"Enter the Diceworld...it's DEAD easy! No brains or batteries required!"Dice Man
was a short-lived Choose Your Own Adventure
comic spinoff of 2000 AD
. It ran for just five issues but featured many famous characters from the comics including Judge Dredd
, Nemesis the Warlock
, Rogue Trooper
as well as the original character Rick Fortune, the eponymous "Dice Man" of the title - a psychic Hard Boiled Detective
with a pair of magical dice that can grant him supernatural powers. The last issue featured a parodic adventure of Ronald Reagan
The series consisted of five issues.
- Issue 1 - Three adventures - Judge Dredd in House of Death, Nemesis the Warlock in The Torture Tube and Sláine in Cauldron of Blood
- Issue 2 - Three adventures - Hammerstein of the ABC Warriors in Volgo The Ultimate Death Machine, Rick Fortune in In The Bronx, No-one Can Hear You Scream! and Slaine in Dragoncorpse
- Issue 3 - Three adventures - Torquemada from Nemesis the Warlock in The Garden of Alien Delights, Rick Fortune in Dark Powers and Rogue Trooper in Killothon
- Issue 4 - Two adventures - Slaine in The Ring of Danu and Rick Fortune in Bitter Streets
- Issue 5 - Three adventures - Rogue Trooper in Space Zombies, Rick Fortune in Murder One and Ronald Reagan in Twilight’s Last Gleaming!
Some of the stories would later be featured as bonus content in anthologies featuring the the characters in question. A year after the series came to it's premature end the writers of Twilight's Last Gleaming!
would publish the similar You Are Maggie Thatcher - A Dole-Playing Game
in book form but the format has not been revisited since. Arguably the series failed due to being neither one thing nor the other. The stories were too short and simple to appeal to Fighting Fantasy
fans, who were used to four hundred reference adventures whereas Dice Man
had adventures with as few as fifty references while comic fans just wanted to read the stories, not have to deal with dice and notekeeping while dealing with a story that didn't read in a linear fashion.Dice Man
provides examples of the following tropes.