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More violence, intimidating sponsors and all-new teams, Xtreme is a whole new way of playing Dreadball - The Futuristic Sports Game!
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Xpanding Xtreme

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'ballers,

Here are our Day 4 Reveals for DreadBall Xtreme:

Player Manual

DreadBall Xtreme offers many unique bits of gameplay, though nothing quite as dynamic as choosing which players go into your team.

Sponsors

In Xtreme, you will assume the roles of a Sponsor: either Blaine or the Prison Warden Rasulov. 

With the Xtreme Player Manual, this system is vastly expanded…

You can play any DreadBall team in DreadBall Xtreme

The Player Manual contains rules for building your own Sponsors, and we’ve built a selection of custom Sponsors with all of the necessary traits to use the current DreadBall team compositions in DreadBall Xtreme.

What this means is that the Xtreme Player Manual includes everything you need to play an existing DreadBall team in DreadBall Xtreme, in one simple book.

You can build your own team from any player in the DreadBall range

There are 4 new Sponsors outlined in the DreadBall Xtreme Player Manual. Along with Blaine and the Warden, each of the new sponsors has their own unique personality and preferences when it comes to building a team.

These are called Groups.

The Player Manual also includes all of the rules and stats for every different type of player in DreadBall – including MVPs and Giants. These DreadBall players are assigned Groups and three different costs, depending if there relationship with a Sponsor is a Stranger (0 matching groups), Ally (1 matching group) or Friend (2+ matching groups).

Depending on the number of matching groups a Sponsor and a DreadBall player have determines the player’s price in MC.

For example, the Shojuun has the following groups: Outcast, Psycho, Vicious, Cunning and Vat Brother.

These groups mean that you can create and play with a team that includes...

1 x Phantasm MVP

2 x Kalyshi Strikers

2 x Hobgoblin Jacks

That's a pretty odd-ball team, but an interesting mix of special abilities presents a very difficult - and very different - challenge for your opponent. It also only one example of the many different combinations you can create.

Xtreme Xpansion

In addition to the Sponsor system, DreadBall Xtreme offers up a fully interactive 3D gaming environment.

This is achieved in a multitude of ways.

Firstly the pitch layout is dynamic, meaning at the start of the game you randomise the pitch layout. This dictates which are the active Strike Zones.

These randomised maps also dictate the second dynamic aspect of the pitch: Scenery.

In DreadBall Xtreme the pitch is littered with crates and broken pieces of debris. Before the game these crates are often booby-trapped with explosives, turning the pitch into a deadly battlefield.

This offers an exciting new challenge to DreadBall as the way you position your players becomes more important than ever.

Once More into the Pit

In the same way the Player Manual takes the sponsor system to the, er, extreme, there is the Xtreme Xpansion expansion box which furthers the concept of unique pitches.

Variable pitches

DBX games take place in a vast array of different areas, of all manner of shapes and sizes. Whilst the organisers often try to find somewhere that at least vaguely approximates a normal arena, part of the challenge for the players is that the shape and size of this temporary sports venue will be unfamiliar. While the basic game allows for a certain amount of flexibility, this is still within the framework of a fixed overall size and shape.

This set includes 14 customisable pitch tiles made out of sheets of quality 2mm thick card. These can be assembled in a huge number of different ways to provide an almost endless selection of different DBX arenas for your games.

There are six suggested layouts in the book, including The Ortiz Folly and The Deredo, and rules for building your own.

The Xtreme Xpansion also contains rules for all of this:

It’s a Trap!

Traps that go boom are all well and good, but is that the limit of the devious minds of the Sponsors? Of course not.

Now sponsors can make use of Riot Foam, Force Pulse and Zzzzzap! traps on the pitch too.

Medi-bots

Medi-bots are expensive. Even if you’re not buying one, it’s a costly enterprise to steal and then hide it. They also have a nasty habit of being recovered by the authorities as the bots have numerous tracking and identification devices hard-wired in. The accepted process in modern DBX is to steal one just before you need it, and then abandon it after the match before the security forces move in. Temporary jamming of the ident signals is possible, and this usually buys the Sponsor enough time.

Hiring a medi-bot is a new choice for spending your Sponsor’s Extras on, and can be used in a regular DBX game or a custom one.

Multi-Player Games

When you play on variable pitches, you can choose to have more than two teams in play at once. This makes for even more anarchic games.

Giants

In the DGB leagues, it took years for Giant players to be allowed on the pitch, with all the commercial considerations of the likely injuries to be caused, the position of sponsors perceiving unfair advantages and a whole raft of other concerns. When they finally were allowed to play, they transformed the game in many ways, mostly for the better.

The coaches and sponsors in DBX had no such considerations to make, and giant players have been a feature of the underground sport since its very inception. Indeed, it was clear from the outset that the larger and more violent players were a clear boon in a game where the life expectancy of the average player was utterly irrelevant to the main aim of sponsors – making money. If a player could be found who was likely to do more damage to the other side and maybe even be resilient enough to be used again, then so much the better.

And finally...

There will be a competition in our final blog post of the day. Keep an eye out for it a little later on.

We hope you like what you see above.

Taste of the Extreme

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Afternoon 'ballers.

Today on the blog we are having a a public reveal of DreadBall Season 5 to the wider community who may not yet have seen all of the shots posted on this Kickstarter.

We are also inviting you to let us know what you think of DreadBall and DreadBall Xtreme, and what we can do to better the support the community, in-store and club leagues, and competitive play.

You can take a look at it here.

We appreciate that you may have seen most of this content if you regularly read the Kickstarter updates. This post is the start of our retail promotion of Season 5 and we do try and show you everything first.

However, we wanted to make sure you had something you wouldn't have seen before too.

DreadBall Season 6 - Koris team:

Check out these MVPs out on the pitch:

And finally... the Medi-bot on pitch with the Ada Lorena.

Tomorrow we will take a look at the customizable Xtreme pitch in action as well as the first details of the Player Manual. We know that this book is highly anticipated as it will allow you to use your DreadBall teams in Xtreme.

Until then, we really hope you like the shots above, and have checked out the blog too.

Xtreme Previews May 1

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‘ballers,

The third wave of shipping for DreadBall Xtreme is approaching.

Firstly, DreadBall Xtreme Mission Control has now been updated.

On the print side, we’ve had word from our manufacturer that the Gruba-tek VII Coliseum Deluxe Gaming Pitch and the DreadBall Xtreme Customisable tiles are taking longer to produce that expected, and they won’t arrive until the middle of June.

We had hoped they would arrive before the end of May, and if there are any orders that don't include them we will start shipping them before the end of the month.

What this means is that whilst we wait for these items to come into the warehouse, we are using the extra time to polish and proof the five books we have left to send out, which have a really fast print turnaround.

This should improve the all-round quality of DreadBall Season 5, Season 6, the Xpansion book, Player Manual and the Challenge Cup. We hope you agree that this extra time spent on improving the quality is a good thing.

Once ready, we’ll get these out digitally.

Gruba-tek VII Coliseum Deluxe Gaming Pitch:

DreadBall Customisable Tiles:

Here is an example of just one of the 16 tile sheets included in the Xtreme Xpansion. Note that the pink outline is where the cutter goes, and will not show up on the final product.

Thanks for your patience whilst we get these made, and we hope you like the previews above.

Miniatures

As you can see on Mission Control, most of the miniatures are now marked down as being in the warehouse. The Mutants and Mechanites are on a boat from the manufacturer and are scheduled to arrive next week.

All of the miniatures are looking excellent - in fact, here’s a preview of one of the new Season 6 teams. 

Crystallans:

These are the Crystallans, and they are made out of the same plastic as the other new teams EXCEPT that they come in a translucent blue colour!

We’ve added a little drybrush of white to emphasis the edges, but none of that blue is painted on, it’s all the plastic. Our painter has done a great job of painting the rocks and metal on the Crystallans, which creates a really cool effect.

We think they’ve come out great, we hope you like them.

Mantic Reveal Week

From the 18th May we will have a week on the Mantic blog of reveals, gossip, toys and surprises, and the next Kickstarter update too.

The studio have been producing some incredible things and we will have day after day of exclusives, competitions, and sneak peeks.

That will be kicking off right after the Open Day – so those of you that cannot be there will still get the inside track. (p.s. if you are anywhere close to Nottingham on Saturday 16th May come and see us – tickets can be found here and get at least double the ticket value back as store credit!!) Details here.

Pre-Season Previews

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More previews today with the first showing of the Mechanites!

Premium robots like the Chromium Chargers are all well and good, but tailor made mechanites designed to specialise in the role of your choice is where it's at. From over-armoured Guards to smash the opponents out of the way to wheeled Strikers who can literally run rings around the other guys, if you have the creds, an unstoppable team can be yours.

Like the Kovossian Mutants, this team comes with a selection of torsos, arms, legs, tracks, heads and other bits which you can assemble and customise however you please - with some interesting effects on the pitch!

Download Free Playtest Edition Mechanite Rules (PDF)

Speaking of the plague, here's a new shot of the Kovossian Mutant Plague Team in action:

And finally, Jake is doing the last stages of playtesting on Season 5 and 6, posting up PDFs on his Quirkworthy blog. We’re hoping that you’ll help trial these new rules and play some games with them before letting us know what you think.

You can already download:

- Playtest Edition: Hacking and Reputation

- Playtest Edition: Crystallan Team

- Playtest Edition: Mechanite Team

- Playtest Edition: Koris Team

Download the playtest versions of these rules for free here.

Mantic May Open Day

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The Mantic Open Day is back!

Based at our Nottingham UK HQ on the 16th May we will open the doors to all our Mantic fans for an epic day of gaming and fun!

The open day will be rammed full of awesome demo games of every Mantic system including the beta version of Kings of War 2. As always you’ll get the opportunity to see behind the scenes and even enjoy one of Ronnie’s famous seminars! 

Not only that, but the Mantic team will be there to answer all your questions. Sit down and have a chat with the Mantic studio painter to see how he achieves all the great paint schemes you see in our photography or have a chat with the studio manager about how we come up with the concept of everything we create.

So what exactly do we have going on for DreadBall Xtreme?

We will have DreadBall Xtreme set up for demo if you have still not had the chance to get your head around the rules yet as well as a DreadBall Original tournament, which is a great excuse to crack out the DreadBall teams you got with the Kickstarter and join in the fun. Tickets are available here.

If you have picked up any of Mantics games but aren’t too sure how to play them, the open day is a great way to take advantage of our experts, the Pathfinders, who will give you a mind blowing intro game and get you fully up to speed so that you can play your own games at home or at your local club. 

Tickets to the Open Day are only £4.99 per person, or pick up a family/group ticket for 4 people at £14.99. We have parking onsite and you will even get the legendary Mantic open day goodie bag worth more than the price of your ticket completely free of charge!

Tickets are available on our website now, so make sure you grab yours today!