How free is Guild Ball?

Today, gentle readers, we will be talking about the other end of a KickStarter. The game of Guild Ball is being sent out to backers as we speak and will be available via their online store, along with their first season of miniatures, on April 27th (this coming Monday). Now I was just chatting to Mr Straw the other day how it might be a good thing for our gaming group to find something like the now extinct Blood Bowl. I like the idea that the buy in is low, not too many minis to paint and it’s great for limited time and space. Make a nice change from our usual gargantuan games of 40k. Off I tootled to the interwebs and came across Guild Ball. Now the first impressions are good; a slightly fantasy steam-punk setting, six models in a team and rules that are relatively simple but with definite depth. Parky like.

These are the Butchers Guild, could be my team of choice.
These are the Butchers Guild, could be my team of choice.

Now comes the hard part of convincing the guys to part with their hard earned cash on yet another game…except. I can down load the Quick Start rules for free. And the Full Rules with all the accompanying fluff. And the individual Team Rules on their respective cards. And the Templates. There’s even Standees so we don’t need to buy minis. W T actual F! They’ve even been in an interview and said that the rules will always be free. Huzzah!

Here's the table, no grid, no hexes. More money to not have to spend!
Here’s the table, no grid, no hexes. No money to spend!

It seems that more and more companies seem to be doing things like this (though not to this extreme) could it be that they’re learning from GWs mistakes and earning customer support and trust? It may well be time to get ready for the apocalypse. There’s only eight teams at the mo but they’ve said they’re supporting it fully in the future (I’ve even noticed a sneaky mention of an as-yet-unmentioned Hunters Guild while looking through the cards). If you’re interested (and why not it’s free after all) just click on the link: http://guildball.com/

These are the Morticians Guild. Yes, he's got a coffin on his back. You can force opposing players into it. Awesome.
These are the Morticians Guild. Yes, he’s got a coffin on his back. You can force opposing players into it. Awesome.

What do you think about the look of Guild Ball? Do you still hate GW for killing Blood Bowl? Does it seem a little to close to exercise to you? As always leave your thoughts in the comments below and the best answer will win a free set of Guild Ball rules that they can download from: http://guildball.com/#downloads

Until next time gentle readers.


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