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The Joy of Swearing

Some thoughts on swearing.

I am one of the admins on the Blood Bowl Community group on Facebook, and one of the ten rules of the group is as follows:

Keep it clean
Avoid swearing. Alternative spellings, implied swearing, asterisks or acronyms are not allowed either. Admin judgement is final. Likewise images and memes are subject to this rule too.

This has been a rule of the group as long as I can remember, and I think I was one of the first 100 members or so, as Pug set it up.  The rule gets questioned every week or so, so I thought I would have a standing post to answer those questions.

In essence, the admins believe there are very few people who would want to read lots of posts littered with swearing, and most forums I use have had a rule against it.  The question therefore comes down to where you draw the line, and in the case of the BB community the line is drawn to forbid most swearing, as above.

In general, this is because there is very seldom an actual need – there is usually a more descriptive word that could take the place of the swearing, and the joy of writing is that you can take time to think of what that word might be.  Swearing when writing is generally used for emphasis, so it is mainly this avenue that is being denied to people, and it’s an admin judgement that this is a reasonable thing to do in this particular group.

Swearing is also commonly used when directed at somebody, and as personal abuse is also against the BB Community rules, and rightly so, banning it in this way is also reasonable.

So in summary, swearing is banned to keep the tone of the group as civilised as possible.  Members are free to disagree with the rules, but they agreed to stick to them when they joined the group, so if they can’t follow them they should refrain from posting or find a more suitable group.

Hope that’s helpful. If it’s not, you know what you can do!

 

Using Score for Underworlds

Just bought Warhammer Underworlds, and my chum Jip is running tournaments for it, so I’ve adjusted a copy of Score so it can be used for those tournaments.   

Download this zip file then unzip: underworlds

There are two files in there – races.txt and do result.html.  Replace the races.txt in the main Score folder with the new races.txt (it contains the warbands up to Beastgrave) and then replace the do result.html in the templates folder with the new one (so the wording on the printed table is correct).

Then when you enter results enter the Glory score into the Touchdowns, enter 0-0 for the casualties, and then when you click “Print Results” it should show up nicely.

Any tweaks needed, let me know!

KingDomino upgrade!

Got QueenDomino for my birthday, as I already enjoyed KingDomino – quick review here, targeted at those who already know how to play the latter.

Basically the new game adds Towns as a new tile (the red ones) which have some bonus functionality.  When you play a red tile you can build on it from the options behind the big hand in the photo above, and the different buildings offer different victory points bonuses.

We only played one game, so that might be a factor, but it did seem to slow the game down slightly – one of the great things about KD is how quick it is to learn and how quick to play.  It does add a couple of years to the minimum age/intelligence needed to be able to play as well, so if you want to stick to an easy game or play with very young folk then stick to KD.

However, the extra tactical stuff was good fun, the scoring sheets (very similar to those in 7 kingdoms duel) were useful, the different way of playing 3 players was a good idea (discard the unused tile), and I’m looking forward to mixing QD with KD for a 5 or 6 player game, so very happy with the purchase!

Auld World Masters 2019

Good day of Blood Bowl in IncomGaming in Cheltenham at Auld World Masters, run this year by Thor and FatboySlimming.  It’s a quirky tournament where you start with 4-7 skills and then lose one per round, replacing it with a Niggle.  Orcs were tier 2, so I saw a good opportunity to get them up to double figures of NAF games.  There were also “sponsorships”, where you chose completions, casualties or fouls and get bonus points if you achieved a certain number each round.  I went for fouls so included a few goblins in my roster.

Also in the roster were the two custom stars – one halfling and one orc who played a half for each side.

First up was AngryHobbit’s cool Khemri team.  A deep kick and a blitz result on my kick off made life difficult for him from the beginning, and I went in 1-0, only for sweltering heat to remove a couple of my players for the second half.  I found it quite tricky to get out of my half, and made a bit of a rubbish mistake which left my ball carrier in trouble.  It should have ended up OK, except for a board related error where I miscounted the number of squares his player was from the endzone.  Because the dark elf pitch doesn’t have an endzone marked!

Anyway, I’m over it now.  Only managed two armour breaking fouls in this game though, so my bonus points were gone before they arrived.  1-1 draw.

The orcs were angry now, and were presented with some Amazons to take it out on, courtesy of BethansDad.  It was a battering, and I ended up winning 4-1.

Next up was Cornish, using Dwarves with a Deathroller and going big on Mighty Blow, though only one left by this stage.  His defence was pretty solid, and it was left to the Deathroller to roll a one on a GFI to leave a gap for me to score in my turn 7.  His drive stalled a little, and the lack of guard hurt, so it ended up a 2-0 win.

The halfling star, Jobo Hairyfoot, had scored in all 3 games for me now, so I had high hopes for game 4.  I was pretty sure that 3-1-0 and no sponsorship bonuses were not going to be enough to win the tournament, but Star of the Car was still up for grabs, so when I faced a coach I hadn’t met before using an all Linemen Norse team I was feeling pretty happy (there was a prize for “best all lineman team”).  Unfortunately I played a little loose  and was punished with a double both down, reroll double both down (1 in 81) which left me out of position on defence.

He rode his luck a little, though did have 5 rerolls with which to do it, so that helped!  I did a classic play involving many dice rolls and chain pushing to get a one die blitz on the ball carrier, and the skull was not a huge surprise.  He score in turn 6.

As I pushed for the 3 turn score, things went bad with him tagging the ball carrier and having a player in range to score.  My blitzer chose this moment to double skull, and I went in 2-0 down.  Sad times.

On my drive I tried to score quickly, but some solid defence meant that turn 5 was the earliest I could, and despite causing 4 casualties in ONE TURN he was still setting up with 10 players for his final drive.  It was pretty tense, including a crowd surf by Jobo, but it wasn’t to be and I lost 2-1.  It was TheRake’s 6th NAF tournament, and I would be surprised if his first shield was long in coming.

So I finished 2-1-1, and as most touchdowns was scored by the tournament winner, my 8 TDs were enough to get me the prize.  Not Star of the Car though, which went to Alex (Dementor), along with best U16.

It was a good day, congrats to the Bubba double of Loki and Heartsbane taking 1 and 2, and to all the winners including Oscen who took best backstory (I came 4th… out of 4).

NAFC Review

Well, hopefully you all read my half-way review, in which I highlighted the 8 people on 3 wins, but not the person in 25th who eventually won the event, well done Jawa!

I’ve been to many NAFCs, and this was certainly up there in terms of enjoyment and organisation.  The Friday night BB at Warhammer World, the lack of the feared queue on Saturday morning, the bizarre absence of redraws and the general good natured feel all fed into a great geekend.

Some highlights for me!

  • Coming second in the Duel competition (out of 2!), really thought I was going to win this year – maybe next time, if no-one enters!
  • Loving playing with Dark Elves, my warm up games had been pretty shocking, so it was nice to finally get the knack.  Managed to stop Hawca’s Woodies scoring, only to mess up my stall with a snake eyes and draw 0-0, very surprising scoreline!
  • Using my lovely new tournament record booklet, hopefully these will be a good archive of games sometime!

  • Playing ThomasW, heard lots about him as someone with a keen interest in the junior BB scene.
  • Watching Jip get two -2 Fame pitch invasions in a row.
  • Becoming a Blood Bowl figure for the 3rd time (I think…) – once by me for Bubba’s mini-me tournament and then twice by actually talented painters Garrick (Team Scotland) and DarkDan (NAFC refs and organisers).
  • Commentating on a really interesting bit of play as part of TackleZone’s amazing set up – looking forward to catching up on some of the play from the weekend.
  • Watching Ringbeard lose it as he plays poker with “degenerates” at 1 in the morning.
  • Cuddles with Ziggy!
  • Playing some excellent new board games, as ever.  Luckily I have some birthday money to spend…
  • And finally, making a pledge that next year the Sann Clan will be back in force.  Possibly Enderman’s last chance to take the Young Blood as he will be 15 (rules?), and just a fantastic, safe, brilliant atmosphere in which to play Blood Bowl.

 

Hurrah!

NAFC Runners and Riders

At the halfway point of NAFC, good time for a quick roundup of the action so far and what we can expect to see on Day 2.

Jimany has been wielding PowerBI to good effect on the NAFC 2019 homepage, with a filterable list of races and how they are doing.  We have all 26 races represented among the 190 competitors, with as ever the elf and stunty teams dominating.

At the end of game 5 the tournament goes to a grand final, with the top 2 by Opponent Score then  by Net TD + Net Cas, then a few others.  It is usually the case that 5 wins are needed to get into the final, so let’s see who is most in contention (noting that these are randomly sorted, as the tiebreakers are not applied until the end – it’s random within those with the same score.

From the top, Lyracian has been playing forever, but not very much!  Rolex (of the 250 BB teams fame, and NAF Membership Director), Panico and BadStorm are visiting from Italy, and could end up taking the trophy overseas.  Badstorm was on the stream for Game 2 (search for TackleZone, can’t link from this laptop!).

Kfoged has won this event a couple of times, so would probably be a good bet, but there are a few other decent players in his way – 20phoenix is a member of Team Wales, and one of the NAF Legends who have all races above 150 ranking, Stig is a member of one of the strongest leagues around (the ECBBL), and is legendary for having stunk out the venue a few years ago with his “themed” Nurgle team, and scs.sam is a multiple tournament award winner.

So will one of these guys continue the 100% record, or will they all draw this round and open the chase wide?  The NAF page will have all the results throughout the day, and loads of people are tweeting with #bloodbowl so that’s your best place for reportage.

NAFC always has some fun stuff going on, this year they had a team made up of all the previous refs of NAF Championships – I got represented in miniature form again, happy days!  Will get a solo pic later.


Lots more photos available at Lunchmoney’s open Google album, which will no doubt include all the best painted and duel entries as well as the prize giving at the end – thanks Al!

A Weekend of Blood Bowl

It’s been a busy one – just seeing how many different aspects of the hobby I can fit into one weekend!

  • Double header of SAWBBL league games on Saturday morning at the marvellous new Firestorm Games in Swindon, spending some quality time with Alex!  A draw and a loss, sadly, but lots of fun.
  • Game on Fumbbl using teams in practice for the Bubba tournament in March – my Khorne against Twelfman’s Orcs.  Managed to get the Bloodthirster to catch the ball but didn’t manage to go on to score!
  • Helped out a US tournament using Exscore to run their tournament using Eurobowl rules.
  • Painting my latest team, a Kislev team using Harlequin Troupe miniatures.
  • Listening to various podcasts, Fumbbl and the World Cup, with the latter talking about my Tableau stats – good to hear them being used.
  • Pleased to see my 2018 BB stats review being shared.
  • Did some more work on adapting the Orc side of the BB16 board into a 7s pitch.
  • Undercoated the Blitz Bowl teams  – hoping to get them painted up soon.

I think that’s everything – what other forms of BB could I have added?

NAF Pickup Games on FUMBBL

For those who are not aware, Fumbbl has the ability to create custom rulesets, which is a great way of doing tournament practice, as well as running whole NAF tournaments on Fumbbl. I wanted to use it for one-off games, so I created a ruleset (called sann0638, because it seems it’s not possible to change the name after it’s been created), with 1,750,000 in gold and the ability to add 9 normal and 9 double skills to your team. As you don’t need to use all the money or skills, this basically gives you enough to create any tournament team you might need.

To join the fun, go to this page: https://fumbbl.com/p/group&group=11851&op=view

Click “create a team for this ruleset” and then decide which ruleset you want, for example I’ve created this team for the Bubba tournament in March.

Then find an opponent, probably one who has created a team for the same tournament!

If anyone else wants to create a Bubba team, happy to play a one-off game. You just click “play” and then enter the game name you have decided on.

There is a full list of the rulesets (almost 1000) that people have created on my fumbbl forum post. The one that is being used for the current NAF tournament is ruleset 7, and is currently world cup rules, though may change in the future, as Strider84 keeps it up to date for the most recent NAF tournament (I think). Ruleset 960 is also world cup rules, but that will only work if games are scheduled, as the skill set will depend on the day.

Finally, I would recommend anyone who wants NAF tournament practice in general to get involved with the tournament series on Fumbbl – it’s a great way to play!