Match Report - Vengeance [Part 2]

Match Report - Vengeance [Part 2]

Yesterday we shared Game One and Two from Vengeance 2017, and today we have the joy of bringing you Game Three and Four! These will round off Day 1 of Vengeance, during Day One we selected games that we believed would be interesting match ups. Starting tomorrow we will be releasing Games Five, Six and Seven which are from the top table of the event.

Guild Ball WTC - Team Fun Sponge

Meet the Team

  • Team Captain: Loxam
  • Players: Jamie and Jay

Loxam:  I’m the Managing Director at Steamforged Games, I spend most of my days being part of the Development Team ensuring that our quality products go out the door on time and keeps SS Steamforged chugging forward! For the Guild Ball WTC I’m feeling like using...Hunters! I want a new challenge, and I love the look of the new Winter's Moon set so will be exploring them over my next few events, but for the meantime I’ve been playing my Solthecian themed Union, and after a decent showing at Vengeance 2017 they might come out instead. I cannot wait to meet the variety of people who play Guild Ball around the world and seeing how far the game myself and Mat worked on in our bedrooms has grown.

 

Jamie: I am one of the Senior Game Developers for Steamforged Games Ltd. I tend to spend most of my time working on Guild Ball development. This means that my work involves supervising the steps that each model takes on its way from concept to public release. I also spend quite a lot of time working with our playtesters as well as playtesting Guild Ball for myself.

I’m really excited to have the chance to play at the Guild Ball WTC because I love seeing all the weird and wonderful ways that people use our models on the Pitch. It’s a fantastic thing to see our fans take a new model and use it in cool ways we didn’t expect.

At the WTC, I’ll be going back to my roots and playing the first Guild that made me fall in love with this game, the Morticians. When it boils down to it, being an evil supervillain is something I find incredibly fun and you get a real sense of that when playing the spooks.

 

Jay: I’m Jay the Head of Operations for Steamforged Games and previously the Pundit Quartermaster so I have a history of engaging our wonderful community! I run day to day operations and fulfilment in the business which is a passion of mine (yet far removed from the cool jobs like designing games for a living and playing with toys!)

My history of Guild Ball goes all the way back to the beginning of season one where I spent the first 6 months playing every guild to get a good understanding of the game.  From there I settled on Shark Fishermen and involved myself heavily with the early tournament scene with relative success (although Giblin loves to remind me I never won an event!) In season 2 I fell in love with my girl Fillet and that’s what I have been using ever since! For the WTC however I feel in need of a change….Either reverting back to the mighty Shark or something new entirely…I have a tendency of changing my mind at the last minute!!

I can’t wait to get to the WTC and spent time meeting you all, catching up with old friend I have made though Guild Ball and playing games and having fun! That’s what it is all about for me.

 

Guild Ball WTC - Team Fun

Meet the Team

  • Team Captain: Jamie
  • Players: Ed and Adam

Jamie: As Community Manager for Steamforged Games I’ve run my fair share of events, and competed in them too. When I was informed that I was being made Captain of ‘Team Fun’ for the Guild Ball WTC it was with a big ole’ smile that I accepted the privilege. I secretly hope that my team will perform the strongest out of all our teams, but we’ll do it AND leave a smile on our opponent’s face. Since Season 3 started I’ve tried my hand at a few Guilds, namely the Alchemists and Butchers BUT my love for the Brewer’s Guild has been rekindled recently and I’ll be taking them to represent Steamforged Games at the WTC. I can’t wait to meet more of our international community and put faces to names that I’ve only seen via FB, Twitter or through email. Good luck to all.

 

Ed: My current role at Steamforged involves heading up the Organised Play Team, as well as having a hand in the operations side of the business within the UK.  Which means I should know most rules to Guild Ball, Shadow Games and Dark Souls – The Board Game (or at least I’m meant to!)  I am also involved in maintenance of the Organised Play Rules.

My first love has always been, and always will be the Morticians. Obulus is just such a stellar role model!  However, I’m told that I could also do an excellent cosplay of Windle!  So, it may very well be the Farmers!

What I am most looking forward to at the WTC, is getting to play some excellent games of Guild Ball and meeting players from all over the world.  It’ll be very interesting to see different countries metas’ and approaches to the game. Through competing on the UK tournament circuit I’m becoming fairly well acquainted with some of the Team England attendees, so a weekend away with colleagues and friends is always enjoyable and good fun too! However the weekend pans out I hope it won’t end up with me rolling around in the hay with carrots and claws in a Windle-esque fashion!!

 

Adam: I'm Adam, and I've touched your models... 

Yes, really. No it isn't that weird. 

I am a member of the fulfilment team in the warehouse, and we are the ones who move the models from boxes to blisters to stores. If anything that comes out of Steamforged needed physically putting together then there's a pretty good chance I helped to do it. I've been with the company since November 2015, played longer than that and enjoyed every minute of it!

My original loves are the Brewers, however recently I've been swayed by the smell of Gold and Glory and, well, everybody loves pirates right? The Union hold the perfect mix of punchy brawler, slippery footballer and steadfast mid-fielder. I've had a lot of fun with them, and only more so with the addition of Our August Lord's servants, praise be Solthecius!

Onwards to the Guildball WTC! I'm very excited to be picked for the trip out, and looking forward to spending a whole weekend with folks from all over the world who love the game as much as we at HQ do! Never one to shy away, I look forward to testing my own skill against those picked for national service, and although I suspect I'll come off worse for wear I'll enjoy every step of the way. And I hear that there's beer involved....

Guild Ball WTC - Team Painted

Meet the Team

  • Team Captain: Mat
  • Players: Russ & Sherwin

Mat: Hey hey! My name is Mat Hart and I’m one of the original founders of Steamforged Games but these days my role as Creative Director means I get to work with our talented bunch of creatives currently developing Guild Ball, Dark Souls™ and a few other amazing projects that are super top secret…for now!

I’m lucky enough to work with both Sherwin and Russ on a day to day basis which has meant we’ve been able to strategize our game plan to make a splash at the WTC this year. We’re definitely going hard for the name “Team Paint” with some never seen before sculpts and us all dressed in some snazzy outfits. More on that to come I reckon.

I’m going to be rocking (yes!) the Masons to try and give our team a firm foundation (nailed it!) to build (I can’t stop now!) Team Paint’s chances at glory, fame and hammering (OMG!) the other SFG teams into the dust.

I really can’t wait to get to the WTC to hang out with everyone as meeting old friends and making new ones is by far and away my favourite activity of any weekend of gaming. Look forward to seeing you all there!

 

Russ: I am the Lead Sculptor and Sculpting Coordinator at Steamforged. That means that I am the guy who looks after the freelancers who work on our projects, oversees getting our digital designs into production and, most importantly, I’m the guy who sculpts all the models for Guild Ball!

I’ve been a part of Guild Ball since before the Kickstarter when I was asked to produce two concept models of contrasting captains. These eventually became known as Shark and Ox, and I guess the rest is history.

Whilst I have been a firmly loyal Brewer player since those distant days, for season 3 I have decided to increase my painted teams and have therefore been focusing on the Engineers. They’ll be my team of choice at the WTC, and though I already have a completed roster of painted models, there’s something special planned for the event so I am currently working on a new line-up that promises to be quite unique…

I am so pleased to have been asked to represent SFG at the WTC. I am really looking forward to spending more time with our awesome community and getting a lot of great games in. I am also looking forward to seeing how the Season 3 stuff is represented there- I am super proud of the Farmers and hope to see them in action! And finally, I am looking forward to getting team hats, just so Mat has to wear one…

 

Sherwin: Hi guys! My name is Sherwin and I’m the Lead Writer for Steamforged Games, and part of the Development Team. As well as writing pieces for our various games such as Dark Souls™ and Shadow Games (and others in development…) my day to day is spent in the Empire of the Free Cities, writing the story arc for Guild Ball. Unfortunately, chances are if one of your favourite characters has brought the farm, I’m probably to blame… sorry about that!

Much like Russ, I’ve been a part of the Guild Ball universe for a few years now, before the Kickstarter launched. My first piece was called ‘Match Day’, and a few veterans might remember it appearing on our Facebook page way back when. Don’t worry if you missed it however – the story, featuring how a certain pirate lost his leg during a game, made it into the Season One rulebook as the introduction, so you can find it here.

Although I’ve seen table time with almost all of the Guilds, I’ll be taking the Hunter’s Guild to the WTC. As most of you know, I recently penned a Theron Origins story arc which left me feeling fired up to use him a little more – and once I saw Russ’ gorgeous new S3 sculpts, I knew I had to field them.

It’s a real honour to play for SFG at the World Team Championships, and I already can’t wait. Whilst it will be great to catch up with some familiar faces, I’m definitely looking forward to meeting new coaches and discussing their favourite moments from our stories!

 

GUILD BALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DATES

GUILD BALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DATES

It’s that time of year again folks!  That’s right the Guild Ball National Championships are on the horizon! Every Coach the world over, from the most chiselled Mason and morbid Mortician through to the most drunken Brewer and pernicious member of The Union, every citizen of the Empire of the Free Cities pays attention as each nation holds its own competition amongst its most skilful, refined and avid coaches.  Victory means fame fortune and glory! 

The Blacksmiths Guild

The Blacksmiths Guild

Today is one of those rare, amazing days in Guild Ball. Today, we get to talk to you about a brand-new Guild entering the fray. Today we can show you the Blacksmiths Guild. This article will give you an introduction to the some of the core concepts that shaped the Blacksmiths Guild during development, and how we chose to represent those concepts on the Pitch.

Guild Ball World Team Championship

Guild Ball World Team Championship

In September Steamforged Games will be sending three teams to the World Team Championship of Guild Ball to do battle across the pitch with the best players from around the globe. For many the World Team Championship is a highlight of the year, and we are thrilled to see the global Guild Ball community take it upon themselves to run a WTC.

Grace & Benediction Pre-release at Vengeance 2017

Just two more days to go until Vengeance is upon us! We’re getting super excited, so much so that we’ve decided to use the event to pre-release Grace & Benediction!! These will be tournament legal for the weekend, and do not require to be painted!! We expect these to be very popular, so they will be limited to ONE PER PLAYER!

Don't panic if you're not attending Vengeance 2017, Grace and Benedicition are available to pre-order from your Local Gaming Store and from our online store.

If you are dedicated enough to paint the duo in a night we will be providing an award to the Best Painted Grace and Benediction, which will consist of a suitably cool bit of swag for the commitment to fully a painted team, this will be sent out by Steamforged Games after the event.

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On the Saturday night of Vengeance, we have planned a Q&A with Mat Hart and Rich Loxam, the creators of Guild Ball, so get your thinking caps on now and prepare some questions for them. 

See you in a couple of days if your attending, and if not then check back on Friday for some exciting news about how you’ll be able to stay in the loop of what’s going on during the event. Never miss a post by following us on Twitter and Facebook, and by signing up to our Newsletter for a weekly review.
 

Guild Ball: Organised Play Update

Guild Ball: Organised Play Update

I was lucky enough to get to Adepticon in Chicago this year. I met a load of great people and had an absolute blast. During the weekend, I got to spend a fair amount of time chatting with the players vying for the US Qualifications and observed a heck of a lot of games. These conversations and observations got me thinking…mostly about how the Organised Play Rules can massively influence the game.

Guild Ball: Mascot Painting Competition

We recently held a painting competition over on our Forum, there were some fantastic entries but you voted for your favourites and here are the winners:

Third Place: Dirge by Orange

Second Place: Strongbox by kvcpero

First Place: Mainspring by Beto

Best Theme: Fahad by Elektroschnitzel

Thank you all for your entries. The winners have had their prizes sent out and they should be arriving shortly. Keep an eye out on our Forum for upcoming competitions.

Dark Souls™ - Playthrough Video

Dark Souls™ - Playthrough Video

Unkindled! We recently visited YogTowers to teach Hat Films and Mark Hulmes how to play Dark Souls™ - The Board Game and helped run them through their first time trawling through the Dungeon to face off against the Winged Knight. The adventure was livestreamed over on their Twitch Channel and available to watch via the Yogscast Live YouTube Channel.