It had to happen sooner than later didn’t it? I knew when I started this project that after a few weeks I would end up getting distracted by something and sure enough last week I did.
The thing that caused this distraction was a post on a forum that simply said “Playtesters wanted” however it was on the newly created Sword and Spear fantasy forum and I was immediately hooked.
You see dear reader, at heart I am a huge fan of fantasy wargaming; I started off playing role playing games like Runequest and D&D in my teens and I never grew out of it. When I in my 20’s and I got back into gaming it was Games Workshop that inspired me, oddly I’ve never been a fan of Warhammer Fantasy which some people might think strange, but I was into Warmaster or at least the idea of Warmaster (i.e. large fantasy mass battles). I did collect some armies but I couldn’t get on with the rules so I boxed up the figures and forgot about them. Then a few years ago I tried out a fantasy version of Impetus, which appealed to me and I went about rebasing all my Warmaster armies on 80mm wide impetus bases, which was very pleasing to the eye. But all my friends were playing a lot of historical Impetus and I couldn’t find anyone who wanted to try out the fantasy version so the armies went back into a box.
Now I have a proper chance to play with my armies and also contribute to testing out a game system I really do like, so I signed up for the Sword & Spear fantasy playtest. My rebased armies are all perfect for S&S so I was able to hit the ground running and its all going really well, Mark Lewis (the designer of S&S) has posted some ideas for fantasy mods to the core game, I’ve created some draft army lists and I’ve actually played some games.
This does mean I haven’t been able to spend as much time on the Blakes 7 project as I would have hoped, but this last few weeks haven’t been a complete loss as I have managed to play the 3 test games and I also got some paint on a few more figures.
Now at this point I would have loved to show you some pictures of the test games (I took loads) but my memory card in my camera managed to corrupt itself and I haven’t been able to read from it so you’ll just have to take my word that the games did happen. In hindsight it’s not a bad thing as the scenario I came up with worked really well and I think I’ll use it in the campaign so keeping it under wraps is not a bad idea…
But it does mean that after 6 weeks I have finally worked out which game system I’m going to use for the B7 Campaign, and the winner is :-
*waits for 5 mins*
I’ll tell you after this advert
Yes Ladies and Gentlemen after much deliberation, the judge has decided to use 7TV for the Blakes 7 campaign *waits for applause*
The reason for going with 7TV is out of the 3 games I played it was the one that really captured the whole feel of a Blakes 7 episode, the mechanics of the game just worked and the mods they did for B7 make the whole thing come alive.
Pulp Ally was a close second, but the thing that let it down was the other 3 characters in the game were not as good as Blake (the leader of the group), so Blake opened the locked doors, Blake disabled the computer, Blake shot all the guards etc, where as in 7TV each character had a skill that no one else had so it was up to the player to try and activate them in the right order and get them working as a team with each one having a role.
Judge Dredd nearly did this as well, but it just didn’t flow as well as 7TV and in the end I was just copying the ideas that were already in the winning game.
So that’s it folks, I’m going to use 7TV for my games, now all I have to do is work out how the campaign is going to work and I’ll talk about that next time.
Oh before I go, here’s a pic of my finished federation troopers on their lovely clear bases