Making A New Pitch: Part 1

I’m gonna keep it short and sweet this week. I’ve created many custom pitches since I started playing DreadBall. The design has evolved over time to my current favorite.

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My favorite pitch. The BreadDoll pitch.

The BreadDoll pitch has ball launch arrows, ball launch/scatter directions on both the Home and Visitor sides of the pitch, bounce direction references for maximum distance launches, and strike value pips. It’s a narrow, “low profile” pitch which I prefer for it’s portability.

While I’m still working (however slowly) on making a 3-dimensional pitch I’m also in the mood to make a new 2-dimensional (traditional) DreadBall pitch.

There a few pitches over the years that I started working on but never finished as well as a few I wanted to make but never started on. I’ve decided to work on one of the unfinshed pitches and finsih it up using all the design elements of the BreadDoll pitch (above).

Unfinished designs:

  • Lava Pitch
  • Z’zor Hive Pitch
  • Underwater Pitch

I’m leaning towards the water or Z’zor pitch but let me know which one you’d like me to work on.

 

To Dice, or not to Dice?

To Dice, or not to Dice?

Chessex is my usual choice for dice….typically Gemini

A particular DreadBall quirk of mine is that every team I use has to have their own set of dice. Not just any dice, mind you, these dice have to match the team colors and/or theme. I’m not really sure why I do it, there are some sets of dice I like better than others, but a habit is a habit. Last week for Origins found me buying a new dice cube just hours before the first launch of the tournament.

Color match….acquired!

I also happen to use a completely different set of dice for coaching dice during the match as well. I only have a few sets of these, the most important part is that they are easily distinguishable from the “normal” dice I use during a match. My favorite set for coaching dice at the moment are the exceedingly beautiful BreadDoll dice, with the BD properly placed on that good ol’ exploding six.

Mmmm…..Beautifully Baked!

Not that it matters too much, but I also have a habit of only using 16mm dice too.

It’s got me to wondering, what match quirks or habits do other DB coaches have?

Drop us a comment and share!

The 2019 NADC Season and YOU

It’s time to scratch your competitive itch.  A new season of the North American DreadBall Circuit (NADC) is upon us!  This post includes event notifications, rules for gaming, and rules for… life.

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Big Trophy. Do you want it? YOU MUST WIN IT!

We BreadDoll editors wear multiple hats.  We are spouses, sons, and fathers (I adopted a cat, damnit).  We’re also Coaches, Rules Committee Members and Ambassadors to a game we adore.  DreadBall!  On occasion, we’re Tournament Organizers (TO).

This humble editor is organizing three (maybe four) DreadBall tournaments under the NADC banner.  And so the bell must be rung.  While it’s not the best method of communication, announcements should be made where Coaches will read them.  For DreadBallers, that often means the social media site Facebook.  Last week, I posted the following on Facebook’s DreadBall Fanatics;

ATTENTION COACHES! It’s the summer of Slams! It’s the season of Strikes! It’s another cycle of the North America DreadBall Circuit!!! The NADC concludes its run every March at Adepticon. Coaches attending compete for the continental championship. The contest is open to all, but if a Coach wants to WIN their ticket – they need to conquer a regional tournament first. And so it begins. Already posted on DreadBall.com, the first three events cross the U.S. of A. ;

Friday June 14 = Origenes Cup at the Origins Game Fair

Friday August 2 = General Control Cup at Gencon

Sunday August 4 = DC*DC at Washington DC’s Franklin Hall

NADC events have swag! Come get some! Certificates, BIG TROPHIES, little trophies, dice, and the occasional baked good. Perfect your rosters. Suit your team players. Attend your regional tournament. The NADC 2019 rules packet has been uploaded to the files section.

And here’s a challenge; if you attend a NADC event? BRING A FRIEND. Let them borrow a team (or borrow one from the tournament organizer). Share this gem of a game with others.

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Little trophies. Metal totems of excellence, and they make great score tokens. Place in the top three, and one goes back to your locker room.

 

Are any BreadDoll readers not members of Facebook?  If not, I suppose you could consider joining.  It’s a fascinating cess pool of ignorant trolls.  Thankfully, one respite is the secret group DreadBall Fanatics.  Ask to join, answer some non-robot questions, and Geoff will most likely punch your ticket (he’s on Facebook twenty two hours every day).

Less visited, but still important?  Boardgamegeek.com.  Presumably, it’s a popular site.  A few people visit on a semi-regular basis.  Also, a favorite from this editor; therewillbegames.com. Posting tournament announcements to multiple sites is wise.  No site will capture all eyeballs.  Diversification is needed.  Even if no one reading an announcement on BGG will attend a DreadBall throw-down; they’re still reading the announcement.  They know the game is active and a community supports it.

Once Coaches have a play date, they’ll want rules to govern the competition.  The 2019 NADC rules have been uploaded, here! NADC-Tournament-Rules-Pack-2019  Give them a gander.  Veteran Coaches may notice that all transfers are now legal, Giants too!  However, MVP transfers are still limited to one (and Giants are MVPs).

While Coaches roster-bate, the tournament organizer is doing their own prep work.  Punch lists are good, and here’s a modification of what this editor brings in a BRIEFCASE OF DREAD:

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The infamous BRIEFCASE OF DREAD
  • Three (3) complete sets of DreadBall [board, tokens, cards, miniatures]
  • Collector’s rulebook
  • Printed FAQ/Errata
  • Sixteen (16) Copies of tournament score sheet
  • Sixteen (16) sets of Home / Visitor cards for participating Coaches
  • Name tags
  • Sixteen (16) Pencils with erasers
  • Permanent marker
  • (6) Certificates
  • (4) Trophies
  • Six (6) DreadBall dice
  • Six (6) BreadDoll dice
  • One (1) Granola bar for the “hangry” Coach whose blood sugar is low
  • Emergency miniature repair kit: super glue, blue tac, tweezer
  • Reading / tech glasses
  • Cell phone charger
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The BRIEFCASE OF DREAD, opened. Repo Man / Pulp Fiction quotes are welcome.

Once the big day arrives, the Coaches and Organizer need to perform their duties.  Coaches need to play legal and efficient games, and the organizer needs to keep the trains on time.

DreadBall Tournament DOs and DON’Ts

DO

  • Be on time
  • Listen to opening remarks
  • Validate rosters with the Organizer
  • Discuss rosters and miniatures with opponent
  • Shake hands with your opponent
  • Have familiarity with the rules
  • Articulate your Actions, including dice pools
  • Wear deodorant
  • Take photos of your match
  • Pay attention
  • Confirm tournament sheet results with opponent
  • Congratulate winners at tournament’s end
  • HAVE FUN

DON’T

  • Delay a game
  • Field unprepared miniatures
    • Every mini is painted, numbered, and threat hexes identified.  DreadBall is a hobby-centric board game, and What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG).
  • Have bad breath
  • Incessantly look at your phone
  • BE A %*#$ing @#$+~^&

A rather all-encompassing DON’T, it’s important.  Here are some specifics:

  • Complain about game “balance” during a game, or between games.  Save it for constructive criticism after the tournament.
  • Contrast DreadBall with other games’ mechanics during a game, or between games.
  • Use vulgarity
  • Celebrate an opponent’s failure
  • Project any sort of aggression to your opponent or the Organizer.  Micro, macro, cosmic.  None of it.

Prep work is almost finished for this Friday’s tournament at the Origins Game Fair.  The Origenes Cup is a raucous good time.  Raucous, because it’s after hours.  The dealer hall is closed.  It’s Friday night.  Origins is a dry Fair, but many Coaches (AND THIS ORGANIZER) look forward to a nightcap after the winner is crowned.  The BreadDoll will have a Rush Report in three weeks, if not sooner.  One History of Fantasy Sports Board Gaming III will appear in July.

Good luck to all competing NADC Coaches.

Hobby Highlight: Renewed Vigor (Cyborgs)

At Adepticon back in March I decided to play a Cyborg team. I wanted to go for a chrome look. I mocked up some color tests. I liked the way the chrome effect looked in the tests and decided to see how it would look painted on the minis.

COLOR TEST

PAINTING MY CYBORGS

BASE COAT

  • Primer: Airbrush Stynylrez Grey
  • Spray entire mini with Reaper MSP 09029: Earth Brown
  • Wash with Army Painter Strong Tone
  • Spray from above with white
  • Lighter spray from above with Army Painter Troglodyte Blue

ARMOR/CYBERNETICS

  • Run black outlines along the armor lines and recesses
  • In the armor breaks use Army Painter Necromancer Cloak
  • Highlight the edges of the armor with white

SKIN

  • Army Painter Necrotic Flesh
  • Wash with Secret Weapon Sewer Water
  • Highlight using Necrotic Flesh mixed with white

CLOTH

  • Army Painter Wolf Grey
  • Citadel Nuln Oil wash
  • Highlight with Wolf Grey

STRAPS

  • Army Painter Leather Brown
  • Wash with Citadel Agrax Earth Shade
  • Highlight with Leather Brown mixed with Army Painter Ash Grey

DETAILS

  • Paint the eyes white
  • Paint the glowy bits red adding a bit of a glow effect with a light drybrush
  • Add a white highlight to the red glowy bits
  • Paint the wires with Game Color Sun Yellow and then wash them with Secret Weapon Orange wash
  • Highlight the wires with a mix of Sun Yellow and white

LOGO

I always like to do a fun logo for my teams when I have time. For Renewed Vigor I looked around for a zombie silhouette and then made it look a more cyborg-ish.

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RESULTS

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Renewed Vigor Reference Card