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Guild Ball is the game of medieval fantasy football from Steamforged Games. The Century War has wracked the land, and all that forges the fractious nations of the new Empire together is the blood-sport of Guild Ball, brought together by the scheming Guilds. Will you play the slippery Fishermen, the arcane Alchemists, or the suspicious Union? Read some articles, listen to some podcasts, watch some videos, and maybe you’ll find out which is best for you!

The Pitch, Ep.6

Posted by on 1:55 am

SteamCon US finally happened and it was the most fun I had at a convention since Muse On Con. Lance and Dan take turns recapping all of the awesome experiences they had at Steamforged Games premiere convention this past weekend in Chicago.  Tournament talk, Snake Draft, Keynote recap, etc. etc. The Pitch is a podcast focused on discussing Steamforged’s sport-themed-wargame, Guild Ball. Lance Becker and Dan White are both Iowa coaches who love the game and wanted to promote Guild Ball more in our area as well as give a midwest perspective on tactics and teams. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:22:35 — 60.7MB)Subscribe: Android |...

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The Pitch, Ep.5

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SteamCon UK just happened and holy crap the hype is real. Lance and Dan cover all the latest news from Steamcon UK, share our opinions and speculate on what we think might happen in the future. The Pitch is a podcast focused on discussing Steamforged’s sport-themed-wargame, Guild Ball. Lance Becker and Dan White are both Iowa coaches who love the game and wanted to promote Guild Ball more in our area as well as give a midwest perspective on tactics and teams. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:33:09 — 68.6MB)Subscribe: Android |...

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The Pitch, Ep.4

Posted by on 11:14 pm

If you like Steamforged news than this is the episode for you. Lance and Dan go over all the latest happenings for an hour. At approximately the 1:10:00 mark they pivot to a Theron discussion where  Lance explains why he isn’t a Theron fanboy and Dan regurgitates every bit of Theron tactics he’s consumed from the internet. The Pitch is a podcast focused on discussing Steamforged’s sport-themed-wargame, Guild Ball. Lance Becker and Dan White are both Iowa coaches who love the game and wanted to promote Guild Ball more in our area as well as give a midwest perspective on tactics and teams. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:39:37 — 69.7MB)Subscribe: Android |...

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The Pitch, Ep.3

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In Episode 3 Lance & Dan bring on a guest, Mike White. They all start with a discussion on the news from Steamforged, their holiday themed undead farmers, Octoberfest esters and pumpkin obulus. Lance updates everyone on the Union in Chains event and Dan then talks about the inclusion of Guild Ball at the ATC.  The rest of the episode is Mike and Lance discussing Esters and Dan being tipsy. The Pitch is a podcast focused on discussing Steamforged’s sport-themed-wargame, Guild Ball. Lance Becker and Dan White are both Iowa coaches who love the game and wanted to promote Guild Ball more in our area as well as give a midwest perspective on tactics and teams. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:17:31 — 56.3MB)Subscribe: Android |...

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The Pitch, Ep.2

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In Episode 2 Lance & Dan provide an update on Steamforged’s Union in Chains global event and let you know which guilds are currently winning and throw our two cents on the new models. After news they proceed to do a battle report from a recent Des Moines tournament, Lance played his Blacksmiths and Dan brought Morticians for the first time. Lastly, Lance and Dan combine all of their combined intelligence to figure out Scalpel. The Pitch is a podcast focused on discussing Steamforged’s sport-themed-wargame, Guild Ball. Lance Becker and Dan White are both Iowa coaches who love the game and wanted to promote Guild Ball more in our area as well as give a midwest perspective on tactics and teams.   Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:18:57 — 60.7MB)Subscribe: Android |...

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The Pitch, Ep.1

Posted by on 7:00 pm

The Pitch is a podcast focused on discussing Steamforged’s sport-themed-wargame, Guild Ball. Lance Becker and Dan White are both Iowa coaches who love the game and wanted to promote Guild Ball more in our area as well as give a midwest perspective on tactics and teams. In Episode 1 Lance & Dan recap the latest news from Steamforged, Union in Chains, as well as talk about new players to the Blacksmith’s Guild, Alloy and Hearth. At the 32:00 mark Dan & Lance do a battle report from their recent tournament in Minneapolis. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:04:18 — 46.6MB)Subscribe: Android |...

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Countercharge ep11 Adepticon recap

Posted by on 2:31 pm

Countercharge is a Warmachine/Hordes dojo & battle report podcast. More episodes and content can be found on http://midwestwargaming.com/podcasts/countercharge-warmachine-podcast/ In this episode we just recap Adpeticon 2017 and talk about lots of Warmachine, Guildball and our overall convention experience.   Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Android |...

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Troll Patrol – Guild Ball Faction Overview

Posted by on 10:23 pm

Hello everyone! This podcast is for new players who are looking for brief faction overviews for each of the Guild’s in Guild Ball. We hope you find this informative and helpful when getting into this great game! -aY, Dust & Michelle Twitter: @TPatrolGaming Blog: trollpatrolgaming.blogspot.com Timestamps: 7:51 – Faction Overview 45:37 – Our thoughts on the game Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:07:35 — 61.9MB)Subscribe: Android |...

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The Statistician’s Guild: Graphs

Posted by on 10:50 am

Here are the previously promised graphs. Each series represents the desired number of net-hits.  The vertical axis is the cumulative probability.  The horizontal axis is the DEF of the defending model.  A special thanks to quotemyname for encouraging me to post these in a timely fashion. Enjoy!...

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Welcome to the Statistician’s Guild!

Posted by on 5:06 pm

It’s been a long time since I’ve written for Muse on Minis.  I could give the ‘I’ve been busy’ excuse.  The truth is, when you’re passionate about something, you make time.  I haven’t been THIS passionate about a miniature game for close to two years now.  That said, the thrill is back, and with it another article on applied statistics.  This article is a light intro to a different style of dice mechanics vs. my previous articles.  I’m going to go over statistics implied by that new system and give a few support pieces to help gamers make smarter in-game decisions. So.  What’s got me falling in love with miniature gaming again?  If you haven’t guessed already by the title, it’s Guild Ball!   I love the game.  It’s as simple as that.  However, their dice system is slightly different than previous games I’ve played.  Here’s the scoop so we can get into the numbers.  Most actions a model may make in Guild Ball are resolved using a dice-pool and a Target Number (TN) test. For attacks, the dice-pool equals the attacking model’s Tactical Ability (TAC) and the Target Number is based on the defending model’s Defensive Ability (DEF).  Each die rolled that equals or exceeds the target number generates a successful hit. Let’s see how this works in action. For the balance of this article, I’m going to use Tapper attacking Calculus as an example.  Tapper is a Brewer. I play Brewers.  Calculus is an Alchemist.  My best friend and nemesis plays Alchemists.  BONUS: I get additional points for cleverly mentioning Calculus in a math article.  Feels like a good choice all around. Tapper is a TAC of 6.  Calculus is a DEF of 4+. Here’s how I interpret these numbers.  Each die has a 50% probability of being a 4 or greater, yielding me a successful hit.  I’ve got 6d6 in my dice-pool, so my expected net-hit is 3. (6 dice * 50% probability for each die) That’s the basic stuff.  Now let’s get into the interesting part.  After you successfully hit a target model with an attack, the attacking player applies the net-hits to the attacking model’s Playbook to determine the result of the attack.  Beyond being the Playbook being a fun mechanic for the game (allowing you to choose from damage, spells, or in-game effects) this choice is strategically interesting. Let’s go back to Tapper and that derivative Alchemist Jezebel. Tapper is close enough to either charge Calculus, or walk up and start swinging.  So there’s a decision there.  Additionally, Tapper has Knock-Down (KD) on his playbook.  I could choose to knock down Calculus to reduce her to DEF 3+ for subsequent bashing.  That’s another decision we’ll assess.   Example 1:  Tapper has four influence (4 INF).  He uses it to charge and attack twice.  Since I called the Calculus player my best friend AND nemesis, I’m going to assume he annoyingly and appropriately uses Defensive Stance.  Defensive Stance makes Calculus DEF 5+ for resolving the charge attack.   Charge: Dice-pool = 10.  TAC 6 plus 4d6 for the charge. TN = 5+.  DEF4+ plus Defensive Stance. Probability of Knock-down: 61.0% (I’ll give you a graph for these shortly) Attack x2 (if knocked down): Dice-pool = 6.  TAC 6. TN = 3+.  DEF4+ plus Knock Down. Probability...

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