First up this, our Dreadball league kicked off with an impressive 8 teams participating so far! Having sold almost every single team box this month, I had been considering picking up the last remaining set, the Judwan, simply because I like the miniatures and felt kind of sorry for the big headed hippies! So I set to painting them up as quickly as I could. Unfortunately they have disappeared and so I can't show you them, so I'll show you the shops demo teams instead:
"Foul?! Iz you blind Ref??!"
"Where the hell is my backup?!"
Needless to say we are having great fun playing Dreadball- most of us have only played a handful of games but with Dreadball (as with all Mantic Games), the rules are so easy to pick up that anyone can quickly become a coach!
Currently at the top of the league are the Krustaceous Krew, a Nameless team with a nasty habit of ganging up on players and slamming them! My poor Judwan lost 2 members of their team (permanently) to the Sticky/Hard Guard Tag Team, and I'm not looking forward the rematch!
Elsewhere, the Asterians (RossCo's Redcar Rocket Raiders) suffered at the hands of a lucky event card making fouling much harder! Still the poor Z'zor team (The Pym City Wasps) did have their only Guard sent off in the first rush due to Asterian trickery so theres no sympathy wasted on them here! The Robot team (Brilliantly named, The Sentinels), convincingly beat the Judwan (the 3rd Way) in 2 rushes thanks to a crippling inability to dodge or steal the ball (Long Arms my backside!)
Earlier in the month we had a lot of interest in Warlord Games Bolt Action, a WWII skirmish game. Despite not having terrain for historical miniatures (yet), the guys happily took to the fields of Europe (which looked distinctly like those of the 41st Millennium):
We are looking forward to more Bolt Action in the coming months, indeed the Redcar Ironbeards, a local club, are visiting the store on the 26th of April to demo the game, which should be exciting!
Finally its more Mantic Games fun here, with the first games of Deadzone being played! Again this is a fast paced, simple game that I'm sure will be very popular in the coming months:
So our first month has passed and now we look to the future. It is clear we have a lot of support for Mantic Games here, not only is the Dreadball League likely to last throughout May, but we have a Kings of War tournament in June, as well as a planned Deadzone Campaign shortly after. Bolt Action is gathering pace and so we will be investing in some historical scenery for the guys to play over. Finally, its my hope that the other systems will start gathering some support. We have a Dropzone Commander day planned to coincide with some future releases, but I'm keen to see some Warhammer/40k and Hordes/Warmachine played in store too (particularly because I'm an avid 40k fan!) so if you ever fancy a game, pop in store, I'm always happy to roll a few dice!
Until next time....