Hobby Highlight: Sideline Card

When I play DreadBall I prefer a narrow low-profile pitch instead of the larger pitches. I like the smaller table space the low-profile pitches take up and the portability.

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One of the few drawbacks is the lack of a sideline to place Support Staff. The solution: Sideline Card.

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The Sideline Card is simply placed along the side of the low-profile pitch of your choice and used to track when your Support Staff (Assistant Coaches and Cheerleaders) are available to be used.

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If you don’t have or use Fan Support cards (Home/Visitor) to put your Fan Checks under you can also use an alternate version of the Sideline Card.

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The Sideline Card is designed to be printed on a ‘Big Card’ (3.5″ x 5.75″). Here is a suitably large card back.

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The Greatest Sport in the Galaxy!……?

The Greatest Sport in the Galaxy!……?

Most popular sport in the galaxy?

DreadBall is by far the most popular sport in the GCPS Core Worlds. It even has a sizable following in some of the outer spheres. But the further you get from the Core and all it’s niceties, far from all the glitz and glamor, you find “entertainment” can take wildly different forms. And heck, while as previously mentioned DreadBall may be the most POPULAR sport in Core space, it is certainly not the ONLY sport.

So, what other sports grace the tri-vids and holodecks of the far future?

Well, we know OF Razordisc. But not too much about it.

I imagine there is some kind of racing too.

If you ain’t first, you’re last!

I also firmly believe there has to be some kind of combat sport too….a futuristic MMA with cyborgs, aliens…and…and alien cyborgs! I’ve toyed with some rules for such a thing. Maybe I’ll actually finish it one day…..maybe.

Watch out for its left hook…..er, stabby thing

Another project I’ve looked at is a sort of mash up of American Gladiator meets Ninja Warrior. Basically, the Warpath equivalent of that cinematic masterpiece, The Running Man. I think that would make for a fantastically crazy fun game night! Star Saga tiles, some crazy big baddies (like my Barricade with two Strider Chainsaw arms!), and a couple of expendable runners….might have to dig into that one a little deeper!

“This ain’t the Price is Right!”

However, what I really think might be interesting, and given the focus of this blog, is what other variants of DB are there? We have the stadium game. We have the spectacle that is Ultimate. But what about that rumored underground version of DreadBall? That illegal variant that may just be a little too eXtreme for the masses? Well, let’s see where we can take that, but we might have to start in a back alley first, before venturing into the criminal underground…

Till next time, keep it legal!

Rush Report: CORT Season 9’s Kick-Off

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.

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Crude but credited; CORT’s first match was a bout of Champions. Season 4’s Champ Jamie had his Neobot team DOMINMATRIX square off against Season 7’s Champ Brett and his Yndij team FULL MOONS.
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If it’s a CORT match, there’s drinking. Prior to the first ball’s launch, three glasses are poured and consumed. PLAY BALL!
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May the best Coach win!
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At the end of Rush 1, the Neobots fail to clear a 2 point Strike lane and settle for 1.

 

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The Yndij respond at the end of Rush 2 with a 2 point Strike.

 

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Full Moons ahead by 1 at the end of Rush 2.
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Rush 3 begins a wave of unfortunate dice rolling as a Neobot Striker misses.
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Scattered, the ball is ready for a Rush 4 pick-up.

 

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The bad rolling continues. You can’t move the ball if you can’t hold the ball. Rush 4 comes to a premature and anti-climatic end.

 

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Rush 5 alive! The Neobots prime themselves for redemption and hope to swing the pendulum back. NOPE.

 

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Rush 6 presents an opportunity for Yndij to break away and take a commanding lead. NOPE.
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At the end of Rush 6, the DreadBall is lonely and depressed. It hasn’t seen such little action since that middle school dance.
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Rush 7 is another tale of disappointment as the Neobots can’t put points on the board.
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IT’S A FREAKING MIRACLE! Brett tosses in a coaching die and manages to score at the end of Rush 8.
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There have been few Strikes during the first half of the match. At the top of Rush 9, the visiting Yndij are ahead by 3.
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Rush 9 is a folly of FAIL when a Neobot Striker fails to pick up the ball.
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The Full Moons take advantage, and put two more points on their side at the end of Rush 10.
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Picking up the ball in Rush 11 is tough to do.
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Meanwhile, a Neobot Guard begins to pick clean the CORT “douche castle” in preparation for a come back. Unfortunately, those points didn’t materialize in Rush 11.
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The Yndij continue to apply pressure with a 1 point Strike in Rush 12.
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With a commanding lead, Jamie’s Neobots are now fighting for the meta game. Losing to a landslide would result in less post match payout, and that’s a horrifying scenario.
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Jamie may be destined to lose, but he’s going to make Brett work for the seven point win.
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Jamie’s lays a little ‘Number 1 Fan’ on his Striker for good measure. At the end of Rush 13, Jamie brought down Brett’s lead from 6 to 4.
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Without a viable 4 point Strike opportunity, Brett settles on 2. With it, more experience and more fan checks.
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Without rosters to admire, we are left with a handsomely scratched league breakdown. Jamie lost this match, but that doesn’t mean he’ll lose the season. Hope spring eternal! Meanwhile, Brett begins to budget for new hires.

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.

Match Types: The Aggregate Match

The Aggregate Match

The greatest sport in the galaxy has many different ways it can be played. From the simple one off pick up games, to the chaos of a fully realized Ultimate match, each type has different aspects that can alter the types of challenges a coach may face. However, one that I find particularly interesting, yet underutilized, is the Aggregate Match.

For those unfamiliar, a DreadBall Aggregate Match is essentially two games as one. The same two teams play two consecutive matches, reversing Home/Visitor roles in the second game, and the winner is the team with the greater net score.

For example, Team A is Home in match one and wins the match by 2 points. In the second match, Team B is Home and they win by 3 points. Though each team won one match apiece, Team B would be declared the overall winner of the Aggregate Match by virtue of the score differential (3 points being more than 2, ya know).

Every point (and casualty!) matters in Aggregate play!

If you really want to get in the spirit of the aggregate match, there is a great one page piece of fluff in the Season 2 rulebook from first edition DreadBall on page 22. Perfectly encapsulates the difference of playing two matches rather than one.

Now, there are two things to consider.

One, I find Aggregate more interesting if teams don’t “reset”. By that, I mean it is more like league play in that casualties matter. Teams can’t ignore the effects of attrition and simply try to outgun their opposition if it means going into a second match seriously depleted.

Two, tiebreakers. What happens if both teams have the same score? Well, the simplest route to take is to simply set back up for a third “winner take all” Match. Another similar, yet subtly different approach, is to take the match into overtime. However, the key point is that you and your opponent have an agreed upon plan in place should a tie happen.

Anyhow, I think the Aggregate Match has a lot to offer in changing the way even casual games are played…even offering a taste of league style play to those who might otherwise not get much opportunity. Give it a go next time you hit the neodurium and let us know how you got on!

Hobby Highlight: The Uprising of 0Rabb1

Piling onto our July 9th post about DreadBall fluff, this BreadDoll editor wanted to remark on a favorite bit of background with a separate post.

The lore for Lucky Logan / Kreed is ace.  The best however, is the tale of 0Rabb1.

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The ingredients for a great MVP: low cost, fun stats, and a great backstory.

Unfortunately, the model for 0Rabb1 is difficult.  As part of the ‘People’s Choice Champions’ MVP set, it is not difficult to find.  Instead, it’s difficult to assemble.  Once erect, it’s also just a little difficult to admire.

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0Rabb1 is five-piece build, and not one of the strongest miniatures in the DreadBall line.  The scale is particularly unfortunate, especially when compared to its predecessor, the Medbot (or, Medi-bot, depending on how long you’ve been coaching).

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The Medbot model is fab.  It’s full of character; silly and sleek like all z-grade science fiction.  Cast in plastic, the Medbot also lends itself to easier customization.  And so a project was born.

“I WILL CREATE MY OWN 0RABB1!” – Andrew Wodzianski

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Editorial rant: I paint miniatures as a means to an end.  I wear many hats, but when it comes to hobby time; I’m a gamer first and a painter second.  My first world priority?  Paint towards a table top standard to assist in play immersion.  I’ve painted every single piece of DreadBall, because my league and I play with every single piece of DreadBall.  I play games with friends to escape banal reality.  But every once in a while, something deserves a little more effort.  I thought 0Rabb1 needed that kind of attention.

Why stop with a customized MVP?  Why not make a diorama?  Why not make a story?  WHY NOT?!

Materials for an uprising:

  • 1 Medbot model from DreadBall / Deadzone
  • 2 prone Martians (1 from DreadBall, 1 from Mars Attacks!)
  • 4 Mechanite bits from DreadBall
  • 9-10 straight metal push pins
  • 1 table from Starship Scenery
  • 1 monitor from Starship Scenery
  • 1 coloured advert from Mars Attacks!
  • 1 tile from Hexagon Construction Set
  • 1 wooden plaque
  • 1 black plastic capped push pin
  • 1 placard from Crown Awards
  • Paints, varnishes, and pixie dust

Cut, glue, stomp, paint, spin a blender, and add more hours than needed; FINISHED!

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Form follows function, so this diorama’s 0Rabb1 can be removed for gameplay.

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The goal was to create a little narrative, depicting 0Rabb1 at the launch of it’s revenge on organic life forms.  Perhaps during its tenure on the DreadBall pitch, it grafts the spikes seen on the official model.  For this early interpretation, those angled pieces of metal are envisioned as repurposed tools from an operating room.

Now it’s time to SLICE AND DICE.  Enjoy.

Hobby Highlight: Storage and Transport

Let’s talk about how we store and transport our DreadBall miniatures. For the purposes of this discussion lets assume the miniatures in question are painted. Unpainted miniatures can be stored and transported in just about any container you can imagine and there’s not much point in displaying unpainted minis.

Once your miniatures are painted, you, like me, will probably want to be a bit more careful with them so as not to damage the beautiful paint job you have done. You might also want to put your pretty models on display to show people how amazing they are.

Display

Obviously all it takes to display miniatures is to set them on a surface where people can see them but if you want to get fancy a display case is the way to go.

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Detolf from Ikea

I use a Detolf case from Ikea. It is afordable and it looks great. Because a lot of miniature gamers use the Detolf to diplay their models there are several upgrades available. You can get extra shelves and all kinds of fancy lighting systems.

Storage

If you’re not really into displaying your DreadBall miniatures you’ll at least need a way to store them.

I use miniature cases to store my models that aren’t on display. You can get all sorts of cases from many different companies using foam or even magnets to keep your miniatures safe. The cases I primarily use are from a Kickstarter. They are Mantis (not to be confused with Mantic) cases. They are basic cardboard boxes that hold foam trays with slots for miniatures. I know a few companies make cases similar to this, for example KR Multicase.

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Mantic Miniature Case
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KR Multicase basic cardboard case

For storage purposes you can also use Plano storage cases. BreadDoll editor Andrew uses this system to store his entire collection and it works great for organization. You can get this type of case just about anywhere.

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Plano Storage

Michaels sells a set of storage containers that are similar to Plano boxes in multiple colours.

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Michaels Craft Keeper

Keep in mind when using these plastic storage boxes that if you also intend to use them not just for storage but to transport your minis, you might want to add some padding to them. Adding some paper towel or tissue with the minis in the boxes will help prevent your paint jobs from getting damaged by the harder plastic of the cases.

Once upon a time DreadBall teams came in clamshell cases. You may still be able to find some of these older retail teams in stores. The clamshell cases work well enough to store a single team. The clamshell cases came with a couple thin layers of foam. If you want more you can always make your own upgraded foam insert.

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Clamshell case with custom foam insert

While hard to find now, if you have an old first edition box set of DreadBall, there were custom foam inserts created to fit inside the box.

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I’ve also seen coaches take foam miniature trays and cut them down to fit in the newer 2nd edition DreadBall box set. These are really good if you only have a couple teams and want to keep them stored in the offical retail box while protecting the paint jobs.

Transportation

If you don’t always play DreadBall at home you will need to transport your minis to where you will be playing. Many if not all of the storage solutions above may also be used to transport your minis, especially if you are careful.

Personally I like a smaller case to transport my minis as I tend to only take 1 or 2 teams at a time when I travel to play. My case of choice is the Feldherr MINI . The MINI is the perfect case in my opinion. It holds a couple teams and is fairly inexpensive for great quality. I also really like the Aquilla 1 or Aquilla 5 by KR Multicase. They’re also not too big, not too expensive, and have alots of room for a couple DreadBall teams.

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Feldherr MINI Case

Summation

There are TONS of solutions for storing and transporting your painted DreadBall minis. I’ve gone over some of what I use and what I have seen. If you have a solution you think is great, please comment and let us all know what it is.

Fluffy Fluffy Fluff

Fluffy Fluffy Fluff

DreadBall is the Greatest Sport in the Galaxy! But even as fierce as the action is on the pitch, there are even more stories and events to be told off of it. What we mostly have is some “fluff” in the rulebooks, snippets of happenings and factoids that allude to the greater context the sport occupies. There is the fan fiction collection from the Xtreme KS, and perhaps a few pieces in the old Iron Watch. There also appears to be a DreadBall novel coming in the not so distant future.

There is so much that can be explored in DreadBall. Unfortunately, “sports fiction” can be particularly tricky to “get right”. In that sense, some times the smaller type of pieces in the rulebook can be better, to convey just a simple scene of action and leave it at that. However, getting behind the scenes entails doing a lot more, and I’m hopeful we will get something the excites that imagination as to what a DreadBall league or season can be like.

The fluff in the rulebook only scratches the surface of the DB universe!

My favorite type of pieces right now are the throw away one off remarks, like the Teraton Cheerleader disaster. I am also really fond of the one page piece of the Aggregate match interview between a Marauder and Corporation squad. Probably just because I like the Aggregate format as something a little more unique, but still, it offers a glimpse into the DreadBall world as more than a single match—which is prone to happen when you mostly play one offs, or even tournaments with the normal “reset” between rounds. At least in League play, you have to manage more than wins and losses…..for better, or for worse.

Oh dear, not another one….

Anyway, what’s your favorite bit of background from the DB universe? Or what would you like to see or find out more about?

League Logistics: Season 9 CORT Draft

Drafts are uncommon outside of planet Earth’s North American continent.  Within those borders, the process of allocating certain players to certain teams is both numerous and varied.  The NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, MLS, WNBA, and the CFL conduct drafting events/spectacles.  Lesser known to the public, but perhaps just as important?  The CORT league DB Draft.

This BreadDoll editor has many pots on the burner, with two on-going posts;
1) History of Fantasy Sports Board Gaming
2) Coaches’ Corner
as well as some upcoming
3) Rush Reports from this summer’s NADC
and
4) A tasty Hobby Highlight featuring one of the best DreadBall MVPs!

Never mind those assignments.  Today’s post is about DRAFTING, and the process of one League’s efforts to make clever visual announcements.

Longtime BreadDoll Coaches know CORT as a private league.  The public only knows CORT as an acronym; Citizens Of Rage Town.  Yep.  That’s it.  Nothing more.

At the beginning of every season, CORT Coaches must draft their new team following a few rules.

Rule 1 – Team drafting will be sequenced according to the previous season rankings; last place selects first whereas first place selects last.

Rule 2 – No Coach may draft a team already selected by another Coach.

Rule 3 – No Coach may draft a team they have previously coached.

Rule 4 – Drafts must be announced within a designated time frame on a private social media site.  Wit, sarcasm, and smack talking encouraged.

CORT’s ninth season begins on Monday July 8, 2019.  Matches are set.  Balls will be launched.  Before the first die is rolled, it’s fun to see how the new season materialized.  BreadDoll readers are encouraged to guess who is fielding which team in the comments below.

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Coach Wes may have earned last place in Season 8, but he got to draft his new team FIRST!
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The most successful Coach in CORT history, Zak, experienced a humiliating season 8. The four-time Championship winner kept a sliver of pride, refusing to come in last place. Consequently, he was second to draft.
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Coach Alex fell into CORT’s “limbo,” not bad enough to compete in the “sacko” (i.e. last place match) but not good enough to compete in the playoffs. He drafted third.
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Coach Dave also fell into CORT’s “limbo,” not bad enough to compete in the “sacko” (i.e. last place match) but not good enough to compete in the playoffs. He drafted fourth.
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Part I
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Part II Coach Jamie made it to the playoffs with a nicely developed Yndij team.  The road to a championship match was cut short by a group of Nameless.  He drafted fifth.
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Coach Steve also made it to the playoffs, but with a nicely developed Mechanite team.  The road to a championship match was cut short by a group of Cyborgs.  He drafted sixth.
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Coach Brett made back-to-back appearances in the Championship match. Unlike winning Season 7 with his Male Corporation, his Season 8 Nameless team suffered a one point loss to some filthy Cyborgs. He drafted seventh.
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Part I
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Part II And that left the Champ. Me! My C.S.I. (Cyborg Sex Initiative) won the season and drafted last. A pleasure not experienced since my Season 3 win Coaching the Veer-myn.

Please post any guesswork below.

Long live CORT, and long live DreadBall.  BreadDoll is pretty tasty too.

Making A New Pitch: Part 1

I’m gonna keep it short and sweet this week. I’ve created many custom pitches since I started playing DreadBall. The design has evolved over time to my current favorite.

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My favorite pitch. The BreadDoll pitch.

The BreadDoll pitch has ball launch arrows, ball launch/scatter directions on both the Home and Visitor sides of the pitch, bounce direction references for maximum distance launches, and strike value pips. It’s a narrow, “low profile” pitch which I prefer for it’s portability.

While I’m still working (however slowly) on making a 3-dimensional pitch I’m also in the mood to make a new 2-dimensional (traditional) DreadBall pitch.

There a few pitches over the years that I started working on but never finished as well as a few I wanted to make but never started on. I’ve decided to work on one of the unfinshed pitches and finsih it up using all the design elements of the BreadDoll pitch (above).

Unfinished designs:

  • Lava Pitch
  • Z’zor Hive Pitch
  • Underwater Pitch

I’m leaning towards the water or Z’zor pitch but let me know which one you’d like me to work on.

 

To Dice, or not to Dice?

To Dice, or not to Dice?

Chessex is my usual choice for dice….typically Gemini

A particular DreadBall quirk of mine is that every team I use has to have their own set of dice. Not just any dice, mind you, these dice have to match the team colors and/or theme. I’m not really sure why I do it, there are some sets of dice I like better than others, but a habit is a habit. Last week for Origins found me buying a new dice cube just hours before the first launch of the tournament.

Color match….acquired!

I also happen to use a completely different set of dice for coaching dice during the match as well. I only have a few sets of these, the most important part is that they are easily distinguishable from the “normal” dice I use during a match. My favorite set for coaching dice at the moment are the exceedingly beautiful BreadDoll dice, with the BD properly placed on that good ol’ exploding six.

Mmmm…..Beautifully Baked!

Not that it matters too much, but I also have a habit of only using 16mm dice too.

It’s got me to wondering, what match quirks or habits do other DB coaches have?

Drop us a comment and share!