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    Avatar photoAngel Barracks

    Where do people get ideas for fantasy games from?
    Do you steal from historical and do some jiggery pokery, or maybe comics/TV shows?

    I am having a bit of a funk and despite having plenty of models I have yet to use, I am struggling to find some scenarios that inspire me to play them.

    Avatar photoian pillay

    Mike, I grab my ideas from a number of sources. TV, Netflix, comic books, mainly Commando comic for WWII ideas.

    If you can track one down, Warhammer skirmish is a great resource:


    just replace the 28mm toys with 15mm and your favourite rules and all will be good.


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    Avatar photoAngel Barracks

    “The book itself is 50 full colour pages and was priced at $3.95”

    Crikey, may be worth it just for eye candy at that price?

    Avatar photoDarkest Star Games

    What figures would you like to include in your scenario?  Give us a list and I bet we can throw out all sorts of ideas.

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."

    Avatar photoWouter Wolput

    Roleplaying and video games are also great sources for inspiration.

    Other skirmish games also often have scenarios which are translatable to other systems. It doesn’t have to cost much, there’s a lot of fan based material on the internet for free (KoW: Vanguard, Mordheim, Relic Blade, Five Leagues from the Borderlands, …)

    And then there are useful tools like story cubes (https://www.storycubes.com/en/) and scenario generators. They sometimes take a bit of thinking, but that’s part of the fun.

    What figures would you like to include in your scenario? Give us a list and I bet we can throw out all sorts of ideas.

    Excellent idea, this could be fun!

    Avatar photoPiyan Glupak

    The two main sources of inspiration for my fantasy games are Tolkein’s books, and semi-historical armies.  Middle Earth themed ones are not necessarily the big name battles, they recently included Angmar reprisals against the Snowmen of Forochel for aiding refugee Dunedain from Arnor.

    Concerning semi-historical games, the most recent featured trouble between Carolingian Franks and Viking Raiders.  In this case, the Vikings had the aid of a hero and a mage.  The Carolingians had the benefit of a priest and a mage.  I have also done Early North European Bronze Age against later incomers, both side with mages, heroes and various creatures assisting.

    In my opinion, the Bronze Age is an excellent source of inspiration for fantasy.  Whenever I field a Greek Myth army, the humans are based upon Mycenaeans or Minoans.  From what I have read, a lot of the Hittite and Western Anatolian myths were similar to some of the ones found in Greek mythology by classical times.

    Leaving the Bronze Age, one of the games in the run up to Christmas had normal late medieval people living north of the Danube fighting an army of the undead.  Interestingly enough, the human Vivode has been fictionalised as a vampire in a well-known novel by a certain author born near Dublin in the 19th century.

    Avatar photocraig cartmell

    I have a very twisted imagination Mike…

    Avatar photoLogain

    I prefer games that integrate the scenarios into the game system through a campaign. A good campaign setting really sparks ideas for scenarios. The best example I can think of are the Strange Aeons scenarios and campaign systems from Uncle Mike.  More than any other game they seem to tell a cohesive story. It takes very little effort to change it from Lovecraft to Howard… if you haven’t looked at the game you might give it a try for some ideas.

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