For nearly three weeks now Mantic has been spilling out teasers for something really awesome: the Galactic Tour series of expansions for DreadBall. Well the company isn’t hiding it anymore, as they’ve officially announced the first in the series, the Azure Forest pack. This will be the first DreadBall release that wasn’t pushed through Kickstarter, which explains why the company could spring it as a surprise to all of us.
The Galactic Tour series is Mantic’s way of trying out some new variations on the game of DreadBall. In contrast to the Season books that the company has released, this series will focus on how the game is played in a particular place or by a particular group. As with other sports games, each team sees the game differently and adds their own personal flair to the field. Why should the pitch be any different, right?
The Azure Forest pack is based around Azure IX, a forest moon on the very edge of Corporation space. This moon just happens to be home to a slew of alien hunters known as the Yndij (which I assume is pronounced en-dij). When the colonists came from the GCPS they held on to their favorite sport, and they went out to build their own arenas. Unfortunately, without the mod cons of the Core, they had to make do with what they could find laying around. Because of this, many of the early games were really low-tech matches. The technology became available over time, but players and fans alike realized they like the game much more when it was the bare necessities. Following a licensing deal with the DGB, Azure Forest arenas are now built to a standard that’s much different to other players out there.
What does this mean for the game? Well, all of these traits can be seen in-game by a series of additional rules and 14 new DreadBall cards. In the coming weeks Mantic will be previewing the new cards, rules, and more, so make sure you stay tuned. There will even be a new MVP joining the game! For more information you can check out the post on the Mantic blog.