So, how many sci-fi GM’s are guilty of using non-alien aliens? What do I mean? Well, I mean an alien race that is essentially a humanoid with a different shade of skin or perhaps a little bit of fur. An animal or object that has been turned human like in an anthropomorphic fashion?
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Alien life should be alien, shouldn’t it? I have heard arguments that we have evolved into the alpha life form on Earth and hence our form is the most evolved. Not true in my eyes. I have a form that has evolved to suit a very finite form of variables (temperature, environment, atmosphere etc.) and a form that has adapted to a wider variety of conditions is far better than my body.
Or do we do this because we just cannot think in an alien fashion. We have been bred to understand things have a certain structure and form. If we were a scout in the Traveller Imperium how would we know that when we found an unexplored planet that the lichen on the cube like things were not the dominant race and truly intelligent creature of this world? How would we know that in our first step off the Scout Type S ship that we unwittingly stepped on a race of tiny, yet intelligent beings and we decimated their civilization.
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