Well the Spring 2010 BASH season has officially come to an end with the Spring 2010 BASH Cup being played at Tower of Games on April 24th. This match saw the two top teams in the league, The Psycho Clowns coached by Pat, and Peanut Butter Jelly Time coached by Don. Both teams gave it their all in this final last titanic struggle for the cup, but only one team could come out on top victorious. It seems that the fickle gods chaos were not with their players that day on the Blood Bowl pitch as after valiant struggle Peanut Butter Jelly Time came out on top in an impressive 3-0 victory. Their Star Player Whole Grain will be leaving on his tour of duty out on the high seas, returning from duty as SR Whole Grain and gaining the learning the kick skill during his travels. The entire Peanut Butter Jelly Team will also enjoy a bonus re-roll until the Fall BASH Cup is awarded later this year.
Before I continue I’d just like to take this moment to thank everyone who’s participated in our first season here at BASH. Without you there is no BASH league. I’ve had a great time gaming with you all over this past season and I can’t think a better group to have gamed this past season with. Except maybe the group we’ll have next season. *wink* I’d also like to thank the game stores who have helped support BASH. Tower of Games gets mentioned a lot since Mike and Nate Frantz have been integral in getting our events off without a hitch, and letting us use their cyber-cafe, but Atlantis Comics & Games, Groovy Gecko, and World’s Best Comics and Collectibles have all been really supportive as well. I’ve had a chance to talk to the staff and owners at these stores while setting up BASH, and I can say they’ve all been friendly, helpful people that I’d be glad to work with on any other projects in the future.
Speaking of the future. Here is the future as things stand right now. First before we get to the exciting upcoming summer plans, let’s talk about the Fall season. As many of you know there is a Legendary Edition planned for Blood Bowl in the fall. For us to be able to use it for our season two things need to happen. First, the darn thing has to actually get released. Second, whichever tool we use for leagues at that time has to be able to handle the new Legendary Edition. Now the original plan was to start the BASH league in September. In light of the Legendary Edition announcement I am willing to give that date some leeway, as far back as a November start date. How far back we push and if depends on when the Legendary Edition comes out. If it looks like the Legendary Edition has a chance to come out in September or October, then we’ll wait for it. If the release date dips into November then we won’t wait for it. If this happens and we run our season with the Standard edition of blood bowl our start time will be dependent on how soon we figure out that the release date won’t make September or October. If we find out early enough we’ll start in September as planned. If we find out to late we could still have our season start as late as November. I’ll be mailing those who have signed up as soon as I have definite answers in this regard.
Now on to Summer. As some of you know, there is no BASH summer or winter leagues. It is my intention to host during this time other league events. These league events will usually be tournaments, matches with special rules, etc. These events are intended to be ways for new coaches started and ready for the league proper, and as a way for current coaches to get some play time in with their teams. The current event we have planned for summer is the Online Blood Bowl League Manager, or OBBLM, Cup. The OBBLM Cup is intended to be a way celebrate our league’s switch to this new, exciting league tool. The tournament’s date is not set, but it will be played at Tower of Games in the Cyber Cafe and will be open to new entries and current coaches alike and it will use the OBBLM tool. There is however one problem with this plan. OBBLM isn’t ready to host a tournament of Cyanide’s Blood Bowl for PC yet. That’s where our next event comes in.
The next event is the PCBB Beta Test league. The admin over at www.stuntyleeg.com has asked me to commission their beta test league. The PCBB Beta Test league is what it sounds like, a beta test. The league is actually ongoing at this very moment. It’s completely open, you can play whoever you want in the league, and we’ll schedule a tournament proper once everyone has a chance to get some games in. To get in on the league simply email me with your requested account name. If you’re a new coach please send me the other information on the standard signup page as well, ignoring the “Blood Bowl Digital” account name section. Now since this is a Beta Test league there will be bugs, and strange things will occur. That means the teams will eventually be wiped, and they won’t count for BASH matches. You can keep yourself up to date on the current issues with OBBLM at it’s Google Code page. You may also report bugs there as well. Remember that we are testing isn’t the PC Blood Bowl game, but OBBLM’s interaction with it. So for example, if you win a game, report your match, and it shows the wrong team as winning, that’s a bug to report. If you’re playing a game and the game crashes when you take a screen shot, that’s not a bug to report to the OBBLM page. Keep in mind OBBLM is a tool for tracking leagues that predates the PC Blood Bowl game. It’s designed to manage leagues on tabletop, BOTOCS (A free Java Blood Bowl Client), and they are now adding support for PC Blood Bowl. That means the tool isn’t tailed for PC Blood Bowl. Keep that in mind when using the tool. It will let you make a team of Amazons. You just won’t be able to play them in game. One last thing, I haven’t written up any usage tutorials for the tool yet, so things might be a bit learn as you go. You can find information on how to report your matches on the www.stuntyleeg.com forums. Downloaded your team should be easy to figure out, and creating your team is all done within OBBLM.
Some current known issues with OBBLM
- It will give you an apothecary if you didn’t buy one
- You cannot set your team’s color or logo in game currently
- OBBLM operates on CRP rules, the edition after LRB5. What this means is that when you purchase players and look at them in OBBLM the will cost what they do in CRP, they will show skills from CRP, but sometimes they may not have the same skills when you use them in the PC Blood Bowl Game. Below is a list of all the changes to teams that was made in the CRP that affect the PC Blood Bowl game
Rerolls went from 40k to 50k
Pogoer – Lost secret weapon and Dirty Player, cost went up to 70k (So the cost will be higher, but they will still have Secret Weapon and Dirty Player in game)
Looney – Lost No Hands (They will still have No Hands when played in game)
Catcher – Lost 1 MA, gained sprint (Fixed so that when you use the player they will have 8MA and Sprint to match the CRP rules)
Rat Ogre – Costs 150K instead of 160k (In other words, Skaven benefit from the cost discount)
Various adjustments to the cost of star players
Well April is beginning to wind to a close, the last matches of the Spring 2010 season of BASH are over and only one game remains, The BASH Cup at Tower of Games! We’ve had a wild season filled triumph and tragedy, and each and every team has put their stamp on the inaugural season of BASH in one way or another, but like any competition there can only be one winner, and two teams have risen above the rest for a shot at the big prize.
The first is Peanut Butter Jelly Time, from head coach Don, finishing the season with an amazing 15 league points, ending with an impressive 5 win, 1 loss record for the season. Peanut Butter Jelly Time sprinted early to the top of the ranks at the beginning of the season, but in their third game they lost two of promising players, and they’ve been struggling to replace the hole left by them ever since. The star of the Peanut Butter Jelly Roster has been their top Blitzer, Whole Grain, a player who is the second place league leader for casualties inflicted and fourth place for the top number of touchdowns. However, an injury in his last match means he’ll be unable to play in the upcoming cup.
The second team to make it into the Cup are the Psycho Clowns with head coach Pat. The Psycho Clowns end the season with 3 wins, 1 loss, and 2 draws. A bit of a late bloomer as far as touchdowns are concerned, the Psycho Clowns have always had the market corned when it came to sheer carnage on the pitch. The star player of the Psycho Clowns without question has been Zeztorg, the league leader for casualties. This wild bull strikes fear into the hearts of the opposing team every time he rumbles out onto the pitch, flaunting a total of 6 casualties, 1 kill, 6 KOs, and 9 stuns. Unfortunately, similar to his rival on Peanut Butter Jelly Time, Zeztorg has also been injured thanks to a goblin chainsaw, meaning both teams will be without their heaviest hitters for the championship.
Who will win and take the Spring 2010 BASH Cup home? Come to Tower of Games this Saturday at 8PM to witness all the action live and in person. Also stay tuned to this page for more news after the Cup, such as Wes’ “Greatest Hitz” video, news about our next season and tournaments held in the interim, and our off-season working helping get OBLLM up to speed on PC Blood Bowl. The season may end, but BASH never sleeps!