Reviewed by: Andrew
Game Time: 1-2 hours
Image courtesy of Games Workshop
It looks like another great day for Blood Bowl! Grab some dice and your favorite fantasy race and prepare for a hilarious, spiky, combat filled British proxy of American football. (Don’t forget to bring bribes for the refs!)
Blood Bowl is a miniatures game produced by the British based company Games Workshop. Originally released in the 80’s, Blood Bowl has been bringing joys to tabletop gamers for decades. Unfortunately, GW dropped their Blood Bowl line in the early 2000’s, bringing dismay to fans of this great game. However, Games Workshop’s revamped business model has gamers jumping for joy as they rerelease many old-school games, the first of which is bloodbowl.
Players take turns activating their teams with an overall goal that is very similar to American football. Players need to retrieve the ball and then get it to the opposing end-zone to score a touchdown. Six sided dice are used to determine whether actions like picking up, throwing, and catching a ball succeed or fail, while Eight-sided dice are used in conjunction with plastic templates to simulate variations in technique, wind resistance and other variables to determine where the ball ends up. Each model has a particular statline that dice rolls are compared to so the pass or failure of an attempt can be determined. Special six-sided dice, called block dice, are used to simulate the rough-and tumble shenanigans that occur in the middle of lively games. Each side corresponds to a different result, such as the pushing of an opposing model, knocking an opponent down, or even tripping over yourself and falling. This is where the fantasy elements come in. Each team is out for blood as well as for a win. Players have the opportunity to purposely injure their opponents. After you add in special rules such as frenzy, stab, or mutation into the mix, games begin to get very lively indeed.
There are many great things about Blood Bowl. Between the excellent rules, the funny backstory, and the excellent models, there are very few things you are left wanting. This is especially true since Games Workshop has already released one expansion, and rules for league play. With promises for a new pitch to fight on, and more expansions just across the horizon, there are many exciting things on the way to keep gamers on their toes. The only way to properly experience all these great things are for you to go out and pick up a copy today (remember to be careful around the spikey bits).