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DreadBall Ed2 boardgame base set from Mantic Games, 2018image © Mantic Games

The DreadBall Ed2 boardgame is a futuristic sports game, published by Mantic Games, set in the Warpath universe.

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Details - DreadBall Ed2 base set from Mantic Games

 

Boardgame base set: DreadBall Ed2 base set

Product name: DreadBall 2nd Edition Boxed Game, Product code: ?, Set type: Game base set, System: DreadBall Ed2 system (DreadBall system), Range: Warpath range - DreadBall rangeDraconis All-StarsNinth Moon Tree Sharks (Futuristic), Setting: Warpath universe, Company: Mantic Games company, Production: 2018.03.19-

Designer: James M. Hewitt, Stewart Gibbs, Jake Thornton
Features: Miniatures

Players: 2 (DreadBall basic game), 2+ (DreadBall Ultimate)

Language dependency: Rules, cards

"DreadBall is the fast-paced futuristic sports board game set in the galaxy’s most hi-tech arenas. Choose from the agile Ninth Moon Tree Sharks or the unstoppable Draconis All-Stars before taking to the pitch and going for glory. Outwit your rival coach with tactical set pieces, push your luck with daring plays, or just smash your opponent to the ground with brutal tackles. When the game begins, anything goes."

DreadBall Ed2 boardgame base set from Mantic Games, 2018image © Mantic Games
artwork © Michele Giorgi

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Contents - DreadBall Ed2 base set from Mantic Games

DreadBall Ed2 boardgame base set from Mantic Games, 2018image © Mantic Games

System

2nd Edition Starter Rulebook

Read This First: Quick Start Guide

54 DreadBall Game Cards

31 Action cards

23 Special cards

2 Team Cards

1x Draconis All-Stars

1x Ninth Moon Tree Sharks

2 Captain Stat Cards

1x Romeo Blue

1x Na'Huatl

20 Captain Cards

11 Plastic Counters

5x Home token (white, 25x28mm hexagonal)

5x Visitor token (transparent red, 25x28mm hexagonal)

1x Special effect counter (black, 15x18mm hexagonal)

18 Coloured Dice (10mm, plastic, with dots)

6x white (Home dice)

6x red (Visitor dice)

6x blue (Coaching dice)

DreadBall Ed2 boardgame base set from Mantic Games, 2018

Miniature figures

Neo-Bot team - Draconis All-Stars

12 Neo-Bot Players (plastic)

4 Neo-Bot Guard

2x Draconis All-Stars Guard #1 (with glued on transparent hexagonal base)

2x Draconis All-Stars Guard #2 (with glued on transparent hexagonal base)

2 Neo-Bot Jack

2x Draconis All-Stars Jack #1 (with glued on transparent hexagonal base)

4 Neo-Bot Striker

2x Draconis All-Stars Striker #1 (with glued on transparent hexagonal base)

2x Draconis All-Stars Striker #2 (with glued on transparent hexagonal base)

2 Neo-Bot Prone player

2x Draconis All-Stars Prone player (with glued on transparent hexagonal base)

1 Neo-Bot Captain (Jack)

1x Draconis All-Stars Captain (Jack): Romeo Blue #1 (with glued on transparent hexagonal base)

Yndij team - Ninth Moon Tree Sharks

12 Yndij Players (plastic)

2 Yndij Guard

2x Ninth Moon Tree Sharks Guard #1 (with glued on transparent hexagonal base)

4 Yndij Jack

2x Ninth Moon Tree Sharks Jack #1 (with glued on transparent hexagonal base)

2x Ninth Moon Tree Sharks Jack #2 (with glued on transparent hexagonal base)

4 Yndij Striker

2x Ninth Moon Tree Sharks Striker #1 (with glued on transparent hexagonal base)

2x Ninth Moon Tree Sharks Striker #2 (with glued on transparent hexagonal base)

2 Yndij Prone player

2x Ninth Moon Tree Sharks Prone player (with glued on transparent hexagonal base)

1 Yndij Captain (Striker)

1x Ninth Moon Tree Sharks Captain (Striker): Na'Huatl #1 (with glued on transparent hexagonal base)

1x RefBot Mk2 (with no base included)

1x Eye in the Sky: Rush Tracker

1x The Embers: Trophy Score Tracker

6x DreadBall Ball v2 + ball holder (2x green, 2x red, 2x gray)

Miniature figure accessories

Clear Plastic Hex Bases (glued to the miniatures)

Miniature scenery

Double-Sided Gaming Board: thick cardboard

Side A) DreadBall pitch

Side B) Ultimate DreadBall pitch

DreadBall Ed2 boardgame base set from Mantic Games, 2018image © Mantic Games

DreadBall Ed2 boardgame base set from Mantic Games, 2018image © Mantic Games

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Review - DreadBall Ed2 base set from Mantic Games

DreadBall Ed2 boardgame base set from Mantic Games, 2018DreadBall Ed2 boardgame base set from Mantic Games, 2018

Package: ?

Package: It is a cardboard box.

Insert: The insert is plastic, and it looks sturdy enough. It's been created to hold the components of the base set and the first supplement.

DreadBall Ed2 boardgame base set from Mantic Games, 2018

Booklet - Read This First: This shows the contents of the set, and it explains the very basics of DreadBall.

DreadBall Ed2 boardgame base set from Mantic Games, 2018

Boolet - DreadBall Rulebook: The rules are edited in an easy to read, easy to understand fashion. There is a one-page primer on the back cover for easy reference.

DreadBall Ed2 boardgame base set from Mantic Games, 2018

Cards: There is a deck of cards included.

DreadBall Ed2 boardgame base set from Mantic Games, 2018
DreadBall Ed2 boardgame base set from Mantic Games, 2018

 

DreadBall Ed2 boardgame base set from Mantic Games, 2018 DreadBall Ed2 boardgame base set from Mantic Games, 2018

Team & captain cards: This makes it easier to reference the stats of the teams.

Rules: ?

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Miniatures: ?

Every miniature in the DreadBall Ed2 base set is either a one-piece cast, or pre-glued multi-piece, so you don't need any preparations before your first game. The glue doesn't show, most of the miniatures are so finely crafted it's hard to realise whether or not it is a multi-piece cast. Most of the joins are hidden well, and that also helps the pieces to stay together. I haven't seen any of these minis come apart, unless they were put to a heavy stress.

There is no flash on the miniatures, but the mould lines are visible, and they will be need removal before you start painting.

The player figures are bigger than most previous teams, they are comparable in size to the orx and grogans. Their dynamic poses cause this big miniatures to reach beyond their own hex, and this might be problematic in some situations.

DreadBall Ed2 boardgame base set from Mantic Games, 2018The DreadBall Ed2 base, with the DreadBall v2 inserted

All the miniatures in the retail set are glued on their transparent bases. The glue is uneven, many of the miniatures are tilted, and they are not always aligned forward, and this is especially problematic as the new bases have a distinct front edge.

DreadBall Ed2 boardgame base set from Mantic Games, 2018 DreadBall Ed2 boardgame base set from Mantic Games, 2018

The minis are probably glued to their bases because they do not stay there if I push them on. Some of the minis are glued in strange angles, some of them are glued with not enough glue, so they fall off. The superglue used unfortunately mars the transparent acrylic material, and I couldn't find an easy way to remove the glue without damage.

The problem seems to be that the hole in the DreadBall Ed2 base is slightly bigger than the one of the original. The original bases take the new minis easily, without glue. You push them in, they stay in. If the new bases weren't better in every other way, I'd just use the old ones instead.

The miniatures from the Kickstarter pack came separate from their bases, so you need to glue them first before you start playing. This also means that the Kickstarter Exclusive miniatures are all separate.

Game mat: ?.

DreadBall Ed2 boardgame base set from Mantic Games, 2018

Tokens: There are some plastic tokens. 5 white Home tokens (25x28mm hexagonal), 5 transparent red Visitor tokens (25x28mm hexagonal), and 1 black Special effect counter (15x18mm hexagonal).

DreadBall Ed2 boardgame base set from Mantic Games, 2018

Dice: There are 18 dice included. 6 white for Home dice, 6 red for Visitor dice, and 6 blue for Coaching dice. They are 10x10x10mm sized plastic dice, with dots.

Foreign editions: ?

DreadBall Ed2 boardgame base set from Mantic Games, 2018image © Mantic Games

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Resources - DreadBall Ed2 base set from Mantic Games

Official rules

DreadBall: Official website.

Google Drive: DreadBall 2 playtest documents

Dropbox: DreadBall 2 roster sheet

Dropbox: DreadBall 2 Update: Errata, FAQ and updates.

Rules overview

Justin Mc Auley (dignity) (from The Beasts of War): DreadBall 2nd Edition: Rush Breakdown: Rules overview video.

the video on YouTube

the video on Facebook

Rules overview - Changes between editions

Clash of the Dice: Overview of DreadBall versions 1 & 2: Rules change overview video.

Rob Burman (from Mantic Blog): What’s Changed in DreadBall Second Edition?: Rules change overview article.

Rules overview - Team: Draconis All-Stars

Sam Poots (dracs) (from The Beasts of War): DreadBall 2nd Edition: Draconis All-Stars Team Chat: Rules overview video of the team.

the video on YouTube

the video on Facebook

Rules overview - Team: Ninth Moon Tree Sharks

Sam Poots (dracs) (from The Beasts of War): DreadBall 2nd Edition: Ninth Moon Tree Sharks – Team Chat: Rules overview video of the team.

the video on YouTube

the video on Facebook

Review

BlackJack Legacy: DreadBall 2nd Edition Review: Review video.

Gameplay

Battletricks: Dreadball 2 Partido #1: Veer-myn vs Marauders (in Spanish): Gameplay video in Spanish.

johnlyons (from Beasts of War): DreadBall 2nd Edition: Draconis All-Stars Vs Ninth Moon Tree Sharks: Gameplay video.

the video on YouTube

Mantic Games: DreadBall 'Live' Match - Koeputki Kollosals Versus Draconis All-Stars: Gameplay video, The Koeputki Kollosals (Stewart Gibbs) versus the Draconis All-Stars (Rob Burman)

Mantic Games: Yndij vs New Eden Revenants: Gameplay video.

Mantic Games: New Eden Revenants (Rob Burman) versus Fran-Taar Philosophers (Duncan Aldis): Gameplay video.

Mantic Games: Skittersneak Stealers (Rob Burman) versus Ninth Moon Tree Sharks (Andy Meechan): Gameplay video.

Mantic Games: Nemion Oceanics (Rob Burman) v Locust City Chiefs (Martin Thirlwell): Gameplay video.

Mantic Games: Matsudo Tectonics (Rob Burman) and Ukomo Avalanchers (Martin Thirlwell): Gameplay video.

T&G Productions: DreadBall 2.0 Demo Game: Gameplay video, Draconis All-Stars vs Ninth Moon Tree Sharks.

Weight of Fire: DreadBall 2 match report - Locust City Chiefs vs Chromium Chargers: Gameplay video, Chromium Chargers vs Locust City Chiefs.

Weight of Fire: DreadBall 2 Match Report - Kalimarin Ancients vs Sulentic Shards: Gameplay video, Kalimarin Ancients vs Sulentic Shards.

For further gameplays, check out: DreadBall Ed2 gameplay resources

Miniatures

 

Miniatures - Painting - Team: Draconis All-Stars

miniature painting: How to paint DreadBall 2 : Draconis All- Stars robot team: Painting tutorial video.

Geoff Burbidge (for BreadDoll): Hobby Highlight: Painting my Neo-bots: Painting tutorial article, with showcase.

Miniatures - Showcase

Colgar6 (from Colgar6 and the Infinite Legion of Toy Soldiers): The Last of the Christmas Models: Showcase article of Refbot, Trophy and The Eye in the Sky

Miniatures - Showcase - Team: Draconis All-Stars

Geoff Burbidge (for BreadDoll): Hobby Highlight: Painting my Neo-bots: Painting tutorial article, with showcase.

Rob Burman: Slow but steady progress on my Neo-Bots for DreadBall Second Edition: Showcase article.

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Buying the product - DreadBall Ed2 base set from Mantic Games

Price

Base price (DreadBall Ed2 base set)(2018): 70 EUR / 60 GBP / 85 USD

Where can you buy it?

Mantic Games Shop: DreadBall 2nd Edition Boxed Game: Official webpage of the product.

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