Sunday, 9 July 2017

CARRY ON DOCTOR


I`ve got a habit of starting campaigns which never get finished. I thought it was about time I put a stop to this and finally create a single theme.. to unify all my previous bits and pieces and cul-de-sac stops and starts. How will I do this? Well, by starting a new campaign haha.  Actually there`s method in my madness, no seriously.. hear me out!  We get all these cool ideas, but like most of us in the hobby, over the years we have allowed ourselves to collect far too much stuff, so it becomes increasingly harder as time goes by to do ANY of it, let alone do it properly. And doing anything well becomes a nightmare as we are forever just try to play `catch up` in some guilty attempt to justify all our ill advised former purchases (I say ill advised, because truthfully, realistically, if the things we always bought ourselves were well thought out, they wouldnt still be sitting unused in boxes, right)?

And so, between Hils, Tarot, and myself we have, over the years, started campaigns for Heroclix, Horrorclix, Batman (Gotham), Dungeons and Dragons (Ravenloft), and various other stabs in the dark at wonderful ideas, which didn't exactly run out of steam, they simply got bogged down by lack of time to see them reach proper fruition. Add to this the things we never even got started on: Cursed Earth, The Avengers, and X Men. And now we have Doctor Who to consider as well uuugh!!! *Brain explosion*


So we have come to a sensible decision. We will simply do a reboot! We`re are not going to drop all our other efforts, we are simply going to fold it all neatly into one focussed and dedicated campaign world; and that single campaign will evolve around "The Eternal Traveller"  and his various companions, and all the other cool aspects... the snippets, the fractured half recognised ideas and complicated plots (the things we never got to explore properly from other projects) will simply become aspects of that same world and multiverse. This allows Aliens, and Predators, and villains Terminators, and Judges, and Superheroes, and villains, and... oh EVERYTHING to be pulled out and used in our games, in just the same way that a RPG Dungeon Master roots through his Monster Manuals to pull out all sorts of interesting creations to fill and infest his world(s) with. By centering everything on a Doctor Who mentality (i.e. by having everything pivot around the Doctor and his friends.... and enemies) we will be able to factor in all the strange, and weird, and wonderful and horrific, just like a DM manages his Bestiary: adding things as and when needed to drop things in, to create a complete living world of wonders.

Figures from a bygone age of gaming (1977).


Another thing Hils and I decided was that we wanted to combine a lot of our own miniature creations and retro purchases (from the good old 70`s and 80`s) as well as a lot of the new miniatures available on the shelves today. With this in mind, Hils has set to work creating a lot of sculptures with that old school` look and feel to them, from home made Weeping Angels (made out of Polymer Clay.. her preferred medium to sculpt in), personality miniatures, slimes and oozes, to the whole Doctor Who underground "LINDA" gang of helpers and followers. Oh, and a rather cool K9 and Sarah Jane Smith of course.

 A Hil retro style creation TARDIS.

Fantasy miniatures from (about)1980: to many these would be ugly and pathetically painted. To a nostalgic old school few... a reminder of a gentler age, and a time of simple innocence.


Styles of play will range from Victorian London to Paris Gothica, Dark Ages to Quasi Medieval, Zombie Renaissance to French Revolution, World War Two to Blakes 7 (and Supreme Comander Servalan`s Galactic Empire), Batman to Judge Dredd.... and all the cool bits in between, which go to make this hobby such an eclectic wonder to pursue. 

Old school to the extreme. I played many happy games with all my beloved minis between 1974 and the end of that retro era sometime in the early 90`s.

(1978)

As for the miniatures, just to focus in on that a little more closely, I actually find the old 25/28mm models of the late 70`s, 80`s and early 90`s to be really beautiful: and simply filled with simplistic character and charm. So much so that I have asked Hils to try replicate that feel and tone in a lot of her current sculpting (bless her for making me so many lovely things, without a word of complaint).



Sure, we can create things like this (above and below), but that is a different hobby thing entirely. This is fine art modelling. We prefer to play our table top games with things which resemble toys, not untouchable works of art.


These belong in display cabinets NOT on the games table... unless to show off and gloat, which would not really be our style.


So this post is really in way of a little introduction of the whys and wherefores of our new SINGLE (everything rolled into one) campaign. I was going to start it here, now, today. And yet... while I feel ready to start, sense dictates  me that I am not quite ready to begin yet. Time is against me this week I fear: and so a little teaser post seemed  more appropriate, as a small snippet.. rather than `running before my horse to market` lol.

I hope you enjoyed my insight into our future plans, and for our shared adventures into time, dimension and space.



Article By Steve


41 comments:

  1. And so it begins...

    Yay! Ever since you first started talking about this and asking for my (somewhat dubious) advice, I've been waiting on tenterhooks for the 'official' announcement. And now it's here. I can't wait to see how this campaign develops and how you combine everything into one cohesive whole. I am officially excited now!

    Cue the theme tune!

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    1. WOOOooooT!!! Cant wait to get playing Jez. Time`s just against us this week is all. But all is actually pretty sat to begin. I`m looking forward to introducing the initial *gasps* twists and surprises ^^

      I hope we can keep you interest with this one :-)))

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    2. I really don't think that will be a problem.

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  2. Ooooh, forgot to say - love those Weeping Angels!

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    1. awww thanks Jez. They`re really just things we can use for now, like doodle sketches to stand in as facsimiles on the table for our games. But they do kinda work don`t they - if you don`t look at them to closely or with an over critical eye hehe

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    2. If I don't stare at them, surely they'll get me? 😉

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    3. Dont look away, dont even blink!

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  3. Yep, a most interesting (enlightening) post.


    So you`ve really done it. I know you were both talking about it: you know, combining all your current existing rpg games into one lump campaign adventure. It actually does make perfectly good sense when you think about it. Gotham, Cursed Earth, Terminators and Predators and Aliens, they`re all fantasy and sci-fi, and as you say its like pulling the Monster Manual off the shelf and deciding "what shall I put in the game today - jim?" and having this whole bestiary of ideas to work from. But now, instead of having lishlyto have to deal with from different games, its like putting all your favourites into one luxury box. I think its a great idea just so long as you can keep it all feeling real and stylishly (intrinsically) conducive and in keeping with itself.

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    1. ooops, that bit came out wrong, I meant ->> But now, instead of having to deal with so many different games all the time >>>

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    2. That`s EXACTLY it Dave. Its like pulling the Monster Manual and World Guide Companion off the shelf, and deciding what to add in, where, when and how. Great fun actually.

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  4. Great stuff Steve. Really looking forward to this, and please let Hils know that those Weeping Angels are first rate too!! :-)

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    1. Thank you Simon, that`s sweet of you x. They`re really just usable doodles for the game: perfectly acceptable for now to help bring the game to life a bit.

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    2. Cheers Simon, you know... I think this might just be a hell of a unique adventure :-)))

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  5. Uuugh! I wrote a long, long comment and blogger ate the entire thing grrrrrrr :(

    Suffice to say I LOVE this post.

    Hil`s retro clone sculpts are delightful. Reminiscent of an earlier age before I was even born, when this WAS all the toy soldier norm. I`m confused why so many look upon these old things as almost embarrassing and of no value, to be thrown way or at best, hidden away and forgotten about. To me its suggests a nobler age and appreciation of a time when all things were precious.

    Gratz on the decision to unify the games under one big banner. It at all makes perfect sense to me.

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    1. awwww T, I`m so glad you like it. First game session TONIGHT at 8PM, so woohooo!! grab yer dice and drop yer linen. New campaign begins in earnest.

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    2. Best be sure to stock up on humbugs then...lol

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  6. What a great idea Steve making all things possible in an infinite time and universe. This hobby we all share can become overrun with new projects we'd like to do while neglecting projects we've had for years. Love all the possibilities this one campaign overs up.
    Great job on the sculpts Hils and don't sell yourself short they look really good

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  7. Weird, I was writing a reply to a comment made over on the FH site this afternoon, which though on a slightly different topic is also strangely relevant here too. The gist of it was that part of the appeal of Forgotten Heroes, along with the ability to field unavailable miniatures in your games or collection, is also the ability to take heroes from your childhood and combine them into single games that you couldn't do back then as they were completely out of scale with one another, e.g. Action man with He-man or transformers, or Star Wars figures or Mego Superheroes...the list goes on but if you recreate them all (or the ones you want anyway) in 28mm along with all the scenery, by-standers, vehicles etc.. that are all readily available you are in effect getting to play the games you really wanted to as children.

    Perhaps this is just my take on it, but it is a major draw for me when it comes to converting/creating stuff, even if I never play with them all together I know I can. I guess this is similar to what you lot are up to in a sense, if you love Judge Dredd, Turtles, My little Pony even why not combine them all into the one game, who's to say you are wrong...no one. Dr Who, Stargate or Sliders are perfect for this as they are all "Backlot" series, in as much as each week our main character's would be transported to a different time or place (or movie backlot), Gangsters, Nazi's feudal Japan. I say go for it and the best of luck to the lot of you.

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Hi Roger, I`m just taking a tiny break from GMing our game session to reply to your comment, while the guys are rolling up their characters and making coffee and teas.

      Oh you are so spot on Roger, what you say about using things from different genres to make entirely new ones of your own.

      As an example, let's go with Middle Earth. Tolkien invented Orcs (and Hobbits, which D&D calls Halfings). But sticking with the Orcs for a moment. In Middle Earth, Orcs are the evil spawned armies of Sauron and of the Wizard Saruman. But in Dungeons and Dragons (and just about any other role playing games) they are just about anything the Dungeon Master needs them to be in him/her games: from raiding hill tribes, an evil menace attacking the local monastery, pirate corsairs attacking the innocent village via the river, the cannon fodder troopers of the evil despot, or the gang defending the treasure of the dungeon on Level Two.

      Effectively, D&D takes the Tolkien Orc and puts it in the Monster Manual, gives it stats, and a bit of a generic write up, then leaves it up to every single Dungeon Master to use this creature however he likes in his game. Dungeons and Dragons does the same thing for over half the Monster Manual bestiary, from Hobgoblins, Goblins, Hippogriffs, Wyverns, Dragons, Ghosts, Gnolls, Vampires, Werewolves and Spectres, to Mummies, Liches, Wraiths, Invisible Stalkers, Mimics and Doppelgangers. So in exactly the same way, it should be perfectly acceptable to take comic book icons... Batman, Superman, The Avengers, etc, or TV icons like Doctor Who, Blakes 7, Purdy and Steed, or Joe-90, and turn them into role playing heroes.

      Just like with Tolkin`s Orcs, you don`t HAVE to follow Middle Earth canon, in fact unless playing a Middle Earth rpg game, who would? Well, in the same way, if you are playing a Doctor Who game, you don't slavishly have to follow the BBC episodes, or even the accepted canon of the show... why not diversify, and take your own creations in entirely new and different directions in the form of crossover realities and adventures which never happened, in the official TV series. Same applies to comic book heroes like Batman and Judge Dredd. Who's to say you can`t have an evil Batman and Robin and a good Joker and Harley Quinn even?

      So yes, He-man, The Transformers, Star Wars, Ninja Turtles, it all applies equally. Invent, have fun, and most of all, be inventive and don't slavishly follow the rules like a sheep. Rules are there sometimes to be broken, otherwise we`d never know progress.. and we`d stay behind nice boring safe walls of convention.

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  8. Oh by the way forgot to mention I love the old school miniatures, they have so much charm, though I've a little concerned about the blond lady in the fifth picture who appears to be doing the most enormous wee!!! ;-)

    Cheers Roger

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    1. HAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAhaahahahahaha, omg she does doesnt she `O`

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  9. Well I'm really looking forward to this! The Dr allows for such a depth and breadth of subject matter to game with, with an infinite number of universes, across time and space who's to say there isn't a world where Orcs battle pink ponies that fart rainbows (oops sorry drifted off into a my little pony vs world of Warcraft.....), all witnessed by if not interacting with a certain Timelord.

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    1. "In a world overrun with the grim and gritty, where combatants adorn themselves with over-sized weapons and a proliferation of skullz, what hope is there? Fighting for justice, fighting for hope, fighting for sandwiches with crusts cut off and doilies...Rainbow Unicorn Power Princesses! Harness the power of glitter and annoyingly catchy songs to send those sweaty marines for a serious makeover, because, like, shoulder pads are SO last year..."

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    2. Andy, just wait til I get my Chibi Little Ponies in it ^^ THEN the world will be in trouble, and even the Doctor and all his companions (combined, with crossover dimensional good fortune) and the whole of wibbly wobbly, timey wimey stuff, wont save everyone. Pony cuteness is simply too infectious.

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    3. Wait...... Space Marine shoulder pads are last year...they`re out?

      DAMN!

      **starts remodelling and repainting all his marines**

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    4. Ah, but as you're dealing with time travel, shoulder pads are ALSO next yeR AND this year. Basically, they'll be fashionable some-when, so no need to alter them at all.

      As for Rainbow Unicorn Power Princesses, this is the ruleset that caused Vin Diesel to utter the words "I wanna be a pony! But..you know, like a macho pony with a studded harness and stuff...but not like a fetish pony...um...a fire-breathing hell-pony! Yeah, like a Nightmare, but..um...smaller..."

      That's the problem when they don't have a script...lol

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    5. Phewwwwww!!!! Thank goodness for that. I`d only just finished painting Pony motifs on all the shoulder pads.

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    6. ....... which is devilishly hard in 8mm.

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    7. Ah, that would be the Legio Caballio, also known as The Emperor's Ponies, with their infamous Glitterwands. The only legion capable of making the hordes of Nurgle throw up.

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    8. hhehehehehee, ooooh the Pony Legion I love it, I must, I must I simply MUST paint these now. And Hil paint old Nurgy and his horde puking - I suggest vomit green with Games Warkshop Pink Bile (in gloss).

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    9. Actually, that image is so macabre, its pretty bloody creepy lol.

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    10. "Commander Twinkle, those unpleasant green...things are approaching and they look a bit miffed."

      "Righty-ho, Sergeant Pansy, load the mortar with cupcakes and make sure every man knows where his teddy is."

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    11. Somebody does figures of the "My Little Ponies" just wish I could remember who it is. Can you have chibi "My little Ponies" aren't they chibi to start with?

      Cheers Roger.

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    12. Tom Anders, "Impact Miniatures" lol actually we have them all **grins**

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  10. What a spectacular evolution, I started the figurines with D & D around 1975/1980, and I still have nostalgia for old school figures...but the details on last ones are just amazing...great post!

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    1. Hi Phil. Ooo you were there back in the glory years of 75 to 80, coooool, you get the veteran wand of "Old School Granddads Unite" I thought I was the only one hahaha. Nostalgia for the hobby as once was, now long past, is beautifully, almost poignantly sad I find: yet can be captured in `essence` by following the principles of it... up here **taps skull** in your head!

      Strangely, I think rule systems like "Maurice" and "Blucher" manage to provide that old school feel.. but for a modern day audience and gamer: much more than say "Black Powder" or any of its add on expansion manuals.

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    2. It's funny how some of the younger generation think that this is all new. The amount of times I hear have you seen they now do teenage mutant ninja turtles models ! At this point I have to say you mean again as it was a role play game long before it was a cartoon series or film this time round of course. I guess to them it is new but us oldies have seen multiple variations of it. It makes this idea of incorporating everything in one such a genius idea

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    3. I know Dave, I know exactly what you mean. I see it all the time too. We tend to see things come round at least once every decade or so: which means.. hang around in the hobby long enough and the next shiny new thing to hit the shelf has probably been done four or five times before over the last forty years; but kids of 18 buying the latest re-incarnation treat it as though it had never been dreamed up before. And we`re like "um, actually this is ninth time this ones been invented: The first time being before your parents even got together" hehehe.

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    4. Everything old is new...just not as good as it was originally!

      Roger (grumpy old fart)

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