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This weekend, the American Football season comes to an end with the Super Bowl. It seems a pretty good time to celebrate sports in all its form, including using toy soldiers on your tabletop. And Mantic is celebrating pretty hard with their Super Mega Cup Sale going on now. You want to get DreadBall for a lot cheaper than usual? Now's your chance. And to make sure you're using the best rules, they've also posted an updated Errata and FAQ.

True story: DreadBall was the first game I ever backed on Kickstarter. However, as excited as I was for the game, it didn't last once I got it on my tabletop. While Mantic put out the best game they felt they could at the time, they've since seen where things could've gone better. It's alright, it happens to most games at some point or another. Well, the revamp is done and you can now pre-order DreadBall 2nd edition from the Mantic webshop.
We're only 4 days away from the end of 2016. I know a lot of people are going to be very happy about that. Lots because 2016 wasn't the greatest. But, really, it's also because there's a lot to look forward to in 2017. Certainly, the folks at Mantic have a lot planned, and they've laid out some of their announcements in a new article.
So, it's coming up to 8pm. Day 2 is definitely in the books for Gen Con 2016. It's been a very busy day. I'm tired, but still pretty amped about everything that's gone on. And I'm sure you all would like to know about some of it. There's been about a billion things to see. So, relatively, here's a rather small percentage. More will come tomorrow.
The original Kickstarter for DreadBall was one of the first crowdfunding campaigns I've been a part of (and I've only been a part of 4, total). It was a pretty exciting thing, with lots of stretch goals getting me lots of extra parts and pieces. I also did add-ons for a few of the extras like Keepers. So, at home, I've got a fairly decent-sized collection of DreadBall bits. I know I'm not the only one like this. But, it seemed like if I wanted to get in on the new edition, I'd need to repeat a bunch of my old purchases. Not so anymore. Mantic has a new pledge level for us DreadBall veterans. They've also gone into more detail about what's changed in this new edition.
And there's the starting gun. Mantic has launched their Kickstarter campaign for their 2nd edition of DreadBall (taking full part in the Year of New Editions). The game puts you in charge of your own sci-fi sports team in one of the most brutal leagues out there. Score strikes against your opponent while they try and crush you into the ground.
DreadBall is Mantic's sci-fi, high-impact, fantasy sports game. Pass, tackle, and shoot your way to the victory circle. As part of the Year of New Editions, they are coming out with a 2nd Edition of the game, coming via a Kickstarter campaign that will be launching in just over a week (the 22nd, to be specific). Well, Mantic's posted up some new preview artwork, as well as some details about what you can expect in this new version.
Seeing as 2016 is "The Year of the New Edition," we've got lots of them coming out. As always, people want to know what's going to be changed. People that play the game want to know if their favorite aspects are leaving. Meanwhile, those that don't play because of certain rules are looking to see if they're going away. Well, Mantic has posted up some more details about what's changing and what's staying the same in the new version of DreadBall.
For all that I report on them, I've actually only pledged for four total crowdfunding campaigns. One of them was for the original Dreadball game. What can I say? I was drawn in to the theme (having been a hockey goalie for quite some time) and liked the look of the minis. Though, I have to admit, after a couple plays, I realized it wasn't entirely for me (not that it was a bad game, but not every gamer is going to like every game). Well, that might be changing as Mantic has announced a new edition of the game will be coming out.
With all the news about The Walking Dead, this one almost got by. But Mantic's not just working on their upcoming zombies game. Oh no. They've also got all the pulse-pounding action of DreadBall that they've been working on. Every team is looking to be the best. But how do you know without a special trophy? Well, that's where the Challenge Cup Title comes in. Win that and everyone will know you're the greatest around.
Hello to everyone on this cold Saturday. I hope you're having a good day. I'm cracking nuts... for that fruitcake I've been telling you all about all week. They don't use the phrase, "nutty as a fruitcake" for nothing, you know. I hope you have your own projects you're working on, be they gaming-related, culinary-related, or just whatever else you feel like doing.

What I feel like doing at the moment, though, is taking a small break from making small breaks (these are the jokes, people!) and share with you the reviews I've come across in the past week.

Today's articles feature: Black Hat, Ships, Above and Below, Traders of Osaka, The Bloody Inn, Hangtown, Rum & Bones, The World of Smog, Avarium Academy, The Builders: Antiquity, T.I.M.E. Stories, Bang! The Dice Game, Mysterium, Fury of Dracula, Pandemic Legacy, Between Two Cities, El Grandulon for Freebooters Fate, Opel Blitz by Rubicon Models, Star Wars Armada Wave 2, DreadBall Xtreme, and Pathfinder Battles: Red Dragon Evolution Set.

And our TGN broadcast day will end with one of the bigger sales for the weekend. Mantic Games doesn't disappoint with their Black Friday sales announcement. This weekend you can pick up Deadzone for 50% off. Yeah, half off. I know. Pretty good deal.
For those of you not in the US, you probably already know about the Rugby Championships that are going on. For those of you in the US... The Rugby Championships are going on. Also for those of you in the US, rugby is a sport that's sort of like soccer and football put together (and I realize non-US readers are going, "that's a terrible analogy" but remember, we're dealing with the US here, of which I am a citizen and always have been). Anyway, Mantic is running a sale for DreadBall Xtreme (which is like a sci-fi form of rugby... kinda...) over in their webshop during the championships.
Day 2 is about to be in the books (as it's only got about 15min. left and then I'm going to go to sleep). It was quite a wild and busy Friday. The frantic-ness of Thursday turned into a more calm, but no less busy Friday. Everyone was buzzing about the games that they'd picked up the day before or tried overnight.

I, of course, once more made my rounds of the place and got some galleries of photos over on the TGN Facebook page.
You've seen it played in the glitz of professional arenas all around the galaxy. You've seen it taken to the back alleys and abandoned warehouses. Now, see DreadBall in an entirely new light as the game heads in all new directions, almost literally. Mantic has announced DreadBall: Xtreme Xpansion. And pre-orders are happening now, too.
DreadBall combines various sports and mashes them together on your tabletop... which invariably has your players mashing into one-another on the tabletop as well. It's a good time had by all (if you enjoy mashing, that is). Xtreme takes DreadBall to the streets. It's wild. It's crazy. It's without rules... well... kinda. I mean, there's the rulebook for the game. And if you buy XTreme this month, you'll get an extra rulebook in the form of the first expansion for free from Mantic.
Are you ready for some DreadBall!?
While the stereotype has it that gamers don't even know the most basic fundamentals of sports, the truth is that many of us are sports fans (my personal preferences being hockey and college football). And a lot of us want to play game that are meant to simulate a sporting event on the tabletop. DreadBall from Mantic scratches that itch for a lot of gamers and the 5th season is now available to pre-order from Mantic's website.
Mantic Games wants to give you free stuff. Do you want free stuff from Mantic Games? Of course you want free stuff from Mantic Games! Everyone wants free stuff from Mantic Games! They're having a special contest over on their website where you could win £800 of DreadBall stuff (for American readers, the "win 800 pounds" is a measure of monitory value and not an indication of weight. 800 pounds of DreadBall would be more than £800).
Mantic will be making their way to Salute and they'll be bringing quite a lot with them. First off, they'll have Kings of War demos going on the Tablescapes Tiles they have from Secret Weapon Miniatures (Mantic's the exclusive distributor of those in the UK and Europe). You can also try out Dungeon Saga. For Mars Attacks, you'll be able to pick up one of the new Giant Martian Robot minis (though at 7" tall, it's not really a "mini"). Plus, they'll have demos of DreadBall and DreadBall Xtreme. Play a demo, get a £5 voucher to get a starter. Mantic will also be selling the last few minis from their Deadzone Kickstarter. If you wanted to get some of these special minis, but didn't have a chance before, you'll have one last one at the show.

From the announcement:
Here we are again on Tuesday. Seems we got here pretty quick. Monday, thankfully, came and went without much of a hitch, at least here. Hopefully yours was much the same.

So anyway, we've got our regular segment here of collecting the week's podcasts for you to listen to at your leisure.
Which are your favorites?

In this grouping we've got: Game Classy 83: Thursday Night, Geeks of the North Episode 12: Templecon recap, Ronnie and Luke Talk: DreadBall Xtreme Part 02, Mantic Podcast Episode 14, Adeptus Infernus Dataslate 02 and 03, and Lost Hemisphere Radio ep109: Cherchez la femme.

Mantic has launched their DreadBall Xtreme website and they're looking for people interested in helping out. Do you have match reports? Send 'em in. Do you have strategy or tactics articles? Send 'em in. Painting guides? Send 'em in.
Expect a review of the game here on TGN in the coming weeks.


From the announcement:
Another Saturday night (well, afternoon) and I ain't got nobody (well, I'm hanging out with my gaming group). I got some money 'cause I just got paid (well, earlier in the week, yeah). Oh how I wish I had someone to talk to (well... again, with my gaming group, so I'm talking with them). I'm in an awful way (I'm starting to think this song wasn't the best choice to use in this opening, since I'm doing just fine right now, but I've typed this much, I'm going to stick with it).

Time once more for a Review Roundup. Here's the game/product reviews/previews/unboxings we found in the last week.

Items include: DreadBall Hobgoblin Unboxing, King of New York, the Melee expansion for Chaostle, Five Tribes, and Last Will and it's Get Stacked expansion.

Here to get you through another week are the podcasts and vidcasts that we think you might like to listen to.

This week we have: Gamers on Games Episode 270 : Gameplay Overview of Terminus Gate, Gamers Behaving Badly episodes 7 and 8, the first episode of a new Mantic video series (this episode's about DreadBall),

Mantic is now taking pre-orders for the next expansion of DreadBall, DreadBall Xtreme. This version of the game eschews the lights and glamor of the arena for the rough and rumble world of "wherever we can have a game that doesn't get busted by the feds." No referees. No fouls. Just you vs. the opponent.


From the announcement:
Mantic has announced that they'll start taking orders for DreadBall Xtreme starting this Friday in their webshop. This new version of DreadBall doesn't have fouls or Referees, and is played not in the glamorous arenas, but instead in the back alleys and warehouses out of the public eye (don't want the cops coming in and shutting the game down before it's over).
The starter will come with two teams and everything you need to play right away.


From the website: