Here are some shots of a demo of Rattrap Productions’ Fantastic Worlds a few years ago at the Toronto con, Fan Expo. It was just one of a number of board and minis games that I had demo’d at the con over the span of three years. It’s also the one I put the most efffort into 🙂
So this is what my table looked like. Atop a Zuzzy mat (they’re wicked) sat a treeline (mix of Heroscape jungle trees and aquarium plants), a rocket (unfinished-but-still-cool Pegasus rocket) and a team Galacteers (awesome Hydra Miniatures Retro Raygun models), facing the oncoming Swarming Doom (an entire box of Wargames Factory Zulu Warriors). I also had character sheets I made (including actions and modifiers, etc.), the rulebooks and the scenario sheets.
The scenario, The Swarming Doom, was a modification of one in the book. The neat thing about the one in the book is that there are three possible scenarios, all using the same board, where one gets chosen randomly as soon as a miniature gets close enough. This is just one creative aspect of Rattrap’s game systems. Anyway, my version of the scenario was meant to be completed a bit quicker, as one would hope in a convention setting.
The four Heroes, played by 1-4 players, had to fix three broken parts of the rocket before the Swarming Doom, played by me the GM, defeated them. The broken bits required different skills to fix them, like brain, brawn, guts, strength, etc. so all of the Heroes had something to do. If they weren’t fixing the current problem, they could be shooting at the natives, who were unhappy that the rocket had crashed on their planet.
This is my “cinematic shot.” Ooooh!
The demo went well, as I recall. I think I ran it a few times. I gave away a couple of rulebooks that Rattrap had sent me for the occasion. I haven’t run another since then, but I think I am going to do so again, at Meeplemart or one of the TABSCons this year. I’d also like to demo the new edition of their .45 Adventures, the noir pulp version of the system.
I will do a review of Rattrap’s rules soon, along with Hydra’s miniatures.
Here’s a shot of the natives. You can tell I did a rush job on them. You need to when you’re making 30 of them in short notice! They did their job, though, so I’m not complaining. They look good as a swarm of angry natives, I think. I’m a fan of Wargames Factory stuff, especially their later work. Most of my C&C Ancients units will be by them.
Thanks to Andrew for sending me these pics (I had forgotten my camera battery in the charger that day…not the first time, not the last!). It’s re-piquing my interest in the pulp stuff, as is working on robots for Battlestations! Perhaps I’ll have some more posts on new versions of the demo soon.
Thanks for reading.