Well, I dunno about you lot, but I’m exhausted! After the mental month that was the Deadzone Kickstarter (finishing at midnight on the Sunday!) we all got back to work last week and set to ploughing through the large drifts of work that had begun to pile up. The week ended with a bang (several, in fact – I’m sure you all saw Curis’ account!) and in a full-on display of caffeine-fuelled insanity, I didn’t stop there!

Not dead, just napping.

Not dead, just power-napping.

As soon as I’d showered the paint out of my hair and counted my bruises – a paltry 3, compared to our accountant Mark’s frankly baffling 28 – I jumped in the car and headed south to the Grumpy Old Wargamers convention at Tabletop Nation in Essex! For anyone who’s not had the chance to visit the venue, it’s a combined shop, gaming hall and bar (woohoo!) situated a short train journey from London. Its shelves are crammed with exciting games and miniatures, and the staff are a lovely bunch indeed. More to the point, TTN is home to the Beasts of War crew, and they were out in force all weekend!

I spent the next two days running demos of DreadBall for dozens of attendees, ably assisted by Pathfinder John whenever he got a break from the Kings of War games he was running. It was great to see so many people getting excited about DreadBall, and there was a real mix; some people had never heard of the game but wanted to give it a go, some had bought a copy but not had a chance to play, and one or two were seasoned coaches looking to get a serious game in!

Photo shamelessly borrowed from the Beasts of War site.

No, my expression makes no sense to me, either. 
Photo kindly provided by Lloyd from the BoW crew.

The strangest part from me was the number of people who knew me from the DreadBall Academy series on the Beasts of War site. If you’re not familiar with DreadBall Academy, it’s a great way to learn the rules to everyone’s favourite futuristic sports game. Each episode involves myself and Beasts of War’s Warren playing through a game and explaining it as we go, introducing new rules a few at a time. Before the first episode Warren hadn’t really played a proper game, and he’s now a raving DreadBall fan, so I think it’s been a success! More to the point, I met more than one person at the weekend who was capable of playing a full game just after watching the videos and skimming through the rulebook.

There are three episodes so far, with several more on the way. If you want to catch up, here are the links!

Episode 1: Learning the Game

Episode 2: Veer-myn and Forge Fathers

  • Sticking to the basic rules, this episode brings in two new teams as my Forge Fathers tackle Warren’s Veer-myn

Episode 3: The Full Game Rules

  • We go back to our starting teams and play a game with the full rules, introducing cards, fouling and the referee. We use the full contents of the full DreadBall game (a.k.a. Deluxe Edition), so if you’ve got Kick-Off you can get your hands on all the additional pieces by grabbing the Extra Time Set.

Make sure you check those videos out, and let us know what you think in the comments! We’re looking at possibly doing a similar series for Kings of War – how does that sound?

I’ll sign off by saying a massive thank-you to everyone who was involved in Grumpy Old Wargamers – I can safely say that they actually weren’t grumpy at all, and I thought they wore their age rather well! It was a massive pleasure to see so many Mantic fans, and I’m already looking forward to the next one… See you there!


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