A couple of days ago I got an email by Angus Abranson with a press release from EN Publishing. It was about their acquisition of the 2000AD license for tabletop roleplaying games. Wow, that’s a big one. For one I didn’t know Angus was involved with EN Publishing and secondly this might push EN Publishing more into the limelight.
I have to admit that I never paid much attention to EN Publishing’s products. For the most time they were for the d20 System which I wasn’t that interested in at the time. Their W.O.I.N. (What Old Is New) System managed to intruige me, but unfortunately it felt a bit too rules-heavy for my tastes.
The 2000AD license obviously includes the rights to use all 2000AD properties including but not limited to the infamous Judge Dredd. This might also be the one franchise most international gamers are familiar with and most interested in. So it’s no surprise that the core rules will be written with Judge Dredd in mind and future supplements will allow you to run games in other 2000AD settings.
The Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000 AD Tabletop Adventure Game (wow, that’s a mouthful!) will be powered by EN Publishing’s W.O.I.N. rules, which is really no big surprise. Again, I wasn’t really thrilled about this particular rules system, but I might give it another chance if reviews of the Judge Dredd game are favorable.
Overall this is a very interesting development. Let’s just hope that EN Publishing has the means and the talent to do the worlds of 2000AD justice – but I am cautiously optimistic.
What are your thoughts on this? Have you ever tried the W.O.I.N. system? Are you intrigued by a new series of 2000AD-based pen & paper roleplaying games? Please share your thoughts below!
With all the love and lust going around last week, on account of it being Valentine’s Day on Tuesday, you might have missed a new Kickstarter from Christina Stiles of Misfit Studios, The Book of Passion. The project is seeking support to publish a book about love and sex for the OGL 3.75 ruleset.
Regular readers who’ve read some of my older posts will know I don’t shy away from adult themes in my games. I believe there is a time and place for these topics, with the right group, and of course if everybody is comfortable with them. I would never try to alienate or hurt the sensibilities of my players. At least I try not to! Perhaps I’m lucky in that I play with my close friends, and since most of us have known each other for so long, we know where and how far we can go.
A project such as this will of curse be compared to the Book of Erotic Fantasy. I own a copy of it, and remember the controversy and hoopla around it. Much ado about nothing if you ask me! As you can tell I am definitely the target market for this new project. Not to brag, but I was the 2nd backer of the project. Fully believing that there should be a place for a product that tackles these subjects responsibly and respectful, and in my desire to spread the word about the book, I contacted Christina Stiles, the editor and publisher; she told me how to contact the authors. Margherita Tramontano and Will Wells were kind enough to grant me an interview, and over FB Messenger we had a LONG discussion about the book they have written together and may other topics. I thank them both for their accessibility and time. Continue reading The Book of Passion: An interview with the authors
UPDATE: Kaigaku Premium Edition is now available in print from DriveThruRPG!
A while ago Jacob Ross contacted me and asked me if I was interested in reviewing his game Kaigaku. Kaigaku is a roleplaying game based on the Black Hack mechanics and set in a pseudo-Japan setting. From what I’ve seen so far, most Black Hack hacks are only a couple of pages long, but Kaigaku has actually 72 pages. What it sets apart from other games of this kind is the setting included in the book. If you want to experience adventures in a land inspired by feudal Japan and its myths, Kaigaku includes everything you need to delve right in.
Kaigaku, as the other Black Hack games, uses a very simplified version of the OD&D rules. If you’re familiar with any edition of D&D you should get into the rules pretty quickly, especially if you have played any other retroclone or D&D 5th Edition recently. Kaigaku (and I suppose other Black Hack games as well) even borrowed the IMHO ingenious Advantage & Disadvantage mechanics from D&D 5th Edition. Kaigaku also adds a Honor and Dishonor mechanic to the mix, which makes a lot of sense considering the setting. Continue reading First Look: Kaigaku by Jacob Ross