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General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2021
« on: 20 October, 2021, 02:53:53 PM »
Yeah very interesting idea. I do a digital sub and then buy trades of the things I like for re-reads. This would make a nice addition to the collection. Especially at that price.

Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 20 October, 2021, 12:32:18 PM »
Death by Misadventure - that was the name of the Ipswich night. It had been lost in a fog of clove cigarettes and snakebite and black. Don't think we ever got down to Colchester

I grew up near Bury St Edmunds... we may have bumped into each other some time back around then it's not exactly a big place. Spent most of my underage drinking years at The Lucky Break and The Grapes. Left for "the big city" (Norwich lol) around 99. Ended up DJing at Chains a few years later and did that for most of the 2000s.

Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 20 October, 2021, 09:11:05 AM »
I got given a copy of Warlock by my gran when I was 7 or 8 I think. Was the start of a path that led to D&D then Vampire: The Masqurade then goth clubs lol.

Oo - which goth clubs?

Mostly around Norwich and Ipswich area initially (late 90s) so things like Wraith and Chains On Velvet. Then added fairly regular trips down to Slimelight in Islington and annual excursions up to Bradford for Infest.

Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 19 October, 2021, 04:15:04 PM »
I got given a copy of Warlock by my gran when I was 7 or 8 I think. Was the start of a path that led to D&D then Vampire: The Masqurade then goth clubs lol.

Sold most of my to buy RPG books and/or beer as I got older. Found a set of reprints of the first 8 in a charity shop a while back and bought them for old times sake. Think I played through the first 2 or 3 and then got distracted.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 16 October, 2021, 08:21:26 PM »
The Edginton and Smith stuff is definitely the pick of the things that have been announced and/or spotted on the spine art. Not looking forward to Sam Slade at all, the robo-hunter books are among my least favourite books in the run so far so I don't have high hopes for that. I'm hoping they keep the ABCs stuff to 2 books and Finn to 1 as that'd leave more room for other stuff. I think I'll probably stick with it but it's definitely not as strong as the recent run.

Really enjoyed The Order. Like several other recent volumes it was great to get the backstory having dropped in part way through when I started buying the Prog. It definitely reads much better collected than it does serialised. Hope Tharg continues the trades so I can get books 5 and 6 at some point even if they will be in a different format.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 16 October, 2021, 02:06:27 PM »
According to Barney there's 348 pages of Mean Arena so I think that's going to have to be 2 volumes.

Similarly there's 321 pages of Finn so that'll either be an incomplete run or 2 books (only the first 2 books were reprinted in the floppies implying it's diminishing returns from there but that's only 120 pages so a bit slim).

There might be enough space to squeeze all the remaining ABCs plus Robusters in 2 volumes:
Vol 7 - Return to Earth/Mars/Ro-busters = 74+79+83 = 236
Vol 8 - Fallout + Robusters (orient express/terra-meks/ro-jaws and hammerstein) = 86+12+27+78 = 203
Could potentially swap Return to Robusters and Ro-Jaws and Hammerstein over to split the Ro-busters material over the 2 books.

Following Indigo Primes advice I've split the list up.

Things that were mentioned by name (11-16 books):
1-2 Finn
1-3 Sinister Dexter
1-2 Strontium Dogs / Durham Red
2-3 ABC Warriors/Robusters
2 Brass Sun
1 Blackhawk
2 Mean Arena
1 Revere/Cradlegrave (possibly also Slaughterbowl as it's recently had a digital release and would just fit)

Speculation based on spine spine art (5):
1 Blunt
1 War Machine/Fr1day
1 Sam Slade
1 Devlin Waugh (post Smith)
1 Leviathan (plus some combination of Helium/Detonator X/Interceptor/American Gothic/Stone Island)

My speculative list (8-12):
1 Survival Geeks
1 Armoured Gideon
1 Flesh (Midnight Cowboys, Badlanders, Gorehead)
1-2 Dredd
1 Stickleback
1-2 Deadworld
0 or 2 Zenith (it's the biggest name strip we've not had but I'm not convinced it'll appear)
1 Tharg's 3rillers (Mechastopheles, Infestinauts + some others)
1 Scarlet Traces (you've convinced me this is possible and Scarlet Traces-Home Front is 247 pages of strip which is a thick book but we've had bigger)

Total = 24-33

Things I'd really like to see but suspect we won't get:
Kingdom - with only 2 stories left there's just not enough for a book
Savage - FB page replied to say no plans for more savage in the collection
Peter Milligan collection including The Dead
Defoe - one story short of a full run which is a shame
Tor Cyan - FB page replied to say no plans for more

Things I don't think we'll get because they don't fit nicely into the format:
Harlem Heroes - the stories just don't fit nicely into ~180-200 page volumes and we're already getting future sports in the form of Mean Arena
Luke Kirby - it's just slightly too long for all of it in 1 book

Things I'd really prefer not to see
Skip Tracer - no one needs this in hardcover
M.A.C.H 1 - it'd need 2 books and having read some digitally it's really not aged well
Bec & Krawl - got digital in the Humble Bundle and it's a bit meh

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 15 October, 2021, 08:14:15 PM »
Oh I'm certain someone knows the full run - they're just not telling.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 15 October, 2021, 05:29:24 PM »
Wonder if we could get the last two arcs of Savage in a book paired up with Disaster 1990 for the sake of completion.

I asked a while back (around when we got vol3) if we'd get more Savage and was told no.  But given the webteam don't seem to have much info about what will be included I'm not sure how definitive that actually is.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 15 October, 2021, 09:54:59 AM »
hoping for extension editions of blackhawk and disaster (the former has my favourite ever comics art, the latter is the best kind of super serious nonsense from that era).

Blackhawk has already been confirmed so you'll definitely be have one of your two wishes.

armoured Gideon and Survival Geeks are both on my speculation list. Isn't the first book of Scarlet Traces creator owned? I grabbed the trades on those grounds as I thought it made it an unlikely include but could be wrong.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 13 October, 2021, 06:05:50 PM »
So far you've always been able to see the next 3-4 books on the Hachette website so I guess you've always got roughly 28 days notice of what's coming next

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 07 October, 2021, 12:22:57 AM »
The Marvel one was the same. Many of those had five US issues. This one averages well north of 200 pages per book—solid value for a tenner (and that then irks less when something rocks up I dislike).

Going by my records I think we're averaging 199.7 pages of strip per book for the UC (MC was pretty much the same). So yeah once you add in the text pages and credits pages its well over 200 pages per book on average.

General / Re: Big 2000 AD sale
« on: 07 October, 2021, 12:17:01 AM »
I keep faffing here. Things keep going out of stock (mostly recently, Hope Under Fire). So, er, take heed anyone who is also faffing. (Must stop faffing.)

Ah sorry think I might have grabbed the last copy of that. Was aiming for things I suspect won't get collected in the UC extension. Fingers crossed I gambled right. Although with some of these prices it's not such a big loss.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 05 October, 2021, 12:28:25 PM »
Got a reply to my question about how many more Dredd books in the extension.

Unfortunately, we don't have any information regarding any further Judge Dredd volumes in the collection.

Not really a surprise it's clear the webteam haven't been given a list of upcoming books and probably have less idea what's coming than we've been able to piece together from the spine art.

Books & Comics / Re: Matt 'the other' Wagner
« on: 03 October, 2021, 11:51:32 AM »
Got about half-way through the first omnibus. I'm taking a break for now as it does look like the next chunk is "more of the same" and whilst the same is absolutely superb comics I think I'll appreciate it more with a palate cleanser in between. Going to have to keep my eyes out for more of this - sounds like it only gets better from here and that's a pretty high bar. Maybe these will get a reprint with the TV series about to hit they seem to be rare as hens teeth at the moment.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 03 October, 2021, 10:32:13 AM »
Introducing Tor Cyan feels like the only good argument for including Mercy Heights so it really is a crying shame we're only get a few episodes of his story.

It does seem like most of the recent digital only titles are making their way into the UC so I think there's a pretty strong chance Armoured Gideon is going to be one of the unannounced titles. Also wouldn't be surprised if we get a 2nd volume of Flesh with Midnight Cowboys, Badlanders and Gorehead. I do wish they'd confirm/deny some of this speculation though

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