Tournament Time / Rush Report: C-4 2018

The 2018 North American DreadBall Circuit’s C-4 is a wrap!

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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.”

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The NADC’s DC*DC / 2015 – 2017 / Blood was spilled

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.

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Delicacy may be a kind…

*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

  1. Geoff Burbidge / Tree Sharks / Planet X Mountain Tigers / 12 / 110 / 0 / 4-0
  2. Andrew Wodzianski / Void Sirens / C.U.N.T.S. / 9 / 32 / 1 / 3-1
  3. Brett Postal / Trontek 29ers / Mean Machine / 6 / 37 / 2 / 2-2
  4. Xanth Squires / Pelgar Mytics / ‘Judwan’ / 6 / 29 / 0 / 2-2
  5. Kevin Cornell / Trontek 29ers / Green Corp / 3 / 55 / 2 / 1-3
  6. Don Squires / Nemion Oceanics / ‘Sphyr’ / 0 / 13 / 0 / 0-4
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5th place and most violent – Kevin Cornell.
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Brett Postal in 3rd place, and the most sporting ( C-4 was his first tournament and he NEVER USED PROFANITY).
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Last place, and recipient of the delicious BreadDoll – Don Squires.
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Most Cheers, Best Painted, recipient of a BreadDoll dice set, AND consumer of the Chocolate Blaine Bar – 1st place Geoff Burbidge.
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This BreadDoll editor didn’t get a picture of himself with his 2nd place certificate, so here I am getting knocked around by Brett’s Lucky Logan.

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!

 

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Tournament Time / Hobby Highlight: C-4 2018 & the BLAINE BAR

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…

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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.

Rush Report / Tournament Time: Adepticorp 2018

 

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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.

Tournament Time: Adepticon 2018

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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.

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League in a Night. League style played over 4 games on Friday night starting at 7pm in the Mantic room (Utopia D).

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!

AdeptiCorp Cup 2018 Tournament Rules

League in a Night Rules

Rush Report / Tournament Time: Clash of the Giants 3 results

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.

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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.

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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.

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The only Coach to conquer Xanth was his own father.  Like Cronos devouring his children, Don took home the GIANT first place trophy.

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And for bragging rights, the employees of Victory Comics selected Dean’s Karadon as the “Best Painted” Giant.

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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.

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Additionally, Champion Don Squires will be receiving a set of BreadDoll dice.  Congrats Dad!

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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.

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Tournament Time: Giant Trophies are either HOME or VISITOR

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Clash of the Giants returns!  A popular format for the Mid-Atlantic region, coaches are encouraged to hire Giants as part of their tournament inducements.  For the third iteration, the Giants may look familiar.  However, Coaches now have to manage 2nd edition rules.  Those who best ‘plan their work, and work their plan’ will be rewarded – WITH A TROPHY!

As mentioned in a previous post, ‘Origins of the BreadDoll‘, I love making tournament trophies.  Home brew, low-brow, and as inexpensive as possible are the best.  Any Tournament Organizer can make a handful of custom trophies for an event.  The only requirements are some time, a bit of energy, and creativity.

I’m a “thrifter.”  I go to thrift stores all the time.  I don’t need anything in a Thrift Store.  Instead, I go because I love to look.  It’s almost a creative process, imagining what materials may be ripe for transformation.  I also love to live, and I sometimes stop at a store to wake myself up.  I have a long driving commute home, and I’m prone to falling asleep at the wheel.  Mortal digression aside; I usually buy any trophies I lay my eyes upon.  My first commitment: I never spend more than $3 USD on a trophy unless it’s over 36″ tall.

With random bowling trophy in hand,  I prep the memento.  I strip off any label and I saw off the figurine (or figure’s limb).  Then I slam on a new label, and paint.  Done!  My second commitment: I never spend more than fifteen minutes on a trophy unless it’s for my private league (CORT).

For the 2018 Clash of the Giants, I went a slightly different route.  Instead of pulling from my thrift trophy inventory, I went to Party City.  It’s a chain store specializing in… parties…  Beads, balloons, candies, costumes.  That kind of stuff.  The sell an 8 pack of plastic cup trophies.  I bought a package for $9 USD.

Then I went to Walmart.  It’s a store that specializes in…  Nothing.  It’s just a whole bunch of stuff.  BreadDoll readers may be familiar with it.  I bought a can of gold spray paint and a package of generic plastic dinosaurs.  $10 USD at checkout.

A little bit of cutting, painting, printing and super glue – the trophies were almost finished!  I wanted to give each one a little more weight, so I poured plaster into each cup.  They’re no longer top-heavy, and now rest on any flat surface with pride.

Six trophies for less than $20 USD. And now I have; two spare trophies for a future tournament, some spray paint, and some tiny plastic Dinos for the cat to bat around.

The Alpha and Omega are a bit different.

1st place is a humongous toy dinosaur I found at a garage sale.  The T-Rex has a medal strapped over its impressive neck.

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Last place is…  A BreadDoll.

But no Coach leaves empty handed.  Clash of the Giants is the first BreadDoll sponsored event.  To celebrate, every participant receives a set of Home/Visitor Fans Cards.

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Clash of the Giants 3 takes place on Sunday January 28.  11am – 5pm.  Victory Comics, Falls Church VA.  USA.

Tournament Time: Clash of the Giants 3

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DreadBall returns!
Once again, Victory Comics graciously hosts a DreadBall Battle of Big Brutes. It’s time for Clash of the Giants 3!

Sunday, January 28, 2018, 11am – 6pm

Victory Comics, 586 S Washington St, Falls Church, VA 22046, USA

Tournament Organizer Andrew Wodzianski declares the following rules and regulations, procedures and policies:
2nd edition rules, with the following distinctions:
  • Recommended Team Builds only. No Martians.
  • 285 mc for inducements.
  • Giants may be purchased as part of inducements.
  • If one Coach has a Giant on their roster, they may choose between home and away. Otherwise draw.

Inducement costs:

  • 140 – 285mc = Giants
  • 80mc = Coaching Assistants (max three)
  • 60mc = Cheerleaders (max four)
  • 75mc = DreadBall cards (max seven)
  • 50mc = Coaching Dice (max seven)

 Please note: Because the second edition arrived in North America in early 2018, this tournament will be considered a “learning tournament.” Many coaches will be playing with the second edition rules for the first time. Consequently, this tournament will focus on the basics. Plus Giants!
Chin up! Future tournaments may include; custom rosters, transfers, team captains, mvps, galactic tour planets, etc.

1/28/2018 Schedule:
11:00 – 11:30 = registration and set-up
11:30 – 12:40 = game 1
12:50 – 2:00 = game 2
2:10 – 3:20 = game 3
3:30 – 4:40 = game 4
4:40 – 5:00 = awards and clean-up

 Entry Fee:
$12

 Awards:
  • 1st Place
  • 2nd Place
  • 3rd Place
  • Most Violent Coach [highest number of serious injuries]
  • Most Sporting Coach
  • Most Popular Coach [highest cheers]
  • Best Painted
  • Most Experienced Player [Coach with player earning the most experience]
  • BreadDoll*

 Want to bring new coaches? Do it! Want to join us at Space Bar after the tournament? Let’s go! Any other questions? Ask TO Andrew.
*The BreadDoll is proud to sanction Clash of the Giants 3 as its first event!  All coaches will receive ‘Home’ and ‘Away’ cards!  Additionally, coaches will have their teams recorded towards an epic goal.  It’s top-secret for now 😉