Rush Report: Clash of the Giants 2019

Adepticon 2019 is a wrap.  Many DreadBalls were launched.  The most balls out in a singular match was undoubtedly – CLASH OF THE GIANTS.

This humble BreadDoll editor has sung the praises many times.  It was a title first, and a tournament format second.  In its fourth year, Clash of the Giants saw a major 2019 facelift as it transformed from a non-sanctioned tournament that encouraged Giants into a singular six-Coach session of Ultimate.  Ultimate, with GIANTS!!!

In what will hopefully become a late night convention classic, Clash of the Giants is intended to get Coaches to sit down, unwind, and embrace the chaos that only Ultimate can serve.  If swingy dice are thwarting the best laid plans during a tournament or league play – ha!  Wait until time is spent on the Ultimate pitch.  It’s a “beer and pretzel” affair, and it encourages king-of-the-hill smack downs both literally and metaphorically.

A mild effort was made to limit the madness, and no Event Cards were used.

Facilitating speed of set up, all Coaches had pre-constructed rosters to select.  Adepticon 2019 had six options: Kalyshi, Martians, Forge Fathers, Mutants, Veer-Myn, and the Male Corporation.  Each roster was built to 1000 mc, and each roster included a GIANT!

As mentioned in previous posts, Clash of the Giants would not limit itself to the nine officially released Mantic Models.  No no.  A Mantic convention event needs to be a spectacle.  Giants help, but NEW GIANTS are even better.  Culled from the Deadzone miniatures line, four figures were selected for conversion.  A fifth miniature was pulled from Mantic’s good ol’ Mars Attacks line.  Easily accessible, visually complementary, and quick to convert – these Giants made their public debut at Mantic Night and quickly got to work!

Stats for these beasts will slowly trickle through the BreadDoll blog.  For now, we’ll leave Coaches with two.

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Night Terror

Role Guard

Movement 6

Strength 3

Agility 4

Speed 3

Skill 5

Armour 4

Abilities: Threatening, Ram, Uncontrolled

Value 225 mc

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Stage 1A

Role Guard

Movement 4

Strength 4

Agility 4

Speed 4

Skill 5

Armour 4

Abilities: Stubborn, Grizzled, Mutation*

Value 260 mc

*Mutation – Roll a coaching die at the start of the player’s activation.  The player manifests a random mutation from the Mutant’s Advancement table for the rest of the round.

As anticipated, chaos ensued.  Three Giants rushed into the middle of the pitch for some break dancing.  It was a slaughter house.

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Jeez. This game needs some PEST CONTROL.

After only three rounds, one Coach had risen to the top!  Adam Kinne and his Kalyshi held a defensive posture and scored when the opportunity… STRUCK!  Adam won a set of Clash of the Giants cards.

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Well played Adam. Well played.

Adepticon’s Mantic Night finished with winners and losers and and one BreadDoll editor with lots of notes.  Clash of the Giants will return this summer at Gen Con.  Keep reading the BreadDoll as we tease the other three new Giants making a clash-dance appearance.

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BreadDoll’s Andrew beside Mantic’s Ronnie Renton and Rob Burman.

 

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Tournament Time: BreadDoll swag at Adepticon 2019 Events

Next week, the 2019 convention season launches for us at the BreadDoll.

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Adepticon is here!  It’s a pretty special convention; tightly curated to highlight miniature games.  It’s not as sprawling as Gen Con, but it’s not as small as regional events.  Adepticion is the Goldilocks of gaming.

DreadBall is well represented.  As such, the BreadDoll is there too.  We’re sponsoring three events and like always – Coaches participating in BreadDoll sponsored events get swag.

First up; League in a Night 2!  Thursday March 28, 2019.  5pm.  Coaches are going to settle down an evening of team development.  It’s a four round slug fest of strikes and slams.  And, experience is marked along the way.  I adore League in Night tournament formats.  In this humble BreadDoll editor’s opinion, league play is the superior way to enjoy DreadBall.  No tournament format can replicate a league setting, but League in a Night comes pretty darn close.  League play is an entirely different beast from “normal” tournament formats.  “Resurrection?”  No no no…  If a player is injured in league play, they’ll feel the consequences in future games.  Unless of course, a Coach rolls a 6, 7, or 8.  Or, if a Coach wants to spend 40mc on an injury re-roll.  What’s hurts more Coach?  The back injury of your level 3 Striker, or your thinned out pocket book?  League in a Night tests different skills sets and requires different strategies.  A battle (ahem, match) can be lost, but a Coach can still win the war (ahem, league).  Launch the first ball with a vanilla starting team, and promote roster growth for a high team value.  Competing Coaches get a set of Home / Visitor cards from the BreadDoll.

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Second is the MAIN EVENT: Adepticorp Cup!  Saturday March 29, 2019.  Sometime in the morning…  Adepticorp Cup is the North American DreadBall Circuit (NADC) Championship tournament.  Any 2018 regional winners are awarded a seat at the tournament, but even scrubs like me can buy a ticket and reach for glory.  As League in a Night demands specific straggles, so too does Adepticorp Cup.  Whereas “Leaguers” are tasked with developing a team through a meta growth tournament, Adepticorp Coaches need to do their homework long before their first match opponent is determined.  Power gamers rejoice, because the Adepticorp Cup rewards those who “roster-bate.”  Coaches are issued 1200 mc and an empty bench.  Have at it!  With the exception of a few omissions (Martians, Rejects, Giants), Coaches can build their team to theoretical perfection.  Coaches that actually respect the game and its hobby aspect also literally build their team.  What You See Is What You Get, otherwise known as WYSIWYG.  Anything less in my opinion, and the Coach is just a Chump. Competing Coaches get a set of Home / Visitor cards from the BreadDoll.

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Lastly, it’s BIG TIME.  Saturday March 29, 2019.  Sometime during the bacchanalia known as Mantic Night, six Coaches will compete in Clash of the Giants!  For its fourth iteration, Clash of the Giants moves from its Mid-Atlantic roots, AND it gets a serious facelift.  Clash of the Giants was a popular non-sanctioned tournament in Washington D.C. that celebrated the beautiful (and beautifully neglected) Giants.  Coaches were rewarded if they added a Giant to their rosters.  Fun was had by all, but after the 2018 tournament – the winds of change had blown.  Clash of the Giants 2019 is now an Ultimate Match.  Coaches will choose from a selection of pre-built teams.  They are lean, mean rosters that happen to include – Giants.  And because Clash of the Giants is a spectacle, there’s even more.  MORE GIANTS! DreadBall’s deep line of miniatures include nine Giant models.  Clash of the Giants will introduce FOUR NEW GIANTS.  Rosters are top secret.  However, the BreadDoll will offer one image to whet any Giant appetites.

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Only six Coaches will get to experience the big brawl at Mantic Night.  But do not fear!  The new Clash of the Giants only debuts at Adepticon!  If any Coach wants to participate in a colossal convention contest, Clash of the Giants will be offered several times at Gen Con 2019.

The Coach who Conquers will receive a set of Ultimate turn cards, and the Champions of League in a Night and the Adepticorp Cup will get a fresh set of BreadDoll dice.

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Good luck Coaches.  BreadDoll editors look forward to meeting as many of you as possible.  For those that won’t cross our launch lines, come back to the site for a Adepticon Rush Report.

Scattered Scullery: Don’t worry. Be Irish!

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May your team’s Medi-bot never earn an MC out of you, and may your heart never give out. May the ten toes of your feet steer you clear of all misfortune, and before you’re much older, may you hear much better toasts than this.

Happy St. Patty’s Day to all Coaches across the Co-Prosperity Sphere.

Cheers!

Hobby Highlight: Toy Hack Bench

DreadBall Coaches achieve immortality in a number of ways.  Sometimes, it’s through a singular victory.  Sometimes, it’s the stewardship of a dynasty.  Personally, I achieve my youthful appearance by a strict refusal to mature.

I visit toy stores.

Frequently.

Toys inspire me.  They inspire my; studio practice, stage work, understanding of popular culture, and hobby time.

In the spring of 2017, toy stores where inundated with product for a highly anticipated summer blockbuster; GHOSTBUSTERS.  Ghostbusters are awesome.  Firmly rooted in the 1980s, the films and cartoons (and RPG) were instrumental in my development of the man-child I am today.  The 2017 film may not have actually delivered on the hype, but it did a damn fine job with merchandise tie-in.  Regardless of preferred media deliver form, physical toys of the Ghostbusters have always been universally dope.

I ran across ONE Ghostbusters toy that I KNEW would make a perfect containment center for my FAVORITE DreadBall team.  I had a new home for my Ada Lorana ‘Kooky Spooks;’

01 Guard – Winston

02 Jack – Vinz

03 Jack – Zuul

04 Striker – Ray

05 Striker – Egon

06 Striker – Peter

07 Jack (Team Captain) – Gozer

It was a Ghost Trap.

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This is a Ghost Trap. And you have no dick.

The 2017 Ghost Trap toy served double duty.  It was not only a diminutive prop, it was a play set.

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It opens!

With Trap in hand, it was clear to me that the Ada Lorana would need to have their new real estate beautified.  Paint, washes, magnets, black electrical tape, and varnish later – it was ready for new occupants.

 

Welcome home team!

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A roster of six, plus the team captain Phantasm, as well as two prone markers.  Every Coach needs to use their prone markers.  It’s a sign of maturity.
Magnets ensure that the models can best utilize the limited space, and in this narrow case – it’s thematically perfect.  Ghosts don’t need to obey the gravity, right?

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Sold separately was a perfect Coach model.  Unfortunately, there is a pesky skeleton resting inside of the dapper assistant.  Its removal would sacrifice the glow-in-the-dark properties, but those bones just don’t make sense.

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The Kooky Spooks are THRILLED to have a new containment center that makes their Head Coach remember a favorite film.  They are less than thrilled to know it won’t travel far from their home pitch because airline security thinks it’s of nefarious means.  Truly, the only harm these blue besties inflict are on my opponents.

I don’t like to share Works-in-Progress, but here’s a sneak peek of a future project.  I’ll let BreadDoll readers pontificate my intentions.  I’ll share the final results in another Hobby Highlight (est. 2021)…

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Scattered Scullery: We love you

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Does any Coach need a chocolatey score marker?

Konrad Castle continues cooking chocolate.  And he’s pleased to report the C-4 will return in 2019!  Curious Coaches may need a reminder;

C-4 = Cocoa Castle Corporation Cup

If any competitive Coach needs a cause to attend a North American DreadBall Circuit (NADC) contest, the C-4 is the cream of the crop.

…because the trophies are chocolate.  Dates to be announced.  TEASE!

Meanwhile, Happy Valentines Day.

 

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The C-4 champion receives the coveted prize: THE CHOCOLATIZED BLAINE.

Tournament Time / Rush Repot: EVENT HORIZON

EVENT HORIZON is a wrap, and all Coaches have returned to their locker rooms.  Wounds must be mended.

On January 27, 2019 – an elite gathering of DreadBall Coaches descended upon a planet Earth watering hole titled ‘Franklin Hall.’  Adult beverages were consumed.  Adult words were spoken.  Below is a Tournament Organizer’s account of the day, followed by some stats.  Scroll past images for their hilarious captions.

Prior to the loaded transport’s departure, it was time to announce my team of the day.  An Xtreme team was constructed and aptly renamed, the Pojo Pussies.

Coaches arrived as soon as Franklin Hall unlocked their doors.  Tabs were opened.  Rosters, Home/Visitor cards, and Tournament Score Sheets were distributed.  Balls were launched  before high noon.

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Coach Dave is credited with this early-in-the-day photo. Coach Juan was unable to join the group before the 1st game, resulting in an odd number and a Bye for the lowest ranked team.

Four rounds of mayhem ensued.  Mayhem is stressed, because all games were conducted  with the Event Deck.  Elmer and Dobbs know how to create crazy!  Blinding lights, streaking fans, and countless brawls threw the most seasoned Coach into a tailspin.  Random photos from various matches are posted below.

One of the most startling events witnessed was through a Matsudan Team Captain card.

And at the end of the day, there was one Hero.  North American DreadBall Circuit tournaments are equitable with sharing superlatives.  Because Event Horizon was non-sanctioned, the lion’s share went to Kevin Cornell’s Marauder team – THE NUT PUNCHERS!

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Kevin was on his best behavior at Franklin Hall. In a venue that is tolerant of vulgarity, Kevin chose to not scream profanity. I still suspect a clone…

And…  There was one zero.  The BreadDoll‘s very own Miniature Master and Hobby Highlighter got the titular prize for last place.

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Geoff wins the BreadDoll, and passive aggressively claimed, “It needs frosting.”

By the numbers

Coach Name / Team Name (team type) / Tournament Points / Fan Check “Cheers” / Serous Injuries = record

  1. Kevin / Nut Punchers (Marauders) / 9 / 149 / 3 = 3-1
  2. Elizabeth / Salad Fingers (Judwan) / 9 / 28 / 0 = 3-1
  3. Andrew / Pojo Pussies (Xtreme) / 9 / 25 / 2 = 2-1-bye
  4. Wesley / The Spoons (Ada Lorana) / 7 / 30 / 0 = 2-1-tie
  5. Brett / Matrices (Neobots) / 6 / 40 / 1 = 2-1-bye
  6. Dave / MURDER (Matsudan) / 4 / 22 / 0 = 0-1-tie-bye
  7. Geoff / Thunder (Void Sirens) / 3 / 55 / 0 = 1-2-bye
  8. Juan just drank beer, and ridiculed Coaches through rounds 3 & 4.

EVENT HORIZON, Franklin Hall, and a BreadDoll.  Good times!  If planet Earth is still intact, it’ll happen again in 1/2020.  Meanwhile, look for some BreadDoll editors at Adepticon.

SHAMELESS PLUG – Mantic Games is currently promoting a great DreadBall sale.  Visit http://www.manticgames.com/mantic-shop/dreadball-sale.html

 

Tournament Time: Event Horizon

Attention sports fans!  It’s time for a tournament!  On Sunday, January 27 2019 – a few Coaches will meet one other, throw strikes, and distract refs.  During their matches, a few events may occur.  It’s EVENT HORIZON!

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EVENT HORIZON is a unique tournament offering.  Not officially endorsed by the North American DreadBall Circuit (NADC), EVENT HORIZON is taking advantage of the distinction in order to expand the traditional tournament settings.

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For Coaches unfamiliar with NADC rules, EVENT HORIZON is allowing:

  • The Red Planet & Renton Rejects
  • Team Captains
  • Transfers
  • Giants

and…

  • The Event Deck

How will Coaches spend their 1200mc team building allotment?  An upgraded Team Captain?  A transferred Matsudan Guard?  Alpha Simian?

Regardless of team composition, all participating Coaches are showered with swag.  The BreadDoll wouldn’t sponsor a tournament without goodies for all.

Superfluous, but super handy – the Home & Visitor cards return for 2019!

 

EVENT HORIZON also welcomes an additional deck to the fray; the Event deck!  Consequently, us bread bakers thought it would be funny to add a new card to the mix:

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Coaches can use their three cards during DreadBall play, or for any number of alternative uses; house-of-card building, carving cocaine, low-end lock picking, etc.

The top three Coaches receive certificates of accomplishment, while the last place Coach is bestowed the tasty BreadDoll itself.

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Along the way, there is a set of BreadDoll dice to award AND Mantic Games has generously donated a copy of the DreadBall Event Deck.  Elmer and Dobbs ROCK!

 

Come one, come all!  If any Coach can travel to the Washington D.C. area at the end of January, they should witness EVENT HORIZON.  If any Coach wants to organize a tournament, but doesn’t know where to start – ask in the comments below.  Meanwhile, review the attached PDF tournament pack and score sheet.  Lastly, visit DreadBall.com and register.

Scattered Scullery: Dobbs and Elmer 01

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Oh, those two… What sort of hilarity will they express next?

For the BreadDoll’s December membership drive, we’ll be giving away another custom miniature*.  Subscribe to this blog during the next week, and a random Coach will be drawn for a Secret Santa surprise!

*We’re not saying exactly what you’ll receive, but it’s bound to be finger-licking’-good!

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Tremendous Tools: One Book to Rule Them All

Good Coaches are compulsive Coaches.  Compulsive Coaches know how to organize, and the best of the compulsive crew know how to implement their organization into winning strategies.  Herein lies a relatively easy strategy to strengthen any DreadBall Coach’s neat and tidy toolbox.

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With apologies to those Coaches of Faith among us…

Coaches with the best record are Coaches who know the rules, wherein “know” means; live, breath, eat, sleep, and defecate the rules.  Knowing the rules is easier if the rules are accessible.

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In the beginning, there was ONE rulebook. Lean, mean, and efficient. The binding was not user-friendly, but it’s brevity was the counterbalance.

Knowing a rulebook becomes a challenge when there are multiple sources.  Such was the case with the rapid expansion of 1st edition DreadBall material.

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Six (SIX!) rulebooks to rule them all.

Multiple volumes of 1st edition rules could be remedied with the assistance of a photocopier and a binder.

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Bind them. BIND THEM!
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A dense, but comprehensive rules summary tucked into the binder’s cover. Courtesy of the elusive BGG user RangerBob. Jesus Ortiz shines his ball on you good sir.
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Six seasons means six tabs. Plus, the Challenge Cup. Plus, the NADC. There should be a ninth tab to represent the FAQs, but nine tabs are known to open the gates of hell.

One of the best aspects of Kickstarting DreadBall’s second edition was the Collector’s Edition Rulebook.  Finally, there would be ONE BOOK TO RULE THEM ALL.

And yet.  There was a problem.  The binding.  A dense paperback tome that required strenuous use was not going to last the tests and tribulations of multiple seasons.  A remedy was needed…

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The solution! Michael Carter of Ohio War Kings was the inspiration. Mike’s Kings of War books were handsomely bound with a spiral. “Mike! How did you do it?”

The remedy was a SPRIAL.

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Mike replied, “Office Depot.” And so it was. A visit to Office Depot, a twenty minute wait, and a five dollar charge.

A rulebook is not a sacred and delicate text to be reviewed with white gloves on rare occasions.  No.  A rulebook is an engine.  An engine needs to be used and maintained.  A spiral binding allows ease of use, and its laminate front & back cover keeps blood and beer from deep penetration.

It is not without faults.

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The print shop technicians at Office Depot are not miracle workers. Some information will inevitably be sacrificed to the margin Gods. Layout designers take note; fancy graphics may look slick on a monitor but they don’t mean jack-squat if  legibility is compromised in print form.
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The biggest casualty in the binding was the rules summary. However, it was an odd choice to print the rules summary on the inside of the back cover anyway.

Cropping issues aside, binding a DreadBall rulebook is awesome and well worth the minimal investment.  Embrace the compulsion.  Tune your engine.  Know your engine.

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Also, the BreadDoll held a contest a few months ago as part of a membership drive.  One lucky Coach was randomly awarded an alternative Coaching Assistant.  It turns out the recipient was a robot fishing for hits.  It is not known if the robot was a Metabot, a Mechanite, or a Neobot.  No idea.  So another name was randomly selected.  Congratulations jtumbry!  You are the real flesh-and-blood winner of not one, but TWO alternative Coaching Assistants.  Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Fitz, and a Squirrel.

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Fitz and Squirrel are going to a new home (pitch). Do YOU want to win custom swag? Follow/Subscribe to this blog!