect storm of bad judgment (or good )  

I remember saying "Turbo Weasel " because it was the first thing that came to my head. Then thought OH SKRUP!! WHAT HAVE I DONE?  

 

 

Can I play a Turbo Weasel in the Star-Fall RPG when it comes out? 

I have been thinking about this and currently, I'm going to say no. Because it would be like giving a Kender flight and invisibility and letting them loose in a magic shop.  However, a talented Gamemaster who knows how to deal with powerful characters and giving them meaningful plotlines may be able to pull it off. 

 

 

If Turbo is half robot and all robots are insane in Star-Fall? why is he not nuts?

Technically he's a Bio-bot where most of the body & Brain was genetically altered. So, for the most part, he is a Weasel with a Genius IQ (For Weasels that is ) and not a robot.. he cannot be reprogramed. He is mostly governed by his biological instincts. Eat, Sleep, Reproduce, Destroy sewing machines & Arkady Cuddles. There is a part of his brain that is enhanced by an artificial intelligence however its minor role when it comes to making decisions. 

What are Turbo Weasel's powers?

  • Flight using Drone rotors or Zero G thrusters
  • The ability to pick locks (Destroy machines) 
  • Stealthy as skrup!
  • He can survive in the vacuum of space 
  • He has some amazing tools hidden in his cyborg parts 
  • Fearsom hunter of other Bio-bots (Alpha predator) 

There are a lot more than I have not discussed yet and they will most likely stay hidden until they are needed. Afterall his job is to be adorable not a badass. 

What do Turbo weasels eat?

For the most part, they will eat anything that would seem tasty to a normal weasel. However, they also do need to ad mechanical parts to repair their cyborg body. This is done with nanites that break apart the mechanical parts and reform them to suit his needs. He has a particular fondness for Cyber Scarabs. 

How old is Turbo?

I'm not telling ... but it is possible that he remembers the Fall of the empire 

How can there be a Weasel proof Box?

GM Plot device 

Turbo seems to be the size of a Ferret why do you call him a Weasel?

At the point, I made him a Cyborg I could take any "Creative license" I want . :P 

Why would someone think it was a good idea to make a Cyborg Weasel in the first place?

Obviously, you have never been on a ship with Cyber scarabs everywhere. Cyber scarabs are biobots that reprogram any AI that sees it ignore its existence. They were designed to destroy ships in transit by hiding in difficult to get to places and eating wires and machinery. These creatures reproduce quickly and can destroy a ship within weeks. Turbo weasels were made as a pest control solution that could get into the hard to reach parts of a ship and not worry about being reprogramed. 

Turbo Weasel about to have a snack! TTRPG podcast

 

 

 

In Production : Season Two of Star-Fall RPG Podcast

This last weekend we started production of Season Two of Star-Fall RPG Podcast. We are hoping to start publishing again in late October or early November. This time with new villains. and extra baggage for the character to figure out. Already within the first game night there is a new level or roleplaying that I have not seen in a very long time. The characters are getting much deeper as there are more emotional consequences at stake. (That and the villains are going to be nastier) 

More than just a RPG group. 

One of the things that I have noted is that the cast is starting to form like a family. This really warms my heart. I'm also noticing that this interaction is starting to show in the game. I have to admit that there is a great amount of pride in knowing that I was smart enough to bring these awesome people together. 

 

Episode 15 Sucker Punch

This is the final episode of Star-Fall Actual Play Podcast Season One 

We did it .. 15 episodes in about Six Months of work. Podcasting is hard work so I feel like we have accomplished something here. I want to start off by thanking The Fifth Crew  And out Voice Actors.  Who made this possible. When I first started this Podcast I was not sure if we were going to be able to continue as we only had $45

In this episode, the Fifth Crew makes it to the planet Helios. Where they try to connect with the leader of the War-Zodian Resistance Eric Stroge

IF you are new To Star-Fall Podcast 

We highly recommend that you start with Episode One as this is a serial audio drama and some of the key points will not make any sense out of context. 

 

 

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