Sunday, April 7, 2013

Space Bettas for your Old School Space Opera Games

Well I missed Simian Saturday, had to run errands with She Who Must Be Obeyed, so to make up for it how about a Sci Fi Sunday post!  These beasts may not appeal to those running hard sci fi campaigns but I like to have a bit of pulp in my games and under the right circumstances I think they'd be alot of fun. These do have a place in my Shattered Stars Campaign. I stat'd them up for the fun X-plorers RPG, but with minimal work you can use them with your OSR Sci Fi game of choice. Have a great Day!

Space Betta
X-plorers RPG Stats (to use with SWN basically just flip the AC)

AC: 14
HD: 3d6
THB: +2
ATT: tentacles x 2/1d6 (+ see below)
SV: 17+
MV: 6
XP: 90
Special Abilities: Hold Attack (if both tentacles successful hit their victim, he must make a Physique or Agility Save, whichever is better for the victim, if he fails he is grappled and the Space Betta automatically inflicts 1d6+2 points of bite damage the following round and each round thereafter until the victim can break free, or is dead.), Optional Movement: Flying (can Fly with a MV of 8 in Zero G environments). Immunity: They are immune to the effects of Vacuum.
     These tentacle, fish-like aliens are named for their passing resemblance to a species of ancient Terran fish,  Space Bettas are fearsome predators of the spaceways.  Through some unknown means they can survive indefinitely in the vacuum of space. Space Bettas are most commonly encountered in and around derelict space stations, abandoned spacecraft and various asteroid belts.  It is believed that they originated from somewhere in the Nega-Zone, and it is said that they can still be found there in great numbers.  They have voracious appetites and will attack, kill and eat any living prey they encounter.
  Oh and I've been playing around with the Rough Draft rules for the upcoming Machinations of the Space Princess RPG, here is how the Space Betta would be stat'd up for MotSP per the draft rules.   MotSP Stats (Machinations of the Space Princess)
Close Defense: 12
Ranged Defense: 12
Armor: Scaly Hide (1d4)
Hit Dice: 3 (13)
Initiative: +1
Movement: 10m per rd., Flight 20m per rd.
Attacks: 2
Damage: 1d6 +1
Saves: 5
Traits: Sealed-System (can survive indefinitely in a vacuum), Tentacles (grapple attacks are +1 to hit & damage), Flight (20m), Extra Action

Here is the original cover which I based these beasties upon.

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