Shifting gears for a moment, you’re getting ready to launch your first licensed product onto the App Store – and it’s not Fighting Fantasy. How did the collaboration between Tin Man and Judge Dredd come about?
I went to meet with Rebellion, who own the license and showed them Gamebook Adventures. They were really impressed and early discussions started there and then. I was lucky in that I was joined by one of the writers of the Judge Dredd role-playing game, so his Dredd knowledge helped to seal the deal.
What makes the Judge Dredd universe such a good fit for a gamebook?
Mega-City One is the perfect place for an adventure story, and the whole setting has 35 years of history behind it, so it’s such a pleasure crafting new encounters in such a rich setting. Judge Dredd himself is a great main character to play too as he’s all about catching perps (criminals in Dredd-speak) and taking down the underworld, which is perfect from the point of view of gamebook structure in terms of encounters and bigger story arcs. We’re really pleased with the story that Nick Robinson has put together and fans of Dredd will feel right at home. We’ve also crafted it in such a way that newcomers to Dredd won’t feel too alienated and will enjoy it as an exciting gamebook adventure set in a futuristic crime-riddled city with crazy shootouts, car chases and some nasty creeps to deal with!
We’ve also included a database of criminals that slowly become unlocked as you ride around arresting or killing the various individuals. These unlocks come with added illustrations and background information too for those seriously into the universe.
Dredd defeats Death once-more,with the aid of Fire’s trident,and banishes the Dark Judges back to their own dimension!
Of course it wasn’t the last of the Dark Judges,they were to appear and re-appear time and again..
This is from Diceman no.1,a short-lived magazine that cashed in on the popularity,at the time,of role-playing games(as they went this one was pretty good!).
It featured Dredd investigating a”haunted house”,that turns out to be inhabited by something far worse-Dark Judges!Sumptuous art by Bryan Talbot
Page from 2000AD Diceman 5 - “You Are Rogue Trooper in Space Zombies”. Simon Geller and Mike Collins, 1986
Tin Man Games have started the countdown for the first Judge Dredd gamebook:
It’s been a long time coming, but the Tin Man team are now moving into the last quarter of development on our first ever licensed Gamebook Adventures title, Judge Dredd – Countdown: Sector 106!
With a bit of editing and artwork to complete, we’ll be entering our beta phase during May with a submission to Apple around the end of May. Over the coming weeks we’ll slowly reveal some more information about our interactive gamebook in which YOU play the mighty lawman of Mega-City One. I think it’s safe to say right now that there will be a lot of perps to catch, a lot of gunfights with your Lawgiver, strange characters to meet, sinister plots to foil and an arching epic storyline to negotiate.
The countdown is most certainly on!