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.
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.
Abilities: Threatening, Ram, Uncontrolled
Value 225 mc
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.
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.
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.
Translation: Assemble human scum, and read the data generated from another successful ‘District of Columbia DreadBall Cup.’
The Martians hosted another NADC event, the DC*DC. An elite group of fearless Coaches accepted the Martian invite to play DreadBall in a daunting environment; WashingCon IV. It was the fourth DC*DC. It was the fourth WashingCon. Coincidence?
WashingCon is a convention like no other. Small, but sweet. Crowded, but cool. High priced, but high valued. WashingCon is a convention that focuses on playing board games. In particular, an abundance of family board games. You cannot swing a dead Yndij by the tail without hitting a child at WashingCon.
DreadBall was an outlier. It was the only miniature game presentat the convention, disguised as a board game! The Martians are tricky, mischievous organizers. In a bout of counter programming, gamers far and wide came to witness the spectacle of DreadBall demonstrations and a tournament. Flyers were distributed, and mints were consumed. Three veteran Coaches entered the contest, and three brand new Coaches learned to play on Saturday in order to compete on Sunday. Now that’s moxie.
Not surprisingly, the rookie Coaches got messed up against seasoned competitors. But the winners were generous, the losers were eager to play in the next tournament, and the folk in middle had playbook criticism. So it goes. The Supreme Leader marked these rules and results:
The 2018 NADC rules pack was in effect. In short; Team builds were 1,200 mc. No Giants, no transfers, no Ronnie Rejects, and no “We Can Rebuild Him.” Team Captains, support staff, and generic player advancements (one per player at 25 mc) were allowed.
Coach and Team name
Race. Tournament Points. Total Fan Cheers. Total Serious Injuries. Match specs.
6. Juan Casanas and his Bash Bros.!
Brokkr. 0. 48. 4
Match 1. vs. Andrew. 3 point loss in Rush 10.
Match 2. vs. Wes. 7 point loss in Rush 5.
Match 3. vs. Dave. 2 point loss in Rush 6.
Match 4. vs. Brett. 3 point loss in Rush 12.
5. Dave Erickson and his Hunky Human Hot Hogs!
Human Corporation, Male. 3. 28. 0.
Match 1. vs. Brett. 3 point loss in Rush 10.
Match 2. vs. Geoff. 7 point loss in Rush 3.
Match 3. vs. Juan. 2 point win in Rush 6.
Match 4. vs. Wes. 1 point loss in Rush 6.
4. Wes Hayden and his Convicts of the Criminally Corrupt!
Convicts. 6. 23. 0.
Match 1. vs. Geoff. 7 point loss in Rush 5.
Match 2. vs. Juan. 7 point win in Rush 5.
Match 3. vs. Andrew. 7 point loss in Rush 5.
Match 4. vs. Dave. 1 point win in Rush 6.
3. Andrew Wodzianski and his C.O.C.K.S.U.C.K.E.R.S.!
Z’zor. 6. 39. 2.
Match 1. vs Juan. 3 point win in Rush 10.
Match 2. vs. Brett. 7 point loss in Rush 13.
Match 3. vs Wes. 7 point win in Rush 5.
Match 4. vs Geoff. 2 point loss in Rush 12.
2. Brett Postal and his Vampy Voluptuous Voids!
Human Corporation, Female. 9. 21. 0
Match 1. vs Dave. 3 point win in Rush 10.
Match 2. vs Andrew. 7 point win in Rush 13.
Match 3. vs. Geoff. 7 point loss in Rush 7.
Match 4. vs. Juan. 3 point win in Rush 12.
And the champion Geoff Burbidge with his Sphyria’s Fist!
Sphyr. 12. 27. 0.
Match 1. vs. Wes. 7 point win in Rush 10.
Match 2. vs. Dave. 7 point win in Rush 3.
Match 3. vs. Brett. 7 point win in Rush 7.
Match 4. vs Andrew. 2 point win in Rush 12.
And so, the North American DreadBall Circuit comes to a close for 2018. Or does it? If another golden ticket to the National Championship at Adepticon 2019 is on the calendar, let us know in the comments below. Otherwise, keep the brushes swinging. Keep the Slams brutal. Keep the Strikes blistering. May all of your sixes explode, especially when you’re playing against this Geoff character…
The seventh season of DreadBall CORT has officially wrapped. While a celebratory, post-season Ultimate match will see the top ranked six Coaches compete in September, the worst and the the first have been crowned.
Among CORT’s many traditions, each season is named. Previous years have included;
S3 The Search for Spock
S5 Slaughterhouse Five
and S6 Christ Punchers
Most seasons are titled after pop culture references. Season seven’s title, “Fresh Meat,” was literal. For the first time since it’s inception, CORT welcomed two new coaches into the fold. Their season debuts could not have been more different and their final matches are detailed below.
THE CORT DB S7 SACKO
VETERAN Steve’s Diaspora (Yndij) vs FRESH MEAT Gavrie’s Bruce (Sphyr)
The Sacko is played to determine the Coach with the worst season record. In a surprisingly tight field, the bottom game squared veteran Steve against fresh meat Gavrie.
THE CORT DB S7 Championship
FRESH MEAT Brett’s Mean Machine (Male Corporation) vs VETERAN Zak’s Russia’s Red Twitter Bot Army (Brokkr)
Several CORT Coaches will have an opportunity to seek revenge and hurl final insults during the post-season Ultimate match. BreadDoll readers can anticipate another Rush Report from that game. Meanwhile, Gavrie begins considering his team draft for Season 8. That season will see its first ball launch in October. Do readers have suggestions for CORT’s season 8 name? Let us know in the comments below.
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.
Hear ye! Hear ye! Gather round common coaches, and let me share a compelling compilation of numbers. Thy third Origenes Cup has concluded!
The 2018 Origins Game Fair in Columbus Ohio saw a futuristic sports tournament in its 2nd edition, and The Ohio War Kings graciously allowed DreadBall coaches to launch balls in their gaming area. An elite gathering from the stretches of North America competed for seven action-packed hours, and the results were fascinating. Final rankings were a nail biter, even to the last Rush.
The 2018 DreadBall UK National Championship rules pack was in effect, with ONE modification; Only ONE MVP was allowed in a team build.
In short; Team builds were 1,200 mc. No Giants, no transfers, no Ronnie Rejects, and no “We Can Rebuild Him.” Team Captains, support staff, and generic player advancements (one per player at 25 mc) were allowed.
Coach and Team name
Race. Tournament Points. Total Fan Cheers. Total Serious Injuries. Match specs.
8. Joshua Tumbry and his South Bend Sewer Rats!
Veer-myn. 0. 12. 0.
Match 1. vs. Jon Carter. 1 point loss in Rush 10.
Match 2. vs. Wes Anslinger. 7 point loss in Rush 5.
Match 3. vs. David Baker. 7 point loss in Rush 6.
Match 4. vs. Ed Daugh. 4 point loss in Rush 12.
7. Wes Anslinger and his L.E.D.s (Life Extinction Diagnostics)!
Meta-Bots. 3. 26. 2.
Match 1. vs. Richard Matney. 3 point loss in Rush 9.
Match 2. vs. Joshua Tumbry. 7 point win in Rush 5.
Match 3. vs. Jon Carter. 1 point loss in Rush 14.
Match 4. vs. David Baker. 7 point loss in Rush 12.
6. David Baker and his Shaken & Baken!
Trontek 29ers. 6. 20. 1.
Match 1. vs. Geoff Burbidge. 2 point loss in Rush 10.
Match 2. vs. Ed Daugh. 1 point loss in Rush 12.
Match 3. vs. Joshua Tumbry. 7 point win in Rush 6.
Match 4. vs. Wes Anslinger. 7 point win in Rush 12.
5. Ed Daugh and his BUG BASH!
Z’zor. 6. 30. 7.
Match 1. vs. Lee Montgomery. 7 point loss in Rush 11.
Match 2. vs. David Baker. 1 point win in Rush 12.
Match 3. vs. Geoff Burbidge. 1 point loss in Rush 14.
Match 4. vs. Joshua Tumbry. 4 point win in Rush 12.
4. Jon Carter and his Teras Kasi Omegas (TKO)!
Teratons. 7. 57. 4.
Match 1. vs. Joshua Tumbry. 1 point win in Rush 10.
Match 2. vs. Richard Matney. TIE in Rush 12.
Match 3. vs. Wes Anslinger. 1 point win in Rush 14.
Match 4. vs. Lee Montgomery. 7 point loss in Rush 3.
3. Richard Matney and his Proto Doom!
Cyborgs. 7. 72. 4.
Match 1. vs. Wes Anslinger. 3 point win in Rush 9.
Match 2. vs. Jon Carter. TIE in Rush 12.
Match 3. vs. Lee Montgomery. 1 point win in Rush 10.
Match 4. vs. Geoff Burbidge. 1 point loss in Rush 14.
2. Geoff Burbidge and his Unnatural Selection!
Mutants. 9. 18. 0.
Match 1. vs. David Baker. 2 point win in Rush 10.
Match 2. vs. Lee Montgomery. 7 point loss in Rush 3.
Match 3. vs. Ed Daugh. 1 point win in Rush 14.
Match 4. vs. Richard Matney. 1 point win in Rush 14.
Lee Montgomery and his Sim-ian Swarm!
Zees. 9. 32. 0.
Match 1. vs. Ed Daugh. 7 point win in Rush 11.
Match 2. vs. Geoff Burbidge. 7 point win in Rush 3.
Match 3. vs. Richard Matney. 1 point loss in Rush 10.
Match 4. vs. Jon Carter. 7 point win in Rush 3.
The 2018 Origenes Cup could not have been done without the support of many DreadBall fanatics. Thanks to Michael Carter and the Ohio War Kings, Andy Meechan, Ciaran Morris, and my BreadDoll co-editors.
[Editor’s Note: I’m gratefully passing the Tournament Organizer baton to Mike Mueller for Gen Con 2018. I need to answer less questions, and get back on the pitch. I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in Indianapolis.]
The 2018 North American DreadBall Circuit’s C-4 is a wrap!
DreadBall’s second edition presented an opportunity to retire the former Mid-Atlantic NADC event, and create something new. And so the Martian sponsored District of Columbia DreadBall Cup is demoted to a “non-ranking tournament” while the Cocoa Castle Corporation Cup (C-4) emerges as the new DreadBall.com “DGB Regional Competition.”
Those resilient Martians are a prickly bunch, and their return to hosting DreadBall tournaments will undoubtedly be filled with vengeance, mayhem, and slaughter. There is speculation of a themed contest featuring an epic host finale for the top seed…
Konrad Castle’s Chocolate Empire had a humble debut on Sunday April 15, 2018. Six Coaches brought the pain with a modified rule set* from the 2018 UK DreadBall Championship. All participating coaches received a custom set of Home / Visitor cards as well as a Chocolate Castle delicacy.
*No MVPs were allowed.
Veteran and rookie coaches rolled dice, and team captains made an appearance for three teams! First introduced at Adepticon’s 2018 League in a Night competition (sponsored by the BreadDoll), the power and versatility of team captains is something to behold. Their greatest attribute may be a matter of debate, but there’s no doubt: access to extra and unique cards, buffed stats, and assistant coach capabilities offer a lot. However, those benefits do come at a high cost towards team construction. Any team captain is going to have a mark on their back. It’s a good thing tournaments have resurrection between rounds!
EDITOR’S NOTE: I feel access to additional cards are the Captains’ greatest strength. While a TC’s cost may seem prohibitive, consider that two cards are worth 150mc. With that calculation in mind, the most expensive TC seems more acceptable, and the least expensive is practically a bargain! Beg to differ? Let us know in the comments.
Coach / Team / Team Name / Tournament Points (TP) / Cheers / Serious Injuries / Record
Geoff Burbidge / Tree Sharks / Planet X Mountain Tigers / 12 / 110 / 0 / 4-0
Well played Coaches, and many thanks to DreadBall’s regional FLGS home; Victory Comics in Falls Church Virginia.
The BreadDoll’s next sponsored tournament is another DGB Regional Competition! The NADC’s classic Origenes Cup will launch balls at 9am on Friday June 15, 2018 at the Origins Gaming Convention. The BreadDoll hopes to see you there!
So the DreadBall tournament at Adepticon was held a few weeks ago. All the members of BreadDoll were in attendance and I had a great time, no doubt aided by my victory. There were 14 coaches playing, a big improvement over last year with only 6 coaches due to the lull between the announcement of 2nd Edition and it’s release this year.
The tournament started a bit rough. I was matched up against fellow BreadDoller Lee Montgomery, one of the best DreadBall players I know. Lee is a master of DreadBall tactics as I’m sure is clear from his articles here. A little something known as the Sucker Draw that you might all be familiar with was used on me and the best I could manage was a tie with Lee in that first game. It was a close thing against Lee’s Sphyr.
The next 2 games were a lot of fun and ended in landslide victories. I played a Matsudan team and a Forge Father team run by some really great guys.
The third game was against a great guy named Volker who was going into the final round undefeated playing the Sphyr. Both of our dice rolls during the final game were absolutely terrible but Volker’s roll were some of the worst dice I’ve ever seen. I won the game and the tournament.
I was the Visiting team in every match of the tournament.
Clash of the Giants 3 was held on Sunday January 28, 2018. Ten coaches threw down Slams and Strikes in a battle of big boasts. Literally. Coaches were encouraged to hire an MVP Giant as part of their inducements.
Coach / Team / Tournament Points / Record / Fan Check / Total Injuries*
1) Don S. / Renton Rejects / 8 / 4-0 / 52 / 2 [Nameless Spawn]
2) Xanth S. / Male Corp. / 6 / 3-1 / 59 / 3 [Nameless Spawn]
3) Nathan / Mastudan / 4 / 2-2 / 50 / 2 [no Giant 😦 ]
4) Dean W. / Veer-myn / 4 / 2-2 / 48 / 1 [Karadon]
5) Lee M. / Sphyr / 4 / 2-2 / 23 / 3 [Karadon]
6) Andrew W. / Male Corp. / 4 / 2-2 / 20 / 0 [Big Mech]
7) Geoff B. / Neobots / 4 / 2-2 / 16 / 1 [Barricade]
8) Steve S. / Metabots / 4 / 2-2 / 13 / 0 [Barricade]
9) Daria W. / Martians / 2 / 1-3 / 39 / 2 [Big Mech]
10) Cael M. / Teratons / 0 / 0-4 / 22 / 5 [Dozer]
For ranking purposes, I prioritized; tournament points > record > fan checks. Fan checks are far more egalitarian in the second edition.
* Serious Injuries were only tracked to award The “Most Brutal” Trophy.
I also asked all coaches to track experience for their players. I was curious to see how far a player could advance in a tournament setting. No ability upgrades were granted between matches; the tracking was merely an experiment. Without the league consideration of serious injuries, Nathan had a Mastudan Jack earn 28 experience. He won the “Most Experienced” trophy as well as 3rd place.
Cael does not care about winning. He only cares about killing. Credit to him, he wanted the “Most Violent” trophy – he got the “Most Violent” trophy. He also came in last place and won the delicious BreadDoll.
Xanth is an intense coach and familiar with tournament loot. His trophy collection saw the addition of both “Most Popular” (previously called Fan favorite) and 2nd place.
The only Coach to conquer Xanth was his own father. Like Cronos devouring his children, Don took home the GIANT first place trophy.
And for bragging rights, the employees of Victory Comics selected Dean’s Karadon as the “Best Painted” Giant.
It’s important to note; Clash of the Giants 3 was the first BreadDoll sanctioned event. All coaches received Home and Visitor cards with the event title.
Additionally, Champion Don Squires will be receiving a set of BreadDoll dice. Congrats Dad!
Lastly, all coaches and their teams have been recorded. They are BreadDollers, and they have an epic charge:
COMPETE IN 30 BREADDOLL EVENTS WITH 30 DIFFERENT TEAMS.
This goal will take years to complete, and it will not go unrewarded. Any BreadDoll coach that accomplishes this lofty objective will get a painted team from the BreadDoll staff.
One down. Twenty nine to go.
At the end of the day, coaches with a parched throat traveled to the Space Bar for a pint. Or three. Cheers.