The Galaxy’s Greatest Online Convention, celebrating the world of 2000 AD, happens this very weekend (26th and 27th March) and there’s plenty to look forward to, including the very first look at a new Judge Dredd RPG; an adaptation of the Dread RPG, called Dread: Dredd!
Dread: Dredd is a brand-new version of the award-winning TTRPG game Dread where you’ll be dropped right into the chaos of Mega-City One, with the developers promising ‘a unique game mechanic that will leave you on the edge of your seat!’
Original Dread writer Epidiah Ravachol has specially developed this Dredd version for 2000 AD’s 45th anniversary, creating a tabletop role-playing game for 4-6 players that uses towers of Jenga blocks to create a MC-1 storyline with democracy activists racing to reveal the secrets of the Judges before the Justice Department catches up with them!
The game will get its premiere on Sunday night with a playthrough featuring Al Ewing, PJ Holden and Jen Vaughn joining host Grant Howitt and 2000 AD‘s PR guru, Mike Molcher, to give it its first official play.
“When I first met Dredd he was hidden on the “Mature Audiences Only” shelf at my local comic book store. Forbidden fruit for a young teen in the ‘80s! A Dredd setting for a Dread game has come up more times than I can count over the past couple decades. Never something official. Never something beyond a little adventure for between friends. Never something I got around to doing. And then this hit, a now or never chance to score big in Mega City – the opportunity of a lifetime!” – Epidiah Ravachol“We were delighted when Epidiah said he was interested in adapting Dread for our 45th anniversary. It’s such a unique game and the way it’s been adapted to Dredd’s world is brilliant. The playthrough by Grant, Al, PJ, and Jen as part of this weekend’s online convention is hilarious and well worth checking out, if only to see how fun this game is for 2000 AD fans and newbies alike!” – Duncan Molloy from Rebellion Unplugged
Here’s the official 2000 AD PR for Dread: Dredd…
“Can you beat Judge Dredd before the tower of liberty crumbles? Prepare to fight for democracy with the Dread: Dredd tabletop role-playing game!
As the iron fist of Justice Department tightens its grip on the people of Mega-City One, there stirs once again movement towards democracy. As pro-democracy agitators, now is the time to take a stand for self-governance!Because now you have Walter, a former Justice Department droid and somewhat reluctant co-conspirator who has damaging information about the Judges. Information the public must hear. And you will deliver it to them, today, at the opening game of the first Aeroball season in decades. All of Mega-City One will be watching. The Judges will be unable to pre-emptively shutdown the broadcast for fear of citywide riots. It is the perfect opportunity. Never has democracy stood a better chance. One player takes on the role of the Host, tasked with representing the mayhem and magnificence of Mega-City One and its inhabitants. The other players act as characters living in the shadow of the Statue of Judgement, doing whatever it takes to thrive and survive. Of course, surviving isn’t always so easy. When the players are faced with difficult or dangerous actions, they must pull wooden blocks from a tower to discover whether they succeed. If the tower comes crashing down, their character dies. The stakes are high when you take on the Judges but there is some hope in your new character abilities, reflecting the city’s wide range of inhabitants.”
Dread: Dredd will be available to pre-order as a downloadable PDF from the Rebellion Unplugged online shop from Sunday afternoon, with the game launching on Wednesday 30rd March at the 2000 AD web shop. The download will give you all you need to run this standalone adventure – adapted Dread rules, pre-created character sheets, the Adventure booklet, and an Encounter list for the Host to refer to throughout the game. All you need to add is a block tower and the players!