2000 AD is Britain’s longest-running and most celebrated sci-fi anthology comic, which has been at the cutting edge of contemporary pop culture since 1977. The 32-page, weekly Prog (the 2000 AD term for ‘issue’) is a multi-award-winning cocktail of explosive sci-fi and fantasy, infused with a mean streak of irony and wry black humor. Imaginative, hard-hitting stories and eye-popping art have made 2000 AD essential reading for its legion of fiercely loyal fans.
Acclaimed 2000 AD creators include John Wagner (writer - Judge Dredd, A History of Violence), Alan Moore (writer - Watchmen, V for Vendetta), Neil Gaiman (writer - Sandman, Good Omens), Dave Gibbons (artist - Watchmen, Rogue Trooper) and Brian Bolland (artist - Batman: The Killing Joke, Judge Dredd), amongst many others.
Over the years, 2000 AD has created hundreds of memorable characters and stories spanning a variety of genres, including future war (Rogue Trooper; The A.B.C. Warriors), action/adventure (Judge Dredd; Strontium Dog), fantasy (Sláine; Nemesis the Warlock), steampunk (Stickleback; Brass Sun), horror (Fiends of the Eastern Front; Absalom), and humour (DR & Quinch; Zombo). Some of these include:
Strontium Dog. Future mutant bounty hunter, Johnny Alpha. Late 22nd century. After the Atomic Wars of 2150, many survivors were warped by the Strontium 90 fallout. These ‘mutants’ became a vicitmised underclass, and the only job open to them was bounty hunting. One such Strontium Dog is Johnny Alpha whose mutant eyes allow him to see through solid objects and read brainwave patterns.
Nemesis the Warlock. Alien freedom fighter, defending the galaxy from the Termight empire. Termight - a world at the heart of a cruel galactic empire. Located deep in the bowels of the planet, its inhabitants live in fear of their leader - the diabolical tyrant, Tomas De Torquemada. Determined to rid the universe of all ‘deviant’ non-human life, the Grand Master and his army of Terminators are opposed by legendary alien freedom fighter, Nemesis the Warlock.
Sláine. Fantasy Celtic warrior. Celtic hero Sláine Mac Roth - exile, wanderer and later king - defends his people from the sea demons, at the behest of the Earth Goddess. A master of the ‘warp spasm’, Sláine can channel the mystical power of the Earth through his body to become a monstrous berserker!
Rogue Trooper. Future soldier, bio-engineered to operate in hostile environments. Nu-Earth, a planet ravaged by war, its atmosphere poisoned by chemical weapons. In this battlescarred landscape, the evil Nort army are battling the South army for control of a black hole next to the planet. Overwhelmed by their ruthless enemy, the Southers have developed Genetic Infantrymen who can survive unaided in this hostile environment. The legendary clone-soldier known as Rogue is hunting down the Traitor General responsible for massacring his kind, aided by the digitized souls of his dead friends, Gunnar, Helm and Bagman.
The A.B.C. Warriors. Seven military robots charged with increasing the peace on Mars. Mars, the far future. War droids created for a conflict that ended centuries ago, the A.B.C. Warriors are resistant to Atomic, Bacterial and Chemical warfare. Initially recruited to bring peace to the civil war ravaged frontier colonies on the Red Planet, the Mek-nificent Seven have gone on to work for Nemesis the Warlock, battling against the Terran empire and served as agents of Khaos.
Judge Dredd. Future cop dispensing justice on the mean streets of Mega-City One. Mega-City One, the near future. This vast urban nightmare on the east coast of postapocalyptic North America is home to millions of citizens, everyone a potential criminal. With lawlessness rife, only the Judges can prevent total anarchy. These future lawmen are judge, jury and executioner. Toughest of them all is Judge Dredd - he is the Law!
EN Publishing to Publish ‘Worlds of 2000 AD’ Tabletop Adventure Games!
EN Publishing, under license with Rebellion, are developing a range of Tabletop Adventure Games and supplements based on the iconic characters and worlds found in the legendary British comic 2000 AD.
“2000 AD has forty years of rich history and storytelling and this worldwide license allows us to explore those characters and stories and bring them to the tabletop” Angus Abranson, Business Manager of EN Publishing said.
The first release will be Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000 AD Tabletop Adventure Game, a full colour hardcover book which contains the core ‘Worlds of 2000 AD’ rules as well as setting information enabling the players to not only play Judges, but also civilians and perps, in Mega City One.
“The rules system we’re using is our own WOIN (What’s Old Is New) engine that also powers our N.E.W. – The Science Fiction Roleplaying Game which spent some time as the #1 best seller on RPGNow” said system designer and EN Publishing Owner, Russ Morrissey. “The system is incredibly flexible and can cater seamlessly for the Celtic environs of Slaine to spacefaring hijinks of the Ace Trucking Co.”
Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000 AD will be followed by a series of adventure sourcebooks giving players and Game Masters the opportunity to play through the story arcs that made Judge Dredd such an enduring character.
“We’ll be publishing a series of books, starting with The Robot Wars, which will not only allow players and GMs to play through the events that took place in the comic arc, but also add to the game setting with additional rules or source material relevant to the period or location. So, for instance, Robot characters will be expanded in The Robot Wars whilst in Luna-1 we’ll be providing detailed information on the moon colony and life there” Nick Robinson, Line Developer for the Worlds of 2000 AD Tabletop Adventure Game said. “The idea is to move chronologically through the classic story arcs in the 2000 AD Progs providing adventures for not only Judges, but for those players who may wish to explore the Dredd universe from a different perspective – that of a Civilian or even a Perp. Each book will contain a core adventure, mini-adventures based upon the other story arcs at the time, as well as expanded settingand rules information.”
In addition to the support material for the Judge Dredd campaign a series of ‘Campaign Guides’ are planned which will cover other 2000 AD settings.
“There is such a vast wealth of exciting characters and worlds to explore in the 2000 AD stable that it’d be criminal not to explore them. By using the core rules in Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000 AD rulebook we can then create a range of Campaign Guides that give you setting information, adventures, new careers, etc, across a host of titles. Worlds of 2000 AD : ABC Warriors, Worlds of 2000 AD : Indigo Prime, Worlds of 2000 AD : Nikolai Dante, Worlds of 2000 AD : Rogue Trooper, with the depth of the 2000 AD catalogue we literally have universes to play with.” Angus Abranson said.
Writing and development is well under way with writer Darren Pearce (Doctor Who; Lone Wolf) working on the core rulebook alongside Russ Morrissey and Nick Robinson, with additional content from Robert Schwalb (Dungeons & Dragons; Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay), whilst Andrew Peregrine (Doctor Who; Firefly; Buffy The Vampire Slayer) is writing The Robot Wars.
For more information, or interview requests, please contact Angus Abranson on firstname.lastname@example.org.
About EN Publishing
EN Publishing is the publishing arm of EN World, the leading tabletop RPG news website and community and the company behind the EN World Gen Con RPG Awards ("ENnies"). EN Publishing has published over 300 titles including the critically acclaimed War of the Burning Sky and ZEITGEIST adventure paths, the popular EN5ider online magazine for 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons, and the WOIN (What's OLD is NEW) roleplaying game system. https://www.worldsof2000adrpg.com
About 2000 AD
2000 AD is the legendary weekly British anthology comic and home of Judge Dredd, as well as a galaxy of original sci-fi, fantasy, and horror action stars. As well as producing innovative and provocative comics for 40 years, it has brought the industry some of its biggest talents, from Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, and Mark Millar, to Jock, Brian Bolland, Dave Gibbons, and many more. Published in print and digital every Wednesday, 2000 AD is the galaxy’s Greatest Comic and remains at the industry’s cutting edge.