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Games / Warlord Games’ 2000AD System Creator Interviews
« on: 25 June, 2022, 12:19:35 PM »
I’ve conducted a number of interviews now with game creators Andy Chambers and Gav Thorpe talking about the creation of their line of 2000AD games. For anyone who is interested in the process of game design, the guys really give you a great insight into that process - and their love of the source material. I’ve set these out in the order that they were recorded (the first two are from a year or so back):

Andy Chambers discusses Strontium Dog & Judge Dredd Miniatures Games: https://youtu.be/_X2U9sSQmtA

Gav Thorpe discusses Strontium Dog Miniatures Game: https://youtu.be/ler3VoXV_78

Andy Chambers discusses Slaine Miniatures Game: https://youtu.be/-cb17dAO7Kc

Gav Thorpe discusses Slaine Miniatures Game: https://youtu.be/meAkYsZaLq4

Games / Judge Dredd: Helter Skelter Gaming Videos
« on: 30 April, 2022, 02:47:16 PM »
I’ll be doing a series of videos over the coming months for Osprey Games’ Judge Dredd: Helter Skelter game. In this first video, I’m using the Dark Judges expansion set to play solo and have a classic Judges v Dark Judges battle! I wouldn’t go so far as to call this a tutorial video because there’s some rules that are not covered, but I have tried to explain the general rules as best as I can to give anyone who’s been considering picking up the game an idea of how it works.

Anyway, enough rambling, here’s the video!


Games / 2000AD Games Unboxing Videos
« on: 23 March, 2022, 10:25:22 AM »
Judge Dredd Miniatures Game (Warlord Games)


Games / Judge Dredd Miniatures Game Youtube Series
« on: 29 January, 2022, 05:20:58 PM »
Hi all,

Later on this year, I plan on making a series of videos showcasing the Judge Dredd Miniatures Game in action. I'd want to tailor this best deliver what the community here would find most interesting to watch, so it would be great to get your thoughts on which of the 4 formats I'm currently chewing over you think you'd enjoy watching most:

1. "Real Play" video - i.e. film the whole game using hand held or tripod mounted cameras with a god's eye view of the action, including a camera on the dice tray, uploading it with minimal editing. This version would be the most game-focussed of the formats I'm considering.

2. "Narrative Gameplay" video - following the Strontium Dog series template as already established on my channel where the action is photographed and captions and speech bubbles are added to the photographs to give that feel of the strip. In addition, there would be references to the mission objectives, characters involved as well as including pics of the dice rolls, basically so as to provide some context to what is happening with the game mechanics as well. In other words, roughly 50% narrative, 50% about the game.

For anyone who's unfamiliar, here's an episode of the SD series with Middenface in action: https://youtu.be/-h5FS13_5ks

3. "Narrative Only" video - much the same as "Narrative Gameplay" video, except all of the references to the game, including pics of dice rolls etc, are removed and it is presented simply as a story, much as it would be in the prog (with the miniatures pics doing the job of the art).

4. "Immersive Narrative" video -  Exactly the same as the "Narrative only" video (no game references) except there is a narrator reading out the captions and voice actors playing the different characters and some sound effects added for gunshots, vehicles etc. This would be the most challenging and time consuming way to do it and I'd need to find members of the community willing to spend say 30 mins a month recording their dialogue on Discord. My youtube channel is not monetised so I'd be looking for people like myself who would be up for it simply for the love of Dredd and 2000AD. This is some months away from me getting to work on this, so I don't want anyone to be disappointed if they thought this was something that they could get involved with in the next 2 or 3 months, I'd expect it to be after that.

So, which would be of most interest to you? You can either pick one from format 1, 2, 3 or 4, or if you would like to rank them in order of preference from most to least preferred, that would be even more helpful! Thanks all!

Games / Cursed Earth Card Game by Osprey - House Rules?
« on: 20 November, 2021, 10:46:17 AM »
I know this game has been out for a long time but I just picked up a copy...

I'm really impressed with the production values, particularly in respect of Dan Cornwell and Rufus Dayglo's artwork. As for the game itself, I like the system but, echoing some of the comments on long-dead threads I spotted elsewhere here, I found it punishingly difficult!

I have spotted a youtube video which shows that it can be done, but I was wondering how often fellow players managed a win? It seems so hard that I've been considering giving Dredd an extra 2 health, Giant 1 and Anderson a free Psi get out of jail card, maybe even adding an extra ration or bullet to the starting pool.

The other house rule I'm already considering (as a result of being a keen tabletop gamer) is introducing some dice rolling, likely using Warlord's dice from the Strontium Dog and Judge Dredd games. I haven't quite thought that one through yet, but I would apply it to any fight situation that arises in the card game.

So, 2 questions:

Has anyone else created their own house rules?

Has anyone completed the game without tweaking it and, if so, does it happen often? (I'm assuming not!)

Games / Judge Dredd Miniatures Game Videos
« on: 09 September, 2021, 10:01:47 PM »
I recently commissioned good friend Simon Fearn to paint up my collection of Judge Dredd miniatures from the tabletop game by Warlord Games. Well, I received my parcel for the first half of the commission the other day and have finally gotten around to photographing it all! I hope you are as bowled over by his work as I am!


Games / Strontium Dog: The Killing 2188
« on: 05 September, 2021, 12:44:14 PM »
Hi all,

My good friend Allan Stenhouse is currently running a tabletop campaign using Warlord Games' Strontium Dog Miniatures Game and he is recording game reports to create an alternative dimension version of possibly the greatest S/D tale, The Killing. The reports do include aspects of the game mechanics, but I think it is his love for the source material and narrative that really shines through! I've converted his reports into a series of videos, but for those of you who prefer to read at your own pace, they are also available on my blog so I'm sharing links for both formats. The Prologue sets out the background to the story and shows you all 100 participants, all of whom will feature and fight until only 1 is left standing! From there onwards, it's action all the way...

So far 11 battles have been fought - and we're not yet half way through the campaign! So strap yourselves in because Allan's taking us on an epic journey...

Video: https://youtu.be/e4ZC3Dr9fHM
Blog: http://thebissler.blogspot.com/2021/04/strontium-dog-killing-prologue.html

Bout 1: Volcanic badlands featuring General Armz
Video: https://youtu.be/iduYVDtN8w4
Blog: http://thebissler.blogspot.com/2021/04/strontium-dog-killing-bout-1.html

Bout 2: The Forestry featuring the Torso from Newcastle and Low-Down O'Phee
Video: https://youtu.be/8TuFOfO6UzU
Blog: http://thebissler.blogspot.com/2021/04/strontium-dog-killing-bout-2.html

Bout 3: The Neverglades featuring Darkus the Howler
Video: https://youtu.be/VIWMC8oU5Uk
Blog: http://thebissler.blogspot.com/2021/05/strontium-dog-killing-bout-3.html

Bout 4: The Badlands featuring Vicious Malicious, Impetigo Jones and Skull
Video: https://youtu.be/pV47jljL07A
Blog: http://thebissler.blogspot.com/2021/06/strontium-dog-killing-bout-4.html

Bout 5:The Forsaken Pyramid featuring Max Bubba
Video: https://youtu.be/zXl1j-doJ2g
Blog: http://thebissler.blogspot.com/2021/06/strontium-dog-killing-bout-5.html

Bout 6: The Ruins featuring Bubo
Video: https://youtu.be/91VayETkT5I
Blog: http://thebissler.blogspot.com/2021/06/strontium-dog-killing-bout-6.html

Bout 7: The Village featuring Wulf Sternhammer
Video: https://youtu.be/E3y9DwcJ9eY

Bout 8: The Cave and the Mesa featuring Brute Mosely
Video: https://youtu.be/Kcp2yvlgi0M
Blog: http://thebissler.blogspot.com/2021/07/strontium-dog-killing-bout-8.html

Bout 9: The Ash-Fields featuring Johnny Alpha, Stix and Silent Weerd
Video: https://youtu.be/-LduCkTsSQk
Blog: http://thebissler.blogspot.com/2021/08/strontium-dog-killing-bout-9.html

Bout 10: Rout 666 featuring Billy Joe and Cuss Weerd
Video: https://youtu.be/AI22nGNqbWw
Blog: http://thebissler.blogspot.com/2021/08/strontium-dog-killing-bout-10.html

Bout 11: The Jungle Gorge featuring Durham Red, the Gronk and Hiss Weerd
Video: https://youtu.be/TX5AtCfzjBY
Blog: http://thebissler.blogspot.com/2021/08/strontium-dog-killing-bout-11.html

I hope you enjoy! And feedback welcomed! While Allan isn't a member of the forum, I'll happily pass on any comments, suggestions or questions anyone has!

Next Prog: The Mine (coming 17th September)

Hot on the heels of Andy Chambers recent conversation on the Life Of Die Podcast, I was lucky to be joined by fellow lead designer Gav Thorpe to get the lowdown on the Strontium Dog Miniatures Game! So grab yourself a cuppa, sit back and relax as Gav gives us the lowdown...


Other Reviews / 2000AD Audiobooks Reviewed
« on: 04 March, 2021, 07:12:35 AM »
Hi all,

I was lucky enough to get a first listen at the new 2000AD Audiobooks and have put together a series of reviews. The first video includes reviews of everything, while the later ones are this larger review broken down to smaller bitesize chunks. I hope you enjoy!

Full Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MBI8_nhcgg&t=3s

Series Review: https://youtu.be/vI-DMJqxTdk

Judge Dredd: America Review: https://youtu.be/yH3ip39sOz8

Slàine: The Horned God Review: https://youtu.be/CdNHSBSxpYI

The Ballad of Halo Jones Review: https://youtu.be/JLnSasiWC_4

Brink: Volumes 1 - 3: https://youtu.be/QRquTu7l-vE

Judge Dredd: The Pit Review: https://youtu.be/BcWnuQc8gdI

Games / Strontium Dog & Judge Dredd Miniatures Game Videos
« on: 21 February, 2021, 04:07:00 PM »
Hi all,

I'm a bit late to the party, but for anyone who's been thinking about taking the plunge into the Judge Dredd Miniatures Game, I made an unboxing video which may be of interest!

Please let me know in the comments if you'd like to see/hear more in the way of Strontium Dog and/or Judge Dredd game videos and podcasts and I'll try to create more content which is best targeted to the community here!

Feedback on all podcasts and videos are always welcomed as I know there's always room for improvement!


Hi all!

In this first of two very special episodes of the Life of Die Podcast I've been lucky enough to be joined by none other than Andy Chambers himself to discuss the Strontium Dog Miniatures Game and the Judge Dredd Miniatures Game!

This first podcast takes us through Andy’s journey as lead designer in creating the system which was the template for both games and, in my honest opinion, makes for a fascinating listen for anyone interested in either of those, or indeed anyone who wants to know more about the development process of a tabletop gaming system.

If you enjoy listening to this half as much as I did asking the questions, you're in for a treat!

P.S. There's a juicy piece of news in there too...


Games / Judge Dredd: Sector 1 RPG Blog/Fan Fiction
« on: 11 April, 2019, 12:13:11 PM »
Hi all,

I ran my first session of the new Judge Dredd RPG last night and have put together the first of hopefully many session reports. I hope fellow Dreddheads approve but all feedback is welcomed! Cheers!


Games / Strontium Dog Miniatures Game - Tactics, Errata & More!
« on: 10 April, 2019, 05:16:40 PM »
Hi all!

Since the Strontium Dog Miniatures Game is available from the 2000AD shop, I thought that this might be a good place to leave a whole host of articles that I've put together relating to the game. I've analysed just about every aspect of gameplay, so whatever you want to know, there should be something here to help you! I've also added some home-brew rules in some of the tactics articles to add even more flavour from the source material! All of these articles are fan-made, not-for-profit and fully ad-free! Enjoy!

Rules Errata (confirmed with Game Creator Andy Chambers): http://thebissler.blogspot.com/2018/10/strontium-dog-miniatures-game-rules.html

Solo Play Rules: http://thebissler.blogspot.com/2018/12/strontium-dog-miniatures-game-solo-play.html

Game Tactics Guide: http://thebissler.blogspot.com/2019/03/strontium-dog-miniatures-game-game.html

Johnny Alpha Tactics:http://thebissler.blogspot.com/2018/10/strontium-dog-miniatures-game-johnny.html

Wulf & The Gronk Tactics: http://thebissler.blogspot.com/2018/11/strontium-dog-miniatures-game-wulf-and.html

Middenface Tactics: http://thebissler.blogspot.com/2018/11/strontium-dog-miniatures-game.html

Durham Red Tactics: http://thebissler.blogspot.com/2018/11/strontium-dog-miniatures-game-durham-red.html

Max Bubba Tactics: http://thebissler.blogspot.com/2018/11/strontium-dog-miniatures-game-max-bubba.html

Bubba Gang Tactics: http://thebissler.blogspot.com/2018/12/strontium-dog-miniatures-game-bubba-gang.html

Bubo & The Bad Boys Tactics: http://thebissler.blogspot.com/2018/12/strontium-dog-miniatures-game-bubo-and.html

Steelkreeg Tactics: http://thebissler.blogspot.com/2019/01/strontium-dog-miniatures-game-steelkreeg.html

Billy Joe Tactics: http://thebissler.blogspot.com/2019/01/strontium-dog-miniatures-game-billy-joe.html

Kansyr Tactics: http://thebissler.blogspot.com/2019/01/strontium-dog-miniatures-game-kansyr.html

Darkus & The Howlers Tactics: http://thebissler.blogspot.com/2019/02/strontium-dog-miniatures-game-darkus.html

Kid Knee, Blubberlips & Maeve The Many Armed Tactics: http://thebissler.blogspot.com/2019/02/strontium-dog-miniatures-game-kid-knee.html

The Weerds Tactics: http://thebissler.blogspot.com/2019/02/strontium-dog-miniatures-game-weerds.html

Stix & Fly's Eyes Tactics: http://thebissler.blogspot.com/2019/02/strontium-dog-miniatures-game-stix-flys.html

Slabhead & Dervish Dogs Tactics: http://thebissler.blogspot.com/2019/03/strontium-dog-miniatures-game-slabhead.html

S/D Agents Team Tactics Guide: http://thebissler.blogspot.com/2019/03/strontium-dog-miniatures-game-sd-agents.html

Outlaw Team Tactics Guide: http://thebissler.blogspot.com/2019/03/strontium-dog-miniatures-game-outlaw.html

Star Chip Probability Guide: http://thebissler.blogspot.com/2019/01/strontium-dog-miniatures-game_11.html

The Gronk Grab Job Scenario: http://thebissler.blogspot.com/2018/12/strontium-dog-miniatures-game-grab.html

Games / Strontium Dog Miniatures Game - Battle Reports / Fan Fiction
« on: 08 April, 2019, 09:05:16 AM »
Hi all,

I've been a long-time 2000AD and gaming fan and have been loving Warlord Games' Strontium Dog Miniatures Game since its release last year! I thought I'd share some of the links to my picture heavy but ad-free battle reports which show the game and miniatures in action as well as doubling as a fan-fiction story. The six links here set out the full story/campaign. Note that video versions exist for the first two parts and links to those also provided. I hope fellow S/D fanatics approve!

Feedback is very much welcomed!

Conspiracy! Part One: http://thebissler.blogspot.com/2018/12/strontium-dog-miniatures-game.html
Conspiracy! Part One (video version): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZxsc8U3LU0&t=5s

Conspiracy! Part Two: http://thebissler.blogspot.com/2019/01/strontium-dog-miniatures-game.html
Conspiracy! Part Two (video version): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUc1yx3kL2I&t=32s

Conspiracy! Part Three: http://thebissler.blogspot.com/2019/01/strontium-dog-miniatures-game_19.html

Conspiracy! Part Four: http://thebissler.blogspot.com/2019/02/strontium-dog-miniatures-game.html

Conspiracy! Part Five: http://thebissler.blogspot.com/2019/03/strontium-dog-miniatures-game_7.html

Conspiracy! Part Six: http://thebissler.blogspot.com/2019/03/strontium-dog-miniatures-game.html

Books & Comics / Old school paper v Digital comics
« on: 27 March, 2014, 12:09:20 AM »
I'm sorry because I'm sure this subject has probably been discussed before but I couldn't find it anywhere when I tirelessly searched the first page of active topics...

I downloaded 2000AD's freebie comic for the iPad from the webstore and have to say I was very impressed.  The images were so crisp and clear and the colour was fantastic! 

One problem is that I like owning things and I have trouble with this whole new fangled culture of streaming films, downloading music and now potentially comics.  I worry that if I don't have something I can feel and touch that I will forget it is there and not use it!  Much to the amusement of my teenage nephew I still buy CDs and DVDs but I'm proud of my collections and that goes for my graphic novels which are all nicely displayed in a cabinet.

The other thing is that I do like the feel and smell of paper.  I don't know if that is weird...

How does everyone else feel about this?  Is there anyone that had gone for a completely digital library?

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