Dreadball Xtreme on Kickstarter

Dreadball_logoOnce again Mantic are taking to Kickstarter for their next game project instead of fronting the capital themselves. I like Mantic, I like their games and…well, their models are okay, but I’m disappointed that they are once again using crowd funding. Aside from the obvious, and worn out, argument that that’s not what Kickstarter is for: surely they must know by now that if they produce a Dreadball game it’ll make money?

But what do I know? Of the $100,000 target (no you’re not reading that wrong), they’ve raised over $275,000 with 22 days to go.

So what is it? Well, basically it’s street Dreadball. It’s Necromunda meets Blood Bowl. No really. It’s Dreadball without the rules and copious amounts of gang violence. They may as well have named it Dreadbowl or Bloodball.

But it does also look pretty tasty. And the quality of the models seems to be much higher this time although there’s still on 3 variants. Again. The stretch goals also hint at where they’re taking the game. Which is, obviously, in a very similar direction to Dreadball only not. For a start there’s different game modes which can mean lots more players on the…er…pitch? Which certainly adds an interesting dynamic to a game that relied on careful team balancing.

However, despite the models, cool new playing arena and all that joy, I kinda feel like people will be buying the same game only with a different box.

As always, though, we shall reserve judgement until we get our grubby little mits on a copy.

If you’re interested in the Kickstarter, click here.

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One thought on “Dreadball Xtreme on Kickstarter

  1. Dreadball is something I’ve kind of looked at and kept watch on from the corner of my eye but without committing to it. Especially after I backed Deadzone and have a huge amount of stuff for that. I must say I was/am tempted by this version of the game.

    I have the same reservations as you about the constant resorting to Kickstarter, but I suppose, if you can get the general public to effectively pay for your development costs why shouldn’t you sit back and enjoy the profits? It’s not a business model I think has a long term future for sustained growth, but then, hasn’t it always been about getting money here and now?

    I’m sure we can all think of another company in the same sector that has a similar stance on their money.

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