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

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

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Details - DreadBall Xtreme base set from Mantic Games

Boardgame base set: DreadBall Xtreme base set

Product name: Back DreadBall Xtreme - The Galaxy`s Most Brutal Sport DreadBall Xtreme - The Galaxy`s Most Brutal Sport, Product code: ?, Set type: Game base set, System: DreadBall Ed2 system (DreadBall system), Range: Warpath range - DreadBall rangeBremlin NebulasLong Rock LifersRenton Rejects (Futuristic), Setting: Warpath universe, Company: Mantic Games company, Production: 2014-2018-

Designer: Jake Thornton
Features: Miniatures

Players: 2

Language dependency: Rules, cards

"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!"

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Contents - DreadBall Xtreme base set from Mantic Games

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

 

System

1x 68 Page A4 Full Colour Rulebook (online rulebook PDF)

1x Special Move Card Deck

1x Sabotage Card Deck

Counters

14 Coloured Dice

Miniature figures

Convict team - Long Rock Lifers

10 Convict Players

2 Guard / Keeper

2x Long Rock Lifers Grogan Guard kit

Long Rock Lifers Grogan Guard #1

Long Rock Lifers Grogan Keeper #1

3 Jack

2x Long Rock Lifers Jack #1

1x Long Rock Lifers Jack #2

3 Striker

2x Long Rock Lifers Striker #1

1x Long Rock Lifers Striker #2

2 Prone player

2x Long Rock Lifers Prone player

Kalyshi team - Bremlin Nebulas

10 Kalyshi Players

4 Jack

2x Bremlin Nebulas Jack #1

2x Bremlin Nebulas Jack #2

4 Striker

2x Bremlin Nebulas Striker #1

2x Bremlin Nebulas Striker #2

2 Prone player

2x Bremlin Nebulas Prone player

Free Agents - Renton Rejects

1x Avaran Treebeast (Guard)

1x Jetari Training Drone GL14 (Guard)

1x Jetari Training Drone SL22 (Striker)

1x Yxaal Nameless Bloodsucker (Guard)

1x Pusk Rampager (Guard)

1x Vlorox Spinpede (Striker)

1x Yndij Reaver (Striker)

1x Zee Buccaneer #1 (Jack)

1x Zee Buccaneer #2 (Jack)

Sponsors

1x Blaine Sponsor

1x The Warden

2x DreadBall Ball v1

Miniature figure accessories

12x Transparent Yellow Mantic Hex Base, plastic

12x Transparent Blue Mantic Hex Base, plastic

Miniature scenery

1x Xtreme Deluxe Gaming Mat

DreadBall Xtreme Obstacles and Accessories

4 Large crate

8 Small crate

1 Tower

2 Strike post

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

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

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

Futuristic humanoid warrior in 1/56 scale - Blaine Sponsor for DreadBall from Mantic Games, 2014image © Mantic Games Human officer in 1/56 scale - The Warden for DreadBall from Mantic Games, 2014image © Mantic Games

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Review - DreadBall Xtreme base set from Mantic Games

Opening the box

I'm impressed that the whole game could be played practically in 30 mins after opening the box. The miniatures are sprueless one-piece models, and only 2 of them requires assembly, and even that is just putting them together, the pegs will hold them during the game. The scenery is a bit more difficult, I'd say it's about 5-10 minutes to put them together, but is's just because there's a lot of them in the box. The scenery is put together LEGO-style, you just need to find the two halves, press them together and that's it. I love this system, I hope Mantic will produce more of them.

Rulebook - First read

Even though the game pieces could be prepared for the game quickly, I have to admit it was the rulebook the slowed our first game. It took me reading most of the book to even understand what is the aim of the game - the players need to go to the coloured zone with the ball and put it into the goal posts. Now, I have to admit, I have never seen a game of American Football, never played the basic Dreadball, and probably knowing more about them would have made it easier to understand the concepts the book referred to, but most of them was totally foreign to me.

If there were some more comprehensive rules to guide me through a first game it would have been great and it would made a first game easier to start. For example the Infinity box Operation: Icestorm is a good example for having a good quick start. (Although in that box it's the miniatures that take hours and hours to clean and assemble.)

Foreign editions: ?

Package: ?

Rulebook: ?

Rules: ?

Game mat: ?.

Miniatures:

Every miniature in the DreadBall Xtreme 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 only exception is the Long Rock Lifers Grogan Guard kit, but it has a tight fit peg, so you only need to push it together, and it will hold through your games.

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

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.

The optional parts of the Long Rock Lifers Grogan Guard kit are not glued - you can just snap-fit those, and they can survive the game if you are not too rough on them. If you intend to switch those parts regularly, maybe a self-adhesive glue could do the trick.

On the back of the Bremlin Nebulas miniatures, there is a circle. This feature gives you the chance to identify team members. You can just paint them with a common colour, or colours that identify the team member. You could also paint symbols, numbers or use decals, there's enough space.

Dice: ?

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Resources - DreadBall Xtreme base set from Mantic Games

Official

Mantic Games Shop: Back DreadBall Xtreme - The Galaxy`s Most Brutal Sport DreadBall Xtreme - The Galaxy`s Most Brutal Sport: Official webpage.

Mantic Games Shop: DreadBall Xtreme Player Manual: Official webpage. 2018: 18 EUR / 15 GBP / 20 USD

Official rules

online rulebook PDF

Rules overview

Pope (from DreadBall Notebook): Convict articles

Pope (from DreadBall Notebook): TEAM: Long Rock Lifers (Convict team): Team overview article about the Long Rock Lifers.

Pope (from DreadBall Notebook): TACTICS: Dealing with difficult teams... the Convicts : Team overview article, how to play against the Long Rock Lifers.

Pope (from DreadBall Notebook): Kalyshi articles

Pope (from DreadBall Notebook): TEAM: Bremlin Nebulas (Kalyshi team): Team overview article.

Pope (from DreadBall Notebook): Free Agents articles

Review

Deathwatch Studios: DreadBall Xtreme Unboxing & Review!: Contents overview article, with review.

Deathwatch Studios: Dreadball – Playing Xtreme!: Review article.

Gameplay

 

Miniatures

 

Miniatures - Painting

 

Miniatures - Showcase

 

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Buying the product - DreadBall Xtreme base set from Mantic Games

Price

Base price (DreadBall Xtreme base set)(2018): 70 EUR / 50 GBP / 80 USD

Contents (2014): 1x DreadBall Xtreme Player Manual, 1x Long Rock Lifers Convict Team (£17.99 / $29.99), 1x Bremlin Nebulas Kalyshi Team (£17.99 / $29.99), 9 DreadBall Xtreme Free Agents (£17.99 / $29.99), 1x Xtreme Deluxe Gaming Mat (£19.99 / $34.99), 1x DreadBall Xtreme Obstacles and Accessories (£14.99 / $24.99)

Contents (2018): 1x DreadBall Xtreme Player Manual (18 EUR/ 15 GBP/ 20 USD), 1x Long Rock Lifers Convict Team (25 EUR/ 20 GBP/ 30 USD), 1x Bremlin Nebulas Kalyshi Team (25 EUR/ 20 GBP/ 30 USD), 9 DreadBall Xtreme Free Agents (25 EUR/ 20 GBP/ 30 USD), 1x Xtreme Deluxe Gaming Mat (25 EUR/ 20 GBP/ 30 USD), 1x DreadBall Xtreme Obstacles and Accessories (25 EUR / 15 GBP / 25 USD)

=145 EUR (49%) / 110 GBP (45%) / 165 USD (49%)

Where can you buy it?

Mantic Games Shop: Back DreadBall Xtreme - The Galaxy`s Most Brutal Sport DreadBall Xtreme - The Galaxy`s Most Brutal Sport: Official webpage.

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Do you have DreadBall Xtreme base set boardgame from Mantic Games? How do you like it? Would you recommend them to others? Tell your opinion in the comments!

 

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