7TV is a game system very close to my heart. As a fan of cult TV and a gamer when Crooked Dice first began releasing figures a few years ago I lapped them up. It’s only recently since I closed my wargaming business and joining a club that I have got to play wargames regularly and 7TV has been a go-to game.
I’m not going to do a full review of the game here, only to say it’s fun. A lot of fun. And very flexible. If like me you just like collecting models and miniatures because they look cool then this is the game for you. After all 7TV is a game about making a TV programme and you can just about make a TV programme about anything (as is all too apparent if you switch it on nowadays – I’m looking at you Channel 5).
So in addition to the usual Spy-Fi tropes that the game tends to be focussed on there is also the possibility of doing sci-fi (half a dozen or so rebels against an evil Federation perhaps), historicals (maybe that one series where Sean Bean doesn’t die) and of course the big screen across multiple genres.
Coming up later this year (and due to be funded via Kickstarter) is 7TV Apocalypse. This will be a complete game system based on 7TV 2nd Edition focused on recreating and gaming in post apocalyptic (PA) settings. Nowadays PA settings tend to mean Zombies (and indeed there was a variant of 1st Edition 7TV that covered this). However the new game is wider than that, think: Mad Max, Day of the Triffids, Survivors, Threads (*shudder*), 28 Days Later, Children of Men and so on. (Zombies will be in there too!)
Taking the first example of Mad Max, one of the key additions to the rules is a more comprehensive way of dealing with vehicles and vehicular combat in order to replicate the ‘white line fever’ of ‘a few years from now’. In addition to this there will be an associated set of new archetypes and a tweak to the Heroes/Villains approach of the Spy-Fi version (no one is a good guy in the wastelands).
The game is due to go to Kickstarter in Autumn and will hoping fund both a box set and a whole pile of lead and resin. Karl at Crooked Dice has begun to release a number of miniatures and vehicles already and you can check some of them out here.
The campaign day would be an opportunity for a group of 7TV enthusiasts to get together to try out these new rules and feedback on them, while having a relaxed day of gaming with like minded individuals.
Having been provided a copy of the beta rules a few weeks beforehand, attendess were asked to put together a ‘cast’ for the day, including a suitably modelled post apolaypse style vehicle. I was originally going to go down the Action Force route and put together a Red Shadows faction with some support. Then I remembered the 1:48 scale toy truck I had bought a few months ago when the ‘not’ Michael Knight figure was released by Crooked Dice. My original intention was to model up Goliath and the evil Garthe King for use in a standard game of 7TV; so why not apocalypse it up a bit?
I needed to flesh out the rest of my cast and found a set of miniatures I got years ago for ‘Across the Dead Earth’, and so Garthe and the Red Claw gang were born.
Next time I’ll cover the day in detail and go into some detail as to how the games went, as well as waxing lyrical about the venue.
So in true TV style – End of Part One (we’ll be back after these messages)!