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FUMBBL is without doubt the largest Blood Bowl league in existence. Thousands of players from all over the world have the opportunity to go at it on the field of honour (or dishonour, if you prefer!). The setup of FUMBBL consists of three main parts:
The basic idea is that you sign up on the Web site and make yourself a team in one of the divisions. Then you jump into chat and find an opponent who is in the same division. Once the two of you are ready, you can play your game and the result of your match is automatically uploaded back to the site. Now you're ready to manage your team by buying new players and picking skills... and then you can go at it again!
FUMBBL is created, owned and maintained by our commissioner, Christer. Mr-Klipp was instrumental in bringing about the automation that's made it possible for the site to truly flourish, and there are dozens of admins of various seniority who keep the site ticking smoothly.
Blood Bowl is a board game of fantasy football made by Games Workshop. You need to own a copy to use the JavaBBowl program, so you should know the answer to this question already. Run out to your local games store and buy a copy or order it at www.Games-Workshop.com.
FFB is a free program that simulates Games Workshop's Blood Bowl board game. It will run on any computer that can run relatively recent versions of Java.
In most divisions games are arranged through IRC chat. If you're not familiar with IRC, it's basically similar to Instant Messaging - you type what you want to 'say' and the other people who are on the same channel can 'hear' you and reply. For instructions on how to install and set up IRC click here. Any time of day or night you will likely find dozens of members to chat with or play against.
Yes, it really is free. With two tiny caveats.
First of all, as mentioned earlier, you need to own a copy of the Blood Bowl board game to play. An older version is fine and the latest version of the rulebook is available at the Games Workshop website. If you don't have a copy, run out and get one! It's good stuff and you can usually find used copies off eBay if cash is tight.
Secondly, it's in no way mandatory but the creator and commissioner of FUMBBL does accept donations through PayPal to help pay for the server and Internet connection. Join up, try a few games, and if you think you're going to stick around and get countless hours of entertainment out of all the hard work that everyone has put in, then give a donation, a couple of dollars to help keep it running.