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Postby Moogukinos В» 20.10.2019

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Vendors are sobbing into their hot dogs! Babies are being tossed in the air by baby-tossing machines! Everybody, let the man speak…. Sports are perhaps the ur-games. Probably organizing alongside early militaries as tools for training and proving of skill, they have grown to eclipse armed conflict for many, serving as a sort of proxy for violent aggression. Blood Bowl is the grandparent of sports miniatures games.

Guild Ball , meanwhile, is a newcomer to the scene which has quickly gained a following. While there are nuances to the themes, both games are clearly competing for similar space. Or violently maims the other player. First up, Blood Bowl! Games Workshop has released a new starter set seen above for the hugely influential classic first published in The members of the team are differentiated by a few simple stats and perhaps a skill or two. As long as everything goes as planned, they can then activate another model.

Risk and chaos and getting screwed by dice with little symbols. To do almost anything besides moving through wide open space requires you to roll dice, and there is the potential for almost any of those rolls to go badly and end your turn. Star players fall on their faces trying to do the most basic of blocks.

It can take multiple turns just to pick up the ball, bouncing it back and forth like a badminton rally powered by shame. Sometimes you get to activate your whole team; others your first player fails miserably. Much of the strategy of assists and formations is about weighting this luck. Ideally, this forces you to prioritize your actions and keeps you involved every step of the way.

It can also be incredibly annoying. Physically, the new version is lovely. The miniatures are beautiful and dynamic, representing human and ork teams. While you do have to clip them from a sprue and should ideally glue them together, they are only a couple pieces and do snap fit. Plus, if you want to try your hand at painting, this is a great starting place.

Also in the box is a pitch and a pair of dugouts player boards which are double-sided, showing a neat human setting on one side and a delightfully orky one on the other. Also handfuls of dice and other accessories. All of which sort of sums up Blood Bowl, but also leaves out its heart. The people I know who love Blood Bowl and still play it, going for years without new releases or official support, do so because of one thing: leagues.

Essentially the sport version of a campaign, leagues see teams grow and change. Players might be injured or killed , they gain experience through things like passing or scoring or killing , and they permanently grow and change.

Leagues are such a significant part of Blood Bowl that some teams which seem sub-par in one-off games are popular because of their potential to level up more quickly. Leagues are great, although running one requires purchasing an additional book seen below. That said, if this is your game, the cost is worth it. Blood Bowl is the reigning champ. Many games have sought to emulate its success. Titles like Kaosball and Dreadball have stepped into the ring, but none have been able to land a knockout blow.

The veteran still stands triumphant. But if one of the slick new contenders has a shot at dethroning the king, my money would be on Guild Ball. It shows. In the first place, unlike BB and its many pretenders, Guild Ball is a true tabletop game.

The rules themselves are quite clever. Ball-handling is smooth, with a simple snap-locking system that allows players to pick up an uncontrolled ball simply by passing near it.

It also uses several novel mechanics. One is the playbook. Instead, each success allows a choice to be made on a different level of a playbook. This might mean simple wounds, but it can also include dodges, pushes, knockdowns, and special abilities.

Another interesting mechanic is influence. Each model generates influence points for the team. These points are pooled and then, before each turn, allocated to players. This allocation is not necessarily based on who generated the influence. Which matters because Influence is what you use to do basically everything, from moving more than a pittance to shooting to punching someone in the face.

This creates an intriguing fusion of the strategic and the tactical — while turns play out with alternating activations of individual models, you have to invest in what they will do before they act. With practice this allows for bluffs and gambles about how the turn as a whole will play out. There is a smart injury and recovery system where players who are knocked out can be put back in, but at less HP, making them prone to being knocked out again.

And on top of all this, the miniatures are full of character and unique style. These are high-end figures aimed at painters, with all the beauty and labor that implies. There is a two-player starter set available which avoids some of these challenges, but expanding beyond it will take come modelling skill. Plus, you get adorable mascots like a bulldog or an otter…. Truth be told, before breaking out Blood Bowl again, I thought the same thing. But this is where I need to make a distinction that I think really matters in assessing these games.

Playing sports — really playing them — is a skill-intensive process. It requires physical conditioning and practice and dedication and tactical thinking. If that is what you are looking for in a sports game, then Guild Ball unquestionably wins the day. It is strategic and largely skill-based. What we do is watch sports. And that is a whole different ball game. Watching sports is about the narrative. It is about getting attached to certain players.

Seeing them succeed and seeing them fail. It is about skin-of-your-teeth victories and terrible upsets. It is Greek comedy and Shakespearean tragedy. And I have to admit, Blood Bowl does a better job at capturing that experience. That said, I also sort of want some beer and pretzels in a game about sports. Sports, when I enjoy them, are about eating hot wings and yelling and laughing and shaking your fist at the whims of fate.

Sometimes that star player does fumble the ball. Sometimes your quarterback gets knocked out. And Games Workshop captures that experience almost perfectly.

So make of that what you will. If you want to hone your craft at a game, to analyze and maneuver, then Guild Ball is a great pool to dive into. But if you simply want to root for underdogs and curse as your plans fall on their faces, then I know some orks that would be happy to have a new coach. Some beauuutiful looking stuff in the Games News this week, including a holiday, pinball, and a giant wooden box of cogs.

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