Basic rules - skill changes (Piling on, Skaven Weeping Blade), roster change (Human Catcher), game change (Cards, MVP nomination)
As that makes it easier for new players coming in from the video game (which I imagine will get those rules), and from GW shops a bit easier. The last thing we would want is to fragment the community, there are terrible stories of leagues still trapped in 4 edition blood bowl to this day...
League rules - Drafting, Expensive Mistakes, etc,
I would be pretty keen to at least give these a go for the same reason as above. It just makes bringing in new players easier. Not to mention it sounds like a much needed breath of fresh air. It might also bring those tired of the game back int the fold by adding a new unexplored element to the game.
Re: "there are terrible stories of leagues still trapped in 4 edition blood bowl to this day" I think that and "easier for new players coming in" is the core issue. Do we adopt all, good and bad, or do we lock down where we are?
League rules - Unsuitable for the current tried and tested format at ELG as it is intended for leagues of 8, playing each other twice plus play offs and friendlies. So minimum of 14 matches and more likely around 20. So the entire ELG League system would have to be altered to accommodate the new league rules. The new rules will also significantly increase housekeeping for coaches and the league commissioner even after OBBLM is rewritten to accommodate them (if it is rewritten). It would be interesting to find out what other leagues throughout the UK are doing?
I'm all for using the new basic rules and updating these as and when there are further tweaks from GW.
Having had a brief look at the league rules with Ralph last Wednesday I felt that these were designed for longer leagues and would reset the teams back to the ball park of a starting team too quickly and limiting much development (which I think is part of the fun) under our current set up, but I only looked at the rules for a few minutes so happy to be told I'm wrong.
However I don't have a particular suggestion as to league set ups other than to say that if the league sizes are to be increased and a 2 month/8 week schedule to play all matches is retained I could probably commit to 5 matches rather than the current 3 most seasons, but beyond that there would be a few walk overs! Anyway I'll bow to the wisdom of the more experienced players and will keep turning up on a Wednesday as often as I can whatever is decided.
To make the Drafting work we would not do it after every season as we do not play enough games, maybe twice a year.
Also currently WBBL bumps the TV up when more that 150k is in the bank, this would have to be looked at as I suspect that saving up cash for the draft is important.
Finally does anybody have a list of the Special Play cards (or at least where it diverges from the "old" rules)?
If you are looking to generate the number of games GW is suggesting (14-20) prior to redrafting then that is more likely to be once a year not twice and would also mean everybody has to play every season and every cup with the same team, doesn't sound practical to me .
I had a chat with Ben (Jamin) about this tonight and he suggested that we should have a meeting to discuss this which seems like a very good idea.
He also mentioned that GW may come out with alternative League rules in future expansions that would be far more suitable to the short flexible league system that has worked so well for us at ELG so it might be sensible to hold off rushing into something.
I had a chat with everybody who was at ELG last night and it is looking like we will be running with option 1 (Use new Game Rules but stick with current League rules) for at least Season 31 and the Chaos Cup.
Please, if anybody can spot a problem with option 1 can they raise it here or by email as soon as possible.