27 May 2010

Dredd 'The Card Game'

In 1999 word ‘leaked’ out that there was a card game coming out from the world of Dredd, by Round Table Productions. Obviously I contacted the company as soon as I heard the news and very kindly they sent me a load of info about the planned release. So I kept watch of their website and waited and waited, until eventually I could join ‘as a judge player’ and start collecting.
The first release was a 300-card set, issued in 60 card patrol decks (with rule book) and 11 card backup packs. There was a future expansion set planned of between 120-150 cards all about the SJS, alas this never saw the light of day.

The card breakdown was as follows: -

300 cards: -
50 Vital
75 Common
 75 Uncommon
100 Rare

These broke down into the following sets: -

Judges 50
Resources 35
Crimes 25
Scenes 30
Perps 50
Incidents 90
Events 20

Here are a few of those cards from my signed collection, just to give you an idea of their design, as each set had a slighlty different layout. The last four (unsigned) cards were given away at certain times during the run up and release of the game.

The artists for these cards consisted of fan favourites, Colin MacNeil, Trevor Hairsine, Steve Sampson, S.B. Davis, Clint Langley, Peter Doherty, Jock, Greg Staples, Carlos Ezquerra, Siku, Jason Brashill, Dean Ormston, Sean Phillips and Dom amongst others.

When you join the game, so as to play at the planned future tournaments you choose one of four Divisions to join Street, Psi, Tek or SJS, obviously I joined the Street Division!
Once chosen, you receive an ID Card and The Law Bulletin (a six issues a year news magazine), this is crammed with all the latest information, deck designs, rules updates, competition information and numerous other items. One year’s membership costs £15. Included in this membership was the special promo card ‘Best of the Best’. All in all four promo cards were released, the other three were placed on magazines and the likes, Prog 1144 had ‘Get Mean’ on the front cover.

Sadly this went the way of many a Dredd item, it didn’t sell and therefore it soon perished. The predicted expansion sets never got the chance to be made  and only two Law Bulletin's were released. Still I managed to have a letter published in issue two, something even the great Buttonman couldn’t manage ;-)

I have managed to get my hands on five artists proof cards, Judge McCall & Rico Dredd by Jock, Orlock & Vandalism by Colin MacNeil and Crimeblitz by Dom. On the back of Judge McCall and Crimeblitz the artist has drawn a sketch. Alos I have the pencils from the two Colin MacNeil cards, which are to be framed. Also from the set I have managed to obtain two painted cards Perilous Gantry by Dean Ormston and Exemplary Cadet Record by Colin MacNeil. Both of these are stunning cards and the colours on Colin’s card are amazing. Below are the cards, the two MacNeil pencils also show the actual playing cards, for comparison. I suppose I should have done the same for the painted two but time is against me as I am just finishing this piece off before I post it!

Two last things, I am currently in the process of trying to get as many cards signed as I can. At the moment I am 68/300, which isn’t too bad. Also, I have never managed to play this game, mainly due to the lack of Dredd and Gaming fans in Maidstone but also I suppose because they might get damaged, saying that I do have many multiples of most of the cards.


  1. Forget this card nonsense - get the letter uploaded!

    As I often say during my world record breaking tenure as the most published letter writer in the history of the Judge Dredd Megazine in the world ever, letters are a good thing!

  2. Had confirmation (in the 2000AD chatroom) from Colin MacNeil that his wife designed the look of the cards. An all round artistic family indeed!

    May do an article on my few published letters in the near future, Buttonman.

  3. Hi,
    Looking to Swap/purchase dredd cards, are you interested?

    1. I'm interested have lots of doubles - you can contact me via ebay chief_judge or search for the listing below and contact me

      2000AD Collection 1989 - 1990 50 Progs 627 - 703 Judge Dredd 2000 AD

  4. Randomly reminising today and did a search on the one bit of original game art I have. The art of the Orlok card (which has pride of place on my wall).

    It was a great game wish it hadn't done so badly. Ah well.

    Simon (Also know as SJS Judge) Proctor

  5. anyone know where I can get a checklist with the rarity of these cards?

    1. There isn't a list that I can see online but I do remember making a list, which is with my sets in the Cellar somewhere!

  6. Hi folks,
    Does anyone know what the breakdown was for the rarities of cards in the 11-card Backup decks? I know there were more rares than in the Patrol Decks, but I'd like to know the exact number of vitals, commons, uncommons, and rares, if possible.

  7. Didn't Round Table get shut down because they never paid their artists? I vaguely recall around the time this came out, one reason it never went anywhere was that the company shut down almost immediately after it launched, because they were doing not-very-legal things with their bookkeeping and paying people for their work...

    1. I knew they'd never paid their artists, as when I asked for them to sign the cards, they all told me that!


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