Matchup v Reading

On 7th June a group of hardy adventurers headed to the Oracle in Reading – not to ask deep and mysterious questions of an ancient pothead, but to park and wander to Eclectic Games for a Blood Bowl fixture. Every Wednesday a group meet upstairs at this lovely games shop, sharing a room with Magic players, and as a between-season treat they got to host visitors from Swindon and Wiltshire Blood Bowl league.

We used the Eurobowl rules to make teams, and apart from avoiding Dwarf/CD v Stunty games, everyone could choose the race they wanted to use without restrictions.

We ended up with:

SAWBBL v Reading

Skaven v Humans

Skaven v Goblins

Nurgle v Nurgle

Orcs v Humans

Lizards v Humans

Orc v Undead

Individuals were approximately matched up by order of experience. My Skaven took on the guy who came 2nd in the Reading league, though he did that with Dwarfs rather than Humans – he hadn’t played with them before! This may have led to some non-optimal choices – he only had 11 players, and 5 rerolls, and as well as this took Guard rather than Block on the Ogre, despite being allowed a Double, and this cost a couple of turnovers during the game.

To keep things interesting I sportingly rolled 2 lots of snake eyes in my first 2 turns on gutter runner dodges, and then one a bit later in the game, but managed to pull out a 3-1 win after he received and then scored quite quickly in the first half. Possibly one of the hangovers of playing Dwarf was that he did man-mark quite a lot of my players, leading to lots of free blocks. My armour/injury dice were not good enough to make his lack of players count, but his did spend a lot of time on the floor!

Next to me was skaven v goblins, a new player in our league returning to the game after an eight-year break, against what seemed like a fairly new player who was armed with the full complement of rulebooks! He was using the new doom diver, who did pull off a throw team-mate score. There was also a slight look of confusion pre-game as rolls were made for new refs and exciting pitches, leading to a wall around the pitch and crowd pushes not being allowed! Despite this the skaven emerged triumphant. 2 games to nil!

Also making a competitive debut was our lizardman coach, with a shiny new team, who started well but then suffered from some hot casualty dice on the other side, including from an Ogre who made the wise decision of taking block, and ended up with fewer players on the pitch than would be ideal. 2-1!Some of the nicest figures featured in the classic Orc v Human matchup, with some marvellous stripy trousers, but the quality of the painting wasn’t enough to save them from a battering, as SAWBBL went 3-1 in games, and meaning that we couldn’t lose the fixture.

Two of the more experienced coaches were using Nurgle, and had a possible predictable 0-0 draw, as Cthulhu on one side took on the more traditional Nurgle team. The Swindon beast spent most of the first half on the floor being stupid, but in the second half we weren’t able to turn a numbers advantage into actual points. 3.5 – 1.5, a team win for Swindon!

The final game was an exciting one, with two recent spoon-winners battling out a 2-2 draw and sharing the honours in that match, but consolidating the overall fixture win 4-2.

Thanks very much to Nat for inviting us over – a very different setup to our league, as we play our games at people’s houses, so nice to see a more traditional games night. The games were played in a great spirit, and hopefully we’ll be able to host the return fixture in a few months’ time, possibly with more players on either side.

Fixtures like this are what make team tournaments (World Cup, Eurobowl, NATC, UKTC, Scrumpy, ARBBL, Lutece, Tilea, lots of others) so great – I thoroughly recommend heading to one if you possibly can, even if you need to be a mercenary and join a team!

Happy to get match reports from any of the games where I was a bit sketchy on the details – just comment below!

Round 5

– Draw for round 5

Draw for round 5

Table Match
1 Y Ddriag Goch   vs Feto Illius Omnia
lizardman | hawca Norse | Landrover
2 Bastard Liars   vs Krokadds
Chaos Dwarf | dreamscreator lizardman | Wulfyn
3 Badland Bruizers   vs Judgment
Orc | Frogboy dark Elf | YogiBedlamBear
4 Gouged Eye   vs Your choice
Orc | Be4ch Amazon | Rubbick
5 Thet RUCRF   vs Flushed Grollings
chaos | Besters Orc | Ceetee
6 Brumingham Badmoons   vs Green Machine
Orc | Gorgoroth Orc | Hobnail
7 Steam powered Chaos   vs cake or death
Chaos Dwarf | Angry Hobbit chaos | Heff
8 Skel-it-up   vs Reykjavik Wreckers
khemri | Maverick Dwarf | Nazgob
9 Clear Eyes No Hearts Cant Lose   vs Splinters sidekicks
undead | Greshvakk Skaven | Morbo89
10 Reanimation Nation   vs Bristol Boyz Zon
necromantic Undead | Glowworm Orc | Eski
11 Battling Battenburgs   vs Snow White and the 11 Dwarfs
Chaos Dwarf | Gutrot81 Dwarf | Dementor
12 Bearded Bullies   vs Nuff Orc N Chance
Dwarf | Wotfudboy Orc | Thor87
13 #Only here for the all you can eat   vs chronic
halfling | Enderman undead | wwe2015
14 mootly munchers   vs Reptile Disfunction
halfling | andswin lizardman | Azlann
15 Rolling 1’s is a pact of life   vs Bash me up buttercups
Chaos Pact | Vmcat Orc | Kismet
16 Bifrost Brutes & Middenheim Operatic Society   vs The Gittsburgh Griefers
Norse | bogenhafen_bron Dwarf | Jbone
17 Clann Sann   vs Karak Cegharuhm Royals
Skaven | Sann0638 Dwarf | Jip
18 Nagromz Bashumz   vs Oh god, a team name?
Orc | nagrom dark Elf | Merrick

Streaming Schedule Day 2

10am – Dementor’s “Snow White and the Eleven Dwarfs” against Bron’s “Bifrost Brutes and Middenheim Operatic Society”.  Zara and 10 guarding longbeards, plus a leader longbeard, against Norse.

Around 1pm – Andswin’s Halfling against whoever they are playing

Around 3.30pm – top table, playing for the title (unless it’s not in contention, in which case something more fun!)

Results after round 3

# Team Race Coach Score Touchdowns Casualties
1 Y Ddriag Goch lizardman hawca 40 7 1 3 2
2 Bastard Liars Chaos Dwarf dreamscreator 40 5 0 5 3
3 Thet RUCRF chaos Besters 38 5 1 10 3
4 Your choice Amazon Rubbick 35 4 2 7 8
5 Feto Illius Omnia Norse Landrover 32 7 3 10 4
6 Brumingham Badmoons Orc Gorgoroth 31 4 1 2 2
7 Judgment dark Elf YogiBedlamBear 30 6 3 5 8
8 Krokadds lizardman Wulfyn 30 7 3 4 5
9 Reanimation Nation necromantic Undead Glowworm 30 4 2 7 7
10 Bristol Boyz Zon Orc Eski 30 5 2 6 2
11 Badland Bruizers Orc Frogboy 29 4 2 7 7
12 Battling Battenburgs Chaos Dwarf Gutrot81 28 3 4 5 2
13 Clear Eyes No Hearts Cant Lose undead Greshvakk 28 4 4 4 5
14 Flushed Grollings Orc Ceetee 26 2 1 5 2
15 Nuff Orc N Chance Orc Thor87 26 3 3 12 4
16 Gouged Eye Orc Be4ch 26 3 2 3 5
17 #Only here for the all you can eat halfling Enderman 24 4 4 5 11
18 Steam powered Chaos Chaos Dwarf Angry Hobbit 21 3 6 10 3
19 Reptile Disfunction lizardman Azlann 21 2 4 4 1
20 cake or death chaos Heff 21 2 2 6 4
21 mootly munchers halfling andswin 20 3 6 7 9
22 Green Machine Orc Hobnail 20 3 3 2 4
23 chronic undead wwe2015 19 3 4 7 6
24 Clann Sann Skaven Sann0638 18 3 5 5 3
25 Skel-it-up khemri Maverick 18 1 3 7 9
26 Reykjavik Wreckers Dwarf Nazgob 18 1 1 2 4
27 Bash me up buttercups Orc Kismet 17 3 4 4 6
28 Splinters sidekicks Skaven Morbo89 17 5 7 2 14
29 Bifrost Brutes & Middenheim Operatic Society Norse bogenhafen_bron 16 3 4 3 6
30 Snow White and the 11 Dwarfs Dwarf Dementor 16 2 4 4 4
31 Bearded Bullies Dwarf Wotfudboy 16 2 6 5 4
32 The Gittsburgh Griefers Dwarf Jbone 13 1 3 2 4
33 Nagromz Bashumz Orc nagrom 11 1 3 5 3
34 Rolling 1’s is a pact of life Chaos Pact Vmcat 7 2 5 6 12
35 Oh god, a team name? dark Elf Merrick 4 1 5 3 10
36 Karak Cegharuhm Royals Dwarf Jip 3 0 5 3 1

round 4 draw

– Draw for round 4

Draw for round 4

Table Match
1 Bastard Liars   vs Y Ddriag Goch
Chaos Dwarf | dreamscreator lizardman | hawca
2 Thet RUCRF   vs Feto Illius Omnia
chaos | Besters Norse | Landrover
3 Your choice   vs Brumingham Badmoons
Amazon | Rubbick Orc | Gorgoroth
4 Reanimation Nation   vs Krokadds
necromantic Undead | Glowworm lizardman | Wulfyn
5 Judgment   vs Bristol Boyz Zon
dark Elf | YogiBedlamBear Orc | Eski
6 Badland Bruizers   vs Clear Eyes No Hearts Cant Lose
Orc | Frogboy undead | Greshvakk
7 Battling Battenburgs   vs Gouged Eye
Chaos Dwarf | Gutrot81 Orc | Be4ch
8 Nuff Orc N Chance   vs Flushed Grollings
Orc | Thor87 Orc | Ceetee
9 #Only here for the all you can eat   vs cake or death
halfling | Enderman chaos | Heff
10 Steam powered Chaos   vs Reptile Disfunction
Chaos Dwarf | Angry Hobbit lizardman | Azlann
11 mootly munchers   vs Green Machine
halfling | andswin Orc | Hobnail
12 chronic   vs Skel-it-up
undead | wwe2015 khemri | Maverick
13 Reykjavik Wreckers   vs Clann Sann
Dwarf | Nazgob Skaven | Sann0638
14 Bash me up buttercups   vs Splinters sidekicks
Orc | Kismet Skaven | Morbo89
15 Bifrost Brutes & Middenheim Operatic Society   vs Snow White and the 11 Dwarfs
Norse | bogenhafen_bron Dwarf | Dementor
16 Bearded Bullies   vs The Gittsburgh Griefers
Dwarf | Wotfudboy Dwarf | Jbone
17 Nagromz Bashumz   vs Rolling 1’s is a pact of life
Orc | nagrom Chaos Pact | Vmcat
18 Oh god, a team name?   vs Karak Cegharuhm Royals
dark Elf | Merrick Dwarf | Jip

Round 3

– Draw for round 3

Draw for round 3

Table Match
1 Thet RUCRF   vs Your choice
chaos | Besters Amazon | Rubbick
2 Battling Battenburgs   vs Y Ddriag Goch
Chaos Dwarf | Gutrot81 lizardman | hawca
3 Bastard Liars   vs Gouged Eye
Chaos Dwarf | dreamscreator Orc | Be4ch
4 Brumingham Badmoons   vs Flushed Grollings
Orc | Gorgoroth Orc | Cee-tee
5 Clann Sann   vs Bristol Boyz Zon
Skaven | Sann0638 Orc | Eski
6 Steam powered Chaos   vs Judgment
Chaos Dwarf | Angry Hobbit dark Elf | Yogi
7 #Only here for the all you can eat   vs Nuff Orc N Chance
halfling | Enderman Orc | Thor87
8 mootly munchers   vs Krokadds
halfling | andyswin lizardman | Wulfyn
9 Feto Illius Omnia   vs Splinters sidekicks
Norse | Landrover Skaven | Morbo89
10 Skel-it-up   vs Badland Bruizers
khemri | Maverick Orc | Frogboy
11 Bifrost Brutes & Middenheim Operatic Society   vs Clear Eyes No Hearts Cant Lose
Norse | bogenhafen_bron undead | Greshvakk
12 Reanimation Nation   vs Bearded Bullies
necromantic Undead | Glowworm Dwarf | Wotfudboy
13 Reykjavik Wreckers   vs Reptile Disfunction
Dwarf | Nazgob lizardman | Azlann
14 chronic   vs Bash me up buttercups
undead | wwe2015 Orc | Kismet
15 Nagromz Bashumz   vs Green Machine
Orc | nagrom Orc | Hobnail
16 cake or death   vs Rolling 1’s is a pact of life
chaos | Heff Chaos Pact | Vmcat
17 Karak Cegharuhm Royals   vs The Gittsburgh Griefers
Dwarf | Jip Dwarf | J_bone
18 Snow White and the 11 Dwarfs   vs Oh god, a team name?
Dwarf | Dementor dark Elf | Merick

Cakebowl 7

It’s Cakebowl 7 day at the Great Western Hotel in Swindon!  36 coaches expected from all over the country (up to Derby), some coming for the all you can eat £5 breakfast and all staying for the Blood Bowl.

There will be tweets from @sawbbl (check the homepage), live streaming (wifi dependent) on https://www.twitch.tv/sann0638, and hopefully updates with matchups and results on here.

Anything else you would like to see, get in touch via that there Twitter or comment below!