8th May 2020: Experimenting On The League
After more than a year of prep-work, and waiting for enough time to get stuck in, I've finally started my Blood Bowl Experimental Rules League. Not sure whether anything will come of this, but for now I'm just changing and chopping rules from the old LRB6, trying to make the game a bit faster and a bit more fun.
The games I've played definitely seem to make the game faster, that's for sure, with less players on the pitch and less turns. But the first few games saw the teams struggling to score. That seems to have changed with my first little mini-update to the rules, which gave the players a little more speed, and made it a bit easier to injure opponents. My first little effort with these rules saw the Rotting Chimps undead team win 3-0 against the amazonian Heat Wave.
I'll try and keep it up, as these new rules have promise. Here's a few images from the games so far:
The lineups for the first E.R.L. game
A well-placed bomb foils Heat Wave's touchdown plans
The high elves face off against their undead opponents
Highwind sends a pass into the waiting hands of Valentine
Goulash breaks through for his first touchdown
Gaia Light fumbles her passing opportunity
16th November 2019: Blood Bowl Catch Up
Since nearly all of my wargaming pages were lost in the switch to the new site, I've got plenty of old images and information that I can re-upload whenever I want. Or when I can be bothered.
I figure bringing this site up to speed with the state of my Blood Bowl teams and their adventures is the best and easiest idea to begin with.
Up first are the documents. These documents contain the results for all the Blood Bowl games that I have ever played with my mates over the years, with most of them containing match reports of varying levels of detail.
The following links are to downloadable pdf files.
Seasons 1-4 (1994-1998)
Game Report: Lightning Screws Vs The Stompers (9th August 1996)
Season 5 (2010-2011)
Season 6 (2013-2018)
Following on from the info are the images. This is a gallery of the seven teams I've fully painted so far, with my Skaven, Dwarves and Lizardmen teams still to finish.
Bloodknights Chaos Team
Constructicons Human Team
Ellyrion Fantasy High Elf Team
Heat Wave Amazon Team
Ladies Of The Might Dark Elf Team
Rotting Chimps Undead Team
The Stompers Orc Team
11th August 2018: Rules Are Made To Be Fixed
I can't believe it's taken us 29 months to play 15 games of Blood Bowl, but finally our latest league is finished. Phew. To begin with it was a really hard league for me, but it started to turn around near the end, and I won 3 of my last 4 games, including leading the dwarf team The Grog Guzzlers to the title in the deciding, last match of the league. I'd have preferred to have done better with the Crocoviles, who were my dedicated team in that competition, but I guess third isn't bad after how I started.
To read about all the drama, the pdf is fully updated.
As far as Blood Bowl games going forward, there really doesn't seem to be much desire to play it in my little group right now, so it's unlikely there'll be more games any time soon. Though that might give me the chance to try something I've wanted to do for a while, which is something I'm calling the Blood Bowl ERL, or Experimental Rules League. In this, I just want to try different house rules to see if I can speed up the game and balance the teams a bit better. I'd also like the game to not punish bad dice rolls so much, but instead punish bad play. Because lets face it, if Nuffle is not on your side, there's nothing you can do in that game no matter how good you play, and that's just stupid.
I've already got a whole page of ideas that I want to try, if I can ever get around to it.
14th January 2018: Scheming Rats
The Blood Bowl season 6 document hadn't been updated since October 2016, so I've also done that. There's only been 6 games since then, but we're now only 2 games from finishing our little league, which we are hoping to get around to as soon as possible. We were hoping to play more games over Christmas like we did last year, but it was not to be.
Due to us failing in our efforts to get more games in, my painting motivation has also waned. I've barely touched my skaven team since last April, other than a few base colours and finishing one of the storm vermin to see what the final colour scheme will look like.
Undercity Cheese Thieves colour scheme
After a really slow 2017, with just one blog entry, I want to be much more active on the tabletop going forward. In addition to getting Super Dungeon Explore and the Blood Bowl league done, there's a whole host of things to get back into. For example, 40K 8th edition came out last June, and we've been wanting to try it, but haven't managed yet. Also, I'm going to go back to my Epic-S rules after not touching them for the better part of a decade. They were working quite well back then, and I've thought of a few tweaks that will help them out some more. It will mean typing out the whole ruleset again as I no longer have the software I used to use, but it should be worth it, even if we only get a handful of good games out of it. I just wanna see the little guys on the battlefield again.