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!
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.
For Coaches unfamiliar with NADC rules, EVENT HORIZON is allowing:
The Red Planet & Renton Rejects
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:
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.
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.
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 next big tournament coming up is the General Control Cup at GenCon. But since I won’t be there I want to look just a bit further forward to the Nova CTS Cup.
WHEN: Saturday August 18th
WHERE: Evolution Games – 6323 W Saginaw Hwy, Lansing, MI 48917, USA
TIME: Registration: 12:00 12:30
Game 1: 12:30 2:00
Game 2: 2:00 3:30
Break: 3:30 4:15
Game 3: 4:15 5:45
Game 4: 5:45 7:15
Awards: 7:15 7:30
The Nova CTS Cup is part of an entire Mantic Weekend. Friday night there will be Kings of War (FOR FREE). It will be 1000pts to play and learn and have fun. On Sunday there will be a 200pt Deadzone tournament ($15) kicking off the Outbreak summer event!
Each event (Kow, DreadBall, Deadzone) you participate in will earn you some raffle tickets for a chance at a big Mantic prize!
The Nova CTS Cup is an official NADC ranked qualifier DreadBall tournament. The final results of the tournament will be submitted to Mantic and incorporated into the global ranks at dreadball.com.
The winner of the tournament in addition to any other prizes will win free admission to the Adepticorp Cup at Adepticon (Chicago) in March 2019. This is the largest event of the year and the de facto North American Championship event.
The Nova CTS Cup is also a BreadDoll sponsored event. As such:
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.]
Coaches! Huddle up, and let a schedule unfold before your marred clip boards.
The North American DreadBall Circuit (NADC) has three, THREE!, summer tournaments on schedule. You should attend one of these galactic contests. You should attend two! YOU SHOULD ATTEND THREE!!!
Not only will each NADC tournament be sanctioned by the DreadBall Governing Body (DGB), they’ll also be sponsored by your favorite little DreadBall blog – the BreadDoll! How does this impact attending coaches?
BreadDoll = All BreadDoll sponsored tournaments are chock full of awesomeness. Every participant receives a custom set of Home / Visitor cards. The tournament winner receives a set of BreadDoll D6. The tournament loser receives an actual BreadDoll! And returning Coaches that compete with a different team chip away at the coveted BD30. Coaches that participate in thirty BreadDoll sponsored tournaments with thirty different teams will receive a painted team from the BreadDoll editors!
NADC = All NADC sanctioned tournaments grant tournament winners an entry into the National Championship.
DGB = All DGB sanctioned games issue ranking points. Coaches can build their status over multiple tournaments and claim domination! Geoff Burbidge is the current raking Leader, and this travesty cannot stand.
All event information is available on DreadBall.com
[ Editor’s Digression: Have you created a coach profile? Have you created a team? Please spend a few moments on DreadBall.com, and make your presence known. Other coaches need fresh meat.]
I. Arriving soon – Origenes Cup. Returning to the Origins Game Fair in Columbus Ohio, DreadBall casts off its peculiar ‘Zero to Hero’ 2017 format for a full fledged 2nd edition throw down. Friday, June 15th.
II. Next on the tournament block, the General Control Cup! The largest convention in North America, hosts the most Orwellian tournament, for the galaxy’s best coaches. Get inside the Indianapolis Convention Center on Friday August 3rd.
III. Lastly (?), Lansing Michigan attempts a four point Strike with the Nova CTS Cup! Evolution Games hosts on Sunday August 19th.
The Nova CTS Cup is particularly interesting this year. In addition to the previously mentioned goodies, BreadDoll co-editor Geoff Burbidge has designed a BreadDoll pitch for prize support. Hot stuff!
DreadBall league play is brilliant. One-off matches are super fun. Ultimate is a chaotic hoot, and even Xtreme needs a ray of light to penetrate it’s dark hangar bay. But tournaments… Tournaments offer an opportunity to travel, enhance rankings, eat different food, meet new coaches, and spill blood on the neodurium. Hopefully, opponents’ blood…
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!
Sunday April 15, 2018. Victory Comics. Falls Church, Virginia. United States of America. The North American DreadBall Circuit (NADC) sweeps through the region and offers four rounds of intense, intergalactic, competition.
It’s the Cocoa Castle Corporation Cup, or C-4 for short. Of course there’s a backstory, and it should be consumed before the Blaine Bar tutorial below.
The story thus far:
In 896AE, Chief Culinary Specialist Konrad Castle was stationed aboard the CCS Dread. His delectable prowess caught the sweet tooth of then Captain Jesus Ortiz, who would often encounter the chef during late night pantry raids. While enjoying chocolate petit fours, Ortiz would solicit Kastle for advice on his new recreational sport in hangar 91. A lifelong friendship blossomed in the Dread galley.
After military service, Castle became principal financier of an upstart corporataion specializing in explosives manufacturing. It was not a sound business decision. It was a bust. With retirement funds squandered, Castle asked long-time friend Ortiz, now Chairman of the DGB, for a helping hand. Ortize graciously replied, donating the funds to retool Castle’s corporate warehouses into a kitchen empire. A dream come true, Castle happily abandoned his efforts at armament sales for his life’s calling; Chocolate.
Reciprocating the generosity of Ortiz, Castle’s new corportation not only serves as the official Chocolatier of Digby, it also hosts a cavity inducing DreadBall tournament:
The Cocoa Castle Corporation Cup (C-4).
Konrad Castle wouldn’t reward the C-4 winner with just an ordinary trophy. No way! Instead, the Champion gets CHOCOLATE. Golden Blaine? Ha! The C-4 has a BLAINE BAR. There is nothing better in the galaxy that an edible totem of the infamous mercenary trapped in a casket of carbonite. I mean, cocoa.
Here’s how it was done.
With molten chocolate in hand (and a little in mouth), a steady pour and patience to dry resulted in…
May the best Coach enjoy this morsel of mayhem. And remember, even the worst Coach doesn’t leave hungry. Last place gets a BreadDoll. All coaches go back to the local room with a custom Home / Visitor card. And there’ll be some certificates and more chocolate delicacies to boot. Good luck to everyone attending the C-4! Interested competitors may still attend. Please visit DreadBall.com.
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.
I was planning on writing a painting article on how I painted my Judwan for today’s article but instead I’m just going to talk about Adepticon 2018.
Adepticon 2018 starts tomorrow in Schaumburg, Illinois in the USA. I’ve been going to Adepticon for 4 years now (this is my 4th trip). I started going back in 2014 because I wanted to play DreadBall. It was great fun with a turnout of more than 20 coaches. I met many great people most of whom I now consider friends even if I only see them a couple times a year.
Since my first trip to Adepticon to play DreadBall the game has dropped off a lot of peoples radar. Every year there have been fewer coaches at the Adepticon tournament. With the release of 2nd edition DreadBall this weekend at Adepticon I’m sure this will be the first year, since I started going, that there will be more coaches at the Adepticon tournament than the year before. Exciting times.
There is a good deal of DreadBall going on at Adepticon this year besides just the tournament on Thursday. As I said 2nd edition is launching and will be on sale at the convention. There will be demos at the Mantic booth. Your very own BreadDoll will be running a League in a Night on Friday night. Saturday is Mantic Open Night and I’m sure there will be DreadBall demos in addition to a big game of DreadBall Ultimate for the top 6 coaches from the Adepticorp Tournament.
I look forward to Adepticon and seeing old friends and playing DreadBall every year. This year looks to be a great one and I’m looking forward to next year being even better!