Tis the season. The season for Slams. The season for Strikes.
The 2020 North American DreadBall Circuit begins its soft launch at Adepticon. For Coaches unaware, Adpeticon is a boutique gaming convention with a focus on miniatures and war gaming. It’s a perfect venue for Mantic Games, and DreadBall is well represented.
Two DreadBall events are scheduled. An Alpha and an Omega; one will chronicle a beginning while another capstones a grand finish. An attentive Rules Committee has listened and learned. Rules have been adjusted, tweaked, and modified to maximize fun and competitive blood-lust.
The Last is first. Adepticon celebrates a year of accomplishment with a Big Championship – The Adepticorp Cup! Any and all Coaches are welcome to play on Friday March 17, but those who won a 2019 North American DreadBall Circuit (NADC) regional tournament get a pass. The DreadBall Governing Body (i.e. Digby, i.e. Rules Committee) trimmed and tightened the tournament language from previous years. The main difference? The 2020 NADC rules packet scales back on team building. Only recommended team builds are allowed, and thereafter only 80mc in inducements. This approach lowers the bar of tournament entry while focusing on tactics. The NADC rules packet can be found in our Documents page.
Before a champion is crowned, a contest for growth is conducted! League in a Night returns for a third year. On Thursday, March 26 – Coaches strive for experience. How quickly can a team develop into a unstoppable force? After two years of feedback, Digby has leaned into the format, making it even more distinct from the Adepticorp Cup. There’s a bit of customization allowed in the beginning, and larger payouts after each match. Tactics are obviously still important, but now there’s a meta-game to strategize. The League in a Night 3 rules packet can be found in our Documents page.
Because both events are co-sponsored by the BreadDoll, participating Coaches will receive a set of Home / Visitor cards.
This BreadDoll editor also happens to be the Tournament(s) Organizer. While bribes are always welcome; here are a few things to keep in mind / reinforce for competing Coaches:
- Bring a set of the game; pitch, cards, tokens, and rules. DreadBall is a magical game, but it does not appear out of thin air.
- Bring your team prepared for play; hexed, faced, painted, and yes – numbered. Numbered players matter less in the Adepticorp Cup, but they are vital for League in a Night.
- Bring your patience. DreadBall may have relatively simple rules, but complexities and confusion does occur. Display the timely virtue while settling rules disputes with your opponent. If you and your adversary can’t reach a consensus, find the TO.
- Bring your watch. Even though patience is preferred, you’re also under the clock. Don’t hog your Rush.
- Bring your attention. Have fun, but make certain it’s fun because of a board game called DreadBall. Stay in the present, enjoy the company of a living Coach across the table, and stop looking at your god damn phone.
- Bring a roster, then bring another. Blank rosters are provided, but it’s a time and stress saver if you have one prepared in advance. Further, an extra copy of the roster is a courtesy and kind gesture to your opponent. Pass it off, and let your competitor hold onto it during the match.
- Bring deodorant. You’re not a hobgoblin.
- Bring some sugar. It may be a candy bar, a beer, or even a bag of cane sugar. Bring whatever is needed to stay ramped and rolling.
- Bring hand sanitizer. There’s a lot of touching. GOOD touching. But still, some Coaches have sticky fingers (see above). And… there’s some sort of virus out there.
While these items are mentioned for Adepticon, they’re valid for almost any tournament.
If Adepticon is not possible, find another session of organized play. If that’s not possible, organize one yourself! DreadBall is very tournament friendly, and you already know that DreadBall Coaches are pretty darn friendly themselves. Reach out below if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or bribe suggestions.