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2020-05-23 01:51:54
rating 6
2020-05-12 09:19:27
rating 5.5
2020-04-20 20:22:50
rating 5.5
2020-03-30 05:53:58
rating 6
2020-01-22 06:16:19
rating 6


2019-06-08 07:08:24
rating 5.9
2019-05-13 07:09:56
rating 6
2019-04-09 17:41:29
rating 5.9
2019-02-27 17:15:19
rating 5.9
2019-01-29 15:32:11
rating 6
2019-01-13 14:15:24
rating 5


2018-11-05 18:29:07
rating 6
2018-10-21 15:47:08
rating 5.9
2018-10-17 15:49:27
rating 6
2019-01-21 15:54:47
10 votes, rating 6
Where am I now? - a status report after 44 matches.
After (what I realise now) was a lot of frustration in Ranked when it felt like I could only seem to get a match when the other player was looking for somebody without any tackle (or without much strength, or possibly a combination of the two) I went off to the Box, thinking it couldn't get any worse, and besides, the Black Box Trophy was beckoning and I like numbers.

First match, I think, was in the executive lounge of Taipei airport, a strange place made of chrome and black leather, redolent of a strip club from a 1980s film. But with more hot dogs. Executive travellers like hot dogs, apparently. I played Eldritchfox's goblins, my ogre got a smashed hip, it was a draw. That was on the 19th of October. I didn't win a match until the 9th of December, and I remember some of that match through a cloud of elation, because it was Dark Elf bullshittery at its best - a continued ignorance of good positioning, where I was protected by good luck and a bit of blodge. And that was before Jahan Lenn'nn'on II decided to turn into an AG5 trinket to dazzle my opponents.

It only took 8 more matches (and somebody playing a conceptually interesting but really quite fragile all-skeleton Undead team) for me to get another win. It's nice to see that Old Schoole are looking more threatening (I imagine if I'd come up against them now, I'd probably have come a cropper). Thirteen more games after that before I was blessed with another win - that time with the Nice Chaps vs a team of Underworld Denizens.

I think I must have learned something from all of this:

  1. I don't sprint as fast as I can when I get the ball, and then realise my ballcarrier is alone, 3 squares from the end zone, and about to be reduced to paste, any more. Much.

  2. Apart from with my beloved goblins I have tried to rid myself of my addiction to fouling except when absolutely necessary.
    On the other hand, although it feels like I'm starting to grasp the basics of defence, when I do get the ball I tend to get in a mad panic and if I do score against you, it was probably luck rather than judgement.

  3. I have played too much in the departure areas of different airports. I hope that teaches me something about decision making under pressure.

  4. My poor battered Chaps, who don't seem to have had a complete roster since their first match, have now finished 16 games, as I rush and rush and rush to catch up, coming late to the Box Trophy, many games behind where I want to be.

  5. If I play two teams of the same race, I get really confused. My main league team in the SWL are goblins, so I've had to avoid playing Only In It For The Glory in the box very much (and they got maimed so badly in their first match that they couldn't even get a game again until a helpful admin unreadied them so I could spend them up to a reasonable TV). Likewise, if I try to play my human team in Ranked I can't figure out where my fast blitzers are, and I dread to think what will happen the first time I roll a fresh Dark Elf team that I haven't filled with blodgers and guard.

What I don't know, and I wonder how to figure this out, is whether I am improving or not. Right now I've played such a variety of different teams, with a succession of different teams of my own (and the fairly-developed Chaps I have now are hardly the team they started as) so I don't know whether to excuse my horrendous loss ratio as being due to constant surprises at new players and tactics, or if that excuse doesn't wash any more and I should really have the basics down by now.
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Posted by ben_awesome on 2019-01-21 15:58:22
I think you have a better win rate than I :-)
Posted by koadah on 2019-01-21 16:30:19
145 Club

Posted by spelledaren on 2019-01-21 16:51:29
Good reflection.
Posted by Rbthma on 2019-01-21 18:13:22
I wouldn't worry so much about losses - you've been playing a lot of agility sides and non tier 1 races to start and that can easily go wrong. Some coaches like to focus on a single team and that works well for them - I like to play several different teams/races as the mood takes me. Learning BB can take time and some effort, so keep it fun above all as that will keep you playing. Check out some of the pinned articles on the 145 discord too!
Posted by Mattius on 2019-01-21 18:45:15
I'm 1000 games in, getting close to 50% win/loss overall and even then i still do stupid stuff :D
Posted by JackassRampant on 2019-01-21 19:12:59
FUMBBL is a journey, not a destination. Keep choppin' wood, dude, and learn to enjoy it all as it comes: the vicissitudes create the drama, and your story as a coach is the sum total of your experiences over time. Soldier on!
Posted by Klazam on 2019-01-21 19:40:11
Replying to your last paragraph -"horrendous loss ratio" - nah, dont worry about that. I'm only approaching like 40% wins on my record, at nearly 600 games in. When you're starting off, focus on your decision making and learning teams. You'll get there!
Posted by MrCushtie on 2019-01-22 15:10:44
Thanks for the encouragement! 145 has been another godsend (although I suppose another realisation is I can read the articles again and again, but sadly it's only the sound of players dying that really drives the learnings home).

[url=https://fumbbl.com/p/match?id=4040414]100th game[/url] today across Box, Ranked and League, and finished it in style. As in, 1 team member left on the pitch on the last turn, lying in a crumped heap. :-)
Posted by Rbthma on 2019-01-22 16:43:13
Remember also that I can do match reviews - best if it's a close match that was lost that you thought you could win. Also best if it's a good race/team...stuff like goblins is a bit random ;)
Posted by Civ on 2019-01-22 17:45:17
You're very fun to play against, and in the end fun is the goal of Blood Bowl :) Keep plugging away and you'll keep improving
Posted by luxyluxo on 2019-01-22 18:03:20
There is beauty in suffering :-) , but eventually you will be come an awesome coach...over 1000 games and I am still waiting to be come a great coach lol