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TOPIC: NEW Judge Dredd Block War game?!?

NEW Judge Dredd Block War game?!? 09 Nov 2017 13:32 #257356

The Putting on the radars of the fellow Dredd fans on here.

Never heard of Game and Curry, but my interest is piqued.

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NEW Judge Dredd Block War game?!? 09 Nov 2017 13:46 #257357

Oh, man. I thought you meant "block wargame", as in Hammer of the Scots. I was sitting there thinking: "Wait. How is that going to work? Is each Judge just one block vs. like hordes of criminals or...?"
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NEW Judge Dredd Block War game?!? 09 Nov 2017 13:47 #257358

I thought the same thing... we are board game nerds.
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NEW Judge Dredd Block War game?!? 09 Nov 2017 13:54 #257359

Sounds like a quick, fun game. And that might be the funniest "player count" icon I've ever seen.
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NEW Judge Dredd Block War game?!? 09 Nov 2017 14:42 #257361

Shit, this was just on my mind the other day after rewatching both DREDD and THE RAID and thinking they'd be good themes to plug into a sort of dudes in the hall type game.

You could either have a sort of skirmish type game a la IMPERIAL ASSAULT with an overlord type throwing various bad guys and traps at players, or maybe a co-op for THE RAID where there is a hidden traitor . DREDD would be more of a strict shoot up , whereas THE RAID got me thinking about SPACE HULK where you have some Space Marines with ranged weapons, some with close quarters weapons.

Looking through BGG, there are remarkably few DREDD themed games.
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NEW Judge Dredd Block War game?!? 09 Nov 2017 14:49 #257362

Well, Banana Chan is on the credits for whatever that is worth?

It sounds...probably not great. $15, 15 minute play time....definitely not a reimagining of the GW classic. I'll have to get a hold of it, of course, and I hope it has some classic Dredd artwork. Who knows, maybe it'll be a fun one.
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NEW Judge Dredd Block War game?!? 09 Nov 2017 15:02 #257364

Has anyone played the old block war game Mega-Mania/Block-mania? I've had a copy for over a year and haven't played it yet.
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NEW Judge Dredd Block War game?!? 09 Nov 2017 15:17 #257366

Which DREDD anthology should I get? I haven't read a thing, but I heard the start was rocky.
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NEW Judge Dredd Block War game?!? 09 Nov 2017 15:25 #257368

Start with 3 or 4...that's when you get into the really great stories, the best characters, best art. You don't really need any background from the first couple of years. Apocalypse War, Judge Child saga, Angel Gang, Judge Death, etc. are all from this period. I think Blockmania is too.

There's a part where Dredd bags on this other judge for having a moustache, that cracks me up every time.
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NEW Judge Dredd Block War game?!? 10 Nov 2017 01:37 #257380

charlest wrote:
Has anyone played the old block war game Mega-Mania/Block-mania? I've had a copy for over a year and haven't played it yet.

Yes, I've played it quite a lot as I bought it when it originally came out...
Even tried it a couple of years back and everyone had fun. Do you have Block Mania (2 players) and Mega Mania (3-4 players)?
If you have both play both as more players means more destruction!
I used Matt Greens modifications to the rules, which balances some of the randomness - fixing what can be found in each location, and starting forces and more. It helps.
Block Mania Streamlined

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NEW Judge Dredd Block War game?!? 10 Nov 2017 06:43 #257384

I don't have a great deal of optimism on this; I think it will be tilted more to the mainstream so gameplay will be a real lottery, could be good or could be terrible. As a massive 2000AD fan I will likely get this anyway because we all have weaknesses. Somebody tried to get a reprint of the original game off the ground earlier this year but hit a wall with all the legal tangles.

Regarding the anthologies, definitely leave the first two or three aside as 'further reading material', there are some good stories in there but the writing is nowhere near being in full stride. Some people highly rate the "Cursed Earth Saga" in book 2 which is dedicated to both that story and another mega-epic "The Day the Law Died" but I find the writing and plotting to still be a little corny in comparison to later stories. Book 5 is often cited as a good place to start as it has the "Block Mania" and "Apocalypse War" stories which are very highly rated; I personally recommend book 9 because it has a bit of everything from Dredd's world in it so acts as a good showcase, and also opens with "Midnight Surfer" which is a real heart-pounder. Really though, you can't go wrong with anything from the black and white era (up to book 11)

I would also recommend avoiding everything after book 14 for the time being; the quality noticeably dropped off in the 90's and the material in the anthologies is sketchy at best, most notably the stories from the Megazine. Books 24 and 25 feature "The Pit" which is a great read but are otherwise unremarkable so you could just pick that up separately. The series is currently on book 30 and the Nero Narcos storyline which is a bit of a divisive one, so the quality is picking up but not quite out of the low point yet. Definitely recommend also picking up "America" which is a pivotal story that does not feature in these collections as it was not printed directly as a Dredd story.
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NEW Judge Dredd Block War game?!? 10 Nov 2017 07:05 #257386

Jazzbeaux wrote:
charlest wrote:
Has anyone played the old block war game Mega-Mania/Block-mania? I've had a copy for over a year and haven't played it yet.

Yes, I've played it quite a lot as I bought it when it originally came out...
Even tried it a couple of years back and everyone had fun. Do you have Block Mania (2 players) and Mega Mania (3-4 players)?
If you have both play both as more players means more destruction!
I used Matt Greens modifications to the rules, which balances some of the randomness - fixing what can be found in each location, and starting forces and more. It helps.
Block Mania Streamlined

Sam

Years ago, somebody here at F:AT was going to do a special event at a game convention that involved Block/Mega Mania for a lot more than 4 players. Was that you? It sounded fun.
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NEW Judge Dredd Block War game?!? 12 Nov 2017 06:31 #257499

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NEW Judge Dredd Block War game?!? 13 Nov 2017 07:15 #257529

Jazzbeaux wrote:
charlest wrote:
Has anyone played the old block war game Mega-Mania/Block-mania? I've had a copy for over a year and haven't played it yet.

Yes, I've played it quite a lot as I bought it when it originally came out...
Even tried it a couple of years back and everyone had fun. Do you have Block Mania (2 players) and Mega Mania (3-4 players)?
If you have both play both as more players means more destruction!
I used Matt Greens modifications to the rules, which balances some of the randomness - fixing what can be found in each location, and starting forces and more. It helps.
Block Mania Streamlined

Sam

I do have both, thanks for the tips!
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NEW Judge Dredd Block War game?!? 30 Nov 2017 04:02 #258380

On a similar note, Osprey games have just announced a new Dredd game: ospreypublishing.com/blog/judgedredd-announcement/

This is based on The Lost Expedition which is an OK Co-Op with a much better team/Vs mode, and notable for really nice artwork that gives it the feel of a 60's jungle adventure comic as you play down the cards. I keep expecting TinTin to show up on one of the cards. I like the idea of building up a Dredd adventure in the same way although who they get to do the art will make a big difference. Osprey are well established and tend to produce to a high standard so I am much more excited by this than the Block War game!
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