I’ve wanted to get a DreadBall League going again for a few years now. A while back some friends and I had a small League but it wasn’t well organised and eventually fell apart. The time has come to give it another try.
We are stating small with 4 coaches. We’d hoped to get 6, which seems like a good number, but we decided better to just start than spend any more time recruiting. That said, if you are in Ontario and want to join let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org) ASAP, and we’ll see if we can work it out. If you’re on the fence stay tuned for updates on Season 1 of the Ontario DreadBall League (ODBL or OddBall). We’ll likely do a Season 2 starting in the summer and look to expand the number of coaches participating.
The plan is to have each coach play each other coach twice. One game will be as the Home coach and the other as the Away/Visiting coach. We’ll have 2 weeks to organise and play each match. With 6 matches on the schedule the league should take about 3 months. This will work with only 4 coaches. Once we expand the league we will have to revisit how we run the schedule. Maybe divisions?
I have decided to play Brokkr in Season 1 of the ODBL. I was planning to play them at Adepticon this year so choosing them for this league will incentivize me to get them painted and ready to go.
I will also magnetise the Brokkr Guard(s) arms and heads so they can be converted to Keepers over the course of the league.
I will have more information on the ODBL in my next article. Hopefully we’ll have at least played our first match and I’ll have pics of my painted Brokkr team. Wish me luck and I’ll talk to you in 3 weeks.
A new DreadBall season has launched! A new CORT DreadBall season. Long time BreadDoll readers will know this editor-in-chief throws the most Strikes in league play. League Play is the best play. The Citizens Of Rage Town have been fortunate to compete and curse one another over seven seasons. Rivalries have formed. Collusion has been plotted. Membership has expanded and traditions have been established. Tradition is important. Without ritual, import can lessen, brotherhood can diminish, and hazing cannot be exacted.
Some CORT league traditions were plotted. Like trophies. Other traditions were impromptu. This BreadDoll post chronicles a lesser known tradition for CORT; the announcement of team selection for an upcoming season.
Since CORT’s second season, Coaches take turns announcing their team selection over a private group in a popular social media site. The tradition is rather simple. From the previous season’s last place Coach (Sacko winner) to the Champ (DreadBalls Trophy Champion), announcements must be made within a seventy-two hour window. Selection is strategic, and the meta-game must be considered. Too “bashy?” Movement too low? What’s the Skill on those Strikers?! Coaches pick wisely, and find the perfect method of deliver announcement. Sarcasm, snark, and sniping are in order.
DreadBall is a splendid game. Not without warts, but a deep dive does not go without reward. One-offs are fun, and tournaments are an occasional hoot. But if any BreadDoll reader can wrangle a few like-minded mates together? There are few things more enjoyable than a 90 minute game of miniature Space Jam, coupled with pints and close friends. League play! Do it!
Coaches! This BreadDoll Editor-in-Chief has ONCE AGAIN witnessed one the greatest DreadBall matches of all time. And ONCE AGAIN, it is only now that I begin to sober-up from an intoxicating evening of pure sports genius.
DreadBall league CORT held their second playoff game last night. Season seven was a close affair among all eight Coaches. But as the Championship game approaches, only four can go into the playoffs. The second playoff contest was Brett’s Mean Machine Team (sponsored by Miller Lite) [Trontek 29ers] vs. Alex’s TheReplicants [Draconian All-Stars].
I’m still no Jimmy Olsen, but I did my best to capture the dynamics. Photos detail a few outcomes from key actions and positions at the end of every Rush.
What a finish! Alex programmed magic with Romeo Blue and Linked. Brett’s impressive Support Staff brought (bought?) opportunity and upset over and over. Who would have thought? Two CORT playoff matches BOTH determined in Overtime!?
Brett’s Mean Machine Team heads into the CORT Championship match undefeated. More impressive? Brett is a rookie Coach! is opponent is not so green. Zak is long in the tooth when it comes to DreadBall. His Brokkr team is grizzled, steady, and tough as nails. Brett’s This season will be his sixth appearance in the big game. He’s won four times.
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Coaches! This BreadDoll Editor-in-Chief may have witnessed one the greatest DreadBall matches of all time. Only now do I begin to sober-up from an intoxicating evening of pure sports genius.
DreadBall league CORT held their first playoff game last night. Season seven was a close affair among all eight Coaches. But as the Championship game approaches, only four can go into the playoffs. First to the pitch was Ken’s Lanier Heights Losers [Rejects] vs. Zak’s Russia’s Red Twitter Bot Army [Brokkr].
I’m no Jimmy Olsen, but I did my best to capture the dynamics. Photos detail a few outcomes from key actions and positions at the end of every Rush. Post-match rosters are at the end.
While Ken does not advance to the Championship match, he does leave behind the specter of past seasons: The Sacko. CORT’s worst Coach of the season is awarded a… less than flattering trophy. Ken has been it’s recipient too often. Not this time. This season, his Rejects grew into a scoring juggernaut and laid some opponents into serious injury.
Zak move into the Championship game! He’s no stranger to the top tier test. With his seventh season appearance, he’s been to the Championship match six times! He’s taken home the colossal CORT DreadBalls Championship Trophy Four times! Will he do it again? And if so, who does he defeat?
CORT’s second playoff match is tonight, June 29 2018. Alex’s Neo-Bots vs. Brett Male Corporation. Will this BreadDoll editor be lucid enough to document the game?!
Comments, questions, and congratulations to the Coaches are welcome below.
DreadBall can be played in many formats: Single Matches, Ultimate, Xtreme, Tournaments, or my favorite – League.
I belong to a private gentlemen’s club affectionately named CORT, Citizens Of Rage Town. We gather on scheduled intervals to smack talk, drink beer, and play games. More often than not, that game is DreadBall. More often than not, our DreadBall teams have coaches. As self appointed Minister of Miniatures for CORT, I created a set of alternative models for support staff use. This is the story…
When CORT was in it’s infancy, five gentlemen played Risk Legacy. At campaign’s end, I recruited/held hostage all members to model for a painting. I’m an artist who enjoys painting portraiture. Especially masked portraiture of pop culture icons. So it was with CORT’s sitting. It was a painting of Marvel Superheroes. The Avengers. For another painting, I happened to have a Spiderman mask. Thereafter, I loosely identified the OG CORT members as;
Alex P. = Cpt. America
Jamie E. = Thor
Zak B. = Hulk
Steve S. = Iron Man
Me = Spiderman
When CORT evolved into multiple seasons of DreadBall, I decided it would be fun to have avatars for our coaching staff. I found some Marvel toys called “Handful of Heroes.” They were a slightly larger scale than DreadBall, but the minis would never be considered players. They would just be on the sidelines. So I bought some. Okay. I bought a lot. Fortunately, they were heavily discounted at a store called Five Below. I ended up with close to 40 minis for 40 bucks.
I painted the original Avengers plus Spiderman. At this point, CORT had an additional member. Ken C. Ken was not part of the Avengers painting, so he needed an avatar. I chose Doc Ock. Ken can be a scheming evil bastard on occasion and he use to grope people at clubs*. Made sense to me.
* This is an inappropriate lie I just fabricated.
Anyway, not knowing when to say when – I expanded everyone’s original avatar to three. A DreadBall coaching staff can have three coaches, so CORT members should have three coaches as well. I tried to group Marvel characters to personalities & rivalries, and kept one constant; every member would be issued a sculpt of the Hulk to use as an ‘offensive coach.’ I’ve inserted rationales to each member beneath their respective picture.
Years later, we have two new members. I really don’t know if our fresh CORT meat reads Marvel comics. I really don’t know if our fresh CORT meat plans on purchasing any coaching staff for their season 7 teams. What I do know is – tradition is important. CORT members can always choose from the official Mantic line of Supporting Staff models. There are some really cool ones (I dig the guy in the floating wheelchair). However, I painted more Marvel models for the fresh meat, and they may choose them if they so desire.
Hobby Highlight / Technical: Converting the models into DreadBall support staff was a fun learning experience. Rustoleum‘s Universal Primer is the go-to primer for this particular plastic. Once prepped, I had a blast painting such intense color schemes. DeadBall bases were filled with putty, sanded, and primed The Army Painter Matt Black. I gave each model a common front facing highlight as well at their projected threat. Just in case they ever needed to enter the pitch…