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!

Bubba 2019

Well that was a crazy day’s Blood Bowl…

Took Khorne, because at 1200 TV you can have all the toys – Bloodthirster with block, 2 heralds, 4 bloodletters, 4 pit fighters all with block.

Game 1 was v Lycos’s wood elves, so I wrote off the day, but my armour and injury dice were on fire, and he kept failing dodges.  He stalled in his turn 6 and I managed the turnover – should have been able to go in at 1-0 up except for choosing poorly not to GFI to put myself out of range.  Too excited about all the other dice not working!  Interesting T16 one-turn score situation, in that I rolled a blitz, but because he had sidestep and I had frenzy I could have made the situation worse.  Turned out OK though, 1-0 win, happy days!

Pleased to face Tankface’s Ogres in game 2, always nice when a stunty team sneaks a win in game 1 and then you are lucky enough to be drawn against them.  Or so I thought.  I struggled to get my head around the treemen being used as Ogres, and despite being very familiar playing with and against the team, never really got my head into the game, including blocking in turn one having not taken account of guard properly.  My bloodthirster skulled out, naturally.  A few turns in the first half with no bonehead meant that I was forced to use my blitzes against the ogres instead of removing snotlings, and when he was able to escape from a tricky situation in the second half it was all a bit too late, and I lost 1-0, finishing the game with an attempt to block my own player.  Pro move.

More stunties, but high-powered ones in the form of Duffins’ Goblins.  I made life harder for myself on defence by only setting up 9 players, as two of mine managed to camouflage themselves on the sideline, and counting is hard.  Surprisingly, I failed to stop him scoring, especially after he removed my LOS from the pitch, leaving me with 6 players.  Lucky draw in the end, 1-1.

Brain failing for game 4 against Touchdown’s Dwarves, and as he had been out the night before this was not vintage Blood Bowl by any standards.  The highlight however was me over-enthusiastically lobbing one of my players into the KO box but overshooting so that he ended up down the back of a radiator.  Loki to the rescue with his long pole!

The day ended as ridiculously as it had been all day, with him skull reroll skull and then me pulling off a 3+, 2+, 4+, 3+ touchdown for a 2-1 win and mid-table obscurity.

Dementor took home Star of the Car, having a good day with his Dark Elves including beating 20phoenix’s High Elves, and it was good to be in a room with a substantial number of Welshmen as Wales completed the Six Nations Grand Slam.

Thanks to Loki for yet another excellent Bubba Bowl, which this year was warm enough that I didn’t have to take the next day off work. So it was a win!  Grats to DaPiranha for the win too, obvs…

Importing to Score

I’ve been asked a couple of times recently about importing into Score, so here’s how.

Download this file into Excel/OpenOffice, and fill in the first three rows.  Copy and paste the formulas in the fourth column as far as necessary.  Copy column D into notepad, then save it as something.

Open Score, then go to File…Import Teams.  Done.

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 1,500,000 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!

Welsh Open Goblins Pt 2

For completeness!

Started day 2 expecting to play Enderman, as we were the only two on 3 losses, but due to the vagaries of the Swiss system (starting at the top and working down) we dodged each other, and I played BrutalDeluxe and his Skaven, taking me back to Speedball 2 days from the late 80s. He was a fairly new player, and hadn’t played against goblins before, so when I received the secret weapons went to town, and demolished most of his team! In the second half his thrower fumbled, as Skaven throwers often do, and I got my first win (and first non-loss) of the weekend!

Oh yeah, and I scored with a Troll!

My reward was 20phoenix’s Norse, a top Welsh player having a bad weekend. When I received, I hoped for a repeat of the last game, but didn’t manage to remove any Norsemen. I managed to squeeze my blodge pogoer through for a TD in turn 5, and stop him scoring, so was then hopeful for the draw. Fink da Fixer let me down, with snake eyes on two bribes, so the second half was hard work, and 20p walked in for the T16 TD and a 2-1 win.

In game 6 I played against Legolas, a friend of my sons who often travels with us, and an honorary member of the Sann Clan. He doesn’t get much practice in between tournaments, but Lizards are a hard matchup for Goblins, and it was a really tight 2-1 win.

So 2-0-4 for the tournament actually saw me come second in the stunty cup, after Hobnail’s Goblins took it. Because all injuries counted for casualties, the 23 I put by various means in the dead box won me most casualties, hurrah!

I won’t be taking Stunties to a 2-day tournament again, and it will be a long time until I take them to a 1-dayer. I want to be in the mix for the top positions, and playing against the best players – it’s the kind of Blood Bowl I like, and while I do appreciate that Stunty teams are their own kind of challenge, it’s not a challenge I’m prepared to pay a chunk of money for. Will leave that to others!

Thanks Hawca and team for organising, and for moving it into February for the first time in 5 years so I was able to make it.