Deathball is here

By Polar_Bear
In Fantasy Sports
Jul 15th, 2014

One Page Rules takes to the field with their new Deathball rules, available over on their website.



From the release:

Today we are excited to bring you our latest release: Deathball.

Deathball is a brutal sports game set in the warhammer world (40k/Fantasy) that provides a fast moving and action packed experience. Take the role of the coach, assemble your team, and break the opposing players in half!

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  • Veritas

    So they’re straight up saying they’re using GW IP for the game? C&D letter in 3…2…1…

    • I was thinking the same thing.

  • jawmonkey

    Why would I not simply play BloodBowl? I mean, DeffBawllz looks like it contains sub-par art and I doubt its as developed as the real game. Just too blatant. I mean, it’s one thing to make a cool conversion bit or piece of terrain, but why would anyone want this? Besides is it just me or is the market getting saturated with tabletop sports games lately?

    • Soulfinger

      Around $150 for a copy of the OOP Blood Bowl with expansion versus this for free, so much handier for the casual gamer who hasn’t invested a dime into GW products than a cool conversion bit or piece of terrain. Being one page long, yes, it is nowhere near developed as the real game.

  • luckyb0y

    The clue’s in the name guys. One page rules, geddit?

  • cannondaddy

    I pretty sure they could ignore a C&D. They aren’t selling anything.

    • AccessDenied

      That’s not how it works. Whether One Page Rules makes money or not, GW has to protect their trademarks or risk losing them.

      • Soulfinger

        There isn’t any actual trademark infringement. The title “Blood Bowl,” for example, is a trademark, whereas the concept of fantasy football is not. Likewise, although GW can copyright the literary and artistic aspects of its games (fluff and illustrations), to quote the US Copyright Office, “Copyright does not protect the idea for a game, its name or title, or the method or methods for playing it. Nor does copyright protect any idea, system, method, device, or trademark material involved in developing, merchandising, or playing a game. Once a game has been made public, nothing in the copyright law prevents others from developing another game based on similar principles. Copyright protects only the particular manner of an author’s expression in literary, artistic, or musical form.”

  • Borzag

    So, nobody actually read the ONE PAGE OF RULES then….?

    Dreadball & BB both use a board. Deathball, like Guild Ball, does not. It uses a tape measure & a playing surface.

    They’re fantasy races playing football. And even then, the rules currently do not specify they need to be fantasy races.

    This is the only similarity. Problem solved.

    • Riquende

      “So, nobody actually read the ONE PAGE OF RULES then….?”

      No, I didn’t. Nothing about the idea, from the description to the cover, made me think there was anything here worth bothering with. I’ve knocked out more exciting looking and sounding games riding a bus home from work.