Today I am continuing my series of reports on the recent Gen Con gaming convention held over August 5 – 8 in Indianapolis, Indiana. This time out I’ll be looking at Dream Pod 9 and their Heavy Gear line of products and WorldWorks Games who make the finest in PDF terrain around! Keep reading!
DREAM POD 9
Dream Pod 9 is a Canadian gaming company best known for their Heavy Gear miniatures game. If Heavy Gear sounds a bit familiar to you, there’s a good reason why. The property has been around since 1994 and while it has chiefly been a miniatures game, it has also been a card game, a series of computer games from Activision and even an animated series. At one point Bandai announced they were developing a toy line, but as far as I know it never came to fruition.
If Mech warfare is your thing and Battletech isn’t your cup of tea, then you may dig Heavy Gear. I’ll admit, I’ve never played Heavy Gear. But, I’ve circled the Dream Pod 9 booth like a hawk for 3 years running now looking at this stuff. I find that aesthetically their Mech designs appeal to me more than the Battletech designs. The miniatures look fantastic. The printed products don’t have the visual flair that Catalyst brings to their Battletech books, but it’s not bad by any means. It’s just that, as more and more game companies are going to full color rulebooks filled with pretty paintings and beautiful photography, the publishers that don’t really stand out.
So, I can’t really speak to the quality of the rules, but dang those minis are sure pretty.
Miniatures gamers always are looking for new surfaces on which to play. WorldWorks Games. Terrain building has long been a part of the tabletop wargaming hobby, but not everyone has the time, talent, patience or money to do it. Well, Worldworks Games to the rescue! Their specialty is PDF terrain that you print out and assemble. Their work is amazing. Now, granted, it can still take some time and money to print out, mount (if desired) and assemble…but the results are fantastic.
WorldWorks Games has produced terrain for just about every genre of gaming imaginable, with more on the way. Plus, they are soon bringing out a new line that is already printed on gameboard material and has unique clips that hold the parts together. They had several pieces on display from their PDF lines. Take a jump over to their website and check out the rest of what they have to offer.
Tomorrow I’ll be wrapping up my Gen Con coverage with some final thoughts on the convention as a whole. I hope you’ll come back and check it out. Thanks for reading!