Sired's Bloodbath - Sept. 22-24 2018 - Orange County CA.

  • From my Patron Hambone…

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  • Hambone and Zen Cube… they took home the Bronze.

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  • War Party with teammate Corpo24 and VK Cowboy with teammate Argothair for Gold… VK Cowboy and Argothair’s team took it.

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  • Wartorn, Dtroy, Siredblood, and GI Joe…

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  • Siredblood’s awesome customization skills…


  • From Hambone’s Games…


  • From Hambone’s Games…


  • From Hambone’s Games…


  • Cheers to all my Patrons that attended and shared pictures on my Patreon Page throughout the weekend…. Congratulations to Siredblood for putting together an awesome gaming event.

    VK Cowboy
    GI Joe
    J Davis


  • Sounds like it was an awesome time.  So now that you guys got so many games in over the weekend how did the bloodbath rules workout in terms of balance, length of games, strategy, and just plain old fun factor?  I haven’t actually played the rules yet but I’ve researched the rules and it’s 100% up my alley.

  • 2020 2019 2018 2017 '16

    I was really, really impressed.

    Balance: Damn near even, no real need for a bid. I commented earlier about an Allied advantage, but it evaporated once SiredBlood finished teaching us how to use your paratroopers. Turns out you can send paratroopers from Berlin to Tobruk on turn 1 even though there are no German units in Tobruk, because the Italian units there are good enough. Similarly, shucking an extra 4 units from Tokyo directly into Yunnan as Japan is a game-changer, as is the ability (as Japan) to ignore the money islands – if you take Burma, China, and India, you’re still collecting 20 IPCs in bonus NO money, which is plenty, especially with the Shipyards tech that you can nearly guarantee on turn 4. Long-Range Aircraft for Japan is also amazing, since you can leave your planes in China or Burma and still have them hit US carriers. I have some minor concerns about the German ability to carry on with the standard attack against the two main British fleets – because strategic bombers now only attack for one round of combat, and because cruisers now defend on a 4 when paired with a battleship, you really have to bring all your subs into the London fleet battles on G1 if you want better than 50% odds to win them both against a scramble, so the Canadian, Gibraltar, and Welsh fleets will all survive in the new ‘orthodox’ opening. This is maybe not so terrible, though – it’s not necessarily fun for most games to start off with a totally dead British Atlantic fleet. I’m just curious how Germany is supposed to gain an edge after this type of double-fleet attack…the only new German NO is from having 5+ subs on the board, so if you spend your subs attacking the British ships at less-than-OOB efficiency, then it can be hard to get to Moscow in only 8 turns when you have to pay for your own factories in Leningrad and Ukraine because the Russians retreated east and left you with scorched, snowy earth. Russian lend-lease can also be powerful, depending on how you roll: once you’re at war with Russia, they get an extra 3 IPC NO plus a random piece each turn on a roll of 5 or less. If the lend-lease misses or delivers something less valuable, like a destroyer, no big deal. If it comes up tank + fighter, that can be a game changer. I might add one more small NO for Germany. 3 IPCs for no Allied warships in the Baltic Sea? 3 IPCs for holding the Atlantic Wall territories? 3 IPCs for Yugoslavia, Greece, Albania, Romania, and Bulgaria? Something like that. I also miss the American NO from Balanced Mod where you get 5 IPCs for Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia if you’ve got an American land unit in at least one of them.

    Length of Games: About 11 hours on average, as far as I could tell. Some were a bit faster, especially if one side conceded early; others went a few more hours if one of the teams had analysis paralysis or wandered off for a really long lunch. On Days 2 and 3 we slowed down around 8 pm out of exhaustion and a general desire to socialize. I think we could probably cut the game length down to 10 hours by using slightly different time controls – we need a chess clock, not a kitchen timer – but this is still a big improvement over OOB Global, which is typically either a 2-day event or an 8 am to 2 am marathon.

    Strategy: Lots of it! Lots of options based on which victory points you want to target, what theaters you want to play in, what techs you want to research, and whether you want to focus on land, sea, or air. Railroads add some fantastic new configurations of troops, as do retreating Russian factories, so you don’t see the same scripted march to Bryansk with the stack-o-doom in every game. We saw successful Sea Lions, neutral crushes, attacks on Cairo, the USA taking Tokyo, Tokyo taking India, Tokyo taking Honolulu, Germany mopping up every single Russian territory, Russia trading Warsaw and Romania…so much replay value here.

    Plain Old Fun Factor: Yes. If you have 10 to 12 hours to spare, a huge table, and an easygoing, intelligent opponent, this is the way to spend it, full stop.

  • Liaison TripleA '11 '10

    Wow photos are amazing guys!!!  Sad I missed it!

  • Agreed….I was supposed to play in the tournament but had issues with my cat…she is my family so I had to take care of her…his rules are awesome…not always having to do the same dang thing or purchases

  • Thanks for the thorough response Argothair.  Yeah too cool!  What a weekend it sounded like.  I know when I first read the bloodbath rules I knew how much I’d like to implement them.  The one rule I wasn’t totally sold on was the bombers being transports but this is likely because I think I’ll have air transports eventually although only carrying one unit.  I like that they only fire once though.  Anyways the rules sound like they really open things up from the scripted game so I’m sold.  Glad you guys had a blast.

  • 2017 '16 Customizer

    Thanks for posting pics YG, and the run down Argothair, I’m so tired, I’ll do a report this weekend, I was called back to work 2 days early, sorry was unable to keep everyone in the loop 😞

  • 2017 '16 '15 Organizer '14 Customizer '13 '12 '11 '10

    Hey Blood, why was no live action video created….and secondly where are my goods?

    Yea i know you were busy… 😐

  • 2017 '16 Customizer


    Hey Blood, why was no live action video created….and secondly where are my goods?

    Yea i know you were busy… 😐

    Video is a lame story, what goods? Your box was delivered well over 2 months ago.

    The new dice area? Still looking into it

  • 2020 2019 2018 2017 '16 '15 '14 Customizer '13

    From what Ive seen and heard awesome job siredblood !!!

  • SFO Founder TripleA Admin

    Is there a thread for this year’s event? I can’t seem to find it.

  • 2017 '16 Customizer

    @djensen sorry for delay, got it posted 🙂

  • 2017 '16 '15 Organizer '14 Customizer '13 '12 '11 '10

    Boss can i attend as a fill in player or just show up to chat??? I want to buy anything custom you made, and would like to learn about your painting technique. I am reading the manual BTW.

  • 2017 '16 Customizer

    @Imperious-Leader - sounds good brother! I’ll forward you the data.

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