Blood Bowl as spectator sport

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Blood Bowl as spectator sport

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First off: It's important to remember that what people find entertaining can be very hard to explain. Golf is a sport that a lot of people watch, both in person and on TV. Darts is often broadcast too. To me, the idea that Baroque Music is relevant in Aerodynamics is more understandable than people wanting to watch Darts.

What I do want to know though, is Blood Bowl fun for people to watch? How can we make it more fun to watch?

In short: Blood Bowl as Spectator Sport - Discuss.
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I think it would be great to watch live but hard to watch on TV - too much action "off the ball" - would be hard for camera's to capture the full spectacle and catch all relevant actions.

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Are you talking from the Fluff perspective, Greg? Because I'm talking about watching two people play a game of Blood Bowl.
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Spitballing:

Commentary - both actual game commentary and/ or Faux- Sports commentary.

Awesomely painted/ converted minis for all teams. Similarly a top quality custom board.

Maybe a dice cam (under the dice cups) like they do in Pro Poker?
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High lights reel for regulation 2-2.5 hr games or maybe 7s as the T20 of the BB viewing world :P
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Big thumbs up for the 'dice-cam under the cup' idea. Grumpsh is the only person I know who rolls the dice before he knows what he's using them for. As a spectator it could occasionally be fun to know in advance what the next dice roll would be.

The T20 of Blood Bowl is perhaps what intrigues me. What rule changes would come about if we tried to make Blood Bowl more spectator friendly?
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Moraiwe wrote:The T20 of Blood Bowl is perhaps what intrigues me. What rule changes would come about if we tried to make Blood Bowl more spectator friendly?
Not necessarily a rule change, but spectator participation via a revised kick-off table would be fun O0
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Are you talking from the Fluff perspective, Greg? Because I'm talking about watching two people play a game of Blood Bowl.
Yep - I skimmed your post and thought you meant "if it was a real sport would it be good on tv".

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The 3DBlock podcast did some grand final games for their league that were great fun to listen to, and they went for ages. Given the right commentary team I imagine a live game could be quite entertaining.
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D_Arquebus wrote:Spitballing:Maybe a dice cam (under the dice cups) like they do in Pro Poker?
Slight flaw with this idea, it wouldn't show the correct numbers if planted in the table. So the camera would actually need to be in the cup to see the displayed numbers.

It is a fun idea being able to see the dice before hand, but this could actually make the game go longer if the coaches had to wait a moment to let the viewers see before they just get on with the game.

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You'd need a pretty comprehensive on-screen overlay explaining skills at play and highlighting potential squares for pushes and so on.
That tabletop show with Whill Wheeton seemed to do a pretty good job when they reviewed bloodbowl, but that was only a brief overview not a full game.

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burn wrote:That tabletop show with Whill Wheeton seemed to do a pretty good job when they reviewed bloodbowl, but that was only a brief overview not a full game.
Wait, when did that happen?
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Gunnar wrote:
D_Arquebus wrote:Spitballing:Maybe a dice cam (under the dice cups) like they do in Pro Poker?
Slight flaw with this idea, it wouldn't show the correct numbers if planted in the table. So the camera would actually need to be in the cup to see the displayed numbers.
Not with the standard D6 layout (ie 1/6, 2/5, 3/4). D8 and Block dice would be trickier but can be done if you use a standard set provided by the organiser.

I'd actually like to see this. We already do something similar at Euc as is, when you have the top guys playing on the sweet boards. But yeah, would require a LOT of prep work with well built & painted teams & a cool stadium. Plus matching tokens, bases etc for an exhibition game if you wanted to go that far.

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You can actually watch games in Cyanide and I have watched a few games in my division, or the finals.

I really dont like watching sports usually but when the score will have an impact on my team position (or I try to suss out a potential opponent technique) I quite like it.
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Borzag wrote:
Gunnar wrote:
D_Arquebus wrote:Spitballing:Maybe a dice cam (under the dice cups) like they do in Pro Poker?
Slight flaw with this idea, it wouldn't show the correct numbers if planted in the table. So the camera would actually need to be in the cup to see the displayed numbers.
Not with the standard D6 layout (ie 1/6, 2/5, 3/4). D8 and Block dice would be trickier but can be done if you use a standard set provided by the organiser.

I'd actually like to see this. We already do something similar at Euc as is, when you have the top guys playing on the sweet boards. But yeah, would require a LOT of prep work with well built & painted teams & a cool stadium. Plus matching tokens, bases etc for an exhibition game if you wanted to go that far.

Cheers!

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