Guild Ball

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 List Building Cycle: Volume 1

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It’s time to take lamb chops off the menu LIST BUILDING So I was wracking my brains for things that I could write an at least superficially useful1 article about and one idea kept coming back up. Since my aim (per the picture at the top) is to help newer players develop into tournament players, I guess at some point I’d better look into list building. If you dont know my proclivity for footnotes by now, please read some other articles, they’ll give you some idea of what to expect and how best to deal with it. The short 3of it is: Open a second browser window of this article, scroll it to the bottom then tab between them for ease of reading. Granted, every site everywhere has an article or three on list building, so it’s not new ground, but maybe some of the newer players who frequent this site have not read those articles before. maybe9 some of the newer players are not just new to WarmaHordes, but also new to tabletop miniature games or even new to gaming in general, completely unfamiliar with list building or the (roughly) analogous deck building from other games. So this article was conceived as a brief primer on that topic for those players. Unfortunately, me being who I am and writing as I do, after a couple of weeks of working on it I had a visitation from the ghost of Tolkien who asked if I could tone it down a touch and perhaps issue a synopsis, since he’d lost track of the plot and felt like I was being overly wordy. At that point I decided (like all great fantasy authors15) that word limits are for losers and I should instead make this baby into a trilogy. Then, because it occurred to me that noone gives a damn about the trilogy anymore I should shoot for a cycle. Those things dont even have an end. So, this is going to be a series, of indeterminate (at this point) length. It’s probably more likely to be cut off by the Muse-on authorities shutting down my writing priviledges then by me running out of things to say7 , so strap in. 21 I acknowledge that, although I started with the intent of a beginner article on list building, what I’ve ended up with is something quite different. It does (or will) progress towards a far more in-depth consideration of list building than I suspect most people bother with by the end. If you can stick with it, I feel there is hopefully something here for everyone, but it’s quite possibly buried under a metric crap-ton of theorymachine.2 Hopefully even the more experienced players will get something from it, perhaps my personal perspective 6 is unusual/different enough to be worth a read regardless of your skill.4 All of the above said, the place I ended up deciding to start was a holistic question: Why do we play the game?22 I ask this, because at the very base, this question is at the root of all the contention surrounding terms like “composition scores”, WAAC (Win at all costs), the “Beer and Pretzels” criticisms of 40K and Fantasy and “playing to win” and these concepts all contribute very heavily to how players build their...

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MoM’s Podcast #42 – A Warmachine and Hordes Podcast

Posted by on 10:19 am

  MoM’s Podcast #42 — A Warmachine and Hordes Podcast Topics:   00:01:45 = News 00:49:55 = Battle Reports Mayhem Cup Warm Up 02:17:10 = Muse On Mail 02:36:30 = Dojo   Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 2:57:55 — 81.4MB)Subscribe: Android |...

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Road to War Episode 23- A Warmachine & Hordes podcast

Posted by on 10:09 pm

Road to War   We talk about Templecon!   Here is the dice chart that Matt came up with that we talk about on the podcast:   Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:53:39 — 52.0MB)Subscribe: Android |...

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Epic FM Episode 4!

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Epic FM Episode 4 is here, brought to you by the Northern Flail contingent of @yorkwarmachine (Northy) @WilkieBrett (Brett) and @yorkhordes (Gav) We discuss the current UK meta whilst trolling each other (in a loving way), let Northy rampage on Legion and explore how Skorne deal with high Def. This one involves a healthy dose of trolling with big dollop of crunch. Feedback always welcome…   Tell your friends and see us this weekend at SmogCon x   Time Stamps; 3.00 – Vapnatak Masters reflections and UK meta discussion 43.00 Vapnatak Masters battle reports 1.15.30 – Vapnatak Masters Finalist Interview and battle report 1.32.00 – RaMpAGER!!!! ? >_< 1.43.00 – Skorne vs High Def         Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 2:04:52 — 114.3MB)Subscribe: Android |...

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Crippled System episode 9: what announcements?

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  00:00 Intro 06:58 Convergence of Cyriss Discussion 20:35 Iron Gauntlet Discussion 38:35 Katie’s Korner (List Building) 55:21 Recommendations 58:04 Milwaukee Tournament Report 68:13 Recommendations Part II Hosts: Andy W, Nathan H, Brian G, Katie S, Jeremy S Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:23:55 — 57.6MB)Subscribe: Android |...

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Natetehaggresar goes to the Mayhem Cup Practice Tournament Part II – The Games

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  This is part II, the games I played at the Mayhem Cup practice tourney held at Mayhem Collectibles in Des Moines Iowa on 2/9/13. I went through my normal pre-tournament routine, got a good night’s sleep, and had breakfast. In this/ case I cooked blue berry pancakes and sausages, has some dark coffee and enjoyed my morning. I arrived at the shop a little after 10, and filled out my lists quickly, and prepared for an enjoyable day of Warmachine. As a note the lists below are to the best of my recollection so if they are incomplete, well so is my memory. Also descriptions of the boards when given are from my point of view. Sorry I didn’t take pictures, also writing this up from memory is alot of work!   Round 1 – pJosh Holt a.k.a. Ooh_Shiny Scenario: Outflank I was glad to see my first round pairing. Josh and I have known each other for well over 10 years. I first met him playing Warhammer Fantasy while I was in High school and he was in Undergrad. I also was happy to see he was playing Skorne. As a faction Skorne has a hard time dealing with high defense infantry, this will change soon with the Incindiarii and the Mammoth. I knew before I sat down that I would be playing pIrusk. Josh was running pMakeda, and a Xerxis Titan brick. He selected pMakeda. pMakeda Cyclops Brute Molik Karn Max Nilators Max Venator Reivers + UA Hakkar Tyrant Radiem Marketh Totem Hunter Tyrant Commander and Standard Pain Giver Beast Handlers I win the roll for turns and elect to go first. The board has a medium sized obstruction on Josh’s side of the board just outside of the right zone and towards the left/right center of the board. There is wall just on Josh’s side of the board running vertically through the left zone. The obstruction and wall create a sort of corridor down the center of the board. There is a second wall on my side of the board just out of my deployment zone to the left of my center running nearly laterally. There are also hills and forests that really play no part in the game. I set up my Pike men Center, Kayazi to the right, and Nyss to the Left. Behemoth, Gorman Irusk and Bears to the center. Josh sets up the venators across from the Nyss. He also puts Hakkar, Radiem, Marketh and the Tyrant across from the Nyss. Nilators Brute and Makeda deployed to the Center. Molik Karn and Totem Hunter placed across from the Kayazi. During AD I set up the widow makers to center, and Totem Hunter preys the widow makers. My Round  1 – I run everything as far forward as possible. IF goes to the Nyss, Superiority to the Behemoth. The widow makers advance to a few inches beyond the AD line. I’m careful to keep Valachev behind the wall outside my deployment zone. Josh Round 1 – He runs most everything forward. The venators advance and take pot shots as Nyss, they all miss. Josh keeps 2 of the venators behind a makeshift wall he creates with Radiem and the Tyrant Commander. Makeda Feats and puts defenders ward on herself. Savagery was cast...

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Natetehaggresar Goes to the Mayhem Cup Practice Tourney Part I – The Lists

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This is Natetehaggresar, long time contributor, with no recent articles written. This weekend (2/9/13), I played in the Mayhem Cup practice tourney at Mayhem Collectibles in Des Moines, Iowa. The event was 2013 steamroller, 2 list required, divide and conquer 1, with character restrictions. The event went five rounds, and I managed to eek out a first place showing for Khador. I believe there were 24 entrants. I rarely travel for tournaments, but I really enjoy playing in them. I spend a long time working out lists, and theorymachining known bad matchups to try and create solutions. I have given a great deal of thought to my potential pairings and have come up with the following lists. pIrusk -6 Behemoth 13 Wardog 1 Max Nyss Hunters + Valachev 12 Max Iron Fang Pikemen + Black Dragon UA 10 Min Kayazi Assassins + Underboss 7 Widowmakers 4 Great Bears 5 Saxon Orrick 2 Gorman 2   This list is my all comers list. It has the potential to out attrition most lists out there. It’s a modification of my steamroller 2012 list. The changes made for this year have been to move Ayanna and Holt, eEyriss to my other list, and the Kayazi are now a Min unit. I spent those points on Iron Fang Pikemen with the Black Dragon UA. The old version of this list was trying to do too many things, and eating too many valuable characters. The old version still struggled versus Cryx even with eEyriss and A&H. For this year I have decided to make one list exclusively to deal with my Cryx matchup, this allows me to add more tools to play to this lists strength, slow attrition play. The Black Dragons have significantly improved the list in a number of matchups, and have 3 powerful play options. I tend to place the Pikemen centrally then have the Nyss on one flank and the Kayazi on the other. The Pikemen, Behemoth and Irusk take center, with the Bears as a countercharging unit. The Pikemen’s first power play is to be steady for two consecutive turns with Iron Zeal on one turn and Undying Loyalty on the other. This is very useful against the likes of Bart, Kreoss or any other pop and drop sort of caster. The Pikemen will continue to remain effective during those casters main push, and they will also continue to block LOS to Irusk. Between the Pikemen and the Behemoth you can have a lot of beef between the enemy’s guns and your caster. This is of course even more valuable with the prevalence of kill box scenarios. The second power play that the Black Dragons open up is a potential solution to covering fire templates put down by Stormwall. The combination of Iron Zeal and Undying Loyalty give the Pikemen about a 75% survival rate when charging through a template. If you can get enough of them into a charge position under Battle Lust it will go a long way towards solving Stormwall problems. Their higher base arm, and shield wall also does a lot to get them there alive versus pow 10 shooting an electricity. It at least makes it a game. The third power play the Pikemen can do is to stack shield wall and Iron Zeal....

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MoM’s Podcast #41 – A Warmachine and Hordes Podcast

Posted by on 10:33 am

  MoM’s Podcast #41 — A Warmachine and Hordes Podcast Topics:   ** Sorry for the Sound Issues everyone.   We were battling the equipment all night.  Posted anyway as I think there is a lot of enjoyable stuff going on.  ** 0:04:15 = Announcements 0:14:30 = Detroit Battle Report 0:40:30 = News 0:56:00 = Convergence of Cyriss 1:33:45 = Templecon Review   Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 2:45:31 — 75.8MB)Subscribe: Android |...

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Team ATL Legion Podcast

Posted by on 10:55 pm

We have a guest expert for Legion, Neutralyze! Here is the Team ATL Legion Podcast. Hope y’all enjoy it. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 2:12:06 — 52.9MB)Subscribe: Android |...

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Epic FM Episode 3

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  Epic FM Episode 3 now available from the Midlands contingent of Epic Flail; Liam, Phil and Tom. Enjoy 🙂   Time stamps 1.00 UK Rankings 2.30 UK Invitational Reports 30.00 Colossal’s at 35 48.00 Rampager pkreoss 57.00 Dojo lists   Feedback as always too @EpicFM_podcast or           Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:16:31 — 70.0MB)Subscribe: Android |...

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