Speedball clones
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As a teen I played a lot of computer/video games. One of my favourites was Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe by BitMap Brothers. I loved everything about it, not least the techno theme tune, the fast and brutal gameplay and the backstory/lore in the instruction manual.

Lately, I've been looking to recreate those Speedball memories in cardboard form. This is a list of board games that capture the feel of Speedball 2.

There are no hard and fast rules for this list. Frankly, any sci-fi/futuristic sports game will do. That said, I suggest a Speedball 2 clone would have two teams battling it out to score goals by throwing a steel ball into a scoring zone, goal or portal. The game should be fast paced and violent with lots of tackling and fouls.

Maybe one day someone will licence and create an actual Speedball 2 board game. Until then, please feel free to add any Speedball 2 clones to this list.

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1. Board Game: DreadBall: The Futuristic Sports Game [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:1449]
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Dreadball is a Speedball clone set in Mantic's Warpath/Deadzone universe. It is violent and fast and players score points by throwing a steel ball into scoring zones. You can even get an official Speedball 2 MVP miniature!

I really like Dreadball although I sometimes find it hard to tell whether a miniature is a Blocker, Jack or Striker.

A new version is being launched in March 2018 (see below)
 
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2. Board Game: DreadBall (Second Edition) [Average Rating:8.64 Unranked]
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The latest version of Dreadball. Essentially the same as Dreadball 1.0, but with more balanced teams, a few rules tweaks and new team captains.
 
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3. Board Game: DreadBall Xtreme [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:5201]
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An underground version of Dreadball set in prisons and warehouses. Same concept, scoring points with a steel ball, but even more cut throat.
 
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4. Board Game: Slaughterball [Average Rating:8.10 Overall Rank:4962]
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Slaughterball is another Speedball 2 clone, this time with two to four teams battling it out to score points with a steel ball. Points can also be scored by knocking down and injuring players (other than the weak Razors). Very accessible for new players as you can make it as simple (scrimmage) or complex (League) as you like. It is very fast paced and fun. It comes with 4 teams in the box. Just wish the extra teams were easier to get hold of in the U.K.
 
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5. Board Game: Battleball [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:2196]
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More of a Blood Bowl clone than a Speedball 2 clone, but it is set in the future with players wearing power armour and knocking the snot out of each other. Not much depth or strategy. Just simple, stupid fun.
 
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6. Board Game: Grind [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:5263]
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Future sport where giant robots try to push a spiked balling into the opposition's goal. Plus one of the teams is called "Steel Fury", which is also the name of one of the top Speedball 2 teams.
 
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7. Board Game: Grav-Ball [Average Rating:5.85 Overall Rank:12064]
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Two teams battling it out to score points using a steel ball, but this time in Zero-G!.
 
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