In Starships & Spacemen, if the referee chooses to roll a random forehead when a new alien race is encountered, the forehead might not just give an appearance to the alien, but also suggest something about the aliens and how the encounter should be carried out. It can be as much a game adventure seed as an aesthetic device.
"Captain, nuclear drives are gone. We're dead in the water!" the com buzzed with the voice of a frantic Engineering Officer.
"I need maneuvering ability now, Lieutenant!" the Captain shouted, "Helm, arm beam weapons."
"Beam banks are inoperable, Captain." Ensign Cho explained, as calmly as his Space Fleet training allowed, "Captain, we're receiving a visual from the enemy ship."
"Put it on screen." said Captain Reed.
The screen sluggishly came to life, flickering from beam fire damage inflicted by the alien vessel.
Several humanoid figures became visible, on a ship deck with many tube structures gurgling fluids of various hues.
Behind the Captain, the Communications Officer gasped. "Captain, its brain..." she trailed off.
"...we've heard of these aliens," Reed whispered, "they call themselves..."
"We are the Cerebrophones." a machine-like voice pronounced through the crackling sound distortion of the damaged communications equipment, "You will surrender your vessel. Many of our people are in need of your bodies. You will surrender them to us and your brains will be placed in cold storage. Forever."
"Commander Silek," Captain Reed said, looking meaningfully toward the Tauran Science Officer, "I need your command codes for the self-destruct mechanism..."
I am seeking preorders for Starships & Spacemen to fund the final art and printing of the book. I will be having Forehead Friday each Friday until the end of the indiegogo campaign. We're already 50% there about one week into the program. Be sure to check out the miniatures available with the book!