Monday, 21 April 2014

Hear me Rawr!



Jim: So Saturday has come and gone, the dust has settled and so it must be time to pay the Butcher's bill.
Bob: Absolutely Jim, there my have been one winner, but two teams came away with something to brag about.
Jim: Beginner's luck for the rookie coach's side, but he is going to need to toughen up if he is to survive in this league.
Bob: You're not wrong Jim, they call it 'Blood Bowl' for a reason and if there isn't any blood then the crowd gets nasty! 



What a day!  My first proper game of Blood Bowl saw my South Coast Saurus take on the 'Dark Templar's'  Plagueis Contagion - Lizardmen versus Nurgle!  Bull had arrived early and I took advantage of his considerable experience to clarify a couple of questions that had dawned on me whilst reading the rules in isolation.  In my naivety, I had assumed that we would all get a game, but a combination of chatter, indecision and unfamiliarity with the rules meant that only one match took place.  That said I can't thank both Gentlemen enough for their patience and encouragement throughout the day, although it must have felt to the Dark Templar that is was two against one at times!  Tradition would dictate that a report should be written, fortunately the Dark Templar has already posted a full and detailed match report and Bullcher Feb's observations are eloquently recorded here - this leaves me with the opportunity to reflect on the day in more abstract terms.

I have to confess that I was a tad concerned that Blood Bowl wouldn't be for me, I had been gifted such an exquisite set of bespoke Lizardmen courtesy of the mischievous 'Loki' and had witnessed firsthand the sheer enthusiasm with which my fellow league members took to the game, but I was struggling with the rules - they did seem awfully complicated, especially when reading out of context as I was.  This is where having a couple of splendid chaps who were literally prepared to hand hold me through the opening moves made such a difference - within in a couple of turns, Nuffle had me! 

Bruising first encounter! 

So what have I learnt?  Even before the game starts expect to be battered!  The first kick off saw a pitch invasion and before I knew it I was down by two Dinos - not the start I had planned.  I did, however fare slightly better in the first exchange of blows and the renowned strength of the Saurus saw gaps appear in the scrimmage line.  By slowly pushing the big guys through, the Nurgle team had to realign and plug the gaps allowing my play makers to exploit the flanks. 

Playmaker Kingki!

The second thing learnt - Skinks are so very cool!  Provided the big chaps can stay on their feet than the park is their playground.  Ridiculously quick, it seemed that nothing could catch them, I just had to be careful that they weren't left exposed.

Now if the Saurus can just knock down that Pestigor...
My first score, well done Redsnappah!
Carnage up the left flank, I love Blood Bowl!

So there it was, my first score brought about by the speed of the Skinks, a touchdown for Redsnappah, textbook some would say and I was immediately hooked!  Before long there was another run in, this time by Snaps, but looking back I was unsure how it happened, it was all over so quickly.  My naive enthusiasm, however, was soon put in check by what followed next.

Snaps scores the second! 

Sensing that the win was slipping away from him, the Dark Templar resorted to a new tactic, something in my naivety I didn't see coming until it was too late! From the kick off there was much pushing and shoving with some of my big chaps, including the mighty Kroxigor, Bloodmaw being knocked down. These were soon ringed by the rotting carcasses that Plagueis Contagion like to call players and then it happened - Foul! As the blood drained from my still grinning face, I realised what was happening, but all too late.  

The Butcher's bill.

I had foolishly thought winning was enough, the scoring of touchdowns the only real advancement necessary in our league - oh you poor naive boy, I hear you say. Suddenly my previously impenetrable defensive line had more holes in it than Swiss cheese - holes through which the plague invested Nurgle poured through - an inevitable touchdown for the opposition. Lesson number three, winning isn't everything - maiming, gauging and fouling are important too!

Route one for the Nurgle.

The turns were fast evaporating, but I couldn't just stand around and be beaten to a pulp.  I was already three players down and knew that to go toe to toe with my opponent might result in more of my beloved Dinos meeting the same fate; the strategy was to load one flank, force a gap and let the Skinks pour through.  Surely this couldn't work, could it?  The ball landed seemingly safe of the opposite side to where I had assembled my troops, but the wee fellows linked up to safely rescue it and drive down the protected flank - it couldn't have worked any better!  


All my eggs in one basket!

In seemingly no time at all Kingki was jumping around in the opposition end zone having just scored touchdown number three.  All that remained was to survive one last pummelling as I kicked to the Dark Templar for the last time, fortunately for the Saurus front line we survived.  Final score 3-1 to the South Coast Saurus and what a fabulous introduction to this hugely addictive game.  The match over there was the all important tally and it was clear that valuable points had been earned by both sides, but what to do next?  The obvious thing would be to make one of the scoring Skinks, Most Valuable Player (MVP) giving him enough points to be awarded an agility skill - but which one.  Then again, perhaps I should give the points to one of the Saurus in a bid to try and earn them an upgrade - oh decisions, decisions!


What I do know is that this is hugely entertaining fun and I can't wait until the next game, but until then I need to extend my thanks, once gain to Bullcher Feb and the Dark Templar for such a great day - thank you both!




41 comments:

  1. It seems that you have fun !! That's a good new ...

    This game with dinos looks good and it's unusual (for me !)
    Nice figures : my son will like them ..

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    1. I do hope your son likes the dinos Sam, a great fun game that started life in the late eighties I believe.

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  2. Glad to see the old favourite games has a new convert. Congrats on the win!

    My son has loved this game for the past 4 years or so after I introduced him, and between us we have around 15 or 16 teams so we enjoy the different styles they have :-D

    And the game is never over until its over - look what happened to me over the weekend!
    http://www.tasmancave.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/easter-double-header-match.html

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    1. Thank you Paul, it didn't take long for me to be hooked - just popping over to read your report now.

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  3. Looks like jolly fun. I've never played Blood Bowl but now it seems to me like I'm missing something.

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    1. Hugely entertaining, but the afternoon was made by the company.

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  4. I'm glad you had fun with your first game of Blood Bowl - congrats to the Saurus on the win :)

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    1. Thank you Tamsin, just want to get round two under my belt now.

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  5. Great stuff mate. Makes me want to dig mine out and have a game!

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  6. Too cool! Never played but it looks and sounds colorful!

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    1. Really great fun Monty and such a wonderful distraction - the dice Gods can be cruel though.

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  7. Congratulations on your first game of Blood Bowl.
    The Wednesday Night Irregulars have played several seasons, it's a cracking game just takes bloody ages to play. We never got passed one game a night, either.
    Nice teams sir.
    Congratulations on your first win also.

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    1. Thank you Bob and you're not wrong with how long it took! I put that down to my unfamiliarity with the rules, but it sounds as if this could be the norm!

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  8. Bloodbowl is a crackin' little game that has stood the test of time. Good for you getting a game!

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    1. It was such a blast Scott, and I'm really looking forward to the next round.

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  9. Hi Michael,

    a very nice post.
    I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed your first BB match. Although I haven't play it for a while it's still the GW game I like most. Actually the only one of them I like at all. Really I should single out my old teams...

    Anyway I'm looking forward to see your progress in the league and keep my fingers crossed for the South Coast Saurus.

    Cheers
    Stefan

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    1. Thank you Stefan, I am very lucky to have two fine chaps that were willing to guide me with my first tentative steps.

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  10. Excellent game report love your team as well brilliant idea!

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    1. Thank you Simon, the team were a hugely generous gift from Andrew 'Loki' Saunders.

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    1. A great day's gaming, but it really did take the day!

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  12. Seems to be a great game, love your colorful minis!

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    1. Great fun Phil and lovely to play with my Dinos at last.

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  13. Myself and Bull have never had one team score 3 TDs in a single match before so you've already broken a record!

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  14. I am so glad you enjoyed the game, and the Saurus did you proud!!

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    1. It was fabulous fun and I was so thrilled to finally give the boys a run out - they were awesome!

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  15. very funny report!
    thanks for sharing.
    bye

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  16. It's not the winning or losing that counts, but how many of the opposition you cripple or kill.

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  17. This sounds like you had a great game and I see many more in your future.

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  18. Great game report! Well done on your first win. Even losing is a blast in Blood Bowl. Watch out for those fouls.

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    1. I just wasn't ready for the fouls, but might try some of my own next time.

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  19. Sounds Great, you have the bug now

    Ian

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    1. I think that is certainly fair to say.

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  20. Now you've made me want to play Blood Bowl again, looks like it was a belter - and love the miniatures!

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