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This is a copy of the “Welcome to Fumbbl” guide by akaRenton, reproduced here to make it easier to link to.  Fumbbl can be found at fumbbl.com

To help get you started here’s a few helpful links to answer some of the more obvious questions.

For more advanced questions you can look through the HELP section which has numerous guides, tips and instructions designed to help you make the most of the site. You can find the link to the help section just below the FUMBBL logo in the middle towards the top of the screen.

You can also ask questions on the forums. Take a moment or two to search and see if the same question has been asked and answered there in the past using the search function.

Don’t be disheartened by early crappy win/draw/loss records, we’ve all been there. My starting record was spectacularly awful. You will get better, either from experience or by spectating other coaches and picking up tips that way.

Here’s a quote from Rabe, a coach with almost 1000 matches played on FUMBBL.

My first 30 matches here on FUMBBL were great: I played against coaches I knew from RL in a closed league, we were more or less on the same coaching level. However, the league got less active and I needed to get my fix elsewhere. I finally dared to join Ranked, with a dwarf team called ‘Agility Monsters’ and the idea, to not play the standard dwarf grind (in fact, I didn’t even know what that looks like), but elfball – passing, dodging and risky plays. The first ten games were okay, then I started losing to more experienced coaches, losing the advantage of rookie dwarves as my team progressed (and took skills like Pass Block for the fun).
I haven’t retired and still enjoy playing them, but the team’s record is terrible and doesn’t improve. I had a short successful streak with an ordinary dwarf team (even won a small tournament, a Scheduled SMACK), but soon started losing again and got frustrated. I’m sure I learned a lot over the years, but I keep sticking with oddly-themed teams and questionable concepts and ideas. In the end, the team development aspect, seen from a roleplaying perspective, is what I enjoy most and what makes me continuing even if dice and skill let me down. FUMBBL is a great place for that, and I’m sure pretty much everyone who’s into Blood Bowl can find his place here. So: Welcome from me! Don’t give up before you’ve found yours. 🙂

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU READ THE SITE RULES, HERE

Here are some excellent youtube videos made by top fella sann0638, designed to make getting used to FUMBBL easier.

CREATING AN ACCOUNT ON FUMBBL

HOW TO USE THE CLIENT ON FUMBBL

USING GAMEFINDER ON FUMBBL

ACTIVATING AND GETTING A GAME IN BLACKBOX

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~Abbreviations explains the commonly used abbreviations on FUMBBL

~Newbie Tips or 7 Tips for Blood Bowl Competence is an excellent starter guide to help avoid common mistakes, and help minimise risks and avoid a turnover. Newbie is in no way intended as a derogatory term.

~THE TAOUCH! OF BLOOD BOWL!!! is another excellent starter guide for minimizing risks, controlling the pitch etc.

~Common Tactics Subjects covers the frequently raised threads on subjects such as Caging, Crowd Pushing (also known as surfing), beating elves etc.

~Classic Threads On Common Topics covers many of the most common forum topics.

~145 Club is a league designed specifically for newer coaches to get a few games under their belts with other new coaches. It is managed by Koadah, and 3 other coaches. It is a great place to start.

~Coach Chainsaw’s Dugout has numerous guides/tips etc

~There are some great help files on starting rosters, strategies and skill choices for the various races found in the HELP section under Game Tactics And Info. You can go direct to it by clicking here

You can chat with other coaches on the Fumbbl IRC.

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Love making team logos, and pretty pictures for your players but don’t know where to start? Why not try my completely free FUMBBL Image Library. It’s got thousands of images of all different types, links to free photoshop style software and even some guides on how to make things.

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Several coaches are also happy to receive questions via the PM (Private Messaging) system, including the following:

English:

Throweck

akaRenton – Speciality – novelty teams, player and team logos and images

sann0638 – NAF Media Officer (Twitter, Facebook, thenaf.net)

Seventyone

Calcium – Speciality – fouling, the joy of violence

mister_joshua

Zed

Español:

Macabeo

MDeLarge

Français:

Macabeo

the.tok

Zed

Deutsch:

Stimme

Norsk:

Balle2000 – Speciality – fluff, team and player bio’s, BBCode

Just go to their coach pages (you can click on their names above for a direct link). Just click on More, then select Send PM from the drop down list.

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There are three main divisions on FUMBBL.

Ranked, Blackbox and League. There is also Stunty Leeg which is not official, and is unique to FUMBBL.

~Ranked allows you to offer your team up for games and then accept or decline offered match ups via Gamefinder.

~Blackbox puts you in a draw every 15 minutes, and your team is automatically matched up against another team with similar TV (Team Value).

~League allows you to join custom leagues (or even start one) with their own specific rules and tournaments.

~Stunty Leeg is all about crazyness. It is extremely rare to see teams finish a match without players in the injury boxes, so if mayhem is your thing you’ll love this!

Once again, welcome to FUMBBL!

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