Feudball

Cover for revised edition of Feudball: Feudal Football.Book two cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It all started at a Blood Bowl tournament way back in 2005. It was my first official tournament, and I picked up the Sportsmanship award. I chose a BB novel as my prize, and, after myself and co-author Steven Babbage read it, we decided that we could do better.

The first book, Feudball: Feudal Football, is mostly about the trials and tribulations of Alexander Bathgate, an accountant for a logging company at one of the more distant outposts of the Brython empire (think 19th Century England). He has become rather bored with his life, and, for a bit of excitement, decided to fiddle the books for a bit of extra money. He gets caught and is sentenced to hard labor. En route to an island labour camp, the prison transport gets attacked by pirates, and though spared, he really has only changed masters. When the pirates' ship gets attacked by the Brython Navy, he is recaptured and transported back to the motherland, where he is incarcerated at Flagstaff Prison, a prison with a rather unwholesome reputation. The chief warden of the prison, Winston Potter, on orders from his superior, Duke Swimmer, forms a prison feudball team, which is to be entered into the district competition. The team is to be captained and coached by Gordon Tanner, a former star player who is currently serving time for arson and manslaughter. Alex is recruited, and discovers, the hard way, just how brutal the game can be, as the team plays against hardened regional teams and visiting foreign sides at tournaments.

The second part of the trilogy, Feudball II: Super League, sees the side progress into a unified national competition, which incorporates dwarven, elven and undead teams, though is mostly made up of human franchises. Though Alex still features heavily in this volume, the story doesn't completely revolve around him, with Gordon and the Duke sharing the bulk of the narrative with him. The games and off-field events are viewed through multiple sets of eyes, so one can get to know the rest of the team as well. During the year, opportunities again present themselves for the team to play in tournaments, including THE event of the feudball calender – The Imperial Championships.

The third part of the series, Feudball III: On the road, sees the side wandering around the mainland, playing matches and tournaments on foreign fields. A synopsis has been written and the first drafts of several chapters have been completed or partially completed.

It might not stop there. Notes have been made for two more books.

I have uploaded a few additional associated files:

  • Be slaves no more - Lyrics to the Jailbirds' 'anthem' which I wrote in May 2016. (PDF)
  • Feudball Map - A rather basic map of the central Feudball playing world. (JPG)
  • The Game - How the game is played, managed, and enjoyed by tens of thousands of fans across the world. (PDF)
  • History - How the game developed over the centuries. (PDF)
  • An interview for the arts program on Coast FM, recorded in November 2011, where I talk about Feudball, Blood Bowl, playing soccer and my mental health. (WMA)
  • Jailbirds Jersey - A rather simplified design of the Jailbirds' jersey in the first book. (JPG)
  • Jailbirds Logo - A sketch of the Jailbirds' emblem, the 'jailed' bird, that features in the original edition. Drawn by Mal van Drempt. (JPG)
  • Penalties - A seperate file about what the players and teams can get in trouble for. (PDF)
  • Races & Countries - A guide to the races featured and the countries involved in the book. (PDF)

There is a website for the book, but it hasn't been updated in a long time. The original promotional chapters can still be downloaded from it, and some of Mal van Drempt's artwork for the first edition book can be found there as well. For Facebook users, you can find the series' page here.

Feudal Football and Super League are currently available online at all Amazon country sites for $2.99US ($3.99AU).

4 June , 2018