Draft Season 12 Rules

As we near the end of the season, it’s time to start thinking about the next one.

We will start in the new year, and here are some draft rules.  Up for discussion, but it’s not a democracy, so I’ll listen to what people have to say and then decide.

CURRENT SCHEDULE PLAN – random allocation of teams to 2/3 divisions, round robin.  Then the top half/third play each other to find a winner!  This avoids the season being too long, while finding a genuine winner.

  1. New teams, starting at 1100k, max 4 games (ideally against different opponents) in the off season as “pre-season training”.  My impression is that most people wanted this, so I was going for a level playing field, but if you feel strongly otherwise we can discuss!
  2. Goblins and Pact get the new positionals – if we can’t get OBBLM to do this, we’ll figure out a workaround.
  3. We will not use the Death Zone 2 Stadiums.
  4. We will use Death Zone 2 sideline staff in addition to CRP ones.  If you are planning to use one, let your opponent know in advance so they can read up!
  5. Brets and Khorne will be allowed, as standard.
  6. CRP inducements will be used, along with CRP spiralling expenses and inter-season stuff.

I will keep a list below of who is in, and if you want to declare a team then please do so!  I’ve made a guess, let me know if I’m wrong!  Smilies have confirmed team names too.

  1. Sann – Bretonnians 🙂
  2. Jip – Norse 🙂
  3. Spiky
  4. CPsyke – Goblins
  5. Kismet – Underworld 🙂
  6. Andswin – Wood Elf 🙂
  7. Mattwilts – Pro Elf Union 🙂
  8. Hawk
  9. Canteloup – Underworld
  10. Ragin – Undead 🙂
  11. Shortarse – Chaos Dwarf 🙂
  12. Outcast – 🙂
  13. Bron – Orcs
  14. PeteBunce – Chaos 🙂
  15. Wishazu – Norse
  16. Reedar – Orcs 🙂
  17. Nagrom – Norse 🙂

Roll up, roll up!

End of Season HYPE!

Only a few games left in the regular season, so let’s get some end of season hype going for the playoffs!  Here’s the position at the moment (13 game season).

3 points for a win, so the final playoff spot is up for whether the Scumbags or Molten Fury (or both!) can overtake Ra’s Raiders.  I think (I should probably know) that net TD is the tiebreaker, so if Canteloup’s Scumbags can win their last (against a battered vamp team) they will overtake.  Meanwhile Molten Fury (Glowworm’s CDs) have the vampires, followed by a misnamed Orc team (the Bash Me Up Buttercups), so the last game could be a crunch one!

So, it will then be Spiky’s undefeated Dark Elves against whoever ends in 4th, and I think my Pro Elf Galahs against the 3rd place, with the winner of each game competing for the title.  Hoping to stream as many of the playoffs as possible!

See the teams here: http://sawbbl.uk/obblm/index.php?section=main

Elf Off!

Sann, Hudson, Spiky

In the red corner, we have the heavyweight division leaders, Spiky’s Crimson Arrows, a behemoth of a Dark Elf team who have been destroying all in their path this season. In the other red corner, Sann’s Flaming Galahs, a new Pro Elf team who are slowly recovering from a defeat to some Halflings (mostly Puggy) earlier in the season.  It’s a long season, but no one is going to bet against the Arrows taking the first play off place, but the Galahs are playing for pride and to get into the top 4.

And here are the teams!  The Arrows have a TV of 1850, and the Galahs 1460, giving 390k in inducements, which basic maths insists means Eldril and the Wizard.  We also allow purchase of Coaches and Cheerleaders for 20k a pop, so one of each of those will boost the Pro cause.

These are two of the founding members and previous winners of the SAWBBL (nee Cakebowl) league, so there will be no quarter given on the field!  You can watch the action on Twitch, from 1930 British time.


Kings of Curry Post Match Interview

Following their first-round defeat to the Royals, we managed to catch up with Kings’ head coach, Outcast, to find out what went wrong…

A tough night for you and the team, Outcast?

Outcast: “Look,” – (in the style of Eddie Jones) – “we knew it was going to be tough out there. It’s never an easy game against Dwarves.”

It was a high profile game, streamed live to millions of viewers all around the world. Do you think the size of the occasion rattled your nerves a little?

Outcast: “Look, these guys are professionals, they love big games. Look, we made some mistakes, and the Royals made us pay for those mistakes. We’ve got some lessons to learn and stuff to work on before the next game. It’s a long season.”

Do you think your two seasons coaching the infamous Bar Room Brawlers should have better prepared you for a game against Dwarves? In fact, you won the league in your second season with the Brawlers, didn’t you?

Outcast: “Yes, we did.”

That’s strange because I’m looking at your trophy cabinet now and it’s empty?

Outcast: “I know, we didn’t get a cup or trophy for winning the league.”

Oh I see, so trophies aren’t awarded for winning the SaW league?

Outcast: “Yes, they have been every other season… just not when we won it…”

That’s a real shame, you would think the current commissioning body would try to rectify that immediately, wouldn’t you?

Outcast: “Yes, you would.”

Thanks for your time, Outcast.

Season 10 Review

It was a long season, with a few coaches falling by the wayside, and one falling into a coma (though he’s OK now, phew!).   Divided into Blue and Green divisions, the top 2 from each headed into the playoffs.

Blue was won by Spiky’s Crimson Arrows (Dark Elf), who are returning for Season 11, closely followed by Shortarse’s Warpstone Stars (Skaven), with their one-turn scoring machine.  Across the league, in Green, sann0638’s Hairy Petes (Apes) managed to survive the batterings they received to head up the division, ahead of Glowworm’s Molten Fury (Chaos Dwarf), as Hawk’s mighty Undead were not able to get their games played in time.

In the semi-finals, the Stars beat the Petes, and the Dwarfs were triumphant over the Arrows. In secret, the Final took place, and this year’s champion was Glowworm, who managed to stop Pestilence the scoring machine by forcing him to roll a whole series of 1s.

So we have:

Champion Glowworm Molten Fury Chaos Dwarf
Runner-Up Shortarse Warpstone Stars Skaven
Most Touchdowns ” (29!)
Most Casualties Hudson Chicago Beer Bellies Ogre (39!)

This year we bid a sad farewell to Hudson, who has moved to the home of Blood Bowl, and next season we will be missing veterans Buggrit and Hawk, who are taking a sabbatical. We are joined for Season 11 however by a good amount of new blood, and a new setup with fixed timescales for each match.  Onwards!

Season 11 Opening Thoughts

As of this point, this is that we have:

Coach Race Team TV
Bron Vamps  Altdorf BlueBloods 1100
Canteloup Skaven Ratty Scumbags 1720
Cpsyke Khemri Ra’s Raiders 1510
CrazyGinge Brets Brionne Broncos 1330
Glowworm Chaos Dwarf Molten Fury 1570
Jip Dwarf Karak Cegharuhm Royals 1200
Kismet Orc Bash Me Up Buttercups 1100
Outcast Khemri Kings of Curry 1100
Raging82 Orc Da ironhide cowboyz 1470
Sann Elf Flaming Galahs 1200
Shortarse Vampire Nightsisters 1130
Spiky Dark Elf  Crimson Arrows 1770
WiltsMatt Dwarf Azul Avengers 1100
AndySwin Halflings Mootly Munchers 1100

We are going to have a two-week fixed round robin schedule, with games forfeited at specific times, or finalised as draws.  This is to keep the schedule going, as we all just want to play BB, and the way to win the season is to make yourself available to play as well as to win!

So there are a few options:

  1. All in one league – this would take 22 weeks, which would be quite huge, but that’s not necessarily a problem if we keep ticking over.
  2. Two leagues (10-12 weeks each), but meaning not everyone plays everyone, and we are a friendly bunch!

Within option 2, we could do it by TV, but I think that would put all the experienced coaches together, which isn’t great for the future of the league I don’t think!

So, unless anyone massively objects, I think we’ll go for the big league!