RPS Community Update: What You Did in Blood Bowl 2, Pen And Paper Games, PlanetSide 2 and More

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October is when the nights draw in and evenings are best spent gathered around a fire, playing board games. Or hunched in front of a monitor, playing on Roll20.

On the other hand, what better way to warm up than with big gatherings of the community – either online or off? Read on to find out what we’ve been up to in Blood Bowl 2 [official site], pen and paper games, PlanetSide 2 [official site], real life and more.

Blood Bowl 2

Fancy a fantasy parody of American football, traditionally played on a table? Well Blood Bowl 2, the game’s digital variant, is out.

And it’s got… ‘Mixed’ reviews on Steam? That doesn’t matter to our community though; our Blood Bowlers have gotten stuck into the sequel, with the first season already coming to a close soon.

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This means it’s an ideal time to register for the second season, with sign-ups closing on Tuesday 17th November.

It’s especially timely as everyone is still experimenting with team combinations and throwing them against similar strangely composed sides. If you’re ready to smash your Skaven against enemy Dark Elves in an explosion of turn-based strategy, then now’s the time to get your (possibly horned?) head in the game.

You can read more information in the first post here, and post in that thread to confirm your team.

Pen and Paper

Sticking on games traditionally played on a tabletop, did you know RPS have a thriving community of folks gathering on Mumble every week for dice-based funsies? There’s quite a few different active games, the foremost being Dungeon World – an old school crawler with modern rules, particularly around how the GM plays.

Image from Eon's Dungeon World guide, drawn by Alex Leal.

The current campaign has been going on for months, and the team of colourful characters are about to cross into a watery temple full of sharky-men-things. If you’d like to join them on the journey, you can listen in on the RPS Mumble from 7PM GMT on Fridays. Once you’re comfortable with the rules and setting, grab a Roll20.net account and message CardinalDirection on the forum with your e-mail address to get invited to the game.

After fleshing out your character, you’ll be slotted into the campaign at an appropriate time so you can play along. While you wait, you can keep track of the game over on the thread.

Image from Eon's Dungeon World guide, drawn by Alex Leal.

It wouldn’t be a board game subforum without Dungeons and Dragons, and Paranoiachii also has a game of the good old double-D on the go, currently with five players and a GM (or should that be DM?).

They’re playing with the fifth edition, which my thorough research tells me is one after the fourth, but one before the sixth. Starting in the first week of October, the campaign seems to have a distinctly ‘short’ theme, sporting gnomes and dwarves.

The most recent report tells of a special meeting with a lord, portals in a swamp monster’s stomach and evil scarecrows. You can follow the story for yourself here, and check out all of the other active games on the subforum. You can also join their Steam group to find people to play with.

PlanetSide 2

At the start of the month, around 20 players from RPS’ outfits made the journey to Stirling, Scotland. They gathered at Plane Castle for the annual anniversary meetup, coordinated by Cei.

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Much fun was had by all attendants, including treks into the Scottish mist, drinks of Scotch Mist, sampling of sticky gingerbread, and (of course) playing board games. From the looks of the thread, it seems to have been a unanimous success, and there’s sure to be another next year.

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At the end of the month, our PS2ers hosted ‘Nanite of the Living Dead’ in-game – a two-hour brain-munching fest on the live server. Zombies used light assault and medic classes, armed only with knives, Adrenaline Pump and a hunger for flesh. The humans had to survive for two hours against the onslaught, but once killed, they made a ‘zombie’ character of their own and joined the horde.

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Absolutely tonnes of people turned out for the romp across the misty continent, once again asserting RPS’ tradition for doing cool things together on Miller. The huge attendance proved that the RPS PS2 outfits are still capable of organising, hosting and chaperoning large scale in-game events.

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This level of strategy will be essential in the possible forthcoming ‘Call to Arms’. If you’ve never participated in them before, Call to Arms are evenings of shooty fun open to anyone (even you!). It’s been some time since RPS last held one, and we’ll announce more details as they become finalised.

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If you’d like to join the RPS PS2 outfits in the meantime, head over to their subforum. The two biggest active outfits on Vanu Sovereignty and New Conglomerate have stickies there, with the Terran Republic thread being here. Post in the relevant thread with your character name and you’ll receive an invite shortly afterwards.

The most active players have characters in all three outfits, and you’re welcome to participate in all of their regular weekly events too.

Real Life Social Club (London)

We’ve posted about the RPS Social Club a few times on the main site in the past and it’s worth remembering that one takes place every month, usually at the (possibly haunted) Blue Posts in Soho. It’s been going on since 2011 and the regulars sound like a friendly bunch to play games with.

If you’re up for an assortment of alcohol-based antics, capers, larks and shenanigans, pop over to this forum thread and skip to the last page to see when the next is taking place. At the moment, it looks like November’s will be on the 28th. They’re open to any RPSer, but please do keep an eye on the thread in case the venue changes.

On a somewhat related note, is anyone off to Thought Bubble in Leeds this weekend? Let us know in the comments below.

And Finally

The two weekly Europa Universalis campaigns continue, with consistent participation by over 25 players. After the rounds each week, discussions in the two threads contribute to developing separate cultures. This has been epitomised by Ax1008’s periodic tributes to Polandballs, adapted for Sunday’s custom nations.

You can find more here.

And before I go, I’d like to share this terrifying junction from Rizlar in our screenshot thread.

Any Questions?

Anyone is free to ask questions (or plug other games) in the comments below.

14 Comments

  1. aoanla says:

    I’m still a bit vexed that the various attempts at getting RPS Social Club Scotland to work have never quite made it (and a bit jealous of the Planetside 2 lot basically… doing RPS Social Club Scotland up in Stirling, quite near where I live :) ).

    • Canazza says:

      I will always have fond memories of Stirling. It was there I was introduced to Nectar of the Gods: Curry.

    • Cephas says:

      Can’t say I’ve looked into the RPS Social Club thingy, but a few of us PS2-ers have Scotland thingys in Edinburgh every now and then. Third one coming up.

  2. Shar_ds says:

    Yes, come and play Blood Bowl!

    Go and look at a load of YouTube minor slebs playing here:
    link to polarisportal.info

  3. padger says:

    I’ve got to get back into PS2.

    Giganto-patch time…

    • mickygor says:

      No better time to do it! There’s actually an interesting metagame now that’s shaken up how live play… plays. A purpose to all the fighting.

      • brucethemoose says:

        Depends on how well the server outfits/platoons are organized, as continent locking is more complicated. Emerald seems to be handling it well, but I’ve heard less populated/less balanced servers are having a harder time.

      • brucethemoose says:

        That being said, I like the change, and I endorse any pro-Planetside 2 post!

  4. Silent_Thunder says:

    BB2s mixed reviews are rather well deserved, and it’s mostly people who played the previous incarnations. While certain things are understandable, such as less races total, other things are mystifying, like the fact that it’s taking them until months after release to add in a grid or player names above players, or the ability to look at an opposing team before deciding what inducements you use, all of which were in the last game.

    It really does feel like it was released in a beta state.

    • Ethelred Unread says:

      There’s certainly a lot to be improved but in an almost unprecedented step from cyanide they have acknowledged a wide range of issues that they are working on, mainly to do with the the pre-match sequence and UI overlay whilst in game.

      We try and mitigate the worst of the bugs in our league (which are minor) and the decisions on which inducements to take are made easier as in the league you can freely look at other teams you are playing at in advance.

      The majority of new players will be placed together for season 2 and us old timers (!) are always ready to give advice so there’s no roflstomps.

      If you love turn based strategy with a good helping of ultraviolence and RNG crazy, come join us!

    • TheAngriestHobo says:

      I was pretty excited to buy BB2, but the mixed Steam reviews stopped me in my tracks minutes before I was going to make the purchase. Like you, I noticed that a lot of the negative opinions were coming from veteran BB players, but there was one consistent complaint from all demographics – that the singleplayer mode was unsatisfying.

      My exposure to BB is minimal, but I do most of my gaming solo, so a weak tournament/career mode is a non-starter for me. Anyone have any opinions on that side of things?

      • Shar_ds says:

        @Angriest

        I am mostly like you, preferring to solo game. BB is pretty much the only game that I regularly multiplayer with, and it is so much better for the human element!

        Also, as it takes a certain sort of person to be able to deal with the capricious nature of Nuffle and the dice rolls, it seems that the community around the game is generally really nice and helpful towards newer players. (well, they are around here, I wouldn’t want to play in the unwashed public league myself…)

  5. haldolium says:

    Too bad my main VS character is on the wrong server.

  6. Ethelred Unread says:

    @Angriest. I would have to agree with the other reviewers. The AI is a bit better than in BB1, but is still no match once you know what you are doing.

    There is a campaign to introduce you to the rules, and then the option for single player leagues/competitions.

    If you liked the AI in BB1 then you should find this better, but if the AI was too easy for you and you stopped playing then BB2 AI is only a slight improvement.