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Games / Re: 2000AD RPGs
« on: 07 September, 2017, 11:58:40 am »
Thanks for such a comprehensive answer. So does that mean if I bought Mongoose's Judge Dredd the Roleplaying Game (the one with Dredd towering over the skyline at dusk), which is based on the D20 system, I would also need an additional set of core rules like the ones you suggested (D20 SRD)?

Likewise for Traveller?

This is a whole new world you're opening up for me here, so cheers.

Games / Re: 2000AD RPGs
« on: 06 September, 2017, 07:25:37 pm »
I was invited to a role playing game night by a friend this week, something I've no experience of whatsoever and had no idea what to expect other than a creeping embarrassment and sense of shame. Yet, once I'd overcome that I absolutely loved it and wish I'd been into it before, when I had bags of time. I can't wait to try more.

It'd be great to introduce these people to Dreddworld or Strontium Dog but the core rules aren't so cheap, so I'd probably just choose one. Could any of you experienced RPGers kindly help me out on something? The game system we used was GURPs for a Call of Cthulu scenario and it seemed straightforward enough after a bit of practice. The rules I've seen for Dredd are both D20 and Traveller, with SD being the latter. Of the two systems which is closest the the GURPs system and accessible for total know-nothings like myself?

I know a new system is coming out but I'm looking at what's on eBay now to get into it ASAP.

Games / Re: Nintendo SNES Mini
« on: 11 July, 2017, 08:16:32 pm »
Depends on how much people a willing to shell out for what they view as a short-term novelty. I had this doubt at the back of my mind after I hit the "pay now" button because I couldn't justify the expense if I'd only be using it for a couple of months. But I don't think it will be gathering dust soon (providing the pre-order is upheld).

As someone who never buys current games or consoles, the cost would be a motivator in getting the most out of it after the novelty/nostalgic thrill has worn off. Second, look at the list of games included. There are games that have massive replay value, as well as those which give back the more you put in (Zelda, Mana). I personally could play Super Ghouls 'n' Ghosts again and again for the foreseeable future.

For sublime art, try anything by Sergio Toppi. You can find a range of his books in English.

Games / Re: Nintendo SNES Mini
« on: 27 June, 2017, 07:02:25 pm »
I'm really pleased this has finally been announced. I've been searching for it every week since the rumours started and I've put a deposit down on Gamestop for one already. Sure, nostalgia plays a part in the enjoyment but I wouldn't be forking out €80 for nostalgia alone. The lineup of games fills me with joy, especially Ghouls 'n' Ghosts and Castlevania being in the list. As a teenage fool I sold my SNES and all the games for something like a quid each to a second hand shop to get beer money.

I understand the lukewarm response from some of the gamers here but I haven't played video games with any kind of dedication since the first Playstation and I'm not looking to catch up with anything immersive or groundbreaking. I just want 20 mins of what I remember being loads of fun to plug in and play after work.

No complaints whatsoever about the lineup but just for fun, if I could choose, I would exchange one of the RPGs for Zombies Ate My Neighbors or Smash Tennis, two-player games both.

Does anyone know what the deal is with paid pre-orders if the stock doesn't meet the demand, or has anyone dealt with Gamestop before in this respect?

Film Discussion / Re: Dredd (2012)
« on: 22 May, 2017, 08:09:58 pm »
Did anyone use to read Digitiser, Teletext's video game pages in the 1990s? One of the writers Paul Rose, a big 2000 AD fan, wrote this the other day in response to a comment about a Dredd TV series spin off game. I thought it was an interesting behind-the-scenes story, so I felt like sharing it.

If it's any consolation - and here I go name-dropping again - I'm mates with Alex Garland, and I was the first person to read his Dredd scripts. The first one was pure Dredd - a pretty much word-for-word remake of the first two Judge Death stories. Incredibly faithful, but... it was a weird proposition as a movie. Also, very high-budget... but they never got the money to make it.

He sent me his first draft of the new version (in a file labelled "Peach Trees") - which was more or less what you saw on screen, barring a few changes. And ohhhhh... we debated long and hard about it. And I suspect I was so passionate that I probably offended him rather. I also tried to get him to use Brendan McCarthy as a concept artist. But again, I was far too pushy and passionate about it, and likely overstepped the boundaries.

But...! When I saw the first cut of the movie, I loved it. It's not the Dredd I would do, but it's HIS interpretation of Dredd, and it works. And uses its tiny budget in a clever way.

Probably my biggest claim to fame - not that you see it on screen - but the perps who get shot at the start of the movie were residents of "Paul Rose Block" according to their identification papers. Apparently, a shot where you see this was edited out. But! You can still glimpse "Rose Block" in the back of one shot of Mega City One (the first one in the trailer I think).

The link is here. You can find the Dredd video game comments at the top of the page and this quote at the bottom.


I've used Pamela before to record from Skype. I think there is a basic version that is free and otherwise you pay following a free trial for other versions. When I used it, it was years ago and all free so I would look into it first.


Other free programmes I've used for basic recording (guitar, mic, etc.) are Audacity, Kristal and Reaper.



Hope something works!

Announcements / Re: Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection discussion thread
« on: 01 January, 2017, 10:20:56 pm »
I put £30 worth of goodies in my Hachette basket but at the checkout realised they only deliver to the UK and Ireland and I'm elsewhere :'(.

General / Re: Collectors - Complete 2000 AD GN / Book / Comic Listing
« on: 03 November, 2016, 06:14:23 pm »

[...]foreign language lists will be a LOT harder as most of the older releases are more difficult to find out the information about.

I can help with Italian language reprints, there aren't that many.

Help! / Re: Help Lady Geoffery!
« on: 03 November, 2016, 02:34:05 pm »
I did it too.

Help! / Re: Snow in 2000AD
« on: 29 October, 2016, 07:44:47 pm »
IIRC snow really adds to the moody atmosphere in Mandroid. I seem to remember him emerging out of the snow and fog in that gunsuit.

Games / Re: The Board Game Thread
« on: 19 October, 2016, 08:46:16 pm »
After a long wait, the Judge Dredd booster pack to Munchkin Apocalypse has finally arrived.


Help! / Re: 2000ad Foreign Language Reprints Question
« on: 02 September, 2016, 04:38:24 pm »

Games / Re: The Board Game Thread
« on: 02 September, 2016, 11:49:50 am »
We used the free Android app and their website to clarify some rules but on the phone it's a bit small to comfortably play a full game for me. I'll have to check the Windows version but I'm still running Vista so we'll see if that works. There are various expansions for this game but as it stands the original deck is pretty massive and the whole point for me is that it's self-contained, small and cheap. Always on the lookout for games like that.

I funded the Kickstarter for Ultra Tiny Epic Kingdoms for that reason. They've yet to commence shipping on it, so I hope the extra portable size doesn't affect playability.

Games / Re: The Board Game Thread
« on: 01 September, 2016, 07:34:07 pm »
I bought Star Realms ages ago after all the hype about how it's an amazing 2-player game but never got a chance to play it. I'm quite slow to learn rules on my own without playing and after spending ages to set it up my wife took one look at the space battle theme said, "I don't think this will be my kind of game," so I had to put it away. I got to play it a couple of times on holiday a few weeks ago with my brother-in-law and it seemed like it would eventually be a lot of fun, what with the alliance powers and defensive outposts but we were still learning it. Don't reckon I'll get another chance to play it for a year now, though.

Instead, I can recommend a quick card game called Coloretto that is good for all the family. All you have to do is collect three sets of the same colour, which you decide at the end of the round, but any further sets of other colours you possess are deducted from your score. Played it lots this summer. I bought the German version because it was cheaper and there is no text in the game, just coloured cards. The rules are available online.

I also got out Munchkin Booty, which was still sealed, and my family took one look at it, realised what it was and said, "Oh it's that game that doesn't make any sense," before shelving it so I've still to play it.

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