Xenos Rampant: Battle for the Wasteland

A Dragon Rampant Fan Made Suppliment

The Mourning Wolves and a Guardian walker

Click To Download the Rules and Mike Willis’s Home made Rosta

Over the past month or so the Table One regulars (Mike Willis, Chris Gibson and myself) have been playing a few games of Xenos Rampant, a draft sci-fi adaptation of the Dragon Rampant rules.  I’m not much for painting, but Mike has kindly supplied us with a great variety of splendid figures and buildings.

All the ‘Rampant’ rules are very simple at heart, units can be groups of figures, single ‘hero’ figures or individual large vehicles/monsters and all work similarly terms of movement, combat, morale and ranged fire, with a modest range of ‘special ability’ rules adding some flavour. Typically we’ve been playing eight to ten units a side, there’s nominally a ‘defender’ and attacker’ to set initiative but this tends not to affect gameplay much after the first couple of turns.

Red Beret troopers hold their ground

I’ve included some pics from our last game, where Mike’s grim-faced force of Red Beret Troopers and shrieking Mourning Wolves backed with Big Tanks and Sentinel Walkers tried to bring some law and order to a grubby, irradiated, wasteland town.

The opposition (Chris and I) fielded an uneasy alliance of Scrappers, Cultists and Radwraiths with some makeshift truck-based artillery, all under the baleful command of the hideous Ezoghoul, a creature resembling a dinosaur caught half-way through doing something unspeakable to a well-rotted horse. A Giant Mutant Rat also joined us for its own unfathomable reasons (probably dietary). Battle was joined!

Ezoghoul and artillery trucks

The things I like about all the Rampant rules are the simplicity and the quick turn-around between turns, which keep the game moving along nice and quickly. The key to winning seems to lie in exploiting the special rules for each unit and wise placement at the start of the game, as unit movement tends to bog down once engaged in fire, except for the fastest.

Scrappers have a go at scrapping a tank

The end-game battle of attrition maybe shows a weaker side of the rules, especially when half-strength units end up blazing away ineffectually at each other for multiple turns. The range of heavy weapons also seems short (most ranges maxed out at 18 inches), this may be necessary to stop heavy units being over-powered but it felt odd to have a tank’s firing range limited to three times the miniature’s length.

Giant mutant rat looking out for its next meal

None of this stopped us enjoying the game though, so I’d recommend Xenos Rampant to anyone wanting some quick, dirty fun in the mutant outlands or abandoned factories of the grim future!

Wastelander sand buggy
Jon Crowe – I’m a sci-fi geek and my first love is spaceship games like Full Thrust, X-Wing Miniatures and (going back some) Star Fleet Battles, which I played competitively. I’ve attended the Spartans club since 2006 and (apart from spaceships) I also enjoy WW2, fantasy and sci-fi miniatures games, but I’m not much of a painter. I sometimes dip into modern board games/ card games too (Terraforming Mars, Caverna, Seventh Continent, Star Realms). Outside gaming I’m a scientist, a dad to two teenage lads and I do a bit of running.