Scattered Scullery: What the Deck?!?

So, you’ve got the game. Look at those lovely models! Take in a deep breath of that new book smell….just lovely. Nice new board. Lots of action tokens, score markers. Then it hits you…what the deck?!? What do I do with all these cards?!?
Well, light up the stove and let’s get to the kitchen to see what’s cooking with all these here cards…

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Some Decks are bigger than others…
First things first. You need to know that not all decks are created equal. There a couple different card decks you need to know about. The first is the Standard Deck. You see those cards with the “?” the backs? Yep, those ones. Those are the standard DreadBall cards that the rules usually refer to. That’s where the Action and Special cards reside. This is the big deck.

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The Standard DreadBall Card!

Now, there is also such a thing as an Event Deck. The thing is, it’s not out yet. However, as KS backers for DB 2nd Edition, we have managed to get our grubby little paws on some of these Event cards in other forms. But more on that later. The important thing to know is, the Event deck is a separate deck from the Standard Deck. It contains all sorts of sports shenanigans to shake up your games. Great fun for one-offs and leagues….probably not so much for tournament play. These work by taking a special subsection of these Event Cards called Event Triggers. These Trigger Cards have the Standard DB Deck “?” Backing and are shuffled in with those. Whenever you draw a Trigger card for any reason from the Standard Deck, you resolve an Event by flipping over the top card from the Event Deck. Don’t worry though, your card isn’t wasted, it says right on the Trigger card to go ahead and draw another Standard card to replace it.

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EVENTS! You can tell they’re Events, cause of the !

 

There are a couple other sources for Events too. The Azure Forest League, for example, has its own Event deck, and is used when you want your matches to have some thematic elements unique to the forest moon—like adverse weather conditions or getting attacked by wild fauna! The Azure Forest Event Cards are used instead of the regular Event Deck, but has its own Triggers to shuffle in to the Standard Deck. The Azure Forest League also has some additional Standard DreadBall cards that are to be shuffled into the Standard Deck as well. Again, it helps here to know the card backs…”?” means Standard, and “!” means Event. If you ever want to reset your decks back to normal, look on the card fronts in the bottom left hand corner…there are special little symbols there to help differentiate your card sets. Tired of playing in the rain? Ready to get back indoors? Simply pull out all the Azure icon DB cards and Triggers and leave out the Event deck…you’re back to normal!

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Ultimate also has some unique cards to add to your DB experience! Here are the events, and you can tell they are for Ultimate because of the DBU logo in the bottom left hand corner. There are also Standard Cards for DBU as well.

Cards Ahoy!
Lastly, we have the infamous Captain Cards. Each Captain has, er, WILL have, a deck of 10 cards. However, it is important to note that TWO of these have the “!” on the back. Know what that means? YES! That’s right, they are Event Cards. These are here to add team themed events to your Event Deck IF, and only if, you are using the Event Deck in a match. Otherwise, set them aside. Now, the other 8 Cards? These are fun. These are the ones that you shuffle and deal yourself when you hire a Captain in the first place. The Cards you select are then added to your roster, and it means that EVERY match that your Captain takes place in for your team, you start with those cards in your hand. The other cards are not used at this time. HOWEVER, if your Captain gains an advancement, they may forgo the normal advancement tables in favor of again shuffling and dealing the remaining Captain cards and choosing one to again add to your roster. And man-o-man, there are some FUN captain cards. But don’t listen to me, shuffle ‘em up and try them out yourself!

 

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Captain Cards have their respective team logo in the bottom left hand corner. In this case, these are for Raidan, captain of the Matsudo Tectonics!

Get your Decks out and PLAY!

Well, after this little overview, hopefully you will feel a little more confident handling all those decks now. As for the tactics and strategies of how best to use them and when? I’m sure we will get to that in the Playbook down the road. Until then, deal yourself in for some fun!

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Scattered Scullery: BreadDoll Origin

Fresh from the oven is a tale for losers.  It’s the history of the BreadDoll!

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I organize DreadBall tournaments in the Mid-Atlantic area of the United States.  I love competitive play, meeting new coaches, learning new strategies, visiting with old friends, and hanging around in game stores.  Who wouldn’t want to organize a DreadBall tournament?

I also love making tournament trophies.  Not high-end, expensive trophies.  I mean ridiculous, kit-bashed trophies.  The materials are usually inexpensive, the time to build can vary, but the result is always from the heart.

First, second, third place trophies are fun.  But I enjoy the superlatives the most; Most Brutal, Fan Favorite, Best Sportsmanship, Best Painted…  But last place?

 

It’s British custom to award a wooden spoon to last place contestants.  Originally conceived at the University of Cambridge for barely passing math students, the wooden spoon award would somehow migrate to rugby, tennis, and soccer (I’m a full blooded American.  It’s soccer.). So it would be with DreadBall.  Last place coaches in DreadBall tournaments receive a wooden spoon.

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The North American DreadBall Circuit manager, “Chopper” Lewis, encouraged a decidedly American take on the wooden spoon; the plastic spoon.

I felt I could do better.  But it wasn’t without help from a friend.

I met my buddy Paul Gerarden at a King of Tokyo tournament.  Then we started playing other games; Blood Bowl Team Manager, X-Wing TMG, etc…  He knew of my fondness for silly tournament trophies and messaged me on January 27, 2016:

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Free idea for a dreadball trophy: the bread doll prize.  Somebody who is playing the wrong game.

Despite a skill set for crossword puzzles, I adore word play.  Puns, metaphors, similes.  Alliteration, assonance, consonance.  Or in the case of the BreadDoll – spoonerism.  Spoonerism is an error in speech in which corresponding consonants or vowels are switched between two words in a phrase.  These are named after an Oxford don and ordained minister, William Spooner.  Since a spoonerism has British provenance,  an alternative BreadDoll trophy for last place in a DreadBall tournament makes perfect sense (to me).

And the awarded coach can eat it.  All powers of the BreadDoll are immediately transferred to the devourer.  What power you ask?  You’ll have to earn one to find out…

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(Coach Steven Jascizek taking home both Most Brutal and the BreadDoll)

How to make your own BreadDoll:

1.  Buy a tube of crescent rolls from your FLGS (Friendly Local Grocery Store).
2.  Roll, stretch, and repeat the dough into two very long lengths.
3.  Pretzel the lengths into the form of MAN.  Be mindful of stress points around the “neck.”
4.  Garnish form with sugar & spice (I prefer cinnamon and brown sugar).
5.  Bake according to crescent roll instructions.
6.  After cooling, wrap the BreadDoll in foil for safe transport to the tournament.
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