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A DOCTOR, A JUDGE AND A WARLORD…

Warlord Games is stepping further outside of its historical roots with tabletop takes on some of the best that British pop culture has to offer. We ask the miniatures publisher about its plans for the Doctor Who and 2000 AD universes.

In the galaxy of British sci-fi, there are few stars that shine brighter than Doctor Who and 2000 AD. The quinquagenarian television staple and highly influential comic book home of Judge Dredd both stand as two examples of UK creations that have not only survived through to the present day, but have also gone on to shape the worldwide face of science-fiction.

It seems little surprise, then, that the two franchises would make for prime inspiration for tabletop firms. However, in the case of Warlord Games, which recently announced that it was working on various new games based on the two respective licences, it marks a significant departure from the miniatures publisher’s heritage in historical wargames such as Bolt Action and Black Powder, as well as its own original sci-fi series, Beyond the Gates of Antares.

“One of the things that we realised is that the gaming industry is very different to how it was 10, 20 years ago,” explains head of operations and marketing Simon Tift.

“It’s far more promiscuous in what it does these days; nobody just plays one game system, everybody dabbles in other games systems and it’s all perfectly acceptable. You may play Bolt Action, but you may have a game of Doctor Who as well. For our core customers, that’s perfectly acceptable, and then it gives us something that reaches out to other people that are all potential customers. There’s nothing wrong – they like Doctor Who, play the game. If some of those then want to go and play Bolt Action or Antares or any of our other games, that’s fine as well.

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