The Time Bandits is romp of a movie and I loved this as a kid when I first saw it and still love it now. It tells the story of a young boy who is dragged into an adventure with dwarves who have stolen the 'The Supreme Being's' map of the world. The map shows the locations of magic portals that enable someone to travel to different periods in our history and future. The dwarves use the map for sealing treasure and making mischief.
This movie is a must see for Faerie Wood players and it was certainly a big influence on me when I was formulating ideas for the roleplaying game. The idea of secret portals between time and space was exactly how I imagined Faerie Gates would enable the faerie player characters to travel between Faerie Wood and the land of humans. Also, the idea that this could lead to adventures in multiple time periods was great and helped provide a framework for creating Faerie Wood games that would have endless possibilities with different settings.
One of the first play test scenarios I wrote for the first edition of Faerie Wood borrowed an idea from Time Bandits – a quest for ‘The most fabulous object in the World’. In the movie, the 'Evil One' uses this as a trick to trap the boy and the dwarves in order to steal the Supreme Being's map. In my Faerie Wood game, the quest for this object would lead the player characters all over Faerie Wood and into the land of humans. The concept of the object was that it would change its form and appearance to suit the person looking for it, therefore, it could be anything and all those looking for it would think of it differently – a crock of gold, a magic sword or potion of ever lasting life and so on.
Here's a trailer for The Time Bandits move, I highly recommend it!