On my earlier post Sheridan asked if the Rogue Trooper game was also available, so I went looking…
**Editing this and the previous posts so clicking the pics show them full size**
UPDATE : Edited this post so clicking the pics shows them full size.
Hey 2000AD monkeys. Richard here with my first post in ages. I know, you missed me. I apologise for leaving you alone with those other c**ts.
I’ve recorded a new Megacast with the lady magnet that is Pete Wells and in that I discuss my purchase of Tabletop Simulator. The podcast isn’t going up for a few days but as the simulator is currently 50% off I thought it might be worth doing a quick post on here in case anyone is interested.
So….what is tabletop simulator? It’s what it says basically. An engine that lets you create board games. It has no AI and you cant tell it the rules. What you can do though is create all the physical objects you’d get in the box then manipulate them as if they were real. You can then take this online with others with the cool ability that any cards in your “area” are hidden. All very nice and legit for long distance board game playing. Now for the dodgy part….
The game has its own Steam Workshop where you can share the games you’ve made but most games there are re-creations of classic board games complete with scans from the original elements. And the 2000AD link? Well here’s what I’ve downloaded for mine:
First, and best….the old Dredd board game from back in the 80s. Had this as a kid. God knows where the original is now. Took these screenshots myself showing off the beautiful board and some of the cards. Also shows you how you can zoom around the in-game elements and nerd out like a right sad bastard. I can recommend it
Next up. Someone has put together the Flesh game they expected us to cut up our comics to make (these and others just general screenshots from the steam workshop)
Next the Ro-Jaws game
And lastly Supernova, which I dont remember myself so might be an original
Actually, I’ll post this as well because after the Dredd game this was what I got most excited about. Both packs of Horror Top Trumps
Kinda tempted to put together a set of 2000AD Top Trumps myself now
Like I said, none of this plays itself. The games do set things up in nice neat piles etc before you start but then it’s up to you to know the rules and “physically” move your pieces around the virtual boards when prompted. Lots of fun and, for me at least, was worth the price for nostalgia value alone.
Here’s the Bundle Stars link where, at the time of posting, it’s half price > LINK
Here’s the game on Steam > LINK
And here’s the workshop of free downloads > LINK
As an old-school fan, it can be exasperating to comprehend IDW’s approach to Judge Dredd. Not potent enough for the traditional fans, and too off-center to properly define to an audience unfamiliar with him. So, it’s good to report while the main title does its thing, the real gold for the old-school Dreddheads has been the excellent standalone spin-offs IDW has commissioned. (I’m sure it’s just coincidence they’re usually helmed by current 2000AD creative droids…)
Emerging from the shadows and snarling like a rabid Trump supporter, the latest entry to that impressive roster is John McCrea’s take on Cry Of The Werewolf, based on one of Dredd and 2000AD’s most iconic stories. In the original tale, Dredd tussles with a pack of mutated werewolves, briefly being transformed into one himself. McCrea’s tale is short, so I won’t go deep. Just think Marvel’s old “What If…?” title with Dredd stuck as violently lycanthropic as a Welshman** when he runs out of Babycham. As you can imagine, mayhem and carnage ensue. The original strip was written by John Wagner and Alan Grant and illustrated by the late Steve Dillon back in 1983, and it’s a much loved and respected story, with all three heavyweights at the absolute pinnacle of their creative powers.
No pressure for McCrea there, then.
With that said, he can rest easy. I pretty much loved it. It’s lean, it’s energetic, the story bounces along nicely. I laughed at a pretty unexpected and ingenious nod to a more obscure Dredd one-off (that I’d completely forgotten about) that really sets the story in motion. As always, McCrea’s art is joyous to behold. Bold, bombastic, crisp and exciting. He draws great destruction. Frankly, I love his art so much I’d probably frame and hang his used toilet paper. I don’t know why he’s not in the prog every week. (He is right now, thankfully.)
If there are any flaws, they can’t really be leveled at McCrea himself. He’s done what it says on the tin. It’s written well and the art’s stonking (Yeah, I’m bringing ‘stonking’ back. You heard it here first.) The story just feels a little short. It would have been nice to see it expanded a little, and while it’s great to see the process of bringing the comic from script to final art paired up with an absolute bevy of wonderful homages to the original story by the likes of Duncan Fegredo, Brendan McCarthy and Jock, it gives the feeling the issue has been padded a bit to give it a higher page count. But look, if my only criticism is I wish it had been longer, well, I hope that tells you what you needed to hear. It’s a great little one-off, a cracking homage to a great story and a perfect tribute to the almighty Steve Dillon. Still hard to believe he’s gone.
Go buy it. You won’t be disappointed.
(**Don’t get your knickers in a twist. Everyone knows Welsh people aren’t real.)
Trump is Cal! OMG!!! Bolland v Adams v Kirby. 2000ad ‘House’ characters. Johns ‘Novel’ video. What would make you stop buying 2000ad? And John can’t wait for his tea!
Luke continues his whistle stop tour of the Lord of the Flies’ adventures. Kevin O’Neill taps out, Bryan Talbot enters the ring and more familiar faces reappear….