Monday, October 31
There we go. The famed Stunty Cup! Puggy Baconbreath brought the cup home to the Moot...
As I mentioned in my previous post, my club's annual Blood Bowl tournament took place this weekend; the Bunker Bowl II. We had thirty coaches taking part ranging from multiple tournament winners right though to first timers in their first tourney. We even had three guys who came from Australia to play - they are doing a European tour working towards the NAF World Cup taking place in November.
Out of those thirty coaches, only two of us were using stunty teams so I would be battling against my old mate Rid to see which of us would lift the Stunty Cup. Rid was using his Goblin team - the Crap Town Sods. It was all to play for!
As the games kicked off, I was randomly drawn against my friend Tom who's an excellent Lizardman coach. My cunning decision to load up on fan factor and cheerleaders / assistant coaches in addition to the Halfling Master Chef meant he had far less rerolls to use that he would have liked. It also meant that when the kick offs resulted in the "Throw A Rock" result (which happened four times!) that my hobbits had far fewer standing opposing players than normal. It was looking like the game would end 2-2 but a sneaky skink managed to get a last gasp touchdown to give Tom the game. A very close game but still a loss.
For game two, I played my only game against a non-club member, a great chap called Craig Andrews. Craig was using Dark Elves with only 11 players and they took a real thumping in the first couple of turns with them being reduced down to only 8 before he knew what hit him (quite literally!). Despite that, the elves natural agility and Craig's skillful coaching helped them to keep their heads and the game finished 2-2.
Game three and it was Halflings vs Wood Elves in a titanic clash against my friend Darren Lysenko. He paints the most amazing models and he rightfully won the Best Painted award for his team. He won the Best Painted award last year too with a diffent set of Wood Elves - he can't get enough of them! With three treemen on the field, it was always going to be a battle of the giants - and that was a battle that Darren won when his treeman killed one of mine stone dead! He was 2-1 up and I had one final turn left with his backfield sporting a long line of elves hoping to defend against a one-turn touchdown. I had one reroll left ready but managed to pick up the ball, give it to a halfling next to a treeman, have the treeman lob him down the field and see the hobbit stick the landing. All that was left was to try to get through the line of elves so I had to call over some of the other coaches to watch me try it as it was getting tense by then. The little fellow scampered through them without needing a whiff of dodging... The game finished 2-2 and the crowd went wild (well - they pointed and laughed at Darren...) With that last game, my Halflings had two tournament points and Rid's Goblins were still on zero as he'd lost all three games.
After a good sleep, everyone was back on Sunday and ready for action. My game four saw me lined up against another club member known as Shape with his Skaven team. Well - I took a bit of a spanking on that one which was all the fault of the Master Chef. He only took one reroll off him the whole game which was pathetic! He should never have baked that cheesy mash pie I guess... Shape also managed to get lots of kick off results in his favour with lots of Blitz and Perfect Defence appearing. I just couldn't do anything about it as his team was so fast... The game finished 5-2 and I was lucky it hadn't been more although on the bright side, Puggy had scored a touchdown. Rid had a better game with his Goblins managing to get a draw so he had got his first tournament point...
After lunch, I was drawn up against Rid himself - it was a Stunt Off! Rid's gobbos was heavily stacked with secret weapons and he had a fist full of bribes to try to keep them on the field. In the first turn of the game, he blitzed Puggy with his chainsaw player and sliced him apart! Poor old Puggy... Still - with Puggy out of the game my Halflings had to dig really deep - before I knew it the hobbits had scored! Rid used all three bribes and managed to keep all the secret weapons on the field but before the end of the half I'd scored again and they were out of the game. Phew! With that, Rid was fighting a losing battle and could only field three players at the end of the match. We finished 4-0 to me and I was assured of the Stunty Cup. Excellent!
Game 6 came and I was ebulliant. I'd won a game, Puggy had got a touchdown and I'd won the Stunty Cup. I was already happy with my weekend. How better to finish the weekend off than a game against Barry Pittman? Barry is someone I admire and respect - he's a great guy and it would be the first time I'd played Blood Bowl against him. The only problem was that he was using Orcs with lots of Block players and a blitzer with Tackle. Oh dear... The Master Chef cooked up some tasty treats though and Barry didn't get very many rerolls to use, especially as I'd managed to get FAME +2 so when we got a Cheering Fans kick off, there was no chance he could win it. I ended up with six rerolls at one point! My Halflings did brilliantly, especially the Diving Tackle guys who caused Barry no end of problems. Puggy was at his annoying best and took all the punishment the Orcs could throw at him without taking so much as a scratch. At 2-1 to me, Barry had to try to throw a pass to get a draw but the lack of rerolls and a thrower in the dead and injured box meant that he fluffed it. Another win for the Halflings and they were on 8 tourney points! Rid got his sole win of the tournament in his last game so at least one game went his way.
So - the Stunty Cup was lifted by Puggy. My team finished 14th out of 30 which I was very happy with and, something I didn't realise until later, they finished 4th highest for both Touchdown Scored and Most Casualties! What an amazing weekend for the hobbits :)
Running the Bunker Bowl is a lot of work. A LOT of work. I think I've been working towards it on and off for about seven months and the weekend itself is especially hectic. I think everyone who attended enjoyed themselves though so that definately makes the effort worthwhile. Anyway - I can look forward to some time off before I start thinking about the Bunker Bowl III!
Thursday, October 27
The Bunker Bowl II is upon us - the Bunker's Blood Bowl tournament takes place this very weekend. You never know how many people are going to attend an event until the morning it starts but it's looking like we'll have around thirty-five coaches taking part which is cool as it's ten more than last year.
In my last league game, my Bluebay Crammers team pulled off an amazing 3-0 win against a Lizardman team so, as they've earned it, I've decided to use them at the Bunker Bowl II.
Most Halfling coaches in a tournament setting (such as a 1.1 mil tourney with extra funds to buy your team with) would take the opportunity to induce Deeproot Strongbranch, the star player Treeman. Deeproot is a truely mighty player - ST7 with Block means he gets three block dice against a standard ST3 opponent. The problem for me is that in all my league games so far, I've been able to induce Puggy Baconbreath (the star player Halfling) and he's been brilliant in two of those three games. Puggy is an especially annoying opponent. He's as strong as most regular Blood Bowl players, has Block and Dodge (so he's harder to take down) and he's still Stunty so he can dodge anywhere on a 3+ and gets a free reroll in case he fails it. Puggy has been my hero in the league so far so I've decided to build my Bunker Bowl team around him.
My full roster for the tournament is going to be :
2 x Treemen - 240k gp
13 x Halflings - 390k gp
2 x rerolls - 120k gp
9 x fan factor - 90k gp
1 x cheerleader - 10k gp
1 x assistant coach - 10k gp
That leaves 240k gp inducements to put toward Puggy and the Halfling Master Chef.
Yet again, I'm going against the norm as I'm buying 9 fan factor. The idea is that when the rolls for FAME are made at the start of the game, I'll have more chance of getting FAME +1 - or even FAME +2. If there's a kick off event that gives a free reroll, I should have more chance of winning it, especially as I've got a cheerleader and an assistant coach. What I'm aiming for is to deny my opponents a chance at getting a free reroll - especially as my Master Chef will hopefully be taking rerolls off them anyway. If I can force my opponents to play without rerolls, I might just be able to takeadvantage when they fail something. Having so many spare players will also be handy as Halflings aren't the toughest of chaps and they will get injured - so replacements are essential. It will also allow me to foul with impunity if I need to.
So - here's hoping Puggy and the boys do a decent job for me this weekend. If I can win the Stunty Cup or Wooden Spoon with them, I'll be happy!
Friday, October 7
In the meantime, however, the Chelmsford Bunker Blood Bowl League has started it's winter season. Technically known as the CBBBL IV, the winter league is a short ten game run rather than the standard fifteen games the summer leagues feature. As it is a short league, I thought it was apt to use a short team so my Halflings, the Bluebay Crammers, have taken to the field. Fifteen other Blood Bowl teams are taking part and, out of those, there's only one other stunty team (Erik's Ogre team which features mostly Snotlings!) so I am expecting my hobbits to take a regular heavy drubbing. The first game on Wednesday didn't disappoint as the Crammers lost 3-0 to an Orc team but it was a fun game.
In other Blood Bowl related news, my club's annual Blood Bowl tournament is taking place at the end of October and it's looking like we'll have more attendees this year than last. All good stuff :)
* EDIT *
Rather amusingly, the Halflings won their first game of the season playing against my friend Paul's Skaven team. Poor old Paul only had two players on the field at the end of the game!