Creating Cool Sci-Fi Props for RPG Games
This weekend I ran a game called ‘The Starship Rescue’ at Texicon in Fort Worth using the ENnie award Nominated Savage Worlds rules. Gamer and freelance writer Mark Chance did a review of the game on his Spes Magna blog.
The game was well received with some players asking for a continuation of this game and setting at the next Texicon. I’m making plans to do just that.
Several folks have asked me how I created the visual props for the game.
I used both figure flats, starship schematic handouts and a nice starship map that were visually impressive and really helped set the tone of the game. Below is a list of resources to create your own ‘Starship Rescue’ type game — but really, any system set in a Sci Fi universe where you would like nice maps and inexpensive paper miniatures would benefit from these resources.
- http://www.seven-wonders.co.uk/paperfriendsindex.html (Free and awesome!)
- http://www.pigames.net/store/default.php?cPath=27 (Commercial)
Figure Flat Stands:
Starship Map Artwork
You can get the Spaceship Artwork here:
With a nice preview here:
I printed the Spaceship map using this service:
- http://www.bannersonthecheap.com/ (This is a Vinyl, waterproof map. Nice, but the color is a little grainy and low-res compared to normal glossy paper printouts.)
You can also print normal 24×36” posters at Office Depot for about $20. Alternatively, you can also order prints online here:
Creating Stories for Sci Fi Games
Lastly, though I didn’t actually use this for my ‘The Starship Rescue’ game, a recent Firefly sandbox toolkit PDF has appeared which would be a very valuable resource in coming up with story ideas for a space western type setting:
That’s it. What do you think — are these resources helpful? Any other resources to create this sort of game that you would recommend?