Decipher's latest RPG guide, "Aliens", is another attractive volume in the familiar style, well worth picking up even if you never play the roleplaying game itself. There are 58 alien races here, lots of non-canonical elaboration about Star Trek aliens' planet names and (rather overly stereotypical) physical and emotional traits from all live-action incarnations of Star Trek. Most entries come with at least one colour photo.
As with Last Unicorn Games (LUG), the previous RPG licensee's efforts, "ST: The Motion Picture " is represented by Betelgeuseans and Zaranites, but this time there are no photos for these guys. Ilia represents the Deltans.
Some other ST races are conspicuous by their absence; I guess Decipher's authors have been cautious about expanding some races we know little about, but even races covered in earlier Decipher volumes aren't in this one (ie, no Regulans/Caitians of ST's old Animated Series this time).
No Grazerites. No Zaldans. There's an Elasian (of TOS), but no Troyians. No "Nemesis" Remans. The Suliban of "Enterprise" are included, but no Denobulans, even though Dr. Phlox is mentioned in the Introduction. Several major Delta Quadrant aliens are included for gamers wanting to keep the USS Voyager lost in space.
One surprise is that the Efrosian UFP President of "ST VI: The Undiscovered Country" is given yet another overhaul. (The name "Efrosian" was supposedly given to the alien race introduced in "ST IV: The Voyage Home" by the Makeup Dept. and named for Paramount's Mel Efros. The term was then popularised by "Cinefantastique" magazine and the old FASA RPG materials - and most recently by the Pocket Books novel "In the Name of Honor". Other Pocket novels and novelizations have called the race "Deltan".) However, in Decipher's "Aliens" volume, the ST VI UFP President's pic represents the Atreonids of Atreos IV. Sigh...
Anyway, this book is beautifully presented and well worth checking out! Green cover this time.