What is appealing about this game is the way that the basic rules of the game have been described. That it is fairly easy to pick up and play however discussion has also been around how this simplicity in no way avoids complex tactical play. In other words being clever. Reminds me of the Mantic Kings of War rules...simple and easy but this open ups more thinking about tactics as there is no "I got you" clause that super duper special rules that are very tiny and easily overlooked.......you probably know what I mean.
Of course many will compare it to Blood Bowl and why wouldn't you. But this game has many points of difference such as the board does not get reset after each time a player scores. It may well be a faster turn based game. One aspect of Blood Bowl that I must say I found a turn off was the observation of the players at my club who would report very low scores. eg. 1- 0 or 3-1. Turns out Dread Ball has a point of difference here with the score really being about the difference in goals. eg. you score 7 points I score 6.....we are separated by 1 point. A further point of difference is squares vs a hex based board. I am not hanging negative vibes on Blood Bowl at all because I know a lot of gamers who love it and have done so for many years and will probably continue to do so. However Dread Ball, while it may have some time to go before it reaches the crevices of every game club in the world may be very interesting for players as it continues to expand with League play and more teams with a big tactical variety and even cheer leaders and coach figures that have an actual in-game effect.
I consider myself a War Gamer first and foremost. I like stuff blowing up. I like armys not footballs. If I want to see sports I try and see a game of Rugby (go All Blacks). However I have taken the plunge and backed Dread Ball. It is certainly a great way to get more bang for your dollars. Will I play the game enough? Not really sure....I have enough games to play at the moment. What I will do though is enjoy painting something different to my usual toys (Flames of War and Saga). Perhaps I will sell the teams to fund future hobby purchases for a small profit. Perhaps I can start a new Kickstarter to get me finances to attend some interstate tournaments. That would be cool. :)
Anyway you don't have long to back Dread Ball if you are on the fence about it.
Cheers and happy gaming from Brendon (The Kiwi).
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