Posts Tagged ‘Blood-Bowl’

FUMBBL Finally Tackled

By Kieron Gillen on November 13th, 2009.

This is sad, but not unexpected. FUMBLL have received a (fairly reasonably phrased) cease-or-desist letter from Games Workshop. FUMBBL has been the long-running online java bloodbowl client thingy, and been the premier way to play Blood Bowl for years. In fact, even now after the release of Cyanide’s game, if you don’t care about any of the bells and whistles – I actually think they do add something to the experience – it does a better job of simulating the game (Including all the teams, showing the maths better, etc). Of course, that FUMBBL is such a good league system, it does beg the question why Cyanide didn’t just copy it wholesale, y’know? Its timing is particularly bad for RPS forumites, as their league is just coming to the close. The question that’s on everyone’s lips is “why now?”. As in, they’ve been ignoring it until now. What pushed them to make the move?

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The Complete RPS Cup: A Season In Hell

By Kieron Gillen on October 6th, 2009.

Pre-John Walker's violent entrance.

For the last month, The RPS Cup has been fought. Against seven brave (or at least psychotically deranged) teams, I’ve lead my plucky underempiredogs – The Skaven Blighters. It produced seven match reports which try to illustrate exactly what it is to play Blood Bowl. That being, a mixture of triumph and failure – both of the coaches, and of the developers. You’ll find them all below…
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The RPS Cup: The Raging Naturists

By Kieron Gillen on October 5th, 2009.


It’s on.
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The RPS Cup: It’s A Skull

By Kieron Gillen on September 28th, 2009.

This is orcish for Hello
There will be blood.
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Blood Oath: Mat Kumar On Blood Bowl

By Kieron Gillen on September 27th, 2009.

I do like Griff Oberwald

Just finished writing up the penultimate Blood Bowl match report, which I’ll be posting tomorrow, but I found myself reading Mat Kumar’s piece on his reservations on Blood Bowl. The Caledonian Chaos Warrior is a bit of a dice-head on the quiet, but he’s found himself frustrated…

“Now, I wish I could say I picked up Blood Bowl and it’s everything I’ve dreamed of and more, but it’s really not. Blood Bowl, on the PC, brushes so close to perfection that it’s driving me utterly bonkers.”

A lot of people have been turned on by the match reports, despite me really trying to talk about the interface problems too. I think, just a a matter of balance, it’s worth linking to Mat’s piece which really stresses them – and not just because he’s terribly nice about my journals. Go read.

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The RPS Cup: The Green Mist

By Kieron Gillen on September 22nd, 2009.

Bloody Elves

Now things get tricky.
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The RPS Cup: Unlucky Number 13

By Kieron Gillen on September 18th, 2009.


Violence, treachery, controversy, cheese-on-cocktail sticks. You can be sure of all of the above if you put two teams of Skaven on the same Blood Bowl pitch. We got it all, but doubled up on the controversy and left the cheesy nibbles behind.
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The RPS Cup: Kermit’s Wonder Brigade

By Kieron Gillen on September 14th, 2009.

This match report will be brought to you by the phrase “GFI fail”. But more on that later. Much more.
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The RPS Cup: Darker Tide

By Kieron Gillen on September 10th, 2009.

Orcs and Goblins. Skin of green. Surly. Violent. They’re the same, surely?
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The RPS Cup: Da Jokerz Wyld

By Kieron Gillen on September 8th, 2009.

The three-dice block referred to downthread. Oof.
For my sins, I’m pretty confident about the season’s first fixture.
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The RPS Cup: Blood Bowl Campaign Diary Intro

By Kieron Gillen on September 7th, 2009.

There's no Chaos Warriors in the actual RPS Cup, which is something of a shame, as they look TRES SEXY
I’ve been playing Blood Bowl to the death – mostly other people’s, occasionally mine. I can’t actually do a Wot-I-Think review, due to feeling uncomfortable with my conflict of interest. But I’ve played so much, with its UK release imminent, I wanted to do something. As such, with the second season of the RPS Cup now under way, I thought I’d take you with me on the rise and fall of the Skaven blighters. Why don’t you join me? Join me..
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Games Codes, Area Codes and Grey Areas.

By Kieron Gillen on July 6th, 2009.

Lizardman: the poor man's Skaven.

It’s a story I’ve been following since, in the aftermath of raising an eyebrow at the forty-quid British Direct-Download sales price of Cyanide’s Blood Bowl, a gentleman mailed me and pointed me in the direction of sites which just sell the serial code for Blood Bowl. Sites like G2Play and Online Key Store, charging fifteen euros and twenty dollars respectively. They’ve both been operating for well over a year, doing it for a variety of games, but I suspect the unusual combination of factors (price difference, smaller size of audience) has given it greater prominence. Cyanide are strongly objecting. LewieP from Savygamer has been doing the heavy lifting on this one, so it’s worth going and reading his hard work, but here’s the situation as I see it…

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Skaven Mad: Blood Bowl Released, Expensive

By Kieron Gillen on June 26th, 2009.

Beautiful Skaven. The sexiest of the rat-men. The horny horned god. Oh what am I saying?

Hmm. Blood bowl’s just been released via Digital Download. I almost didn’t blog about it. Which is some going when I normally leap a the slightest chance to mention the Skaven. The reason why is the small matter of its price. It’s forty quid, digital download only. And there’s no demo. That’s not on, is it?
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