Foreven Worlds: Creatures of Distant Worlds
This article originally appeared in the November/December 2019 issue.
Worlds: Creatures of Distant Worlds. Dale C. McCoy,Jr.
Jon Brazer Enterprises https://jonbrazer.com/
What we have here is another book by JBE that this time covers a selection of Creatures that can be used in Traveller, but probably easily adapted to any other Sci-Fi setting with minimal fuss.
The book starts with a brief introduction that discusses how to use the creatures presented in Native Life, Dangerous Fauna, Vehicles, Pets and Entertainment. Each one comes with a couple of paragraphs describing each and then a suggestion or two for actual use. The content here is good and albeit obvious, it does provoke some thought.
The book then moves on to the actual creatures with a page dedicated to each. Each one is broken down into a description, Combat tactics, Ecology and Habitat and then some stats for each.
For example, the Shark goes into small detail about how Sharks originated on Earth and were spread by Ancients throughout known space. The combat tactics talks about hunting whilst Ecology discusses where you would find them, types of bodies of water for example. The stats then offer up stats for a Small, Normal and Large shark. Each creature is laid out the same way and this provides some ideas for use and as a one-pager can be very useful to have to hand.
Each Animal also comes with an image of each. The art here is generally good throughout the book.
You then get an appendix which covers a series of benchmarks should you wish to create your own animals. A second appendix then offers up further details around each of the Traits.
All in all, a good addition to your library. My only criticism would be for the price, I would personally would have preferred a more content, maybe even a 1-2 page scenario with some of the creatures in actual use.