After touching on some of the negatives I'm seeing lately in the world of Cosmic Encounter homebrewed-alien creation — namely, it's not 1996 any more; let's see something new — it seems only fair to acknowledge that there really are a lot of quality fan-created aliens out there. No further proof is needed than just a cursory glance at the new Fantasy Flight Games edition, which features a number of fan-created aliens that are now official elements of the game. It's not like Kevin Wilson and the gang at FFG had some some of mandate where they had to use these newcomers; there's a lot of other already-published aliens they could have picked.
Anyway, I can think of two good places to start, both internet discussions. I'm sure there's probably quite a few of these types of conversations out there, but these are the two that I can find quickly:
BGG thread from 2004:
and a current BGG discussion.
(That second one is pretty interesting; a few people have essentially posted short lists of their favorite homebrews.)
So what do you think? Is Fido really all that and a side of fries? (he seems to appear on every one of these sorts of lists). Are there any real losers in those discussions? And what are some that should be added?
Like everyone else, I've got my favorites, but I'll hold off for now. Actually, anyone who can remember the old "Homebrew Hall of Fame" series at this site's old location already knows a few of my personal picks.