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Guildball: Kickoff Review

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Guildball: Kickoff - Steamforged Games $75.00
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Game title: Guildball: Kickoff Review

Game description: Choose your Guild. Choose your Captain. Choose your Squad. Guild Ball is a fast action-packed game of Mob Football for two players. Choose a Guild and head to the pitch. Earn victory by playing the beautiful game, or by sending your opponent home in a wooden box.

Overall
4
  • Play (Mechanics)
  • Presentation (Art/Quality)
  • Plan (Rules)

Summary

It’s been a long time since I first reviewed Guildball. In fact, it was all the way back in 2016, shortly after the game’s release. The Guildball: Kickoff set was released a bit after and I’ve been trying to get my hands one ever since. Well, I finally did and I love the new direction Guildball has taken over the past few years.

Pros

Amazing minis / artwork Exciting gameplay Extremely customizable

Cons

Rules heavy The rule book is very dry The tutorial isn’t a very helpful primer

Full Guildball: Kickoff Review

It’s been a long time since I first reviewed Guildball. In fact, it was all the way back in 2016, shortly after the game’s release. The Guildball: Kickoff set was released a bit after and I’ve been trying to get my hands one ever since. Well, I finally did and I love the new direction Guildball has taken over the past few years.

For those unfamiliar, Guildball is a fantasy-based game of Mob Football (soccer) where Guild-sponsored teams compete by playing The Beautiful Game or killing each other off. Each Guild has a different play style and a roster of players that can be chosen and sent out on the pitch. Two teams are included with the Kickoff set, The Brewers and The Masons. I also have some Butchers and Fishermen from my first review, but I left them out of the game for now.

Guildball: Kickoff includes everything you need to play, unlike when the game first came out and you needed to purchase a team, tokens, rule book, a pitch, and other accessories. Inside the box, you’ll find a Season III rule book, Kick Off! tutorial book, a Captain’s Guide to all the guilds, dice, rulers and tokens, a pitch, and 2 sets of plastic miniatures. That’s right. Guildball has moved away from its metal roots and moved into a high quality, highly detailed plastic minis.

Guildball: Kickoff Review - Example Setup
A game in action

While the game looks like a self-contained board game now, its still very much the same Guildball it’s always been. Don’t be fooled by the flashy, self-contained packaging. This is still a crunchy, rules-heavy miniatures games. There’s a bit of a learning curve to playing Guildball, and unfortunately the included Kick Off! booklet doesn’t do a great job of really teaching you to play. Read the rules. Read them several times. They’re a bit dry, but it’s the best way to make sure you get full enjoyment out of the game.

Once you do have the rules down, Guildball is exciting, fast-paced, and a blast to play. The combination of team building, trying to score goals, and keeping your team members alive provides a satisfying and ultimately customizable experience. The Momentum mechanic is especially cool, allowing your team members extra actions as they rile up the crowd with hard hits, goals, or other flashy plays.

As I stated before, don’t let Guildball fool you with its very board-game-looking package. While it’s an excellent game, it’s an investment in both and money. It’s really easy to fall down the rabbit hole of cool minis, in-depth lore, and awesome soccer action. If you’re looking for a quick and easy tabletop sports game, this isn’t it. If you’re looking for something to really sink your teeth into, Guildball is probably for you

A copy of Guildball: Kickoff was provided free for review by Steamforged Games

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