Blood Bowl

Winning Clash of the Titans in 2008I've been playing this game since my brother acquired a copy of the first edition back in 1989. I still have it, complete with rule book, jigsaw board, cardboard markers, and dozens of old team-sheets, having bought it off him for $20.

In 1994, I got the third edition game as a 25th birthday present. The plastic miniatures have long gone, but my metal ones now cover your average dining table. I started playing in official NAF tournaments in September 2005, at the first ever Eucalyptus Bowl tournament. I finished with a 1-2-2 record, but did win the sportsmanship award, picking up a copy of the first Matt Forbeck Blood Bowl novel, which inspired me (and fellow BB player Stephen "Babs" Babbage) to see if we can write a better fantasy football related novel. (Which you can read all about on the relevant page.)

In October 2012 I became just the sixth player in Australia (just one of 52 world-wide at the time) to have a ranking for all 24 races in NAF tournaments. In January 2016, I was just one of three Australian players to have played all 24 races twice in tournaments. The 48th race was the same as the 24th – Nurgle. With the addition of Bretonnians and Khorne for tournament play, I now have a new goal to get rankings for both of them, and to play all 26 races twice in events.

On April 7th at the Australian Team Championships tournament, I played my 1000th game and have won over 40% of them. I regularly play in NAF sanctioned tournaments (mostly in NSW) and have played in over 65 events. I have two tournament wins to my credit. One in February 2008, when I won the inaugural Clash of the Titans Blood Bowl event (which is the picture in the top left-hand corner), using my preferred Undead and going through undefeated, and the second at the AusBowl State Teams Championship in March last year, as part of the victorious NSW team, where I played seven games with Wood Elves and only lost one match during the two day event.

I'm known as Vimes on the tournament circuit. I'm a NAF henchman and I used to assist the prize co-ordinator for Australia & New Zealand, Babs, for several years until he resigned from the post in January 2014. My job was simple. I ferried prize support to tournaments that he couldn't attend and took registrations and renewals for the NAF, often with block dice ready to hand over at events.

As an event co-ordinator, I ran a sevens tournaments, the Russell Drysdale Sevens, between 2006 and 2009, with the initial event being played in my flat. I have also run four official NAF events, the Gosford Gauntlet, between 2010 – 2012 and again in 2014. I used to run leagues in Tamworth (on behalf of the wargames club there) back in 1994/5 and on the Central Coast, at monthly meets with the Central Coast Corsairs (a now defunct gaming club) and on an irregular basis at Good Games Gosford, finishing in 2011.

In 2012, I even picked up a painting prize, again at the Clash of the Titans, with my fantasy polar themed Ogre team. (To be honest, I never even expected to win ANY painting prizes.) I have won five sportsmanship awards, the last of these at the Central Coast B9 tournament in August 2013. League wise, I've won one league based on the Central Coast (again with Undead), and won the third season of NOBBL (Newcastle Open Blood Bowl League) which was completed in July 2012, with Elves. The only league that I'm playing in at the moment is SLOBB (Sydney League of Blood Bowlers). My best team so far in this league was my African themed Wood Elves which finished 3rd in 2014 with an impressive record of 10-2-2, losing only to the two teams placed higher than them.

I also maintain a long running blog which is dedicated to my gaming pursuits – The Dwarven One's Blood Bowl and Role-Playing Blog, where I regularly post match reports and pictures of games that I have played and tournaments that I have attended. I also add a few words about my other gaming habits, including my current RPG sessions and Mordheim clashes, as well as what PC games that I have played recently.

What you'll find in this section are details and comments about my favourite teams that I have played since 1994, and some of my leading “players”. I plan to later add pictures of events that I've been to (or hosted), miniature images, tournament results from leagues and events that I've run over the years and even some optional rules that I've experimented with.

11 April, 2018