Fan Expo doesn’t hit Toronto until the end of August, but the good people at the Toronto Area Gamers group have started soliciting for RPG sessions and volunteers. I know it ain’t Gencon or Origins, but for a guy like me it is the closest thing to a gaming convention I’m likely to attend in the near future.
So needless to say, I keenly typed up two game pitches within an hour of getting the notification. This will be my third year running games at Fan Expo, and I know they are always happy to have GMs, yet I was still in an excited hurry to get the pitches written up and out.
I re-confirmed with my lovely and pregnant wife that it would be ok for me to disappear for a couple of days soon after Dweezil’s birth and rapidly embraced my inner hack.
The first game I’m planning to run is ‘The Rimward Campaign’ for 3:16: Carnage Amongst the Stars.
I love 3:16.
Tons of fun, simple to run and easy for new players to get into. Plus, I’ve learned that I only have time to adequately prepare for one big adventure session for a Con and 3:16 requires very little prep.
The second game I’m hoping to run is ‘Rotwang’s Heroes’ for FATE. In a
nutshell I’m thinking: ‘Steampunk Soldiers of Fortune seek a Big Score in a Retro Apocalypse.’
This one is going to be a stretch.
I was hankering for something post-apocalyptic and was bouncing around a couple of random ideas. Then I remembered the TAG organizer’s request that we try to tap into the Steampunk theme running through this year’s Fan Expo. So I had a vague flavor I was going for, but I wasn’t married to a system, setting or set-up. On the face of it: not so great.
And then I had a flash of inspiration! I’m going to lift the set-up of Kelly’s Heroes (coming soon to a ‘Stuff you Should Steal From’ entry) and drop it into a mashed-up ‘war to end all wars’ containing Martian Tripods, Clockwork Giants, hordes of ravenous Nosferatu, French Dirigibles and Prussian Automatons.
I just hope it will be as fun to run as it was to dream-up!