What is Longshanks?
Longshanks allows organizers to easily publicize events and automatically manage player pairings. It allows players to easily find and participate in local events and see what other events are happening around the world.
Since 2017, Longshanks has been the de facto online home of competitive Guild Ball, a tabletop miniatures game by Steamforged Games. A sister site was created in 2020 for Godtear, another Steamforged game. The two systems were combined in 2021 and support was added for additional game systems. (If your favorite game isn't supported yet, contact us to see if it can be added!)
Longshanks is owned and operated by Windy City Game Lab, LLC. Names, images, logos, and other game-specific trademarks are property of their respective owners.
Why the name?
In the lore of Guild Ball, tournaments and games between the various guilds are organized by a powerful and secretive society known as "the Longshanks." Since this site was originally developed specifically for Guild Ball, the name was a perfect fit.
Since expanding to support other game systems, we have outgrown the "Longshanks" name reference. We choose to continue using it as a respectful nod to the game that got us started and all the players and event hosts who have supported us since the beginning.
Ben created the first Guild Ball ranking system and was a significant inspiration for Longshanks.
Kevin has been instrumental in providing feedback on the functionality of the Longshanks system. He has also provided a number of ideas and suggestions that have been crucial to the site's success.
Players marked with the red star badge contribute to Longshanks in a variety of ways, including testing and troubleshooting new features. Their help is greatly appreciated!