Why is this Blog Quiet & What is 2021 bringing?

Most years I do a round up of the last year. Nah, not this time. We all know about 2020.

2021 might be better.

Sadly already Lawless has been cancelled. Lawless is a Comic Con in Bristol, usually in May where I am a Moderator on Panels. I also sit on the Organiser’s group.

So that is a big loss to me. I love meeting up with my friends at Cons and I really enjoy Moderating.

We will be doing somethings online in May so keep an eye out.

But what else am I doing? And why has this blog been quite quiet recently?

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Block Mania Board Game reprinted – Available from Friday 27th November 2020

Block Mania pairingLimited-edition replica printing

Available from 2000AD.com from 12noon on Friday 27 November
And Asmodee UK

Block Mania Board Game was for two Players.

The expansion Mega Mania added two nore Playboards and more pieces so that Four Players could take part.

There is no mention of Price in the Press Release I received and I can’t see one on the 2000AD site.

Back in the 1980s I had a very active group of friends to play with and one bought this.

There were 6 of us, with a few extra people around the sides, so it was a bit frought who would get invited to play this. Out of our core six only two, me included, were regular 2000AD readers. But everyone enjoyed this game.

I was the biggest Dredd fan among us. I loved this game.

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2000AD Prog 2206: Regened – Spoiler Light preview of the All Ages issue (preview pages)

Rejuve cover.jpg2000AD Prog 2206
Published in the UK by Rebellion

Subscription release Saturday 31st October 2020

General release in print & digital Wednesday 4th November 2020

Available in all good stockists, 2000AD iOS AppAndroid Ap & 2000AD Shop

Cover: Alex Ronald

Genre – Sci-Fi

This week’s line-up:
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2000AD started out as a comic aimed at children, though it [pushed boundaries and though my parents though I was mature enough for the content some parents were less sure. The comic has overall aged with the readers and is now aimed at older teens and Adults.

Every now and then 2000AD put outr a bumper weekly issue with one-off stories for ‘Allm Ages’ that bdoesn’t strictly mean ‘for Children’ but refers to low violence and straightforward storylines.

Unlike my regular Previews of 2000AD all the Preview Pages are at the end of the article.
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Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000AD Role Playing Game – Expansions for Rogue Trooper and Strontium Dog

dredd RPGJudge Dredd & The Worlds of Judge Dredd
A Tabletop Roleplaying Game

Published by EN Publishing.

Based on characters from the pages of the British anthology Comic – 2000AD

Judge Dredd Created by:
John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra

New Expansions:
Rogue Trooper
Strontium Dog

A Tabletop Roleplaying game is a cooperative game for, usually, 3 or more players. One player is the Games Master (GM) who holds all the Rules and the details of the adventure. The rest of the Players take the role of a character in the story.

This blog was created for a Judge Dredd Roleplaying Game which sadly never happened. I had played in a Play by Forum game called Play Dredd, both as a Player and a GM. Despite good intentions it seemed that we were all burnt out. Lack of drive and it fizzled before it began. So I switched to using the Blog for Reviews.

I’ve played a lot of Roleplaying games round the table – and a few dressed up wielding foam-and-latex weapons – that’s another story.

Currently due to Covid-19 I’m playing a couple of games online with the friends I would usually sit around the table with.

I have not played these 2000AD games yet but I am considering starting a game – I haven’t yet decided which setting to use. 

So what are these games about?

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2000AD Prog 2202 – Spoiler light (preview pages)

22022000AD Prog 2202
Published in the UK by Rebellion

Subscription release Saturday 3rd October 2020

General release in print & digital Wednesday 7th October 2020

Available in all good stockists, 2000AD iOS App, Android Ap & 2000AD Shop

Cover: Dylan Teague

Genre – Sci-Fi

This week’s line-up:

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All five stories are advancing at different paces. 2000AD’s strength  historically has been the variety of stories not only in the setting, sub-genre, etc but also in the varied Writers and Artists. That is on show this Prog. Continue reading

2000AD Prog 2201 – Preview Pages (spoiler light)

2201 cover2000AD Prog 2201
Published in the UK by Rebellion

Subscription release Saturday 26th September 2020

General release in print & digital Wednesday 30th September 2020

Available in all good stockists, 2000AD iOS App, Android Ap & 2000AD Shop

Cover: Tiernen Trevallian

Genre – Sci-Fi

This week’s line-up:

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After last week;s bumper Jump-om Prog this is a standard issue. Four stories are at Part 2 continuing from last issue. Starting this Prog is Fiends of the Eastern Front: Constanta. Continue reading

AMERICA: LOST & FOUND – THE REDISCOVERED SCRIPTS

America lost and foundAMERICA: LOST & FOUND – THE REDISCOVERED SCRIPTS
Published by Rebellion
30 September (print & digital

HARDCOVER, 128 pages
PRICE: £19.99
ISBN: 9781781088944
Available in digital from: Amazon Kindle, Nook, 2000AD iOS App, Android Ap & 2000AD Shop

Script: John Wagner
Art: Colin MacNeil

Introductons by
Garh Ennis
John Wagner

A pivotal story bringing Judge Dredd in to a ‘modern era’ this was a story chosen to lead the Launch of Judge Dredd Megazine in October 1990.

A risky move in some ways as Dredd is a support Character. The official title is America so this storyh wasv not collected in the Judge Dredd omnibus collection. It has of course been reprinted several times.

Why this version? This version includes scripts for comparison to the final story. Comments on this from John Wagner gives extra insight.

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2000AD Prog 2200 – New Readers Start Here – Preview

2200 Cover.jpg2000AD Prog 2200
Published in the UK by Rebellion

Subscription release Saturday 19th September 2020

General release in print & digital Wednesday 23rd September 2020

Available in all good stockists, 2000AD iOS App, Android Ap & 2000AD Shop

Cover: Tim Napper

Genre – Sci-Fi

This Prog’s line-up:

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2000AD is a British Anthology Comic, the home of Judge Dredd, that has been in print since February 1977. Since the year 2000 the comic has been owned by Rebellion, a Computer Game developer, who now own the largest back catalogue of British Comics spanning over 100 years.

There are usually 5 stories per issue with 4 to 6 pages in each issue of 2000AD. This is a bumper issue with a total of 52 pages cover to cover. There are adverts for other comics from Rebellion in this issue, adverts are rare in regular issues. There are 43 pages of comic strip in this issue, a very decent package.

With any long running comic new or lapsed readers can struggle knowing when to start picking up regular issues. An Anthology can be even trickier as stories may be at different points to each other. 2000AD solve this with regular ‘Jump On’ points.

This issue is designed as such.

Usually all stories start at Part 1. In this example there is a story that concludes rather than begins but over all it is still a great place to start.

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What I learnt This Week – 28 June to 04 July 2020

The more Eagle-eyed reader might spot a difference this week.

Last Week I covered 22nd to 28th June. This week I’m starting on 28 June. I realised that publishing on Sunday was restricting me a little as I was including the day I published. So from now I will cover the previous Sunday to Saturday. That way if I learn something after publishing I don’t need to squeeze it in to Monday…

I’m aware no one reading this would know I had fudged it… but if it troubled me when I realised.

This article won’t double up on anything I learnt on 28th…

You may also have noticed I have dropped the ‘th’ in the date format. I am doing this as I am aware non-native English Speakers sometimes struggle with ‘st’ and ‘nd’. Dates are clear enough without them. I use Month name to avoid International/US date convention confusion.

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Judge Dredd: Uprising – LIVE Experience in London, UK – Due to open Spring 2021

Hardly a surprise that as a fan of 2000AD and Judge Dredd from the start the news of this Live Event is extremely interesting to me

This blog started life for a Judge Dredd online RPG which stumbled and fell. I’d previously been one of the Games Masters and Players on Play Dredd RPG Forum which had folded and hoped to continue.

Then the 2012 Dredd film by Alex Garland came along and I went to the Fan Pre-release Screening in London. Had a brilliant day and saw a film which brought the feel of the comic to the screen, something I felt the 1995 Stallone movie had failed to do.

So this blog became a Review & Preview blog for Films, Comics and Books with an unapologetic bias towards Judge Dredd, 2000AD and British Indie Comics. That’s not to say I don’t Review and Preview International comics. I’ve branched out very widely since starting, writing about History, Science & Nature, Mental Health and other topics.

My main focus though is likely to always be Judge Dredd.

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