DreadBall is by far the most popular sport in the GCPS Core Worlds. It even has a sizable following in some of the outer spheres. But the further you get from the Core and all it’s niceties, far from all the glitz and glamor, you find “entertainment” can take wildly different forms. And heck, while as previously mentioned DreadBall may be the most POPULAR sport in Core space, it is certainly not the ONLY sport.
So, what other sports grace the tri-vids and holodecks of the far future?
Well, we know OF Razordisc. But not too much about it.
I imagine there is some kind of racing too.
I also firmly believe there has to be some kind of combat sport too….a futuristic MMA with cyborgs, aliens…and…and alien cyborgs! I’ve toyed with some rules for such a thing. Maybe I’ll actually finish it one day…..maybe.
Another project I’ve looked at is a sort of mash up of American Gladiator meets Ninja Warrior. Basically, the Warpath equivalent of that cinematic masterpiece, The Running Man. I think that would make for a fantastically crazy fun game night! Star Saga tiles, some crazy big baddies (like my Barricade with two Strider Chainsaw arms!), and a couple of expendable runners….might have to dig into that one a little deeper!
However, what I really think might be interesting, and given the focus of this blog, is what other variants of DB are there? We have the stadium game. We have the spectacle that is Ultimate. But what about that rumored underground version of DreadBall? That illegal variant that may just be a little too eXtreme for the masses? Well, let’s see where we can take that, but we might have to start in a back alley first, before venturing into the criminal underground…
Dream do come true. When this BreadDoll editor was a wee lad, in the form of a college freshmen, he explored writing about himself in the third person as well as board gaming in the ‘sports’ genre. Prior to that era, everything was “me, I, Heroquest, and Dungeon!” In 1993, I bought the second edition of Blood Bowl. Months later, I bought the third edition. Those boxes, along with Dungeon Bowl, Death Zone, and a Companion led my five friends and I into a glorious season of progressive sports gaming. It was magic in a bottle that escaped each of us during our sophomore year. The lot of us still reminisce over our grid iron antics, but we rarely play that game anymore. However, a fire was lit inside of this gaming belly, and the embers of a sports league never cooled. It just took nineteen years to fan the flames again.
I’ll share more when I continue the ‘History of Fantasy Sports Board Gaming’ posts.
When DreadBall was released in 2012, a new group of gaming buddies and I agreed to make an investment. It was a long pitch, and any BreadDoll reader may give it a gander if they search my bio post on this blog. Against all obstacles of life, my private group started their NINTH season of DreadBall league play last month. We strive to compete at the same time, but in this case – my home hosted the first match alone. I was an impartial observer, so I had the distinct honor of documenting the competition and drinking scotch. As such, much of my recollection towards the end of the match is spotty at best. Colourful comments are below each picture, and a sweeping criticism is at the bottom. Enjoy.
The rest of CORT finished their respective matches later in the month. New opponents were selected, and round two will commence in a week.
League play is the penultimate experience for DreadBall. Since 2011’s Risk Legacy, progressive play in board gaming has been trending. For the most part, it’s all sizzle and no steak. League sport board gaming is the finest example of campaigning. It’s the tactics of a match, and the strategy of a season that yields challenge after challenge. It’s moneyball and it’s murderball. It’s DreadBall!
If any BreadDollers have league questions, fire away in the comments below.