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DreadBall – The Futuristic Sports Game

One of my favorite games, if not my #1 favorite game, is Blood Bowl. I adore almost everything about it. Problem is, I never get to play it much these days. Funny thing is I really don’t know why — I play a lot of boardgames but BB has remained packed up for quite some time now. I blame Cyanide. (Hey why not?)

It’s likely because Blood Bowl:

A: Is at its best when playing long term in tourney or league play
B: Is a bit antiquated in its rules
C: Takes a while to play

Don’t get me wrong, I still love the old game, but there’s nothing wrong with a new spin and perhaps a little innovation.

Enter DreadBall from Mantic Games.

The Kickstarter has raised $160,000 to date which has unlocked a slew of “stretch goals” and after reading everything I can about the game it looks like it could be a nice successor to Blood Bowl. Blood Bowl is such an established franchise filled with reams and reams of house rules, living rules, fan made teams, etc. that Dreadball will be behind that curve at first. I think the game, even with all the goals, will carry four teams to start.

But it looks modern, and sounds like it plays fast and fun without much downtime. I’m pledging.

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Bill Abner

Bill has been writing about games for the past 16 years for such outlets as Computer Games Magazine, GameSpy, The Escapist, GameShark, and Crispy Gamer. He will continue to do so until his wife tells him to get a real job.

7 thoughts to “DreadBall – The Futuristic Sports Game”

  1. It looks cool, but there’s a couple of sticking points. One is that it’s a Kickstarter board game. I have yet to play one that didn’t feel like it needed more development. Even the best of the lot- Lyssan- feels like it could have baked a little longer. Another is that it’s Mantic, which means TEENY miniatures that I will never paint. Another is that there have been rumors again of a Blood Bowl reboot…and, well, why settle for the Green Bay Packers when you can have the New York Yankees?

    1. Never make another sports metaphor in my presence. 😉

      And I have enough painted BB minis if need be. They look almost interchangeable.

  2. I want to like this game, i love BB and an updated 40k style with faster games sounds awesome. I just wish that we could see the rules before committing to buy. That’s a red flag to me, and a pet peeve on these big kickstarter games. If you have a great game, then putting the rules out should only sell you more copies, especially a miniature driven game like this with lots of chrome, don’t you think?

  3. Why can’t they just come painted. I realize it costs, but I’m a gamer not an artist. Always my turn off with miniature games.

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