Berks-PA Gaming Club


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Blood Bowl Demo Games

The Berks Gaming Club will be hosting their first Open House Gaming event on Saturday, October 9th, from 6:00PM to 10:00PM. Everyone is welcome to attend.

They will be discussing the formal organization of the Berks Gaming Club, upcoming activities, and will be GAMING!

Any and all games are encouraged (Warhammer, Warhammer 40K, Blood Bowl, Flames of War, etc.). If time permits, there may even be a Blood Bowl demo for those who are looking into starting that game.

The event will be held at the Muhlenberg Recreation Center, 3025 River Rd., Reading, PA.

We will be looking to host Demo games of Blood Bowl using the new Living Rule Book 6.0 rules.  We will have 2 boards and 4 teams readily available and can run players through a full half of game play to get a feel for what Blood Bowl is really like.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

AGBBL Launches Season 10 !!!

Here it is sports fans!   The Adventuer's Guild Blood Bowl League located in scenic Harrisburg, Pennsylvania is ready to launch the 10th hard-core season of the AGBBL.

A fantastic mix of players ranging in skill from rookie neophytes to tournament champions will take to the pitch, block dice in hand, and miniatures ready for what is perhaps the greatest game ever created by Games Workshop (In my own humble opinion).
Last season was not one of my best, as I took to the pitch with a "vanilla" Human Team:  The Couronne Panthers (from Bretonnia).    This will be my 8th season with the AGBBL (Steel Thunder Mike), as I met up with these fellows in Season 2, started back in 2003, and I took another season off for personal life.   

All I can say is that these folks know Blood Bowl.    The common joke slogan around the Adventurer's Guild is that "Blood Bowl is Life",   Sure it's just a gaming phrase, but these guys really have their act together when it comes to running a football season and tournaments.   Playing on a board is one thing, but to play on completely built stadiums and textured fields, much like one one build for wargaming terrain, makes the game much more enjoyable.

Information can be gleaned upon their website:,  and rookie players in the local area looking to set up their teams to play in an "open-style" league plan can simply click on the "Open League" section of the AGBBL home page.

As for the veterans and serious players looking to keep a committment to a scheduled 8-game league, Season 10 is looking to open in the middle of September.   

When the PABBL is ready to start their league and season, we will be using a similar format to the AGBBL.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Welcome to Berks PA Blood Bowl!

Well, this is just the beginnings of what I hope to become an excellent resource.  

We here at the Berks PA Gaming Club are looking to reach out and expand our network and find other gamers in the area, in hopes of uniting us and creating an even larger player base, sharing information, and just having more fun in general.

I am hosting the Blood Bowl portion of our game club, as I have the most experience.   My name is Mike, I go by Steel Thunder in the gaming community.    I've been involved in Blood Bowl for around 8 years now.    I was introduced into the hobby by some local friends after getting my start with Warhammer Fantasy Battles.
Blood Bowl was simply a natural transition.   In my opinion, it is by far the best of the Specialist games ever made by GW.   It combines the elements of football and fantasy wargaming with the silliness of a circus and the hype and entertainment of professional wrestling.

What's really nice about Blood Bowl is that you only need 16 models to fill a complete roster.  So it's not a very expensive hobby to delve into, it's extremely fun and there are several online groups that support the expansion of the game.
I will be posting more information to come, but just wanted to get this site up and running.     Once we start finding out how many local players are interested, I will be scheduling demo games and start introducing folks into one of the most entertaining games one could ever get involved in.

I currently own 5 teams: Human, Dwarf, Orc, Chaos Dwarf, and Chaos Pact (but could be run as Norse as well).   I've played in local leagues and extensively in the AGBBL, the Adventurer's Guild Blood Bowl League based in Harrisburg, PA.   The folks at the AGBBL have been very supportive to us, and run full season Blood Bowl Leagues with 20-32 players a season.  
From Blood Bowl
The folks at the AGBBL also tour the tournament circuit and host many tournaments, with a roving band known as "The Harrisburg Mafia" that tend to win a large portion of awards at most major tournaments they attend.    We are fortunate to have access to the players at the Adventurer's Guild also to help mentor our players and invite us to play in their leagues as well.
Other resources to look into are:
The NAF  (Nuffle Amorical Football), this is the site that supports the hobby world wide.   Annual memebership also includes a set of Block Dice, which are needed to play Blood Bowl.

* Impact Miniatures:  The folks here are an independent company that support table top fantasy football and have a line of minaitures and excellent figure cases to help support the hobby.