How do you imagine brutaris?


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Now that it's been mentioned twice in official SF products (CRB and Incident on Absalom Station), how do people see brutaris, or any of the other sports played in the Pact Worlds?

One of the characters I'm pondering playing in Dead Suns is a recently retired star of my version of brutaris - an American football/basketball hybrid (a bit like Mantic Games' Dreadball) played in an ever changing hazardous three-dimensional court (like the Danger Room from X-Men).

He'll be a human icon soldier (blitz) who focuses on maintaining his agility in heavy armour so that he can manoeuvre effectively round the battlefield to punch people with his pulse gauntlet. Not sure how effective it is as a character, but I'm excited about the background for him and that's probably enough to get me to play him.

Has anyone else given thought to the sports of the Pact Worlds, or is it just me?


In a couple of other threads, I've detailed a sport I've come up with that I've come to call Mageball. It's a game played in a 0-g arena, and it's main rule is that the ball can only be moved via spells, spell-like abilities, or other supernatural powers. Actually physically touching the ball is considered a foul, even if the other team was the one who telekinetically pushed you at the ball in the first place.


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One could use the rules for Ultra-Brockian Cricket.

But I suspect the rules for Rollerball are pretty similar. See the movie of the same name (1975). Rollerball is a bit like roller derby but there is a 21 lb. ball that is shot to roll around the banked track which the players, some of whom are on motorcycles, try to grab and put in a goal. Lots of violent contact.

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I sort of picture it as a team focused combat obstacle course, like American Gladiators or American Ninja Warrior but with grievous bodily harm factored into the game.


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Not really a spoiler for signal of screams:
Hey now, they use merciful weapon fusions.


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Garretmander wrote:
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Aw, so now when little Johnny Lashunta asks Father Yule for a Brutaris stick, Mom won't freak out too much.


I rather see something like a fusion between rollerball and golf.


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Also not a spoiler for Signal of Screams:

The Diaspora Strain wrote:

Brutaris is played on a wide field with changeable obstacles, goals, and a spiked ball called the brutaris. Players who run and handle the ball are called backs, and players who engage in most of the conflict, protecting the backs, are called forwards.

[Teams consist of 13 members, including forwards, rear-back, center-back, fast-back/"winger", and lock-back/"demoralizer," among others.]

It sounds like a cross between american football (with forwards acting like offensive and/or defensive linemen), rugby, and soccer (since there doesn't seem to be "set plays") with obstacles and goals that change during the game. And weapons.


Given the name, I expect some kind of synchronized swimming in zero-G. All about grace, coordination and beauty.


I would imagine a game like lacrosse would be interesting to add. the ball can only be in a players possession for no more than 2 turns.... then it explodes
the stick used would be a brutaris

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Dragonchess Player wrote:

Also not a spoiler for Signal of Screams:

The Diaspora Strain wrote:

Brutaris is played on a wide field with changeable obstacles, goals, and a spiked ball called the brutaris. Players who run and handle the ball are called backs, and players who engage in most of the conflict, protecting the backs, are called forwards.

[Teams consist of 13 members, including forwards, rear-back, center-back, fast-back/"winger", and lock-back/"demoralizer," among others.]
It sounds like a cross between american football (with forwards acting like offensive and/or defensive linemen), rugby, and soccer (since there doesn't seem to be "set plays") with obstacles and goals that change during the game. And weapons.

Reminds me of Blood Bowl, but with less gore, blatant cheating and violent death for the purposes of black comedy.


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Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
Dragonchess Player wrote:

Also not a spoiler for Signal of Screams:

The Diaspora Strain wrote:

Brutaris is played on a wide field with changeable obstacles, goals, and a spiked ball called the brutaris. Players who run and handle the ball are called backs, and players who engage in most of the conflict, protecting the backs, are called forwards.

[Teams consist of 13 members, including forwards, rear-back, center-back, fast-back/"winger", and lock-back/"demoralizer," among others.]
It sounds like a cross between american football (with forwards acting like offensive and/or defensive linemen), rugby, and soccer (since there doesn't seem to be "set plays") with obstacles and goals that change during the game. And weapons.
Reminds me of Blood Bowl, but with less gore, blatant cheating and violent death for the purposes of black comedy.

Amusingly, when I created a vaguely similar Vesk sport, Blastball, I established that it used to be much more violent than currently, but a series of reforms have made it a much safer sport, albeit still involving full contact and an exploding ball. All as pushed by. . . the Church of Damaritosh. You see, athletes who get maimed or killed playing a sport? Can't fight in the armies or serve on the home front. Ergo, it is the patriotic and religious duty to make every sport as safe as it reasonably can be, so that every good Vesk can do what they are called to do: fight and die for the glory of the empire.


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From the sound of things I would say it's a lot like Jugger.

A no-contact variant LARP version.


Aqua Zesty Man wrote:

From the sound of things I would say it's a lot like Jugger.

A no-contact variant LARP version.

Up until right now, I thought my circle of friends were the only people who knew about Jugger.

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