Hey Guys, the Blue Baron here with an unboxing of the base game of Dreadball Xtreme from Mantic Games. I got this from the Kickstarter but they said they send just the base game so this should be an apples to apples comparison of what you will find when it comes out. WARNING!!! This will be very VERY picture heavy. Feel free to click on them to get a better view. I did the best I could with the camera as this came Friday evening and I post Saturday morning. If you have anything specific you’d like to see again or better, let me know in the forums.
We start out of course with the box. Yay box….
We open it up to find the rule book. Its got everything you need to play with some nice pictures as well.
And here’s a picture of the two teams included. This will be helpful for later when I show you pictures of the models to help match them up.
Of course you can’t have a board game without counters. (Well, you can, but I haven’t seen one)
Here the dice, decals, and deck of cards used in the game.
The cards are split into two decks: Special moves, which let you do extra actions on your turn, and Sabotage, which lets you give your enemies a surprise or defend yourself.
example of special moves,
Next up is the board itself. This is made of a mousepad like material. Similar to Muse on Mini’s Steam Roller zones.
Home team is blue and visitors are yellow. Since the game lets you build a team before every game the bases included in the game are tinted blue and yellow.
If the board looks a bit sparse for an underground blood sport you’d be right! included is some hard plastic terrain.
Which makes pillars, big crates, small crates, and your strike post. Strike posts are used to score.
One of the interesting things is that the small crates are potentially booby-trapped. the little crates have interchangeable lids that have various levels of pyrotechnics, or not.
The first team included in the box are the convicts. Now you can mix and match with the other team or free agents but one of the sponsors in the box is a corrupt prison warden so he gets them on the cheap.
Here’s the sponsor.
First off we have the strikers. These guys and gals are best for scoring points. There are two poses. I’ve shown front and back where possible
Next up is the guard. He doesn’t handle the ball but beats up the other player. Since this is compatible with the original Dreadball, they have included parts to upgrade the guard to a goal keeper.
The jacks are an in between of the two rolls. They can do pretty much anything, but not as well as a dedicated position player. Again, 2 poses here.
Last up we have the prone markers for the convicts. Something fun to note if you haven’ already are the explosive collars on the convicts. The coach can choose to detonate these during the game. The prone marker seems to be worried that he’s next to go.
The other team included in the box are the Kalyshi Pirates.
They are led by the notorious outlaw Blaine.
2 poses of strikers.
2 poses of jacks. This team doesn’t come standard with guards.
Here’s the prone marker.
The box does come with free agents to help bulk out the teams. So the Kalyshi can grab a couple of bruisers for a bit more cash.
Being fairly easy to find, you can put training robots on your team. Here are the striker and guard robots.
There are some weird gribbly aliens like the tree beast, or the blood sucker.
Here’s a weird guy that rolls into a ball like Samus from Metroid.
There are tiny monkey men who work great in pairs.
The Pusk is a pig ram thing. I want him in my team.
And last is my favorite model in the box. A Yndig Reaver. I think this guy oozes character. He’s got an eyepatch and a bad attitude.
Whelp, that’s it for DBX. I hope you’ve enjoyed this. I’ve got a lot of cleaning to do. I hope to get a game in this weekend. If I do I may write up a game report if it’s entertaining enough. Would you guys like to see a game while I’m learning the rules? As always, I’d love to hear from you in the forums.