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Gee, Sam, it's ... uhm ... Robo-Hunter.

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On the strength of the story, it's Metalzoic.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2280 - High-Octane Sci-Fi Action!
« on: 09 May, 2022, 06:40:34 PM »
We often end up circling around the question of Regened's position in the schedule, but I'm appreciating IP's point about (some of the) core character concepts being problematic - and I think that's worth emphasizing.

One aspect of 2000AD's core appeal that is often lauded when people hark back to the early days is that it owns a counterculture narrative. It's chaotic - it's got an anarchic streak - the lunatics have taken over the asylum - in many ways it feels like it's on the edge of acceptability. My dad didn't like it - he saw Dredd and thought I was worshiping a terrible fascist. So, it's cool because it was something I understood on another level to my "modern parent".

But, as IP has pointed out, Cadet Dredd really is a stick in the mud, and often the moral of the stories is about the letter of the law being more important than the society it's been built to supposedly protect. That makes Dredd the baddie, but he's being presented as a goodie. So - it's a broken moral construct. And - surely Regened isn't being designed to appeal to Tories*? Or, have I got that wrong?

*An assumption here that Tories know they're evil.

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Amen!

Ant Wars

Which reminds me: Them! has some Wilhelm Screams in it.

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Hope... I never see scissor-shaped spaceships ever again.

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Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 09 May, 2022, 04:09:20 PM »
I hope I haven't bigged it up too much! But I am really enjoying them.

Love those books.

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General / Re: Sideshow Vote: This is not a blast from the past
« on: 09 May, 2022, 02:37:55 AM »
‘Splorers
Pandora Perfect
Full Tilt Boogie

HM: Mayflies

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I've never drawn a tie.

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General / Re: Sideshow Vote: The end of the road
« on: 08 May, 2022, 08:21:59 PM »
Thanks, broodblik - I haven't had time to partake in all of your sideshows, but even when I was trying to limit myself, some of them dragged me in by the scruff of the neck and screamed "VOTE!" into my trembling visage.

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General / Re: Forum's Favourite Thrill - Round 3
« on: 08 May, 2022, 05:40:14 PM »
With apologies to Fabry and Flint:


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Links / Re: Youtube Gold
« on: 08 May, 2022, 04:01:49 PM »

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Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 08 May, 2022, 03:47:52 PM »
The other main difference is that CYOA books tend to be multiple linear branches and have lots of different endings, whereas FF books tend towards the complexity of side quests, but with a common core thread that leads towards a shared finale.

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There's still time for everyone to change their vote based on this promotional leaflet:


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Stogie says: "Ees not as close as he theenks, senor IP".

Or

No está tan cerca como él piensa, Sr. IP.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2280 - High-Octane Sci-Fi Action!
« on: 07 May, 2022, 05:50:12 PM »
...I don't want to spend £20 on them each year really.

I entirely appreciate your point about not wanting to purchase things you don't want to read. However, I'm a spreadsheet geek so I have to point out that you're not spending 20 quid a year on Regened: because your subscription is heavily subsidized.

In 2021, if you paid individually for each prog, it would have cost 168.84GBP. (Or 144.88 if you skipped the Regened issues.) But a yearly sub for the physical prog is only 120.

You could still argue that the Regened are somehow diluting your cost per page, but if you calculate that on the sub rate, the cost of the Regened issues is a theoretical 14.12.

The trouble is, arguing that ditching the Regened issues would reduce the cost of your (already heavily reduced) sub is like arguing that ditching the floppy would reduce the cost of the Megazine. There's a commonly held belief that it wouldn't, actually - instead just making the Meg impossible to produce. Maybe ditching the Regened off subs would make the prog non-profitable to produce?

Summary: there's a lot we don't know about the costing involved, but one can't accurately claim to be getting half-inched out of 20 quid when you've been given a 48.84 discount (and a *free* gift).

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Positive (altruistic) ways forward:

1. Think about the investment in the future viability of the comic you love.
2. Gift your Regened issues  - it could be to a child you know (yours, niece, nephew etc.) or that you don't (school library, local library, next door neighbor, charity shop etc.)
3. Think of the Regened as a creative hotbed where people can learn the craft - 2000 AD is one of the cornerstones of the UK comics' industry - but a lot of the content is tied into existing, proven creators. The Regened issues give other creatives a chance to get their foot in the door and keep the whole thing going.

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Final thought: my post up-thread is how I felt about reading those stories, and I didn't think they were great. But - I can never get as far as saying it shouldn't exist or that it shouldn't be part of my sub. It would be quite perverse if I was to turn around to all of these hard working creatives who're trying their best to produce a great product and say their effort wasn't worth my time. The art is way beyond anything I could hope to conjure with my current set of abilities, and I've never had a comic script published, and I've never edited a comic (or lettered one, or colored one). Reading it and criticizing it is the easy part - and I've only been able to do that for the last couple of decades thanks to Rebellion's business nous. I'll never have faith in yer gods, but I do have some in 2000 AD.

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