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Warpcon 2014 – DreadBall

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Warpcon” has been my local con since my school days.  I have attended the majority of times that the event has taken place over the twenty four years that it has been running.

In addition to playing a few casual games with old friends, I often try to run a game/tournament of something at Warpcon to keep me busy.  With 2013 being the year of DreadBall at Chateau Sho3box the obvious choice this time was to run a day-long DreadBall tournament.

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DreadBall is a great game to run at events.  It requires little table space, play time is relatively short at under an hour and a half (often much less than that), the rules are tight and the gameplay is often nail-biting.  Im a fan.

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We had six players for the event – which isnt bad considering the size of the con and general geographical stuff – so we played a short series of games followed by a six player game of Ultimate due to demand from the players.  All of the games ran pretty smoothly.

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The tournament drew a few onlookers as the day progressed.  Insisting on painted teams always helps a lot with that.  The vibrant palette used with the game is also a draw I think.  The kaleidoscopic Ultimate (multi-player) pitch, complete with six teams of bugs, lobster-squid, humans, orks, goblins, grey aliens and rat-men jostling for position regularly looks entertainingly chaotic enough to draw comment.  Thats a good thing.

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All photos courtesy of Nick at Canvassing Cork who didnt let his unbeaten record while playing during the day limit his photography duties.  Thanks also to PB, who always does a lot of the heavily-lifting and scoreboard stuff when we get our DreadBall on.

Thanks guys!

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4 Responses

  1. Great to hear it went well, Paul. Well done!

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  2. Looks like a good con and a good game. That dreadball game looks very promising and the miniatures are all nicely painted up. Are they all Mantic or mixed?

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    • DreadBall is a very streamlined rule set. It only takes a game or two to get the hang of it and after that it rarely requires reference to the rulebook.

      If you can then you should give the game a try. A single team is a straightforward, finite project to get painted and DreadBall the sort of game that can be played without disrupting your primary hobby focus, whatever that might be. I thoroughly recommend it.

      The miniatures shown are exclusively Mantic DreadBall miniatures. I have a handful of miniatures from a couple of sources that I use alongside the Mantic stuff from time to time, but my group and I more or less exclusively use the official miniatures.

      There are pros and cons to the official range, but when they are painted to a decent level the game looks great and is as much fun to play as any other miniature game that I can think of.

      Thanks for the feedback.

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