EN Publishing and the Worlds of 2000AD

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!

Michael Wolf is a German games designer and enthusiast best known for his English language role-playing games blog, Stargazer's World, and for creating the free rules-light medieval fantasy adventure game Warrior, Rogue & Mage. He has also worked as an English translator on the German-language Dungeonslayers role-playing game and was part of its editorial team. In addition to his work on Warrior, Rogue & Mage and Dungeonslayers, he has created several self-published games and also performed layout services and published other independent role-playing games such as A Wanderer's Romance, Badass, and the Wyrm System derivative Resolute, Adventurer & Genius, all released through his imprint Stargazer Games. Professionally, he works as a video technician and information technologies specialist. Stargazer's World was started by Michael in August 2008.

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