People love it.
It is played in a round, steeply-angled arena with two goals located in the wall surrounding the track. Ten players from each team — three motorcyclists, two catchers and five skaters — work together to field the steel game ball and put it in their team’s goal. The object seems simple enough: score more points than the opposing team. The hard part is staying alive.
Now you can play the ultimate future sport with Rülerball, a complete set of rules for miniature figures. For those who don’t want to go to the trouble of building their own 3-D arena, the 50-page rule book also comes with all the playing pieces and track sections you need to make your own boardgame — just print and play.
Rülerball is designed to be used with figures from 20mm to 40mm in scale, in stadiums that are 30 inches to four feet in diameter. The rulebook comes with schematics and instructions on how to build your own arena, as well as where to find appropriate figures in several different sizes.
Rülerball has a unique and original movement system that allows players to keep track of all the figures while simulating simultaneous motion, as well as incorporating the effect the angle of the playing field and gravity have on events. The result is a fast and fluid sense of game play that will keep gamers on their toes as strategies and tactics suddenly shift.
There is no paperwork in Rülerball — all stats for a figure (Speed, Skill, Combat & Toughness) are on the figure’s base, and combat is determined by a single dice roll, whether a fight is between two figures or a brawl involving two entire teams.
Finally, there ARE rules in Rülerball. The real rules for the sport are included in the book, and a trio of referees are on hand to enforce them — but only if they catch a player committing a violation. Time it right, and you can get away with anything.
Photos by JP Trostle. Rülerball © 2011 JP Trostle