As requested by Wolf_Lord_Skoll:
For those of you who don't know, Blood Bowl is the game of Fantasy Football, only taken to the extreme. The game is set in the world of Warhammer Fantasy Battle and every race in the WFB world has a team that can take to the field. The players, depending on which team you play, may be of mixed races or of the same race.
Team players consist of many different types of models. The basic player is a lineman or equivalent. This is the meat and potatoes of your team and the player type that you’ll field the most of. There are also a number of others like Blitzer’s, runners, throwers, catchers and other more exotic blends. Each type has it's own strengths and weaknesses. The key is to find a balance of them and develop the team to fit your play style.
WHAT YOU NEED-
The basic Blood Bowl Set includes the following:
Blood Bowl Pitch (field)
Dugout and Counters
Throw Range Ruler
Ball Throw in Template
3 Block Dice
2 Regular D6
1 Regular D8
All of these can be purchased from GW at a price of $75, for the beginners boxed set, or you can get it from E-Bay/Bartertown or similar website. Hell I picked up one 2nd edition complete boxed set for $40 the other day. Your best bet is to look around.
The Pitch is the board in which the game is played. Within the pitch there are grid-like squares which represent movement blocks. The goal? To get the Ball from one side of the pitch to the other. Of course this may prove harder than you think because you have to make it through your opponent’s team first!
Example of a pitch:
Within the pitch the vertical line in the center represents the Scrimmage line. This is the point which differentiates one teams side of the field to the other's, and is where most of the team will set up. The two lines which run horizontally represent the wide zone. Each wide zone can only have 2 players set up in it before the kick off. The rest of the players on the team must be set up in between the two wide zones. A total of 11 (Nuffle’s sacred number) players are needed on the pitch in order to start a game. That is, of course, unless someone gets knocked out, badly hurt, or even killed during the game!
Games consist of 2 halves, each with 8 turns for each player. During the player turn you can move or not move as many models around the field as you want. Games will usually last anywhere from 1-2 hours depending on player experience, rules usage, and kick-off table rolls.
You as the player are considered the Coach of the team that you play and decide in all matters of how your team plays.
Essentially there are two ways of play. One off games and League play. One off games are fun and great for beginning players, but the true gem is League play.
THIS IS WHAT MAKES THE GAME FUN
Offically designed for 4+ players to enjoy, a Blood Bowl League can be started by anyone who has the time and patience to put the league together. This person is designated as the Commissioner. The Commissioner is the Judge of all things in his/her league and will decide in all matters during any match that is played under his/her jurisdiction.
But Blood Bowl is not about power trips of the weak willed. The real fun lies in the development of the team that you play over the series of a season. A season can last anywhere from 3-6 months depending on how much your Coaches can get together.
So how do you develop your team you ask?
The Team develops by earning Star Player Points-SPP (essentially experience) for the things that they do during the game. Passing, Touchdowns, Causing Injuries, and Interceptions are the ways to earn these points. You “Level up” by gaining enough SPP for each player to gain abilities. These abilities are called Skills. You can develop each player by picking the skill that you want for him. Other things can be gained like extra Strength, Movement, Agility, and even Armor Value.
So what is the point of all of this? Well at the end of a League there is usually a Tournament of some sort in which a trophy is handed out and you get bragging rights and extra perks for for the rest of the year until that certain tournament comes up again. There are 4 main Tournaments per year winning or even losing one of these Final Rounds will give you extra perks at the end of the game.
HOW DOES IT DIFFER FROM WARHAMMER FANTASY BATTLE?
In every single way. For instance Strength is measured against Strength not Toughness. Armor Values range from 5 to 10. Agility Scores are used, and Movement is measured in squares not inches. These are just some of the differences.
Not to mention the different types of Blood Bowl games that are out there. The expansion Dungeon Bowl is set, as you may have guessed, takes place in a Dungeon. There you attempt to locate the ball hidden in (treasure) chests and make it to your opponent’s end zone. There are also a few others that I haven’t gotten my hands on such as Death Blow, but I hope to find someone with these that will be willing to let me take them off their hands.
The game is much too large to be encompassed in just one post so if anyone has any questions please post them and I’ll do my hardest to answer them.
If you haven’t tried your hand at a game of Blood Bowl and think you’d never get into something such as this, I implore you to give it a try. You’ll be surprised at how soon you’ll be yelling ‘Praise/Curse Nuffle’!