Dreadball is about to release its Fourth Season full of new teams, new rules, new MVP’s, and you can read all about it, right here!
First off if you are new to Dreadball, Dreadball is a futuristic sports game between 2 teams (up to 6 teams if you own Dreadball Ultimate, mostly the same rules, with a larger game field), that blends a stylistic futuristic Rugby with a smidgen of Hockey and soccer to create the best replacement for the long defunct Bloodbowl property from Games Workshop.
Dreadball releases in Seasons that each concentrate on 4 new teams, new MVP’s and new rules that work in 1 off games and/or league games. League games take the fun of a 1 off game and adds in rules that will have their teams gaining skills and abilities to improve over time! A rookie Veer-myn team is a different beast entirely from an experienced well grooved machine full of leveled up players indeed!
So what’s new in Season:4? LOTS!
First though, the big question, will it be compatible with Dreadball: Xtreme?
Yes it will!
First up out of the gate we have achievements. Have you ever thought it would be grand if your players were rewarded for doing the near impossible on the pitch? Throw a long bomb across the pitch? Dodge half the opponents team while singing “Can’t touch this” (singing not required but rubbing it in can be fun with the right opponents)? Rip the ball out of an opponents hand so hard that their future kids feel it? This kind of hard work and skill will be rewarded with Experience Points and Coaching Dice making these perfect plays worthwhile to attempt in both league and none league play. League organizers can even track these stats and award minor prizes to the best of the best at the end of the league/single game.
Cheerleaders also see some minor tweaking from Season:2 that really should come as no surprise for anyone who follows the designers blog over at Quirkworthy.com.
For the love of the fans the sport rolls on… and the fans are getting a little bit more involved now with Fan Threats. There is nothing like some drunk fans getting in on the fun, right? Anyone who is a sports fan has seen that guy, the one who paints their face, proudly displays their team colors, and screams at the top of their lungs, because “We all know that helps!” Well now this has come to Dreadball and Fan Checks just got a little bit more exciting as they can now enter the field. Even better your Cheerleaders can help egg the fans on generating more Fan Checks!
Of course it wouldn’t be a new season without new Free Agents, new abilities, New MVP’s, and new teams entering the pitch.
The Sphyr Team bring pretty straightforward tactics to the game with solid statistics and a Tail making them harder to take out from behind. The Brokkr’s or as I call them “not just another Forge Father Team”. Much like the Void Sirens, the Brokkr’s play a little differently from their base race adding in some mean Strikers to the mix with a stronger Guard dependance.
The rebellion brings in some mutability with 2 different Jacks, decent statistics and some nice skills, all hampered with some high costs and zero coaching dice/cards. I foresee them being a more advanced team much like the Nameless.
Finally we have the new Hobgoblin team which will have Orx veterans rethinking their strategies. They remind me of a combination of 2 other races and like the Rebellion are going to be a more advanced team to play well.
Season: 4 also has the Statistics for the Martians from Mars Attacks for anyone who missed that Kickstarter.
The new MVP’s add to the variety with Galdo a fast moving skilled cyborg who will play for anyone. The Excavator a repurposed Brokkr robot that will play for anyone and will even give an Orx Guard pause. Insala Sephalin a Jack with poison who took a page from Ursula’s book of mean (The baddie in the Little Mermaid). She/it is a Jack who likes to hurt and has an uncanny knack for doing it. All in all Season:4 adds in 7 MVP’s that will almost universally play for anyone.
I hope you enjoyed this quick Season:4 overview. Once I get some extensive table time with the new races using proxies I’ll post the results!