Gaming on a budget – The Challenge (Month 3 – Part 6)

Happy nearly weekend Mancavers!  Its Friday and some geek time approaches!

In the latest in my series of articles on gaming on a budget we approach Month 3.  To recap, the aim is to spend no more than £30 a month on a single game or items related to that game.  Looking at all the available options I decided to invest in Guildball, a low fantasy game of brutal football.  Some LARPing friends had already gotten into it and it was new.  I had previously played Blood Bowl before and based on Andy Thomas’ review and Alex Cairns hard selling of how awesome this game was I was hooked.

In Month 1 I bought the Fishermens Starter Set for Guildball by Steamforged Games plus Kraken.  I was slightly over budget at about £34.  Month two saw me buy some new players in Jac and Greyscales and invest in some nice thematic resin bases to base my team on.  Now we’re in Month 3…..what to get?

Well looking at what I may need or want I could have purchased the Season 1 Rulebook but part of the charm for this game is the availability of downloadable free rules so we can wait for that.  The Rules retail for £21-95 in the webstore but you can grab a bargain on eBay for around £19-20.

Fishermens Guild Rules – Season 1 – http://guildball.com/downloads/FishermanGuild_Season01.pdf

Guildball Rules – Season 1 – http://guildball.com/downloads/GuildBall_Season01.pdf

Quickstart Rules – http://guildball.com/ratty-images/GuildBall-QuickStart.pdf

Paper Templates for Playing – http://guildball.com/downloads/GuildBall_Templates_Tokens_Season01.zip

Guildball Rules

Guildball Rules

Guildball Season 1 Rulebook

Guildball Season 1 Rulebook

Other options included special Fishermen dice to play the game, again these are more of a luxury item as they are only “pimped” d6.  Again they can wait for another day.   They’re £17-95 from the webstore but cheaper via eBay or other retailers.

Fishermens Dice for Guildball

Fishermens Dice for Guildball

The game uses a lot of tokens and token sets for each team have been produced.  Again this wasn’t considered a necessity for me as I can print and play some tokens to keep this game as budget as possible.  I may pick them up in later months and you need not buy team specific tokens either, generic ones are available in the webstore.

Guildball Bleed Tokens

Guildball Bleed Tokens

Guildball Burning Tokens

Guildball Burning Tokens

Guildball Icy Sponge Tokens

Guildball Icy Sponge Tokens

Guildball Knocked Down Tokens

Guildball Knocked Down Tokens

Guildball Plot Cards and Tokens

Guildball Plot Cards and Tokens

Guildball Poison Tokens

Guildball Poison Tokens

Fishermens tokens from Guildball

Fishermens tokens from Guildball

Fishermen tokens for Guildball

Fishermen tokens for Guildball

There was also the possibility of getting a shiny gold embossed card for my Fishermens captain Shark.  I think that would defeat the object of “gaming on a budget” as that goes beyond the realms of luxury item.

Oooooo....shiny gold embossed Shark card

Oooooo….shiny gold embossed Shark card

So what could I get this month?  Well there was still the small mater of something to play the game on, a pitch.  One of the guys from Bristol Vanguard Gaming Club had produced a really good tiff file for the pitch and engaged a company called Pixelart printing to produce cheap vinyl pitches.  Once my pitch arrived I was very happy with the final results.  It was a great deal too at only £13!!!!  Details to order one for yourselves are shown below:-

Vinyl Guildball pitch

Vinyl Guildball pitch

So for those that wish to use this and get one printed themselves, here are a few instructions for you 🙂

Dropbox link to image –https://www.dropbox.com/s/wk9ir8j1abxqm0c/Guild%20Ball%20Grass%20Mat.tif?dl=0

Link to order – http://www.pixartprinting.co.uk/wide-format/printing-banners-mesh/pvc-banner/

Options you will need to change:

  • Quantity – 1 or higher
  • Width – 91.44
  • Height – 91.44
  • Delivery window – For cheapest price select the right hand most option (Cheapest option) Will arrive in around 10 days

Once you order you will need to upload the artwork to them, you will need to download the above .tiff file and upload it using their tool.

A few things to note. Although this is a UK company, it is printed and posted from Italy via courier (I believe it’s TNT, so don’t be surprised when you suddenly get a shipping notification from Italy). The mats will be pretty slippery for the first few uses. The more you use them the less slippery they become.

Now I have a playing surface I may need to actually move miniatures around on it, play the game, scatter the ball and do all sorts of things that game templates are used for and to do this I will need to grab me a set of templates.  They are available via the webstore for £10-95 plus around £2-80 postage and packing.  I managed to grab a deal on eBay that saved me a pound and a bit.  It was £9-85 plus P&P.

eBay Guildball Templates

eBay Guildball Templates

Webstore Guildball Templates

Webstore Guildball Templates

Lastly I wanted to invest in the final missing player for my Guildball team, Salt, the team mascot.  I hunted around and found a deal on eBay for him.  You can also buy from Steamforged directly on the link below:-

http://store.guildball.com/

Fishermen Team Mascot, Salt.

Fishermen Team Mascot, Salt.

So without buying some rather un-budget items I pretty much stayed around my budget of £30.  If you made a pitch rather than using a vinyl printing service you would save money.  Ive seen some very good pitches made for a few quid and a few hours work.  Its very easy to keep costs down here.  I may make a pitch eventually so will share some ideas etc.  What was this months total spend?

Salt – £6-85 (including delivery)

Guildball Pitch – £13 (including delivery)

Guildball templates – £12-65

Total – £32-50

So again a little overspend caused by delivery charges.  Next month might see me purchase a token set but for now I’ll keep using print and play tokens.

Im off now to trawl through some bins and my bits box to find some decent bits to make myself some goals for my Fishermen team.  I’ll be hunting around at boot fairs etc for piratey bits and models ships to make some scenery for my Fishermen inspired pitch and scenery.  Despite having laughed off the pirate theme previously I think it may work for my team so we’ll go with it.  It may also help me to come up with a name for my team.

Over and out for now!  Happy gaming Mancavers!

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