Work appears to be cranking up on the long-awaited Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000AD Tabletop Adventure Game from EN Publishing, announced last year, with some tantalising recent additions to the official web site for the role playing project.
While a release date has still not been announced, it’s clear that the development work is proceeding apace, with some great visuals now revealed.
EN Publishing are releasing their game under license with Rebellion, are developing a range of Tabletop Adventure Games and supplements based on the iconic characters and worlds found in 2000AD.
Writing and development is well under way with writer Darren Pearce (Doctor Who: Lone Wolf) working on the core rulebook alongside Russ Morrissey and Nick Robinson, with additional content from Robert Schwalb (Dungeons & Dragons; Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay), whilst Andrew Peregrine (Doctor Who; Firefly; Buffy The Vampire Slayer) is writing The Robot Wars campaign.
“2000AD has forty years of rich history and storytelling and this worldwide license allows us to explore those characters and stories and bring them to the tabletop” says Angus Abranson, Business Manager of EN Publishing, who founded Cubicle 7, and is also currently running Chronicle City.
The first release will be Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000 AD Tabletop Adventure Game, a full colour hardcover book which contains the core ‘Worlds of 2000AD’ rules as well as setting information enabling the players to not only play Judges, but also civilians and perps, in Mega City One.
“The rules system we’re using is our own WOIN (What’s Old Is New) engine that also powers our N.E.W. – The Science Fiction Roleplaying Game which spent some time as the #1 best seller on RPGNow” says system designer and EN Publishing Owner, Russ Morrissey on the official site. (The WOIN system is his own creation).
“The system is incredibly flexible and can cater seamlessly for the Celtic environs of Slaine to spacefaring hijinks of the Ace Trucking Co.”
Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000AD will be followed by a series of adventure sourcebooks giving players and Game Masters the opportunity to play through the story arcs that made Judge Dredd such an enduring character.
“We’ll be publishing a series of books, starting with The Robot Wars, which will not only allow players and GMs to play through the events that took place in the comic arc, but also add to the game setting with additional rules or source material relevant to the period or location,” says Nick Robinson, Line Developer for the Worlds of 2000 AD Tabletop Adventure Game. “So, for instance, Robot characters will be expanded in The Robot Wars whilst in Luna-1 we’ll be providing detailed information on the moon colony and life there.
“The idea is to move chronologically through the classic story arcs in the 2000AD Progs providing adventures for not only Judges, but for those players who may wish to explore the Dredd universe from a different perspective – that of a Civilian or even a Perp. Each book will contain a core adventure, mini-adventures based upon the other story arcs at the time, as well as expanded setting and rules information.”
In addition to the support material for the Judge Dredd campaign a series of ‘Campaign Guides’ are planned which will cover other 2000 AD settings.
“There is such a vast wealth of exciting characters and worlds to explore in the 2000 AD stable that it’d be criminal not to explore them,” enthuses Angus Abranson. “By using the core rules in Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000 AD rulebook we can then create a range of Campaign Guides that give you setting information, adventures, new careers, etc, across a host of titles. Worlds of 2000AD: ABC Warriors, Worlds of 2000AD: Indigo Prime, Worlds of 2000AD: Nikolai Dante, Worlds of 2000AD: Rogue Trooper, with the depth of the 2000AD catalogue we literally have universes to play with.”
• The Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000 AD game Kickstarter launches on Tuesday 25th September 2018 at 5.00pm GMT
• For the latest updates on the Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000AD Tabletop Adventure Game, check out the official site at www.worldsof2000adrpg.com | Find the project on Facebook
• Gil and Darren Pearce were recently interviewed by Blast Process at the recent recent UK Games Expo, but in 2019 their YouTube Channel was infiltrated by hackers and the video was lost. If you can help Neil Kenny recover it, please contact him via Facebook
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