While I haven't been around in Aetolia, the Delve Discord has been organizing a Blood Bowl League. So far, we have four entries and four prospective, but I'd like to get at least 12-16 teams if possible for the season. Some of you may ask, "Seir, what is Blood Bowl?"
Blood Bowl is a a classic table top game by Games Workshop that has been around since the 80's. Indeed, it is older than many of our players (including myself by three or four years). The game itself is a mix of turn-based strategy, Warhammer Fantasy, American Football, blood sport, and Rugby. As strange as that sounds, it is a comical and fun game. How long it has been around lends to its persisting popularity through the decades. In essence, you create a team based on a race (like Wood Elves, Undead, Skaven, etc.) and they each have stats, starting skills, and playing styles that make them unique. Your players are persistent, can be named whatever, you have your own team name, and more. Your players can develop into stars, but are more likely to die or get retired early due to injury. Indeed, while your players can skill up, they can also take injuries or even die on the pitch. Deaths are permanent in Blood Bowl, as are some injuries, so it helps not to get too attached to your players. Yet, for all that, it is still a really fun game. More information on the game can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_BowlBut Seir, that's a board game and it costs money... How are you going to all play each other?
There is an online web version called FUMBBL that just requires a web browser and Java. In essence, if you can run Mudlet, you can run FUMBBL and it removes a lot of the needless drudgery by comparison to the tabletop board game. Best of all, FUMBLL is free and where we'll be coordinating our season. If you want information on FUMBLL, just head over to www.fumbll.com.This sounds like it's gonna take a lot of time, Seir...
Not at all. Most matches last about an hour at most and you'd only be expected to play one match a week, which can be organized when you and your designated opponent for the week decide to play it. If you need to reschedule, we can work something out.The game sounds complicated...
It does at first, but it's a game best learned by doing. For example, @Karhast
is a brand new player to the game and has taken to it like a moth to a flame in only a day. It's very easy to learn, but hard to master. Naturally, I've been doing training games with our newer players to help introduce them to the game. I will explain the basics in a training match and I will of course help anyone in making their first team. We will have lots of new players in this league, so Kodaza and I will endeavour to help out all of you.Alright, it sounds neat, what's the structure of the "league" and will there be prizes?
The League will have a few weeks, much like the NFL, where we have a regular season and players will go against one another trying to accrue wins. Depending on how many teams we get, there will be a limited number of spots available to those who win the most games and thus go to the playoffs. The playoffs will be a knockout tournament until we get two teams who will play each other for the championship game (which I'll just call the Aetolia Bowl). The winner of the Aetolia Bowl will win a free Steam game courtesy of me and their team will win some additional perks.Where is this gonna be organized?
The League details will be organized on Fumbll itself, but I'll be coordinating information and events via the Delve Discord's #BloodBowl channel. If you're not a member of the Free City of Delve Discord, you're welcome to join. We have a healthy number from both Spirit and Shadow sides of the game, and I run the place like Switzerland. There are a few rules, and they're pinned on the Discord's banner. Essentially, treat each other well and you'll have no problems from the mod team. In the spirit of fairness, the mods are from both sides of the game. If you'd like to join our Discord to talk about the league or talk in general, an invitation link is here: https://discord.gg/zPmZAh
I hope to obtain a few more players from this invite, and I've already extended a promising invitation to players from other IRE games. A few individuals have expressed interest. If the league goes well, I'd like to make it a persistent thing. For those of you who decide to play, whether experienced or new, I look forward to playing with you. The only thing it costs is time!