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  1. Blood Bowl: Blood Bowl 2 Officially Announced!

    #469152013-01-15 14:11:13 *DarkChaplain said:

    Hearing about the TGS Blood Bowl League coming up, I thought that it'd be fun to stomp you people into the virtual ground, smack your heads and maybe even kill your players, all while my Cheerleaders are showing off and the audience is rioting.

    Website - Steam: Legendary Edition - Steam: Chaos Edition - Blood Bowl Rulebook v5 (PDF) - Blood Bowl Playbook

    What's Blood Bowl?

    Inspired by the Warhammer Fantasy world, Blood Bowl is an ultra-violent combination of strategy and sports games.

    The Blood Bowl video games feature up to 23 playable races, depending on the Edition, including ,

    • Humans
    • Orcs
    • Goblins
    • Dwarfs
    • Undead
    • Ogres
    • High Elves
    • Wood Elves
    • Dark Elves
    • Elves (Mixed)
    • Skaven (Ratmen)
    • Lizardmen
    • Necromantics
    • Vampires
    • Khemri (Mummies / Egypt themed)
    • Norse (Barbarians)
    • Halflings
    • Amazons
    • Chaos
    • Khorne Daemons (Blood God's)
    • Nurgle (Plague God's)
    • Chaos Dwarfs
    • Underworld

    each offering its own game style!

    Make a competitive team, train it and buy the best equipment. Brutal victory after victory, improve your players' skills to make them into true Blood Bowl players! This is a no holds barred bonecrunching sport! Even if tactics are your favored route, you can also choose from a large selection of incredible and vicious moves: bribe the ref, devastating spells or illegal weapons…

    Blood Bowl can be played online. Create your team, improve it and lead it to the top of the official rankings! Develop your own private internet league to organize your own tournaments!

    Basics of Blood Bowl in 3 Minutes

    So, Colorless people, are you interested in having a Blood Bowl League? I'd suggest using the Chaos Edition, since it is the newest and can be bought for 10 bucks if you own another Blood Bowl game on Steam. It normally is 30 bucks while its predecessor, the Legendary edition, is 20, but you get both for the same price as the Chaos one alone.

    But then again, somebody owning any Blood Bowl title on Steam can also buy the Chaos edition as a gift for 10 bucks, so I could offer buying the game for you if you Paypal me those 10 bucks first (I don't wanna be sitting on the gift copies if you decide to pull a Flywalker on me :V )

    Either way, I'd love to set up a League, but I think we need at least 8 people for a proper one (though I'm not sure if it is possible to add CPU players (hint: they're gonna win), so unless a bunch of you are interested, this will probably fall flat on its face, like every other CL project.

    Feedback, plox.

  2. #469162013-01-15 14:11:30 *DarkChaplain said:

    I set up a Colorless Blood Bowl League

    Type: Cup
    Mode: Turn-Based (of course)
    Match Duration: 16 turns @ 4 minutes
    Match Frequency: Weekly
    Teams: 12
    Pools: 2 @ 6
    Double Round-Robin: No
    Play-Off Level: 4 Teams, 2 per Pool
    Winner's Prize: 80,000 GP to use and improve his/her team with!
    Runner-up Prize: 40,000 GP to use and improve his/her team with!

    Deaths: Yes
    Wizards: Yes
    Kick Off Events: Yes
    Equipment: No
    Min. Team Value: 1000
    Max. Team Value: 2500
    Apothecary: Yes (I'm not that mean)
    Max. Cheerleaders: 10
    Max. Re-Rolls: 8
    Max. Fan Factor: 18
    Magic: Wizard

    You see, I've set it up for 12 Teams - that means I need 11 more people to sign up and own the game before beginning the season!
    Once again, the game can be bought for $10 / 10€ by somebody who already owns a Blood Bowl title, like me, and can be gifted / traded, so no insane prices.

    Let's all hope this is gonna kick off. I really wouldn't mind writing up some commentary and uploading videos of the matches (if possible), so there might be some entertainment to get for everyone involved.

  3. #469182013-01-15 16:21:37DarkChaplain said:

    After reading up on the current Online Server Maintenance, I came across some more info.

    The Blood Bowl servers have been migrated to a new system, which apparently offers Spectator Mode, so I might be able to Livestream / Record games. I probably won't commentate on them, however.

    The Online League Setup is actually quite impressive:

  4. #469202013-01-15 17:07:08 *DarkChaplain said:

    Dun worry, you can just go for smacking the enemy team's players' faces in instead of actually playing for the ball :D
    Nobody expects you to play fair!

    See, 3 knocked-out Halflings (who might come back later) and one injured one. I also killed one later on. Too bad my Star Player was pretty damn useless in that match, and the Halflings had a ton of luck, so it ended 1:1 because my Skink fell onto his nose on the last turn - and he fell WITHIN the touchdown zone, so if I'd had one more reroll or a bit more luck, he'd have turned the result into a 2:1 for me : <

  5. #469212013-01-15 17:24:09Paratoxical said:

    you can just go for smacking the enemy team's players' faces in instead of actually playing for the ball

    that's what i do in PE lessons

    i'm kinda interested, but i can't promise to have a lot of time for the next 3 months :P

  6. #469222013-01-15 17:37:33DarkChaplain said:

    Hey, as funky as it'd be to start right next week, I don't expect anything to happen for at least a couple of months due to people having to pick up a legit copy of the game first :'D

  7. #469362013-01-16 05:37:46DarkChaplain said:

    Yup, trying to play a competitive, turn-based strategy game with a complex set of rules with CL people seems pretty damn futile.

    If they can't even post on a thread, they'd probably never actually play a single one of their matches :V

  8. #469372013-01-16 06:06:35Chestnut_Rice said:

    competitive turn-based game with uncontrollable and generally unpredictable chance as a major factor

    Lol this is why I don't play table-top Warhammer.

    1v1 me in DarkCrusade. 1V1 ME WITHOUT NOOB-TUBE YOU SCRUBBB.

  9. #469382013-01-16 06:35:45 *DarkChaplain said:

    Actually, Blood Bowl is less about unpredictable chances and dice than pure risk control and careful play.

    Since a failed ball-action will immidiately end your turn, an attack that drops your own player or a failed dodge will immidiately end your turn, you'll always try to do your low-risk moves first; that means moving players that aren't being blocked, creating walls and cages to protect your carrier, punching with your more skilled players first etc.

    The game directly shows you what dice roll you'll need to succeed for pretty much any action you're about to take, so it is fairly easy to decide whether its worth going for it or not.

    Sure, sometimes you'll just roll bad dice, but that's why you buy Apothecaries for your team, to avoid dead or heavily injured players, or Beer Babes to improve your chances of KO'd players getting back up, or Wizards to simply harrass the enemy team from the sidelines, or extra training before a match, or Star Players with full skillsets, or Bribes, to avoid getting caught when fouling, or especially Team Rerolls.

    There are plenty of ways and skills to reduce the whole luck factor quite significantly, and the rest is all about your individual playstyle and getting comfortable with your team.

    While I really love some of the teams, I think I'm most comfortable with Lizardmen. They only have 3 different Player types -

    • Skinks, which are the runners and ball players and are fragile, so you'd better protect them and not take stupid risks;
    • the Saurus class is slow and can't handle a ball well at all, but they're ridiculously sturdy and can throw a massive punch AND learn skills to make them even better in blocking the enemy team and throwing them out of the match; and then there are
    • Kroxigors who are even bigger than a Saurus but much more limited and more unreliable due to being a bit dumb (as in they might not act in a turn on a horrible roll to balance out their devastating capabilities). I don't currently play one; might be useful, but I'd rather progress my Saurus line by giving them experience instead of a less flexible brute force player.

    They're so limited, it is fairly easy to read the team and the coach's tactics, but they're absolutely capable of simply fucking the enemy team over, if played well.

    Meanwhile, a Goblin Team is much much more unpredictable with all their hidden weapons and pogo sticks, but they're fast and nasty. Undead teams are kinda slow but very hard to knock out and Orcs will just stomp you into the ground, whereby Elf teams are very, very skilled at playing by the rules, avoiding and ignoring the enemy team as much as possible (unless you're a Dark Elf and want a quick, poisoned stab at an enemy player) while running right into the enemy touchdown zone.

    There's something for any playstyle in Blood Bowl. Getting a picture of the teams is certainly a good idea.

  10. #469962013-01-17 15:00:20Paratoxical said:

    it's like school, there are groups of people doing stuff together, but anyone who's not part of a group can't do shit.
    at least that's what it looks like at the moment

  11. #470012013-01-17 16:04:54DarkChaplain said:

    Well, there are groups doing garbage together, but not nearly as much as before. Now it seems like people are just too fucking lazy to grow a pair and do anything in a structured manner :V