Obviously inspired by Skerples posts. Hopefully this will help if you ever find yourself in a situation where your players are demanding you let them eat the alien horror. Or if you want some random flavours for street food on distant worlds.
Normal Alien Meat
For when you've killed something strange and decided to eat it, and it just so happens to have compatible biochemistry.
Roll on the table below for how edible your meal is. Proper hygiene, cooking it well, a successful gastronomy roll etc. give +1.
1-2 Disgusting. Body Save or suffer from food poisoning for 1d10 hours. Gain 1 stress
3-9 Adequate. No special effect.
10 A culinary sensation. Advantage to heal if you are resting, and relieve 1 stress.
Obviously this only applies to compatible biologies. Dont try to eat silicon- or ammonia-based lifeforms.
For taste and texture, roll twice, or just once and read across horizontally. You can also use this for any foods you find on frontier colonies, strange street stalls, dubious fast food shops, etc.
1d25 Texture Flavour
1 Crunchy Salmon
2 Squelchy Beef
3 Crusty Pork
4 Stringy Gammon
5 Fatty Escargot
6 Buttery Chicken
7 Lean Clams
8 Tough Jackfruit
9 Oily Grass
10 Flaky Pineapple
11 Spongy Mutton
12 Gelatinous Crickets
13 Gristly Vinegar
14 Rubbery Tofu
15 Juicy Soy Sauce
16 Oozing Brown Sugar
17 Coarse Abestos
18 Sinewy Drywall
19 Supple Yoghurt
20 Oddly Familiar Your mothers cooking
21 Dense Metallic
22 Caustic Vaguely Chemical
23 Papery Squid/octopus
24 Tooth-breakingly hard Ashes
25 Irregular (roll twice) Weird (roll twice)
If your players try to eat these then idk what to tell you.
Taste: Rubber soaked in acid, pure ethanol and petrol. Meat hums unpleasently and writhes in the corner of your vision. And your mouth.
Chefs tip: Exposing the meat to a Jump Drive for a month gives a +1 to the roll.
1 Hyperspace Intrusion: Your body warps into a Dead Gate. Crawlers, death worms and worse pour through. Good luck.
2-4 Wormspawn: Parasitised cells hijack your body. Once a day, 1d10 Death Worms emerge from your mouth. You take 1d10 stress, 2d10 damage and must save or Panic, nearby PCs must make a Fear save or take 1d5 stress.
5-8 Shrivelled: Your skin pulls tight, turns grey and leathery. -10 to speed and body save. Take a sanity save each day or suffer a compulsion to sculpt.
9 Gaunt Hunger: As Shrivelled but gain the need to subsist on raw flesh, industrial chemicals, alcohol and fuel.
10 Gaunt Apotheosis: Gain the Telekinetic Drain attack. Gaunt creatures will treat you as an ally. +15 to Speed and Combat. Your fingers can elongate to long, molecular-thin claws. Whenever you travel by Jump drive, there is a 40% chance the ship will be becalmed in orbit of the Dead Planet.
Ypsilon 14 Specter
Taste: Gristly, oily and stringy, strange tingly feeling. The meat of a predator. After hibernation, it is starving- there won't be enough meat for everyone. Wash thoroughly before the meal, wear protective clothing.
Chefs tip: If cooked, its Normal Alien meat. If consumed raw, roll on the table below.
1 Goo'd: You didn't clean it properly! You die slowly over the next day or so, dissolving into yellow goop.
2-8 Consumption: Parts of your insides are dissolved. You don't die, but you will need serious medical care for the rest of your life. Body Save halved.
9 Hibernation: On the point of death, you can create a cocoon of yellow goop that will heal you (once). Doing so takes all the energy you possess, and you will emerge starving and with permenantly halved HP.
10 Predation: Alien healing agents remake your body. As Hibernation, but you also gain a chameleonic skin and become an obligate carnivore.
You can't eat stone . If you manage to chip a piece from the comet and swallow it without looking, roll on the table below.
1 Blue Cancer: You die an extremely painful and visually interesting death, as blue tumours erupt across your body and eat you alive.
2-9 Obsession: You become terminally obsessed with the Blue Comet (see Moonbase Blues)
10 Sapphire Majesty: You can move in zero-G as easy as swimming. Your eyes and mouth emit blinding beams of Blue Comet light. Comet cultists worship you.
Taste: Pale imitation of pork, foul chemical aftertaste.
Chefs tip: Synthflesh tends to melt like plastic when cooked and release toxic fumes. For best results consume raw.
1 Imitator: That's not an android, thats a human. +1d10 Stress and Bends
2-4 Connection: MONARCH scans your body as the meal moves through you. The brainscan it takes it bizarre- obsessed with food and the act of consumption.
5-7 Infiltrator: You consumed an infiltration Android. +1d10 Bends as the knowledge of its mission washes over you. Memories not your own fill your dreams. 1/day, change your face to someone elses.
8-9 Soul Eater: Gain the ability to consume brainscans. Doing so allows you to recall their memories perfectly, but take 1 stress when doing so. Androids and AIs regard you with hostility and suspiscion.
10 Deepmind: As Soul Eater but gain no stress. Your appetite extends to human minds too, which you can consume straight from the brain. You can sense sapient beings at a range of 20 meters.