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17-12-2012, 09:44 PM #1
RPS Blood Bowl League - The Divisions of Death (DoD)
This is the main thread for the RPS blood bowl league 'The Divisions of Death'. All are welcome who enjoy the fine wine of violence and the meat of...violence. We are a group of like-minded RPS-ites who enjoy playing Cyanide's PC game 'Blood Bowl: Legendary Edition'/'Blood Bowl: Chaos Edition' in a short-season league format together.
We are always looking for new recruits, so please post in here and say hi if you would like to join us, we don't bite (often). We run 30 day 'seasons' with 3 games each, 10 day windows to play each game, so each 30 days we can take on new players. Once you've posted in here, add your details to our organising sheet,
In the 'season info' tab, at the bottom of the list of players, add your coach name (from the forum), ideally your steam ID, definitely your blood bowl online ID and your timezone along with when you are usually available. The 'race balance' tab shows the currently available race slots. The rules we use to manage the league are also in the sheet above under the 'rules and stuff' tab so have a look there if you want to know more about league structure and general management of the divisions. If it all looks too scary, just ask in here and one of our many wizened sages will be able to help.
I also strongly recommend you 'track' the thread if you're keen on joining, by subscribing for an email update (instant, daily, or weekly) so if you join up but we don't start the next season for 3 weeks, you'll get a nudge when we're about to start (and enjoy the many many pages of fine, high quality match reports and blood bowl theorizing, right chaps?).
For organising the matches, do that:
Apply to join the group, wait for acceptance then organise your match in the correct group for your division.
That's it for now, just post in here to join in. See you on the field!
Last edited by groovychainsaw; 17-12-2012 at 09:51 PM.Steam, PSN, Xbox Live: Groovychainsaw. Speak 'RPS' and enter.
17-12-2012, 09:50 PM #2
17-12-2012, 10:42 PM #3
17-12-2012, 11:20 PM #4
This... this can't possibly be the DoD thread... it's so small!
17-12-2012, 11:49 PM #5
From tiny acorns apprentice!
Now will everyone learn their lesson and stick polls in separate threads?
17-12-2012, 11:52 PM #6
Div A: The Rakish Rodents (SKA, iNinja132) 0 - 2 Anupshi Rises (KHE, Dog Pants)
The first match of the season for Div A begins with a high kick by the Rakish Rodents, ably caught by the Anupshi Rises star Thro-Ra. The Skaven formation is centre-heavy, and the attackers bump the lone winger rat to one side and push up the right flank. The spine of the Skaven formation races into action with the Rat Ogre moving ahead of the offensive, only to be KOd as the Khemri push onwards. The rats get behind the ball to form a defence, but an injury and another KO start to take its toll as the fighting offensive rolls on. By the time the cage has ground to within scoring distance the Rakish Rodents have lost another three to injury, KO and the crowd. Seven players down, badly mauled, and with the Thro-Ra within skipping distance of the line, a plucky Gutter Runner makes a charge along the touchline to intercept. He gets to the ball carrier face first, however, after he encounters one too many mummified limbs, and the Thro-Ra bounces the ball off his prone body to score.
With a little time left in the half the Rakish Rodents make a brave attempt at a rapid pass and run, pushing a pair of receivers deep into the Anupshi Rises half. Heavy marking by the Khemri can't bring the rats down, but despite a perfect pass there is just too much interference for the ball to be caught and the half ends with the ball on the ground.
The second half begins with only nine Skaven on the pitch, despite all KOs recovering. Anupshi Rises kick too short and gift the ball to a rearward thrower, while forward Rodents pour through the defences. The runners are marked but the defensive line is stretched all down the pitch as the Skaven spread out. The thrower makes the most of the loose defence and hurtles forwards for a defensive half pass, but again the perfect pass is not received due to too many markers. Left out of position the Rodents suffer violence at the hands of the Khemri who KO two and injure another before recovering the ball. The numerically superior Anupshi move forwards relatively quickly as they use the space in their own half to form a strong cage, but as they cross the half way line the surviving Skaven start to compress the formation. The attack slows down, and from behind the previously prone Rat Ogre springs to life and starts crashing through the cage in a frenzy, shoving Khemri in every direction. Chaos ensues as the beast continues to rampage, despite five opponents trying to slow him down, and in the distraction a couple of Rodents duck into the cage to blitz the ball free from the tougher of the Thro-Ras. A Gutter Runner suffers an unfortunate trip as he tries to capitalise on the loose ball, allowing the Khemri who lost it to take it back. With only five players left on the field there simply aren't enough Rodents left to hold back the assault after the scramble, and with the Rat Ogre still smashing into the Khemri rearguard the ball is moved forwards. The lumbering creature is brought down, a recovering linerat is intercepted and smashed by the numerous escorts, and the Thro-Ra scores with no Skaven players standing. With a few seconds left the scant survivors of the Rakish Rodents try to recover some dignity with an exhibition pass, which true to form of the rest of the match, Nuffle ensures is again dropped. The Anupshi Rises line prepares to smash as many rats as possible in the dying seconds, but the ref takes pity and blows the whistle before they get chance.
18-12-2012, 08:20 AM #7
Div. J was started off with a 2-1 not at all comfortable win to my Chaos Gentlebeasts against Rotekians Delfs.
Sweltering heat was a bastard in this match, although with so few players on the pitch you get faster rounds, so there's that. Could a friendly admin please validate the match? I need to sack a niggled beastman and get an apoth stat.
18-12-2012, 09:16 AM #8
- Join Date
- Jun 2011
Done Pier. Champs rolled onto week 2 as well after Grinn's rather phyrric victory. Two smashed collar bones and a broken neck for the AG5 lineorc is a cruel butchers bill. Tough call for Grinn now as an AG4 orc is a very useful asset but AG4, block, pro and 170k TV cost is very bloaty.
18-12-2012, 10:20 AM #9
Decided to repost some of my final post in the other thread here for reference:
Right, some general admin stuff first: I've PM'd kev about joining us in K this season, but his coach details have been removed from the sheet, so I'm not sure if we're going to have any luck there? Suggestions more than welcome? (/Edit - looks like we might give edgar 3 'fun' teams for his introduction to the DoD, get your applications in and we'll accept someone tonight!)
As for moving divisions on this season, I'm happy for them to get out of sync this season and be moved on as soon as possible. We're all going to be away for differing amounts of time this Christmas, so it'll help out if we move the days on as they are completed. EVERYONE is welcome to up to a week's extension at any point over the xmas period to accommodate scheduling issues, but I'm hoping our finish date for the season won't go beyond the stated date (14th Jan). Any questions, let me know :-).Steam, PSN, Xbox Live: Groovychainsaw. Speak 'RPS' and enter.
18-12-2012, 11:19 AM #10
- Join Date
- Jun 2011
On that note, the Championship is ready for rolling.
18-12-2012, 04:41 PM #11
Street Sweeping Scrubs (Delusibeta) 1 - 2 The Undead Generation (Kanesuke)
The scoreline flatters what really was a one-sided bloodbath. The Street Sweepers was left cleaning their team-mates off the pitch while the Undead spent a couple of turns of the first half doing the polka on the touchdown line. Failed pick-ups plagued the humans, and were it not for a lucky break early in the second half and a ghoul deciding that it would be a better idea to have a lie down instead of tackling the fool with the ball they probably wouldn't have been able to leave their own half, never mind score. With that, Division J is really to roll on to day two, while I have to sack a good third of my team for being injured.
The stats, for your amusement:
Last edited by Delusibeta; 18-12-2012 at 04:48 PM.
18-12-2012, 10:31 PM #12
Blackest of Black Blacks 2 - 0 All the Shinies
Straightforward win for me, helped by some good dice (and bad for Dolphan) at key moments.
First TD was me drawing the helves into a blockfest at the LOS. A lone lineman nearly got away but failed the final dodge roll to open the scoring. A counter drive down the left side of the pitch resulted in the TD on the final turn of the half.
Second TD was a bashfest also, pushing slowly down the right side before pulling away, leaving only some highly unlikely dice rolls between me and a score on the final turn. The helves came close but my ghoul got the score all the same.
18-12-2012, 10:35 PM #13
- Join Date
- Jun 2011
Division I is kicked off in style between myself and Recoil. Things started of with a pitch invasion before Recoils drive even got under way, which thoroughly screwed him with 4 or 5 of his players lying stunned. Things only got worse (better?) from there, with a death-a-piece, and a couple of injuries for Recoils flagging DElves. Oh, and there was some touch downs also :P
Revellers in Sorrow (Recoil - DElf) 0 - 2 These Go To Eleven (WebCole - HElf)
I coulda, shoulda, woulda had a 3rd, but I got greedy for a completion on my 2nd Blitzer, who failed to catch both a pass and a hand-off in the same turn. Oh well, was still worth the shot I reckon. The dice were very kind to me, could of been a different game but things started to snowball away from Recoil unfortunately for him.
Last edited by Web Cole; 18-12-2012 at 10:39 PM.
18-12-2012, 11:11 PM #14
OK, looks like we need another filler team, preferably festive themed, for Div K. First come first served.
18-12-2012, 11:46 PM #15
Slay Belles - Amazon, submitting now.
Edit: Submitted, all players named after famous bells.
Last edited by Heliocentric; 18-12-2012 at 11:54 PM.
19-12-2012, 05:24 AM #16
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- Jun 2011
Elesium (HElf) 2-1 Chadsexington (CDwarf)
It started in the rain and ended in the rain, Chad recieving the ball and very quickly caged up and started to force his way through the pitch, no matter how many times I threw elves at the cage, it just kept going until close enough for a centaur to take it and score.
With only two turns to score before the half time whistle I sent my catchers out ready for receiving the ball, however not covering my thrower led to him being blitzed and the score at half time was 0-1. By this time I was down to 10 men due to a BH linesman but my team was still in it.
Second half started with me again sending my catchers forward, my thrower not even bothering to pick the ball up but having it brought to him by a linesman (risky, but seriously lacking in SPP at this point). Through blocks and blitzes all my catchers were down, however one linesman stood ready to recieve the ball which he did and scored bringing the match level.
Setting up to kick off I was sure I was about to suffer another cage...yet a miracle happened, BLITZ! Letting me put a catcher under the kicked off ball...however a failed GFI re-rolled into another failed GFI left him laying beside it and my chance was ruined...or so I thought. Chad set up for picking up the ball next turn and tried to foul the offending catcher off the pitch, failing to do any further damage and ending his turn. At this point my catcher is covered by four players, the ball is covered by two and I have no re-rolls. The power of an AG5 catcher came into play at this point, casually standing up, dodging twice into tackle zones, picking the ball up in tackle zones and then dodging out again to score...one of those plays that even though you watched it happen, you know it isn't possible.
Chad was furious at this point, cursing not having just picked the ball up, lamenting that the blitz is unfair when Elves are involved....well the great all powerful Nuffle heard his plea and as I kicked off....BLITZ!. This however landed off-field and thus meant that even though I had covered most of his players, I didn't know where it would end, a Hob-goblin maybe? Centaur? Nope he gave it to his Mino whom I did not stand a hope in hell of knocking down, thankfully this Minotaur had spent the entire game Wild Animal-ing every turn and thus stayed on the centre point...allowing me to dodge a linesman into two tackle zones, 2 dice against block and force a both down, meaning that the rest of the match was spent bumbling the ball closer and closer to my end zone rather than pushing in an organised force. This final turn came around and all that needs to be done is pick up the ball and then hand it off to the centaur to score... Thank god for the rain, even with sure hands the hobgoblin let the ball slip from his hands and the match was over. 2-1.
A great game, thanks for the match Chad. My overall impression is that I need more players! Spending the entire game with 10 men was not fun.
19-12-2012, 05:34 AM #17
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- Apr 2012
The resultant pickup wasnt *too* bad, just four coinflips, but nuffle was still cursing me for failing the foul.
Apart from that it the above writeup is both excellent and accurate. My lack of damage allowed Elesium to maneover around the field far to easily. He may think 10 is too few, but I'd feel more comfortable if he had half that.
Elesium was cursed with a few extra skulls in the first half while I was cursed with failing the GFI with sure feet....twice.
At any rate, the game was only a few plays from being 2-1 for either of us ... or 3-1 for Elesium.
19-12-2012, 11:11 AM #18
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- Oct 2011
19-12-2012, 07:41 PM #19
19-12-2012, 08:39 PM #20
Division K has been started - could a spreadsheet whiz please add it to the spreadsheet (and use the order of games from the in-game calendar please, so I don't have to do anything?)
First game is Edgar vs Phoenix / Helio vs me
Last edited by President Weasel; 19-12-2012 at 09:25 PM.