Since the mantic forums are rather quiet...
I've had a couple of dreadball games this weekend. So far I've played 3 sides total.
Forge Fathers V Corporation - my first game against one mate. This was mostly getting to know the rules, nothing much to report except that well, dwarfs are slowwwww. And dwarf strikers are really squishy. However, I think FF end up being the perfect introduction race. A win to the FF, though we were learning things as we go along.
Corporation V Forge Fathers. This was against a different mate. I suggested to him to to keep his strikers in the sub bench to start. That way he could then focus on bashing stuff (the easy bit of the game), while seeing how strikers can be used by the opposing team. What surprised me this time was a strikers ability to run rings round an opponent. Move full distance, pick up the ball, get a double, allow you to move full distance again. Then, later on in the turn, a section action to move full distance into a strike zone and bang. 15+ hexes move in 2 actions and potentially 3-4 points. A solid Corp win.
Orx V Corporation. This was against the same guy as the last game. After a good start, where goblins scored an easy couple of points, things went wrong very swiftly. - My orx were constantly getting hammered by the corp guards, I've never seen so many 2's rolled... Then my mate was using my same striker trick to run through and get a couple of 2 pointers and even a 4. - Plus, the strikers kept on dodging quite happily out of my orx way, with the gobbo's being no real use to anyone. I did have a big chance late in the game, a clear run down to a pass to the 4 zone in the next turn, enemy strikers out of action for the moment... Then the ball explodes. I didn't stand a chance after that. Game ended 4 points in the Corporations favour and both of us quite unsure of the Orx team... The complete lack of any strikers just seems really quite crippling to us. But then, maybe cleverer use of cards would help?
In saying that, the game seems really quite awesome, though I most certainly am going to need a LOT of practice with it to win anything that isn't against someone on their first game. All I really need to do is find the time...