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NAFC 2012
So, upon the 19th and 20th of May this year, the NAF will once again run the NAF Championship at Warhammer World, Nottingham, UK.

The NAFC used to be called the Blood Bowl, or the BB Grand Tournament (or GT), one of Table Top Blood Bowl’s four ‘major’ tournaments. It’s from the fluff in the rulebook, so far as I know (I can’t really read, so that may be wrong. I’m dictating this to a small child I employ). You and your 1.05M Blood Bowl team will enter a field of some of Europe’s best and brightest coaches (and SillySod), gaining a skill a game and forgetting injuries in the time honoured progression tournament tradition, battling it out over 6 games for the ultimate prize. Well, I say ultimate, it’s only top of the pops until Gladiators or Robot Wars comes back on the telly. Or – someone commissions my pet project ‘Robot Gladiator Wars’, trust me, it’ll be mint. It’s no longer called the Blood Bowl because GW realised it was better for the NAF to run it (since they’d seen a BB board before in their lives), and they were prissy over the name, or something. That might not be true; I only paraphrase the bits I’ve read off of the internet, but I left out thing bit about GW being responsible for JockMcRowdy. I’m pretty sure that was a lie, and some sort of botched experiment is to blame there. But, anyway, it’s the same tournament.

There are many good reasons whilst you should attend this event. It is romantic and pleasant to attend Warhammer World, the headquarters of our grand masters, Games Workshop (although, for copyright reasons, I should probably point out that FUMBBL is entirely interested in Fantasy Football, not Blood Bowl, and that any reference made that crosses that boundary is the error of an illiterate, and not a reason to serve Christer with a winding up order…). The Bugmans Bar, the gloriously painted minatures, the huge Space Marine guy that you see on the way in. You’re a nerd, you’ll like it. You might even meet Gandalf, or something.

Another good reason is the gravitas of the tournament. It’s probably the biggest (in terms of the volume of coaches) Europe will offer this year (might be stretching it there, but it’ll be in the top three or four), so when you’re stood at the front looking a plonker with the trophy, you really can call yourself King of the Nerds. Bully for you. I’ll make you a tin foil crown.

But, I hear you cry, is there more? Of course there is, my boy. You get to meet such FUMBBL luminaries as PeteW, Hitono… However you spell that, JockMcRowdy, SillySod, KFood, Pigstar, Purpledoodah, Cribbleopplebopplemegaword. All those mens, and more, will be lining up like Brogres to attend. There might even be the odd girl, but I can’t guarantee that.

And there is yet more, it’s all for a low, low price what includes da food. There will be Saturday night entertainment. Jervis Johnson often turns up for a look around. You can bring GW down from the inside by drinking their bar dry and inciting a riot. You can watch me boss table football.

Frankly, I don’t go for any of those reasons. I don’t care about Nerdhammer, any sort of gravitas, GW, food or some mythical building from where the hobby is distributed. I play a load of these tabletop things every year, and I never fail to get the most drunk and have the most fun of my twelve months at the NAFC. I like the bar, it’s nice to see so many FUMBBLers that only crawl out of their bedrooms once a year show up, and it’s generally a pleasant weekend outside. I also seem to end up in Rock City most years, although I blame MrStick for feeding me whatever liquor it was that involved me distributing black sick in PeteW’s house last year and keeping spubbbba awake for the 2nd straight year of embarrassing carnage. The thing about the GT is that it brings us all together. All of us like minded Gents who enjoy this game, but moreover, enjoy a pint and a chat about this game. And I like that, I like a gathering.

This blog / post is especially directed at those of you who were me four to five years ago. I said ‘FUMBBL is great, and all, but playing in real life? Really? What kind of goon will I meet? Will they all be horrific geeks? It seems a big deal, I’ve not got a board or the bits to move around… I’ll forget the rules without the client doing it for me… Yada yada’. I turned up, I loved it, I’ve never looked back. Tabletop is full of great characters, great beer and great weekends (and Joemanji, but forget him). We spend so much of our time having fun that the BB is the last thing we care about whilst we’re away for a weekend. At the end of the day, it’s a load of great guys enjoying themselves, brought together by our super embarrassing hobby. And, to be honest, probably less that 5% of them are horrendous geeks with ‘Made to get Laid’ T-shirts on and facefulls of acne. Some of my best friends are nerds, and they’ve even been introduced to the missus.

Don’t be an idiot, get yourself to Nottingham and I’ll consider letting you touch my face. If you’re worried about not having the bits, I’ve no doubt we can rustle some up to use, people are generally super generous in getting people into the hobby and into the addiction. If you beat me, mind, I’ll have you.

Links:

The NAF: http://www.thenaf.net/index.php

The NAFC thread on TFF: http://www.talkfantasyfootball.org/viewforum.php?f=31&sid=816f219684a6a2b22e96ddc2f79e28fb

THE NAFC thread on the NAF site: http://www.thenaf.net/index.php?name=PNphpBB2&file=viewtopic&t=5418

Rules: http://thenaf.net/downloads/NAF_Champ_2012.pdf

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Posted by BooAhl on 2012-03-02 19:01:26
So it just says you can have a new skill before every game, is that a double as well or +stats?
Posted by Purplegoo on 2012-03-02 19:02:14
I believe it's a normal every game, double before game 3. No +stats.
Posted by Purplegoo on 2012-03-02 19:04:09
Although, it does read like all skill picks are normals. Meh, it's one of those two options. :)
Posted by Nightbird on 2012-03-02 19:17:25
Coming from a poor ($$$) American: 'some day, some day.....'
Unfortunately not this day. =(
Posted by PeteW on 2012-03-02 19:29:46
Normal skill before each round.

Also, goo, don't forget the poker. There's always poker.
Posted by Purplegoo on 2012-03-02 19:31:52
A-ha! Poker FTW. Did we have a double last year? Or am I getting muddled with Dungeonbowl...

Anyway, Pete knows, he's helping organise and stuff.
Posted by nazgob on 2012-03-02 20:09:11
Sad to say I'm giving it a miss this year, but everyone should go if they can!
Posted by Gritter on 2012-03-02 21:32:22
I will be unencumbered with the Mrs that month so have no excuses this time!

I finally have a reason to paint summint again! hmmmm

Also, great post Purp :)
Posted by bobafettsmum on 2012-03-02 22:04:01
I'll be there for the 2nd year in a row! Wahoo!!!
Posted by BooAhl on 2012-03-02 22:16:46
Skavens + wizz?
wizz : 150k
2 RRs: 120k
2 SV: 180k
3 GR: 240k
7 Linos: 350k

1040k

Any thoughts?
Posted by Thadrin on 2012-03-02 22:18:39
They've started doing Gladiators over here again.
God only knows why. The presenter's rather easy on the eye though.

See you in Notts. I'll be down the bottom tables cursing my dice and choice of team again.
Posted by Purplegoo on 2012-03-02 22:22:45
Wow, Wizzies are legal?! Were they last year?

Heavy.
Posted by Purplegoo on 2012-03-02 22:34:17
Not that I'd take one, btw. Don't think it's a 6 game winner.

Also, yey, Grit!
Posted by JimmyFantastic on 2012-03-02 22:39:11
Oh dear what a terrible idea allowing wizards lol
Posted by Purplegoo on 2012-03-02 22:41:32
Wizards at 1.05 won't be a factor. I don't even think they're worth it at 1.2 for most teams, you need players not gimmicks on a weekend.

Obviously, a Wizzie will jam some poor bugger, and it'll be awful. But it won't be a winner. :)
Posted by PeteW on 2012-03-02 23:01:00
There were a few wizzies on the rosters I checked last year. The craziest roster was a khemri guy who had brought a halfling cook pot for 300k!

'Goo is right - wizzies are not game winners at this TV. You might pop the ball, but you won't have a player developed enough to capitalise on it. And instead, your lack of depth of roster will equal lots of dead rats and a horrible game position.

I took a wizzie with my rats to my own tourney last year. The broken rules allowed me to have a natural OTS, a SB wrestle rat, a SH 2 heads rat and a clawpomber SV. The wizzie fizzled in two games and I snaked in a third following the wiz. My line rats got destroyed and I finished up 2/2/2 which is pretty poor for me.
Posted by Hitonagashi on 2012-03-02 23:18:31
Aye, remember Ironmanji....almost everyone took a wizzie, except the 3 people that finished 1st and 2nd equal :D.

Besides, come to the NAF! It's awesome!

Booahl:
a) I'll buy you a drink if you take that roster.
b) You won't win anything with that roster.
Posted by JimmyFantastic on 2012-03-02 23:34:22
Does that go for me too, cos I will fully use BooAhls rooster!
Posted by Purplegoo on 2012-03-03 07:54:07
You are aware that roster will only be able to get Piling On twice?

How will you cope? ;)
Posted by Raughri on 2012-03-03 08:32:35
Will be attending (to pop my cherry). Team will be High Elves. To be fair, I can not wait, roll on 19th May. And anyone know of a decent place to stay locally?
Posted by plaguey on 2012-03-03 10:20:25
Hito convinced me to go this year, so I've bought some Zons now I have 3 months to remember how to paint :), see you in Nottingham!!
Posted by Cribbleobblepie on 2012-03-03 10:50:50
I heard that good looking Don_Vito was going instead of Cribbleopplebopplemegaword this year?

Nice post Goo.

PS. Wiz sucks
Posted by Thadrin on 2012-03-03 11:55:45
For a place to stay try the Travellodge Riverside. It should set you back about 80 quid for the weekend and is about ten minutes walk from Warhammer World. Lots of people stop there.
It's not great, but it's a clean room with a half decent bed, and really that's all you need.

Posted by the_Sage on 2012-03-03 17:42:58
1) Nice post!
2) You're a nerd. That's not a bad thing.
3) Most starting rosters shouldn't take a wizard, but one rookie gutter runner is sufficiently developed to take advantage. Unless you can spend that 1050 TV on skill-ups as well as on players and inducements, BooAhl's roster looks pretty nice. You still get 12 rats including 3 GRs? Sounds good to me.
Posted by GAZZATROT on 2012-03-03 19:42:29
Very nice post, wish I could go. Were I in my home town of Leicester I could almost walk, but sadly S.A. is too far. Enjoy though lads! :)
Posted by PainState on 2012-03-03 21:53:45
Just for fun I looked up the cost to get a round trip flight from Dallas to London. Rent a car to drive the 130 miles or so. Rent a hotel room and a nice pocket full of beer money.

It looks like it will cost me somewere in the range of $1600 to $1800 to make the trip. Not including one or two rounds for all the FUMBBLers in the pub at the time.

So basically this comes down to a nice 5 day trip of Blood Bowl OR Dallas Cowboy season tickets. MMMMMM
Posted by pac on 2012-04-06 14:05:12
I reckon my place will be empty. Just don't mess with the books or the anime, okay?