You may not have heard of it, but the Flight of the 'Tomorrow's World', is considered a modern sci-fi classic. Running for just a single pilot series of seven episodes between 1995-1996, 'Tomorrow's World' was a visually exciting and entertaining show. Sadly the show ran into difficulties when trying to commission a second series - networks felt that some elements were too adult for broad appeal, and the high cost of special effects made it a costly proposition. It was cancelled after just the pilot series.
Synopsis: A crew of misfits, aliens and robots led by dashing human rogue Rico 'AAA' DuBois and mystic empath Yan Tibbault journey through fringe space in search of wealth, fame and answers to mysteries they encounter.
|The crew of the Tomorrow's World|
Set in the fringe space system of Golgotha, the series is full of exotic alien locations. Packed with high-energy action and a lot of laughs, Flight of the 'Tomorrow's World' was short-lived, but has become a science fiction TV classic! Rumours abound that a reboot is in the making - watch this space!
Episode 1: Bad Blood on Golgotha sees Rico, Yan and their bot companions A-D0M and G8H acting on a tip-off for local work. A short fire-fight on the streets of Mos Excellent results in the crew getting a retainer to run errands for a mysterious local group.
The crew are tasked with an assassination of a local official in Episode 3: I'll Walk You Home, as well as the safe delivery of a discrete package. The crew efficiently dispatch both the package and hapless official unobserved in the dark streets of Mos Excellent. The episode ends with our first character conflict - an argument between Tibbault and Rico puts the pair in the sickbay!
|Fan note: Episode 3 sees Rico both played by a new actor and given a much more eye-catching look.|
Episode 7 (Part 1): Be Afraid of the Dark! A tense, claustrophobic two-part finale sees the crew of the Tomorrow's World enter a mysterious research facility. There are no staff or guards, but the reason why soon becomes clear, as a swarm brood has invested the entire network of underground rooms and tunnels. On entering the main research lab, Rico discovers a slanni encased in a coprolite slab - none other than Lottabot'l's kin, S'lann Sol'o. At the point of discovery, Rico is swarmed by vent crawlers dropping out of the ceiling void. All seems lost!
A couple of weeks ago I took a trip to stay with my good friend cheetor for a weekend of Five Parsecs From Home gaming. We had decided ahead of time that we would run it as a co-op adventure - each of choosing a couple of figures we wanted to use, and then adding in additional characters as and when seemed appropriate. Cheetor remarked early on that our assemblage of miniatures looked like the cast of a 1990s sci-fi TV show, and that's how we ended up playing it. Full of action and humour, but not too much in the way of death or despair. I didn't take enough notes on the games to write them up as a standard game report (in fact I have a nagging feeling I've actually missed out one of the games!), so I decided to write it up in the same 90's TV show vein as we played it.
As for Five Parsecs - I thoroughly enjoyed using it. It's a fantastic system for allowing you create an immersive universe and enabling a great co-op experience. Seemingly inconsequential story points and loot (a letter from home and the kiranin crystals) turned out to be perfect critical plot elements and chance post-battle events allowed us to bring in new and fun characters. It didn't really matter that we gunned down enemies relatively easily, because this made me suggest respawning swarm brood in our finale game - something that made it extremely tense and looking terminal at points! I'm very much looking forward to enacting the high-budget feature film remake of Tomorrow's World at some future point.
100% win Axiom. The series synopsis take was the perfect way to document a fantastic few days.ReplyDelete
I can't wait to sneer at the reboot and look down my nose at its fans: "You just had to be there man..." I will irritatingly say.
I should have said in the post what a great time I had and how well you'd hosted me. Really was a great few days.Delete
You never know, the reboot might turn out to be even better, smarter and more fun than the original!
I forgot to mention that I think that was the first outing for Slann Solo since I painted it in December 2015. Considering the communique from home, the egg and the arrival of Lottabot'l, it really couldn't have been more apt.Delete
5PfH has a way of making those things seem preordained.
I couldn't help but write Slann Solo with the traditional slanni pronunciation, rather than the humanised version! It definitely felt like this was the perfect opportunity to use him (in fact almost pre-determined as you say!).Delete
Well that looked both good and fun which are the main points really, definitely a good selling point for the game.ReplyDelete
Tick and tick from my point of view. Definitely work a try out!Delete
Fab to see played games being posted on here and such a fun take on the series of them!ReplyDelete
First I read of Airbournegrove26 visiting Cheetor on his Emerald Isle and now you too! He seems to be quite the gaming magnet!
Thanks Dai, really glad you enjoyed the overview!Delete
Cheetor has an excellent gaming facility - no wonder he's the magnet you suggest 😄
Haha, this is so epic! What a set of games you had! Terrific from the beginning to the end! I haven't heard of the tv show, but now I have to look for it!ReplyDelete
Thanks Suber, they really were brilliant fun! Just in case I misinterpreted your comment, and for the sake of clarity, there is no TV show. I think you were joking, but in case you weren't, I didn't want you spending time looking for something that didn't exist 😉Delete
Fantastic series of games! I love the "90s scifi TV show" framework for the campaign.ReplyDelete
Thanks Bill! It really helped set the tone and define the characters in a very different way.Delete
Great concept for a small campaign.ReplyDelete
It really worked well to pull us in to the setting and general game vibe.Delete
What a great read with a ton of fantastic pictures. I'm know I'm going to re-read this a few times... if for nothing else to mine the pictures for terrain ideas! I'm also thinking of starting a 5P campaign with my brother. I picked up the book months ago, but haven't had a chance to play much of anything recently. Your writeup seals the deal to be next! Love a good narrative coop campaign!ReplyDelete
Thanks Hobbs! Keep an eye on cheetor's blog as he tells he he plans to post a whole bunch more photos, and his camera is better than mine! Really hope you get to start that campaign with your brother - we raced through these games in a weekend - imagine how far you could go with a month or so of regular gaming!Delete