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Ironmammoth Inactive Member07 May 2005 1:03 a.m. PST

I just got the Rollerball Special Edition DVD (original not the awful remake).

Tha got me wondering if anyone had tried doing a Beer and Pretzels type game based on it.

I imagine would even be quite fun to fun at ashow!

Ironmammoth Inactive Member07 May 2005 1:04 a.m. PST

that should be:-

I imagine it would even be quite fun to run at ashow!

Grimmnar Supporting Member of TMP07 May 2005 1:11 a.m. PST

Yeah. I hve seen now for two years a Rollerball game played at the HMGS-E cons. Specifically i remember it was Historicon. :-)


Polaris Games Dave Inactive Member07 May 2005 3:58 a.m. PST

When I was a teen back in the '80's I made my own Rollerball boardgame. I had teams from different cities around the world, and actually held tournaments. Great fun. :)

CPT Jake Inactive Member07 May 2005 5:33 a.m. PST

I have FASA's old Grav Ball game unused. It is a similar type game but in a freefall arena. If any one wants it let me know at


Cpt Arexu Inactive Member07 May 2005 6:41 a.m. PST

Search for Battle Group Boston's (BGB) website - Tom Ballou has done Rollerball games. I've seen the original site too, but don't remember where... :(

Rob Jedi Inactive Member07 May 2005 6:43 a.m. PST

I've seen a demo of a rollerball game being made by the son of the guy that sculpts all the Shadowforge minis, Neal sculpted all the minis for the game too. Looked really nice but no idea when or if it is still coming out.

Personal logo Saginaw Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member07 May 2005 8:04 a.m. PST

Iron Mammoth, I recall there was another discussion about this same subject, oh about three years ago or so.

There used to be a website that was devoted to the original 1975 movie and it had a complete list of the cities of the world that fielded Rollerball teams. I remember that the cities were divided into five main categories: energy, food, housing, luxury, and....something else. :-\

I also made some notes and sketches about the layout of the track. I do remember that the game itself was divided by three twenty minute periods (see the timeclock in the movie).

Good luck with your project, Iron Mammoth!

jpattern Inactive Member07 May 2005 8:59 a.m. PST

Yep, it's been discussed on TMP before. Here's one thread:

TMP link

And here's another:

TMP link

Pictures of a Rollerball (Razorball) miniatures game in progress:


As I posted before, tThe Rollerball arena itself was a bicycle racing track (velodrome) in Munich, with appropriate modifications for the movie. Here's a good site with dimensions for a standard Olympic velodrome. It looks much bigger than the one in the movie; you'd probably want to compress it anyway for a playable game (shorten the straights):


Personal logo Wyatt the Odd Supporting Member of TMP Fezian07 May 2005 9:40 a.m. PST

Another option would be to use the Circus Maximus rules for a start and then apply the neccesary mods to cover scoring, etc.


ming31 Inactive Member07 May 2005 10:51 a.m. PST

Any one know where we can find these Razor ball rules ?

Azantihighlightning Inactive Member07 May 2005 11:57 a.m. PST

A participation game of Rollerball was actually seen travelling numerous games conventions in the UK from early to the mid eighties, including Games Day before it was taken over by GW. The people running it even had their own uniforms. The figures looked to me like conversions of Tamiya models, though it was hard to tell. The score board had little lights and it was a beautiful model. I never got a chance to play it and would love to see the rules they used. We subequently made our own board game with a series of skills each player possessed and a whole load of us had teams from all over the world. My team was the South African Sun Blades. We had plenty of nasty accidents. It was entertaining.

Personal logo Saginaw Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member07 May 2005 7:24 p.m. PST

Energy, food, housing, luxury, and transportation.

There it is!

Rob Jedi Inactive Member08 May 2005 5:00 p.m. PST

That razorball game pictured was the one I was talking about. Try contacting shadowforge to find out about it since they make the minis

alien BLOODY HELL surfer Inactive Member09 May 2005 11:54 a.m. PST

thats looks great - hope they bring those figures out - and rules - I'd buy it straight away - Rollerball rocked (original, not seen the remake)

Javier Barriopedro aka DokZ Inactive Member11 May 2005 5:17 p.m. PST

Then, stay pure, Aliensurfer.

Run from the remake like it's a mosquito carrying the Cambodian zombie-plague.

It's THAT bad.

Jape77 Inactive Member23 Nov 2009 1:51 p.m. PST

Posting here, in case someone missed the 2009 announcement and stumbled across this old thread instead:

Over the years I've gotten a lot of requests for my miniature rules for a certain violent future sport (it is the game mentioned above by Grimmnar at Historicon).

After due consideration I decided to release my rules for free under Creative Commons licensing.

You can now download the complete game from my site ( in the games section) as a PDF containing the rules, track sections and playing pieces -- all of which can be printed out on a standard color printer.

Happy Holidays!

By John 5429 Nov 2009 10:19 a.m. PST

On a not entirely separate thread, (as it was a direct rip off!) do you remember the comic 2000AD, and the 'Spinball' story, that was very rollaball. Wait, it was in 'Action' wasn't it. I seem to remember a multi-issue board game of this, where you cut out/glued to cardboard, and had at it!

Spinball was way Kewl, a giant pinball table on ice, with motorbikes firing steel balls around, and geezers on foot to, it seemed, put their heads in the way of the 200mph balls! as a 10yr old, it was Ace!


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