Monday, February 14, 2011

The Cunning Plan

Hello everyone! It has been almost a month since my last report and I am very happy to be back with some new material. I have spent the majority of the last couple of weeks recuperating from a very bad chest infection, which caused me to miss some serious class time right at the beginning of a new semester and I have been playing catch up ever since. This has left little hobby time. I haven't set paint to brush in almost three weeks, but fortunately, I have found the time to play my first two Blood Bowl league games at the LA Battle Bunker.

My first game I played a Dwarf team. It was a bitter slug fest with both teams bashing almost every model on every turn with very little consequence. I was able to halt his cage and steal the ball for a late touchdown in the first half. As the game progressed into the second half it was my game to lose and I set up a pretty tough cage with a few blitzers and black orcs and the game collapsed into a scrum along the left wide zone. My nerves eventually got the better of me, and I made the mistake of launching my ball carrier from the cage before the opportune moment, allowing my opponent to make a quick tackle and a very, very lucky bomb down-field to equalize. The game ended in a 1-1 stalemate. I had caused one casualty and my opponent had done zero.

The next game was against Evan's chaos team. I was unbelievably lucky the first half, breaking armor on 3/4 of my blocks every turn and was able to briskly put two points on the board and a handful of beastmen on the bench. Evan returned fire in the second half, employing a risky new onside kick-type strategy and was able to bring in one touchdown while down 3 players due to casualties!
Here's how the team looks after my first two games.

I am loving the league play so far but unfortunately, there isn't as large of a blood bowl community at the LA bunker as I had hoped. There are 6 or 7 people signed up for the league but thus far I've only actually met one other coach aside from Evan and myself. Some of the guys can't make it in on certain nights, and it has proven difficult to make contact with the other coaches because I have to have GW staff pass messages until I can actually meet them as GW can't give out their information.

This is where the cunning plan comes in. There is a fantastic local store called The Realm that carries GW product pretty close to where I live, and I have resolved to bring Blood Bowl to its tables. Not being able to hobby in the past few weeks, I have spent some time putting together a Blood Bowl collection. Through Ebay I have been able to procure one full starter box with all the gubbinz needed to play, including a Human team and another Orc team. Also, I purchased another Pitch. Evan has decided chaos doesn't really fit the play style he wanted from a BB team, and is looking into starting fresh. I offered to adopt the team and so now have 4 fully functional Blood Bowl teams, a set of templates, two sets of blocking dice, and 2 pitches.

My plan involves obtaining at least one more pitch and another set of blocking dice so that I can begin getting more people in the community involved in Blood Bowl. In the next couple of weeks I plan to frequent the open gaming night at The Realm, playing as much Blood Bowl there as possible, while also purchasing a couple more teams. I have quite a lot of painting to do now as all the teams except for my Cheez 'Eadz are unpainted. 'Ere We GO!

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