Sunday, 19 April 2015

Fishermen's Guild for Guildball

      I know the posts have been thick as fast in the build up to Salute but the process of clearing my desk is starting to achieve a result. 
      Guildball was a kickstarter I got into last summer and last Saturday it finally arrived in the post. Guildball is a fantasy football game designed to be played on a 3 by 3 pitch, but unlike any other fantasy football game I have seen, it has no grid and allows scenery, so it can be played in the middle of a town, or in a proper field. The teams are formed from the mercantile guilds of the country the game is set in rather than the normal different races idea that other games tend to use, which means stat wise most players are fairly similar, but somehow because each team focuses on a different style of play, each team plays in a completely different way. The game also has two different ways of winning, a normal game is played until one side hits 8 or 12 points, depending on how big a game you are playing, points can be earned either by taking out the opponent's players ( 2 points a player) or by scoring goals (4 points a goal).

     The kickstarter reward I went in for was the whole game set up and two teams, the plan being I all I would need was a second person willing to learn the game and I would everything I needed to play from the get go. The two teams I picked were the Fisherman's guild and the Mason's guild, I'll talk about the Masons more when I get them painted up.
     The Fishermen's style of play is all about scoring goals by being fast and dodging out of combat, rather than actively taking opponents players out. The fishermen are just about the only team who could quite possibly score multiple times in a single turn if the game goes their way. Most of them have long weapons so they can avoid being locked in close combat and none of them have particularity good armour, so really can't afford to let their opponent's grind them down.

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 The basic team, plus mascot, goal and ball.

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 Shark - Team Captain & Salt - Team Mascot

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Kraken & Greyscales

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 Angel & Siren

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 Ball and goal

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 Rule book, tokens, dice and templates.

      If you are heading to Salute I recommend having a look at the Guildball demo game and especially the figures, I have played the demo once and absolutely loved it. Now, back to painting, hopefully I can get the Mason's done before Salute, then I can concentrate on getting some games in once I get back.

Thanks for reading

15 comments:

  1. That looks a really interesting game. Being a Blood Bowl veteran I can feel the pull of a fantasy football game (not Mantic's Sci-Fi one though). I think I'm safe from making an impulse buy... I think.

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    1. If your off to Salute, then guard your wallet. I've played one game and I really enjoyed it, plus great figures.

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    2. Nope, too far away, I'm afraid. I don't think my nerves could handle London or such a large show.

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    3. That's fair do's mate. That's good news for your wallet at the very least.

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  2. Looks fabulous but MUST.... RESIST....

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    1. Ha! Thanks Herbert. If you can resist you're a better man than me.

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  3. I saw this when it kickstarted, and my gaming group has mentioned it as a maybe. Trouble is we've all got Bloodbowl and Dreadball teams sat unused, some even unpainted. I would like to see a few game reports before any commitment is made. The figures do look very nice though and your painting of them looks great. How many teams are there?

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    1. Thanks Bob. I think they came straight out with 6 teams, fishermen, butchers, masons, brewers, engineers and morticians, with more they plan to do in the future. Give me a couple of weeks and I will see if I can get a battle (feels like the wrong word) report up on here.

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    2. You forgot the Alchemists and the Union. Interesting that Union players can also play for other teams (each union player card specifies two other Guilds). I splashed on 5 teams which rewarded me with enough union players (1 per team) which once I added-on a mascot gave me the Union as a sixth, I could then chose players that matched my other teams. A heck of a lot of painting ahead, almost got 2 nailed...

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    3. I knew there was something I missed! I have two union players sitting on my desk, one of which I have no idea how she is supposed to stick to the base, and the other I just don't have a colour scheme for.

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  4. I'd really like to see a match report. Purely hypothetically,you understand. I'm resisting.

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  5. These look great! Really lovely paintwork Mike!

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  6. Mike would you be interested in selling LE Honour? If so ping me at jaytcharles@gmail.com

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