Monday, October 1, 2012

Judge Dredd for RPG Gaming

Okay, so I gave the new Dredd movie quite a drubbing in my earlier post.  But this blog is about tabletop (pen-and-pencil) role play gaming.  So what about gaming in the world of Judge Dredd?  Well, I think it's a fantastic setting for gaming.  The whole dystopian future thing with quirky bits thrown in makes for an interesting mix.  The Wikipedia page for the Judge Dredd comic book series is pretty much a campaign source book all by itself.  One potential downside is that the players' characters pretty much all have to be Judges, but that's okay because the point of playing Dredd is precisely so you can look a perp in the face and say "I am the law!"  The setting makes for a good "based mission" type campaign, with a mix of full-auto, boot-in-the-face, chainsaw badboy mayhem on the streets and intrigue and (maybe, just maybe) forbidden love back at headquarters.

You could, of course, use the setting but run it with the players as street gang members fighting each other, urban terrorists fighting the system, or outland mutants fighting for existence.  Then the Judges would be NPCs, but there you go.


  1. After reading The Mutant Epoch system I thought it would be perfect for the Judge Dredd universe.

  2. I haven't read or played The Mutant Epoch, but it sounds like it would be great for Judge Dredd. Actually, it sounds like you could run a futuristic Call of Cthulhu game with it...hmm, I feel a new post coming on.