GUILD BALL AT THE CLUB
By Adam, aka “Fold”
Guild Ball is a relatively new game having been successfully launched via Kickstarter in 2014. It’s a game of crude medieval style football with plenty of violence thrown in, played between two teams of 6 players on a small 3x3 playing area. The game is quick to learn and cheap and easy to put together a team, while offering tonnes of tactical depth and replay value, so it’s global fan base is growing quickly and its popularity at Tanelorn Wargames Club is no exception.
HOW ACTIVE IS GUILD BALL AT THE CLUB?
So far a total of 8-10 club members have picked up the game. For a game that is only really a year old that level of adoption is strong. None of us are exclusive Guild Ball players, so we average around one game each weekend. That’s more by mutual agreement to play other things than lack of anyone to play against – in my experience if someone wants to play Guild Ball one week they will tend to get a game, often two, since a match can realistically be completed within 2 hours.
GUILD BALL TOURNAMENTS AT THE CLUB
Guild Ball works for both casual play and fairly water-tight tournament games, so in January 2016 the club held its first sanctioned Guild Ball tournament, titled “Rush Goalie”. At the end of a single day of gaming the Butchers emerged triumphant with a narrow victory over the Morticians. The club plans to host Guild Ball tournaments quarterly in 2016.
WHAT GUILD BALL TERRAIN IS AVAILABLE AT THE CLUB?
Technically Guild Ball can be played on any 3x3 flat surface without any terrain at all, but it’s good to add variety to the game with a few obstacles, forests and rough ground. The club has wooden and wattle fences, crates, rocks and plenty of trees for just this purpose. We also have numerous 3x3 gaming mats to make our games more eye catching, including a couple of official Guild Ball mats (useful given all the relevant markings are present and correct).
And if you ever play against me, don’t be surprised to find yourself playing in the middle of a medieval village, with probably far too many fences and buildings. Sometimes when it comes to making things look nice I just can’t help myself.
WHAT SHOULD I DO NOW?
For starters go and read the About the Club page. Then go and join the Club Facebook group and ask someone for a game or if you just want to take a look first, why not come down to the club and do just that!