|The third edition cover, which is always the first picture to come to mind for me.|
It has a lot going for it - for one thing it's an easy premise to understand, being essentially American Football or Rugby as played by fantasy races like Dwarfs, Goblins and Ogres. It's got a low overhead cost because unlike the scores of figures you need to assemble a Space Marine battleforce or an Imperial Roman army, you only need a dozen figures or so to make a full team. A fairly tight set of rules seal the deal - winner of an Origins Award for best miniatures rules when originally released.
Rules I'd quite like to play again, if anyone is up for a game!
Although I owned this game as a child the whereabouts of my copy are a little hazy - it's somewhere in my parents house, precise location unknown, though I still have some of my supplemental material. For a long time Games Workshop had a copy of the rules for free download - you can still find them online elsewhere- but of course you need the board and various counters & templates to play. Rather than trawl through the chaos of my parent's house, I just bit the bullet and bought a second-hand copy of the game on eBay.
|The magical Blood Bowl trophy itself, one of the four major tournament cups held every year.|
Impact! Miniatures. Even though Games Workshop no longer support Blood Bowl, there's a wide variety of compatible figures from third-party retailers to keep any gamer happy.
scunner yourself on it, and Ailsa and I had fought many Amazon vs Dwarf match-ups!
But I'd like to change that up soon. I've made a few Blood Bowl purchases recently - getting the second edition of Blood Bowl and it's plastic figures on the cheap, as well as its sister game Dungeonbowl. The latter is a version of the game played underground with special rules for the ball bouncing off walls, pit traps for players to fall in, magical teleporters to throw people around the dungeon, etc - even more chaotic than normal Blood Bowl!
|One of many items I picked up on eBay after months, if not years, of trawling looking for a cheap purchase.|
For people that find Blood Bowl too slow, there's variants to deal with that, including Blood Bowl 7s. Based on the amateur 7-a-side version of rugby, Blood Bowl 7s uses a smaller board as well as smaller teams to produce a game playable in a lunch hour. I'm very keen to give this a go and see if it can give me a compressed burst of Blood Bowl magic.
|I've printed a copy of this Blood Bowl 7 pitch and stuck it down onto corrugated cardboard. There's quite a few downloadable Blood Bowl pitches, both normal and 7 sized - you can find many of them here.|
|Half of the Street Bowl pitch - I printed two copies out and again attached them to card to make a sturdy board|
So, anyone for a game of Blood Bowl of some stripe? I've got painted Human, Amazon, Lizardmen and Dark Elf teams I can bust out - and I've got plenty more teams on the to-do pile, including full teams of figures for Chaos Dwarf, Chaos Pact, Human, Orc, Dwarf, Wood Elf and High Elf waiting for a blank spot in my painting schedule.