Blood Bowl 2 is up and running with the following races:
SKAVEN SKAVEN SKAVEN!
It's loads of fun playing in long-term leagues where injuries matter and team management has a real effect. I've been playing it a while now and I'd really enjoy it if I had some friends to do 'friendly matches' with. My team, the Rat City Roadkill (sorry, Eldritch people!) are like, 5-0 right now. Come play with me and get stuffed by rats. :3
Not at all. As a design for a game that develops coherent story, narrower focus is so very much better. I think GoB (before I took it over, and continuingly) did have some elements of being an answer to other GoT games being draconically narrow in their list of playable concepts, so it's rather wide open.
Though the practical (rather than "this is just the way we chose to do it") issue I'd see with focus on a single family is how incompatible that can be with player turnover. I see that as a major flaw of GoT as a MUSH setting in general -- bugger playing pre-made roster characters, I think most people want to make an original character. But in spite of the source material's habit of having people die practically at random, characters wandering off the game because of players having other shit to do leaves PC families in weird places. Also that thing where some people really hate it when they just suddenly have a brother who was never mentioned before.
I've played on CS off and on for 15 years. It's a game with a lot of nostalgia value for me.
I agree it needs to be more newbie friendly, however, there is the caveat that you can make 'basic characters' that require no cgen approval and run around the grid doing crazy stuff. And if you decide you like your basic character, you can write up a background/public file for them and get your stats boosted to regular-character levels later on.
So that's a sort of newbie friendly, as long as you accept that death isn't a bad thing. The old 'Find out ICly' mantra of old is gone too. There's also a newbie help channel and OOC channel.
But on the whole, new players are thrown in the mix without a lot of support.
RE: Sindome - Screw Sindome. Johnny is a douche who stole all his code from other people. He even stole his @doing messages from other players, he's that douchy.