Disclaimer: I want to keep this brief as possible. And outright i'm not naming any names, but i'm sure you'll know if you you're part of (what i belied to be) the problem. I'm exhausted and a little tipsy, but this is something i've been meaning to say since i found this place. So please bear with me. Whether or not you agree with me, i feel this needs to be said. As i'm sure there a lot of you that feel this way too. It's probably been brought up more than a few times, but once more can't hurt. Since looking over these forums, i can't help but express my disappointment in the shear lack of creativity in most of the suggestions. Rather than being a forum full of neat aliens with unique, and more importantly, ALIEN looks, instead it seems to be some sort of mutant petting zoo. Far FAR too many suggestions, i've noticed, are just… animals. And while there are a few gems that don't follow this formula (and the rare quality suggestion that gets away with it), they're greatly outnumbered. It's just so damn boring. In some cases, it's really unfortunate to see tons of decent sprite work and thought going into such an uninspired, design that just isn't worth it. Naturally the argument against this, i've noticed, is that the races in game are supposedly the same. The hylotl are fish, apex are apes, avian are... well avians, and the floran are plants. And you're almost right. The avians have, in my opinion, a disappointing and boring design. The Apex get a free pass since it's so obviously a nod to Planet of the Apes. But if that were entirely the case, Hylotle would look like this Instead of this or slightly less canon but infinitely more amazing or slightly less canon but infinitely more amazing And Florans would look like this Instead of this. Again, fan art's not canon, but it's a pretty accurate rendition if you ask me *credit to those guys that made those things. Moving along. Notice how despite obviously being based on that broad kingdom of life, they have their own unique looks. It's just a bad argument. Now let's use other sci-fi settings as an example. In Mass Effect, Turians are avian. But you would never guess from looking at them. Take a look at the elcor, hanar, vorcha, krogan, etc (i know two of those aren't pictured). When i see those i go "Yup, those are aliens". Not "Oh it's an aardvark with pants." If it helps serve as further incentive, take a look at the only accepted race suggestion yet. Novakids couldn't be more alien. They're beings made of energy with symbols for faces. Living stars. I'm just saying to try and put more thought into the way your races look, and what they are. And they are ALIENS. If they resemble anything earthly, you're doing something wrong. My advice: Think of everything BUT what your race looks like FIRST. The environment they developed in, their culture, their history, their personalities, etc. Then when all that's said and done, try your damnedest to design something fitting to that. Not the other way around. And if it comes out looking like something else scrap it and try again.