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Dreadball Vassal Online - Overhaul with Dreadball XTREME

Jeremy Laverty
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Originally posted on our little blog: www.boardgamesminisandmore.blogspot.ca

After much playtesting, I have overhauled the Dreadball Vassal Module to be more reminiscent of a real life tabletop experience. The new module allows players to manipulate dice on the tabletop as you would in real life. The boards all sit on a virtual tabletop and you can move tokens and pieces around the board and tabletop as you would in real life.



Many of the custom pitches have matching tokens populated when you choose them.

Further to this, I have added Dreadball XTREME Beta to the module so that players can begin playing XTREME while they wait for their models



Please try out the new revised module and let me know your thoughts!
For a FULL explanation of how to setup and play Dreadball online: http://boardgamesminisandmore.blogspot.ca/2014/01/how-to-pla...
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    Dreadball Sunday Night Slacker League - ONLINE on VASSAL

    Jeremy Laverty
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    Scarborough
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    Announcing the Sunday Night Slacker League!
    Where: On Vassal http://www.vassalengine.org/
    How to Play Online: http://boardgamesminisandmore.blogspot.ca/2014/01/how-to-pla...
    Date: Sunday nights, February 9 - March 9
    Time: 7:45 EST
    Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/579134352181515/

    League Expectations: Show up, or don't.. doesn't matter. This is a Slackers League for those of us who want to play but have lives. Essentially, we hope to set a time when people will be online to play games. And heck, lets keep our league stats!
    League Rules: Current Season 3 Rules
    Starting Revenue: 30mc
    MVP Auction: Draw one MVP randomly from the Reference Card Deck per 2 players who are online ready to play.
    Results: Posted by you and your opponent on the Facebook Group after each game.
    Use the following format for posting results:

    Team Name, Faction, Coach's Name, Score, Win, Tie, Loss, League Points, Kills, Team Value
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    Dreadball Vassal Module

    Jeremy Laverty
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    Scarborough
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    Originally posted on our little blog: www.boardgamesminisandmore.blogspot.ca

    Over the Holidays, with the help of many great artists and painters, I have developed a Dreadball Vassal Module. So we can all play Dreadball online! Mantic has given me permission to share the Dreadball Vassal Module I have developed. Please keep in mind that it is a work in progress.

    When you open the Vassal Module, click the help menu at the top and select Quick Start. That will explain all the controls I have built in. You can also right click on the models/cards/tokens and it will give you a menu of options for what you can do.

    Here is the latest Module: http://boardgamesminisandmore.blogspot.ca/2014/01/how-to-pla...













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    Making a 2-Piece 4'x8' Warhammer/Warmachine table WIP

    Josh Laverty
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    Port Sydney
    Ontario
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    When I sold our old table, that we had played many a game upon, I was a little sad to see it go. However, the person who bought it was so happy with the table that they came back and asked for another one. This one was to be larger. In fact large enough that to put it in their basement, it needed to be made in two pieces.

    I began with the base frames, made out of 2x3, and fastened OSB sheets to the frame before screwing the cross bracing, to ensure it was square.



    Then applied a mortar mix to the surface with an old blister pack and putty knife. You can vary the texture easily, build it up instantly and shape it to look like mud or rocks, and even let it dry smooth as sand if you like. And best of all, it self adheres and is paintable within a few hours. The one I used was "infused with polymers," making it less brittle, cost $15 and was enough to do 3 - 4'x4' pieces, with more to spare.




    When ready, I painted a black and grey base coat, done as a wash to settle into the texture. Then dry brushed layers of hazel and tan.







    The style of table they want is one with a spring thaw, of mixed grass and snow. So I've put on a mix of salt and baking soda, as well as flock and static grass mix, sifted through a metal strainer, which in my experience makes most of them stand up on end.








    So I still have some work to do, more blending of snow and some ice in the frozen ponds. I'll be using a crackle solution on top of the blue base.

    I hope to update this with the finished table and hopefully they will send me some shots of models and terrain on it!

    As Usual, check out boardgamesminisandmore.blogspot.ca for more info!
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    Dreadball Stat Cards for Teams and MVP's

    Jeremy Laverty
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    Originally posted on our little blog: www.boardgamesminisandmore.blogspot.ca

    My friend Geoff
    Geoff Burbidge
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    Brampton
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    has created some Dreadball Stat Cards for Teams, Players and MVP's and they are fantastic!



    Mantic Games has taken interest in the cards and will be working to develop a licensed deck for players!
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    Warmachine Models and Terrain for Sale

    Jeremy Laverty
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    Warmachine Models and Terrain for Sale
    It is with fond memories that come to mind as I write this. Our game group has decided to part ways with the tabletop game of Warmachine. It is not because it's a bad game, in fact for us it may be that it is too good in some ways. As our children get older, we have less time to dedicate to the hobby, and we've begun to find an unhealthy amount of our thoughts and energy has been consumed in the game. As such, we will continue to play other games and report on them. On the up side, you have a chance to obtain much of our significant collection.

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    Dreadball - League Kickoff

    Jeremy Laverty
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    Originally posted on our little blog: http://boardgamesminisandmore.blogspot.ca/

    We started our first Dreadball League last night. We had two games played with The Orx Thunder facing off against the Judwan Pacifists and Nightmares played the Midguard Delvers.

    Click here for current standings and our team rosters: http://boardgamesminisandmore.blogspot.ca/2013/10/dreadball-...
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    Dreadball - First Forray

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    Originally posted on our little blog: http://boardgamesminisandmore.blogspot.ca/2013/10/dreadball-...

    Aside from a brief stint in my youth in which I collected thousands of Hockey cards, read Beckett Book daily and could rhyme off player stats, number of error cards per series and who won what trophies each season ... I have little interest in team sports. That said, I've always been intrigued by the concept of playing the role of coach throughout a season and improving the stats of the team members etc. Enter Blood Bowl ... I read the rules, read the reviews and watched some how to play videos ... and it looked like a slog. If I am playing a sports game, I want it to be fast and furious, not 3 hour grinds with impossible combinations. Then, I was listening the the Meeples and Miniatures podcast and those guys (who are usually hard on games that are outside of the historical range) fell in love with this Dreadball game. "Well," I thought, "that's enough to convince me!" So I watched the Beasts of War Dreadball Academy videos and traded off some Warmachine models to pick up my own copy of Dreadball.
    I have now played 2 games solo to learn the rules and two games in person. So, I'm still a rookie, but I'm enjoying this game immensely.
    Last night I played a game as the Marauders vs Corporation and it was a blast! The game began with a Corporation Striker spending his first action to pick up the ball, scattering it and ending their Rush. Never try to pick up the ball first! So, I gained the advantage early on. I slammed some players and scored a point with a Jack. The following Rushes ping ponged back and forth with little scoring until I sprinted a Guard up into the Corporation end, slammed a Striker and then scored a 3 pointer with a Jack. I was in the lead by 4 points. The Corporation team responded by running a Striker into my end and scoring a 2 pointer.

    The game was mine, with one rush remaining for the Corporation player. The ball sitting in my end and two strikers standing in scoring zones. I had two guards in slamming range PLUS one on the bench. So, I spent my turn pounding Strikers. The first Guard slammed a Striker, knocking him down. The second Guard slammed the other striker, injuring him for 2. The third Guard took one action to move off the bench and another action to Stomp the knocked down Striker, doing 7 damage with the Coaching die, taking him out of the game! The ref didn't like that and sent him off for a one round penalty.



    But, with all my actions spent, I hadn't picked up the ball. Much to my surprise, the Corporation player had banked some cards. So he managed to sprint a Striker off the bench twice, pick up the ball (doubling it for a free action) and then scored a three pointer - moving the score to 1 for the Corporation! I was left with little choice but to attempt a strike. I bought some cards (picking up a throw special action) and managed to get my Jack in range of a strike...but failed. Great game!
    I have just begun working on a paint scheme for the Marauders. The models came partially painted, but I am not a fan. So, here is the start of the paint scheme I'm thinking of. Let me know what you think:



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    Warmachine Galleon Mercenaries Colossal Painted

    Jeremy Laverty
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    I'm finally getting around to posting pictures of my painted Galleon.











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    Mice and Mystics Painted *COMPLETE*

    Jeremy Laverty
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    Scarborough
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    Here it is. The Mice and Mystics Board Game Painting Complete! (*See Larger Images here: http://boardgamesminisandmore.blogspot.ca/2013/10/on-paintin...























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