About this project
DreadBall – The Futuristic Sports Game is the 2-player hyperkinetic sci-fi sports game of unparalleled speed and ferocity, a fast and tactical miniature sports board game created by Mantic Games.
By backing this Kickstarter you will be getting the ultimate futuristic sports game experience. Playing as head coach, you will compete for victory with teams of beautiful miniatures on a stunning sci-fi pitch. The game is easy to learn, yet challenging, with carefully orchestrated plays and counter attacks hinging on positioning and the mercy of the dice gods - and 2nd Edition turns it up to 11!
Thank you for stopping by and supporting DreadBall! Especially for the final week, we're offering this fantastic value-for-money pledge level: MVP! It includes everything you need to play DreadBall, plus loads of great goodies and rewards:
Please note that all figures are made in plastic and are supplied unpainted - no assembly is required!
DreadBall - The Futuristic Sports Game
DreadBall is the futuristic sports board game for 2 players. Take on the role of coach and attempt to outscore your opponent on the pitches of the far future by playing in one-off exhibition matches or galaxy-spanning leagues that showcase your grasp of strategy and tactics.
Whether you're new to the world of futuristic sport or a seasoned veteran, with 2nd Edition you can expect:
Fast Sports Action: Score outrageous strikes or pummel your opponent with wicked slams! DreadBall is a fast, furious sports game with intuitive rules, updated for 2nd Edition after player feedback from the countless matches and tournaments played around the globe.
Advanced League System: Play one-off exhibition matches or gather a group of players and take part in your own galaxy-spanning DreadBall league. The rulebook includes all the rules and guidelines you need to run a league, build your team and develop your players with new skills and abilities as they gain experience. This league system is brand new for second edition.
Competitive Teams: DreadBall – The Futuristic Sports Game has a diverse cast of teams, from high-scoring Judwan to bruising Hulks and speedy Veer-myn. Second edition introduces new teams, such as the Ninth Moon Tree Sharks Yndij Team and the Draconis All-Stars Robot Team.
Match-ready right out of the box: No assembly required, just pick up and play.
The Pitch of the Future: Made from futuristic neodurium (well, thick cardboard), the high quality DreadBall pitch is your playing surface. It’s been upgraded for the new season with larger hexes and location zones for your action counters, cards and dice. It’s also double sided, with the DreadBall Ultimate pitch on the reverse side (see below for more on DreadBall Ultimate).
The Galaxy's Greatest Sport 2.0: Keeping the players in check and patrolling the pitch is the enhanced RefBot. There’s also redesigned counters, roster pad, balls and bases for a high quality gaming experience.
Exploding Balls and Slippery Pitch: The game’s card deck provides additional actions and special events, reimagined for more diverse play on top of the furious dice-driven action.
DreadBall - The Futuristic Sports Game comes with:
- 1 Rulebook
- 1 Double-sided Pitch
- 1 Draconis All-Stars Robot Team on hex bases
- 1 Ninth Moon Tree Sharks Yndij Team on hex bases
- 1 RefBot
- 52 Cards
- 13 Plastic Counters
- 18 Dice
- 1 Roster Pad
DreadBall Team Guide
The DreadBall Team Guide is your essential guide to the teams and famous players who grace the pitches of the far future.
Which will you choose? This all-in-one book contains the background, stats and rules for all 27 DreadBall teams and a cast of MVPs.
Balanced Play: Playtested by our rules committee ahead of a public beta, each team is balanced, diverse and competitive.
New! Team Captains: Make a famous player your Captain, offering additional skills and abilities to your team.
DreadBall Ultimate is the multi-player, multi-ball expansion for the galaxy’s greatest sport. With 2 balls flying around the arena, the madness never ends as 3-6 coaches can take their team to the pitch to play ball all at the same time.
Multi-player, Multi-ball: The perfect beer-and-pretzels game or the ultimate end-of-season match, DreadBall Ultimate is a fun, frantic and ultimately hilarious way of playing everyone’s favourite sports game.
Ultimate Pitch: With an upgraded design for enhanced gameplay, the DreadBall Ultimate is included on the reverse-side of the standard pitch and enables 3-6 coaches to play DreadBall at the same time.
Bring out the big guns: Giant players with multi-hex bases return to DreadBall with updated rules for 2nd Edition.
DreadBall Academy taught players how to play the 1st Edition game - if you like what you see then you'll love 2nd Edition!You can watch additional episodes here.
Jack - $45
Backers at this level will receive: DreadBall – The Futuristic Sports Game Core Rulebook +DreadBall Team Guide + DreadBall 2 Card Deck + DreadBall Counters- everything an existing player will need to upgrade their collection to second edition.
Striker - $100 (MSRP $185)
Backers at this level will receive: DreadBall – The Futuristic Sports Game (MSRP $80) + DreadBall Team Guide (MSRP $25) + DreadBall Ultimate expansion (MSRP $25) + Fergus Kickstarter Exclusive Offensive Coach Miniature + Tracer Exclusive Supportive Coach Miniature + All Applicable Stretch Goals.
Striker level backers will get both the Kickstarter Exclusive Fergus offensive coach miniature and Tracer supportive coach miniature:
Fergus comes from the spaceship yards of Plutos, where a Plutosian gets a thick skin and a loud voice or is never heard. Fergus takes that philosophy and applies it to the pitch. He plays to win by any means, and if a call goes against him then shouting at 150 decibels can’t hurt.
Once one of the G-Net’s most popular superstars, Tracer believes that once a team is on the pitch there is little they can’t do if encouraged appropriately. She whips up the crowd with skills learnt from the stage, starting chants so catchy even the other teams sometime join in, and drives her team onto greater feats of athleticism.
Any item marked as Kickstarter Exclusive is an exclusive item for Kickstarter backers.
The item will also be offered through our Mantic Points scheme, where you can claim free rewards, and remaining stock will be available through conventions or special promotions.
DreadBall Azure Forest 2nd Edition – $35
Expand DreadBall with a trip to the jungle: new rules, cards and trophy plus a deluxe neoprene Azure Forest pitch.
DreadBall Players and Staff – from $25 each
Check out our full range of DreadBall Team Bundles – each including a free Team Captain miniature! There’s also bundle packs for giants, coaching staff and MVPs so that you can complete your collection.
Finally, you add on the whole collection for $850.
Need help choosing your team? Check out Spotter's Guide to DreadBall Teams.
Graggot - Hobgoblin Team Captain - $5
Great for existing players if you already own the Hobgoblin Team.
Gemini Twins - $5
Great for existing players that already own other MVPs.
DreadBall Custom Dice and Shaker Set - $35
18 (6 White, 6 Blue and 6 Red) 16mm six-sided dice with a custom DB logo engraved on the ‘6’, a DreadBall dice bag and 2 DreadBall Dice Shakers in one great value bundle.
DreadBall League Pack - $40
Including 3 DreadBall pitches, card decks, plastic counter sets, RefBots and a whole loads of balls, the DreadBall League Pack can be added to a Striker pledge to give you enough components for an 8 person league.
Plastic Counter Set - $10
You can add-on additional sets of plastic counters if you want them by increasing your pledge value by $10.
DreadBall Hex Bases - $3
A set of the newly designed 25mm DreadBall Hex Bases. The bases include a hole for pegging in the ball and markings around the front 3 faces to denote line of sight and threat hexes.
DreadBall Card Deck - $5
A deck of the updated 2nd edition DreadBall cards.
DreadBall Decal Sheets - $3
A set of waterslide transfer Decal Sheets for numbering your players. Contains 1 with black lettering and one with 1 white lettering.
DreadBall Roster Pads - $4
Roster Pads are used to keep track of your team’s composition, stats and also player progression in league play.
DreadBall Xtreme - The Galaxy's Most Brutal Sports Game: $75
With a focus on violence and carnage, DreadBall Xtreme is a standalone sports game and takes the simple mechanics of DreadBall and twists them together to create something altogether more unruly.
- Illicit Sponsors: Assume the role of Sponsor and bet, intimidate and threaten your way to victory!
- Blood Money: Create a bespoke team of your own choosing using the free Player Manual.
- Brutal Action: No referees and no fouls makes this the deadliest DreadBall yet!
- Dangerous Environments: Play ball in abandoned warehouses and improvised arenas out of sight of the law, with pitches littered with concealed traps and explosive crates!
- Contents: 1 FREE Player Manual, 1 Rulebook, 1 Xtreme Deluxe Pitch, 1 Xtreme Obstacles and Accessories Pack, 1 Convict Team, 1 Kalyshi Team, 1 set of Free Agents, 2 Sponsors, Cards, Counters, Coloured Hex Bases, 14 Dice and Balls.
Gruba-Tek VII Coliseum - Deluxe Gaming Pitch: $30
This deluxe pitch is made of durable neoprene, is crease and tear resistant, and folds/rolls up neatly for easy storage. It is also larger than a standard pitch with 30mm hexagons.
Ultima 1 Bowl - Ultimate Deluxe Gaming Pitch: $30
This deluxe pitch is made of durable neoprene, is crease and tear resistant, and folds/rolls up neatly for easy storage.
Pledging and selecting Optional Add-ons
To get an Optional Add-on, click “Manage my Pledge” in the top right corner of the Kickstarter page and input the total value of everything you want. For example, if you’re at Striker ($100) and want an additional team ($25), you would enter $125 as your total pledge.
When the campaign has finished, we will send you access to our Pledge Manager. On here you will input your choices and let us know what you would like for your pledge amount.
For 1st Edition DreadBall
DreadBall isn’t just an exceptionally fun sports game. Dreadball is an exceptionally fun game, period. It transcends the limitations found in a lot of sports games, moves incredibly fast, and keeps you engaged and in the game until the final buzzer. Add in some of the coolest miniatures I’ve painted in a long time and a game that feels like you’re actually there, and Dreadball might be your next obsessive hobby – Matt Drake, Shut Up & Sit Down
You should play this game, if for no other reason, that it is a masterpiece of good design. Rules are simple and intuitive, games are fast and fun, and the play is very rewarding. 9/10 – Robert Ehiers, Board Game Geek
There is not much to dislike about Dreadball. It plays pretty quickly and can be full of highs and lows. This is the type of board game you talk about long after playing it and recall the crazy ways you scored, or pushed your team to the limit. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys sports and board games. You should try it out if you can or if you are on the fence read a few more reviews. My vote is you buy it. Overall 6 out of 6 – Play Board Games
The game is brilliant fun. It’s slick and, once you decipher the rules, is huge amounts of fun to play. The book also includes rules for leagues, new abilities, MVPs and, rather coolly corporate sponsors so it has genuine replay value – Phil, The Shell Case
Should we beat these goals then we will be able to add bonus goodies into the pledge levels:
In order to be fair to all backers, we will charge shipping after the Kickstarter based on the actual costs. We will collect this via our pledge manager after the campaign ends. Current shipping estimates are listed below but are subject to change.
Our current estimates for shipping charges for Jack are:
United Kingdom: $5
European Union: $8
United States and Canada: $8
Rest of World*: $12
Our current estimates for shipping charges for Striker are:
United Kingdom: $12
European Union: $18
United States and Canada: $20
Rest of World*: $35
Most Valuable Player (MVP)
Will be shipped by courier. Our current estimates for shipping charges for Striker are:
United Kingdom: $15
European Union: $15
United States and Canada: $30
Rest of World*: $35
* Rest of World includes Australia, New Zealand, non-EU European Countries and everywhere else not stated above.
Be aware that all pledges that are confirmed after the pledge manager deadline will be shipped from the UK at a later date and will likely incur increased shipping costs.
We do strive to get you your rewards as soon as we are able but it may be possible that backers in certain countries get delivery before others. This may mean you may not receive your rewards before the product makes it onto retail shelves - though we do try our best to make sure you get it first! We hope that the very special price and the exclusive items that you get during the Kickstarter makes up for any such possible eventuality. If it does not and you're not sure about the project, please don't back it - the game will be released to retail in 2017. Thank you for your understanding.
DreadBall - The Futuristic Sports Game was written by Jake Thornton and James M. Hewitt.
2nd Edition was edited with help of the DreadBall Rules Commitee: Arthur Monteath-Carr, Lee Montgomery, Tim Jackson, Pete Fullergreen, Jeff Shortland, Geoff Burbidge and Rob Taylor.
This kIckstarter would also not be possible without the fine work of Roberto Cirillo, Michele Giorgi, Luigi Terzi and MKUltra Studio.
Thank you for all your hard work!
Risks and challenges
There are a number of risks with running a Kickstarter project, especially getting accurate timings.
With this project, the design and writing is well under way and we expect to be shipping in July 2017 - however, the exact timing is impossible to predict, though we will keep you up to date as best we can!
To date, we’ve successfully dispatched nine projects: the original Kings of War campaign, DreadBall – The Futuristic Sports Game, LOKA, Mars Attacks – The Miniatures Game, the original Deadzone campaign, DreadBall Xtreme, Dungeon Saga, Kings of War 2nd Edition and Deadzone: Infestation.
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