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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Zlurpee Bowl X Recap - Day 1

Zlurpee Bowl X came and went and here is what happened on the first day of 4 games (or how I remember it anyway). Zlurpee Bowl X starring the Necromantic Zlurp Outcasts!

Game 1 on the line
Game 1 vs Coach Wifflebat's Norse The Helcardaxe Hellcats
The undead of the Necromantic Zlurp Outcasts were dying (har har) to take the field in their first game of the tournament against the frozen norse women of The Helcardaxe Hellcats. In perfect Blood Bowl weather the Outcasts received the ball, though during the kick off the jeering fans mocked both teams mercilessly, forcing both teams to lose their concentration (and thus a reroll) before the game started. While ready for anything the Outcasts weren't ready to lose both of their star werewolf players by Turn 4 nor were they ready to lose the ball and allow the Norse to score. They received the return kick only to lose a Wight on Turn 7 and with it their chance to tie the game going into the second half. In retaliation one enterprising zombie player known as Godric struck at a key moment and sent one of the Norse blizters to the apothecary (by kicking him in the face while he was lying down). 

In the second half the Outcasts press their offense with what remains of their team and stress out the Norse runner who drops the ball in the Hellcats backfield and allows the nearby Wight named Murry Kane to scoop up the balls and run it in for the tie on Turn 5.

Result: 1-1 Tie

Game 2 hot zombie on zombie action

Game 2 vs Coach Mini Xtreme's Zombie FtLotG Living Dead Boys
In a blast from the past (2012 to be exact) it was time for the Outcasts to go head-to-head with an all zombie force similar to the team as represented in ZB8 with its own all zombie roster. In perfect Blood Bowl weather the necromantic undead of the Outcasts received the kick off. While the zombies seem outmatched they manage to knock out a Flesh Golem named Barry in a GFI blitz by Zlurpus. In the resulting srcum the Outcasts star werewolf Cliff Lancer broke away and moved away from the slower zombies before dancing near the goal line for another 4 turns. The fans do not approve and heckle the Outcasts in the resulting Turn 8 return kick to the zombies causing them to lose their one unused reroll. 

The second half of the game sees the kick going to the Living Dead Boys who fumble the ball pickup and give the speedy werewolves a chance to blitz into the backfield before swiping the ball for another score (this one by #3 Harry Hoyt). Under the constant crush of undead flesh the zombie managed to knock down or knock out most of the Outcasts but the constant crash of werewolves keeps the score for the Outcasts creeping up steadily before the half ends. 

Result: 4-0 Win

Game 3 vs Coach Don's Khemri Crypt Kings
Taking on a fantastically painted Khemri team (who eventually won the Best Painted award for the event) the Outcasts prepared to take on the strength of the Khemri during a game set in perfect Blood Bowl weather. The Outcasts fans poured out for this one and they received the initial kick off before quickly dropping the ball on a failed pickup for the first... second... third... and finally fourth attempts before eventually grabbing the ball and running away from the Crypt Kings. Since they weren't able to keep the Wight named Murry Kane from scoring they settled for kicking the poor Flesh Golem Barry to death after he fails to regen from the foul. The Outcasts answer back by kicking to the Khemri for their one Turn 8 before an inspired kicking by Glavin the zombie to a downed Tomb Guardian gets him ejected from the game and leaving the Outcasts with just 9 players for the second half. 

In the second half the Crypt Kings receive the ball and form a slow rolling Tomb Guardian cage to crush the necromantic defensive line under their bandaged feet eventually scoring on Turn 6. After receiving the resulting return kick, and in an attempt to quickly score to win, the ghoul #10 Shank Orloff carries on in the great tradition of his people and drops the pickup of the ball. His teammate Cliff Lancer comes to the rescue by failing a dodge and killing himself. The rest of the game is just keeping the Khemri from scoring a win and trying not to lose any more players to the high strength threat of the Crypt Kings. 

Result: 1-1 Tie

The chaotic Pig Iron had lots of bacon and weapons
Game 4 vs Coach Ben's Chaos Pig Iron
In perfect Blood Bowl weather a wealth of Outcasts fans showed up to give the necromantic team additional fame for the initial kick off. Unfortunately it didn't allow for an increased ability of regeneration for werewolf Cliff Lancer who quickly fell victim to a Frenzied chaos warrior before being pushed into the equally frenzied crowd. He is quickly followed up by a nearby wight and then a zombie. The ensuing scrum ends with the ghoul Damon Digger failing a sprint towards the endzone and crushing his own skull on the pitch. The remaining wight Curd Louis tries to get to the ball but trips over the bits of skull Digger left behind and crashes nearby and allows Pig Iron to snatch up the ball for a pass. After dropping the ball on the pass the nearby Outcasts scramble to pick it up and score but only manage to fail their dodges and drop a pass of their own to end the half. 

After receiving the kickoff of the second half the Outcasts quickly sneak by the Pig Iron line allowing Harry Hoyt to score on turn 2 for the 1-0 lead. Chaos reigns on the return kick by crushing Harry before smacking a ghoul to death while the wight Curd Lewis snatches up a loose ball and breaks away to score on the final turn of the game. 

Result: 2-0 Win

So the final day 1 results for the Zlurp Outcasts was a solid record of  2 Wins and 2 Ties with 0 Losses. Wondering how day 2 treated the necromantic warriors in the battle for the Zlurpee fame? Check back for the stunning conclusion!!

1 comment:

Mattias Darrow said...

Wow, sounds like a day of gripping and deadly gameplay. Can't wait for the rest.