1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5  Next »  [11]

User Rating Comment Status
Mattias R
Sweden
Stockholm
Unspecified
flag msg tools
mb
10
Jun 2009*
Move your players and roll dice to score most touchdowns.

With LRB3, Blood Bowl realized its potential as the greatest two-player game ever, and LRB4 improved even further on this. The game is humorous, exciting and challenging. I thought about aspects of this game every day for more than five years: my last game, planned tactics, skill choices, team-building etc. Every day! Perfection (fumbbl.com is what really makes this game shine.)
EDIT 2012-07: LRB5, the so called Competitive Rules Pack that is now the official rules set, actually made me stop playing. There are a lot of subtle reasons for this that I won't get into here, but LRB5 took the fun out of BB for me. LRB4 is still a 10 and will stay that way.

Plays: Several thousand, counting online play aginst humans.
Type: Thematic sports game = A theme-driven game that simulates a sport.
Complexity: Heavy sports game.
# of players: 2.
Playing time: 90 mins.
Player interaction: Conflict.
Randomness: Medium – Dice, but you can choose the desired risk v. reward ratio and the order of rolls.

Replayability: Replayability is limitless thanks to the variability of teams, strategies, tactics and dice. The rules system is complete and balanced after several editions. It has depth to explore and a campaign system that lets your team grow and improve. You’re always itching to use the new skills your players have aquired. I played several thousand games!
Fun: Just fantastic fun. Blood Bowl can appeal to casual gamers and addicts alike: the casual crowd can enjoy the fast-paced excitement and general mayhem while the addicts can enjoy the strategical and tactical analysis. The theme is implemented with a great deal of tongue-in-cheek humour, and it’s still a great strategy game “under the hood”. Looks great, plays great. Team building adds to the fun of playing the actual game and plays a major part in bringing your team to life.
Memorability: No game I have ever played creates stories like Blood Bowl. You’re always feeling with your players, both when they succeed when they really should fail and when they fail when they really should succeed. You’ll always remember the time that your star Troll blocked a halfling for three skulls – AV break – RIP – regeneration fail, killing the Troll, as well as the time when your Mummy threw a long bomb to a Skeleton for the winning TD in the last turn.

Thematic integration: Extremely high.
Components: Fantastic. GW games always have great looking bits, and this is no exception.

Who will like this: Gamers that like the theme.

You should be careful with putting players with different skill levels against each other. Even if you handicap stronger players by giving them weaker teams, the stronger players can not only beat their weaker opponents, but destroy their teams and crush their fragile little spirits as well. BB is not a forgiving game for beginners.
2012-11-20
Owned
Steve Pow
United States
Catonsville
Maryland
flag msg tools
How about now?
badge
Steve SMASH!
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Apr 2008*
I think this is the most fun game that Games Workshop makes. Entertaining, tactical, and easy to play. Plus, not nearly as expensive to play as their other games. Go play it! Now!
2008-04-16*
Owned
J. Harkonnen
Finland
Helsinki
flag msg tools
mbmb
10
Jul 2005*
Streamlined Blood Bowl rules, bring down the violent aspect of the game and emphasize more tactical gameplay. At the monent, there's version 5.0 available. You should play Blood Bowl with these rules, I have nothing more to add.
2005-07-22*
Owned
Damian Evans
United States
Spokane
Washington
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Mar 2012
(100+ games) A living rulebook that makes a great game even greater. Unlike most Games Workshop games, BB:LRB makes for a reasonably balanced game. This game is about chaos mitigation. A good plan combined with better luck management will win the game.
...and the luck can be managed.
Barticus88 wrote:
There are some games where people who like dice appear luckier than people who don't like dice. This is one of the most extreme of those games. The dice average out, and you rarely get screwed except when you push your luck. People who don't like dice push their luck too often and get unlucky a lot.

This was quoted from Stone Age but works here. The difference is that you always have to push your luck so you play your best odds, that are most important, first.

A better player, with an equal valued team, almost always wins.
2014-03-07
Owned
Chris Turner
United States
Wauwatosa
Wisconsin
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Feb 2009*
Almost perfect!
2005-11-29*
Owned
Want In Trade
For Trade
!
United States
Brooklyn
New York
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Feb 2009*
I am finally playing in a League again! I love this game. It has come so very far since 2nd edition, without losing hardly any of what made my adolescence so great.
2007-04-30*
Owned
Graham Smallwood
United States
Santa Ana
California
flag msg tools
Delve : the Dice Game Buy for iOS!
mbmbmbmbmb
10
May 2007*
I've run two leagues of this, where I owned the minis for every team. People love it. We once had four boards set up on the same conference table for the last day of the regular season, and it was the greatest gaming experience of my life. Then there was the overtime semi-final where the entire league was shouting at the board I was on. It was like an actual football game. Still get chills.

It is simply the greatest possible game. Strategy and tactics. Luck and skill. Theme and structure. Long term and short term gratification. Non-stop action. Playing is rewarded more than winning. Built in handicap system. You simply could not improve any part of this experience.
2007-05-23*
Owned
Peter Gousis
United States
Ellicott City
Maryland
flag msg tools
designer
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Oct 2010
This is a great game and should be tried by all. My favorite game and the new PBBL rules coming out later this year will make it even better. You can have fun sitting down and playing the basic game as a fun light game. Then add the advanced rules for a litte more complexity. And finally play in a league where the game really comes alive as you build and develope your team or teams. Every race is so different yet pretty balanced.
2006-02-19*
Owned
Steven Packard
United States
Palmdale
California
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
10
May 2006*
I love Blood Bowl. If interested one may see my comments for Blood Bowl, 3rd Edition under the entry for that game.

To this entry I'll merely add that I think it's great that the rulebook is continually available and updated now, without being tempted to keep buying an expensive rulebook every couple of years.
2006-05-10*
Owned
General Dissent
United States
Missouri
flag msg tools
10
Jul 2006*
Great updates to a great strategy game
2006-07-14*
Owned
Tom Anders
United States
Unspecified
Indiana
flag msg tools
10
Aug 2006*
I love this game
2006-08-02*
Owned
Simon
United States
Washington
Dist of Columbia
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Aug 2006*
Ahhh, the first board game I ever became obsessed with. Hands down the best miniatures game GW every came up with (in my opinion). I don't play anymore but rate it as such because I spent years back in high school playing the game with my friends and loving it. If I was in the right situation I would happily start it up again.
2006-08-16*
Owned
eric hess
United States
La Selva Beach (Santa Cruz)
California
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Jun 2007*
My favorite game. No other game captures the same tactical wargame feel that this does, yet makes it so very simple to play, entertaining, full of variety, and has a sports tie in which just really takes the cake. I am reviled for liking this game by some, but it is, and forever will be, my favorite game. Probably...
2007-06-21*
Owned
Jonas Barkå
Sweden
Solna
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Oct 2009*
A classic! The continually updated rules makes it even better.
2006-08-22*
Owned
Henrik Lantz
Sweden
Uppsala
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Aug 2012
Brilliant, absolutely brilliant. Run a campaign of this, give the players names and watch them develop and get personalities of their own. The rules are great, theme is immensly strong, and I just love it.
2007-09-07*
Owned
Johan Andersson
Sweden
Visby
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Sep 2006*
The game of the games!

This set of rules have made this game one of the best ever.
2006-09-24*
Owned
Fred Campbell, Jr.
United States
Herndon
Virginia
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Sep 2006*
Unlike most board games, this game has been continuously refined over the years, and is now a very complete experience. It has tactical depth (in game play), strategic depth (the seasonal/roleplaying aspect), enough randomness to allow even a poor player to occasionally win, and enough tactical/strategic depth to ensure the better player wins more often than not. Perfect.
2006-09-27*
Owned
United States
Nebraska
flag msg tools
Logging plays since 2004
badge
Da red wunz go fasta!
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Oct 2006*
This rating is actually for Blood Bowl played in a league with the latest edition of the Living Rulebook. It's my favorite game when played in a league. Outside of a league or tournament, it's maybe a 6. I don't prefer miniatures or games workshop games (big understatement). This one, however, has a good (and continually improving) rules set, a great balance of luck and tactics, and the figs add a lot to the enjoyment. There's nothing much better in gaming than building up a blood bowl team in a league. The rules do change every year or so, but they are available online now for free. It's the game I've traveled the farthest to play. Played in about 10 leagues and several tournaments over the course of almost 20 years.
2013-11-19
Owned
Prev. Owned
For Trade
Christian Berge
Norway
flag msg tools
10
Nov 2006*
Fantastic board game, but I dont't like the collecting part.
2011-12-06
Owned
Mattias Frid
Sweden
Kävlinge
Skåne
flag msg tools
200 gg...
badge
down the drain!
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Nov 2006*
To me, Blood Bowl is the ultimate game and this is the ultimate edition. The mix of random mayhem and strategy (both short term per game and long term on team managment) are a hit with me. My only gripe with the current edition compared to 2nd edition is the shift in flavour and aesthetics, but that applies to Games Workshop as a whole too. I prefer the old miniatures to the new.
2006-11-13*
Owned
edo orchard
Chile
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Apr 2007*
el manual definito para jugar blood bowl...sigue manteniendo la genialidad del juego
2007-04-05*
Owned
Joel Carlson
United States
Westford
Massachusetts
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Jul 2009*
Brilliant parody of the NFL combining a campaign system with a fast paced board game. Ogres throwing goblins for TD's may be the finest innovation in gaming.

The Living Rulebook is definitely one of the best expansions around, as it evolves and gets better as the immense player community continues to put Blood Bowl through its paces.

Any owner of BloodBowl should absolutely own a copy of this.
2009-12-07
Owned
United States
California
flag msg tools
mb
10
Dec 2006*
I bought this game almost twenty years ago and could never find anyone to play. However, thanks to the OBBL, that changed. It's the only GW game worth the effort, as having to field legions of minis would drive me insane. 11, on the other hand, I can swing. Plus, I'm a football die-hard.
2006-12-10*
Owned
david rew
United Kingdom
Ipswich
suffolk
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Apr 2008*
Will always love this game, shame its by GW and gets zero support.
For more reviews
http://mdgamereview.blogspot.com/
2009-06-20
Owned
Troy Adlington
Australia
Dallas
Texas
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Feb 2007*
Addictive Inspired fun!
2007-02-09*
Owned
Sergio Roscini
Italy
Perugia
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Nov 2010
This game is (in previous incarnations) one of the oldest favorites of mine. I played in league from 1992 to 2002. A lot of miniatures, fumbles, casualities, touchdowns and laughs.
Edit: the PG-BB league is alive again!
2007-04-24*
Owned
Nate the Great
United States
Renton
Washington
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
10
May 2009*
I play mostly Amazons - but also enjoy Orcs.
2009-05-07
Owned
Imre Balogh
Hungary
Budapest
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Nov 2009*
The ruleset for the above mentioned wonder, the rules being developed for 20+ years now (since 1986!!!)
**
A fent emlitett csoda szabalykonyve, immar tobb mint 20 eve fejlesztve (1986 ota !!!)
2007-04-25*
James Wing
United States
Rancho Cucamonga
California
flag msg tools
10
May 2010
A one off game is very enjoyable but this game really shines if you Can play in a league, Some people think this game is all luck but it's a game of Percentages and you have to minimize your odds
2012-11-29
Owned
Sebastian
Germany
Hürth
NRW
flag msg tools
Thank you for stopping at this OverText. Your cursor is now being scanned for the purpose of security. Please don't move for 3 seconds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thank you for your cooperation. You may proceed.
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Jul 2007*
Oh - Blood Bowl. Where to start? Maybe in the beginning: My first game of Blood Bowl in younger years against an experienced player started with me killing his precious Minotaur on the first move. Yeah baby - kickstart! If there were no other games in the world I would be perfectly happy painting Minis and playing Blood Bowl. Unfortunately there ARE other games...
Living RuleBook is a great thing to keep this hobby alife.
Played 60+ (I know I know - much to few!!)
2010-11-25
Owned
Matthew Pert
United Kingdom
flag msg tools
10
Jul 2007*
awesome
2007-07-01*
Damien Martin
Australia
Dimboola
Victoria
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Jul 2007*
I love this game (well this specific item is the updated rules for the 3rd ed game), hence the 10. I don't love what GW did with their C&D. However I am rating the game and not the company or it's policies.
2010-01-02
Owned
David Winter
United Kingdom
Hawarden
Deeside
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Feb 2012
The current LRB5 looks on paper to be close to perfecting the system.
Just started a new league and can safely say that I'll never reach a point where I do not want to get involved in another, one of the all time greats!!
2008-01-16*
Owned
W. Beljo
Germany
Cologne
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Sep 2007*
Playing now in a League in Cologne with 25 Coaches with this rulesset and they are the best so far for BB. Great Game improved and holds it place as my All-Time Favorite.
2007-09-01*
Owned
Bruce McGeorge
United States
Lawrenceburg
Indiana
flag msg tools
designer
Hey you kids, get off my Avatar!
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Jan 2009*
Blood Bowl is my favorite game period. Sure, it's pretty random and can take a long time to play, but I don't think any game captures flavor and theme any better than Blood Bowl. LRB 5.0 is excellent, IMO... the game just keeps getting better.
2007-09-24*
Owned
Don Dueck
Canada
Winnipeg
Manitoba
flag msg tools
Nothing exists; all is a dream. God -- man -- the world -- the sun, the moon, the wilderness of stars -- a dream, all a dream; they have no existence. Nothing exists save empty space -- and you! And you are not you -- you are but a thought.
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Oct 2007*
I have my own Ogre team and plan to finish up a goblin team and a halfling team.
2007-10-09*
Owned
Glen Kehoe
United Kingdom
St Helier
Jersey
flag msg tools
designer
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Sep 2009*
An all time classic that I will always play.
2009-10-15
Owned
Dev Sodagar
United States
Sunnyvale
California
flag msg tools
The Ragados
badge
Ragados
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Jan 2013
A great boardgame for any miniatures enthusiast. I am currently on a quest to develop a comprehensive set of teams... this may take a while.
2010-12-19
Owned
For Trade
Uwe Schiffbahn
Germany
Bergneustadt
Unspecified
flag msg tools
mbmbmb
10
Oct 2007*
The changes from update to update are for the good.
2007-10-30*
Owned
Francis vander Maden
Netherlands
Alphen aan den Rijn
Unspecified
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Nov 2007*
Best versions of this wonderful game are the last 2 LRB's
2007-11-04*
Owned
Clay Meteyard
United Arab Emirates
Dubai
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmb
10
Nov 2007*
My game of choice... have played thousands of times on table top or online at fumbbl.Fantastic game!! Am a Dwarf player myself
2007-11-05*
Owned
Bruce Ryherd
United States
Mason City
Iowa
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Dec 2007*
I loved what the new rules did for the game.
2007-12-17*
Owned
Dean Thomas
Australia
Bannockburn
Queensland
flag msg tools
'The Double' 2010/11 Champions 2011/12 'The Double' 2013/14
badge
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Jan 2009*
I think that Blood Bowl is the very best of Games Workshops Specialist Games range..... And apparently I'm not alone. Our gaming group nearly doubles as soon as we decide to play a Blood Bowl league.

The scope of the game is huge. With the large number of teams (21 currently official 3 more experimental) and the almost limitless combinations that those teams can create by taking different player and staff options. The game play is fast with little downtime, the models look good (though not up to the standard of current GW miniatures) and there is a good balance of risk vs reward.

This game is not quite such a money pit as other Games Workshop products, but it has still cost me quite a few hundred Australian Dollars, but that might be because I am a fanatic with 2 complete Third Edition sets (with a complete Second Edition set as backup) and 8 complete teams of about 20 models each. Now all I've got to do is paint them.

See my review for my full thoughts on Living Rulebook 5.
2011-05-13
Owned
Rob Buchler
United States
Michigan
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
10
May 2010
Perhaps the best thing GW has done with its Specialist Games division is the ongoing online support for Blood Bowl. The LRB is a great way to keep perhaps the best GW product plugging along.Finally changed my rating to 10 from 9 May 27, 2010, two weeks into my sixth BB season played in the last 12 years or so, not counting the variants I've played including Street Ball and my own Blood Ball indoor arena variant.
2010-05-27
Owned
How tall is justice?
Canada
Georgetown
Ontario
flag msg tools
Who IS this masked man? And WHY has he never been photographed together with 6 year old millionaire playboy Calvin?
badge
I see a world that's tired and scared of living on the edge too long.
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Dec 2012
My first 10. I realized that if I'm willing devote all of my gaming time to playing seasons of Blood Bowl, it deserves to be ranked higher than everything else.

Teams: 17 man Chaos team, 21 man Orc team, 17 man Human team, 17 man Chaos Dwarf team, and 16 man Necromantic team.

Stars: Morg, Grashnak, Borak, Max, Brick & Grotty, Lewdgrip, Ugroth, Ripper, Varag, Bomber, Scrappa, Griff, Zug, Zara, Helmut, Puggy, Hthark, Nobbla, Zzharg, Rashnak, Ramtut, Setekh, Wilhelm, Luthor, J. Earlice, and Hack.
2014-01-02
Owned
Want In Trade
Gregory Stephen McCallum
Philippines
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Apr 2008*
Oh yeah! Orcs, dwarfs, balls, fouling, chainsaws.
As a stand alone game, not all that exciting. Once you get to play in a league and develop your team and players the game is AWESOME!
2008-04-16*
Owned
Yoki Erdtman
Sweden
Södertälje
flag msg tools
Handsome devil huh?
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Nov 2010
The Living Rulebook is awesome, and Cyanide's new Blood Bowl Legendary Edition is a very good implementation.

Blood Bowl truly is one of my favorite games, but I'm not into the miniatures hobby, and nor are any of my friends, so it never sees play in anything but a computer version (Cyanide or FUMBBL). However, I can only truly rate the game a 10 as I absolutely love it!
2010-11-04
Owned
Darkson (pretty much everywhere else)
England
Andover
Hampshire
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmb
10
Jun 2008*
Just the best game, even if the latest LRB (LRB5) isn't the best imo.
2008-06-12*
Owned
Zack Stackurski
United States
Mankato
Minnesota
flag msg tools
I love almost all games, play Boardgames with my wife, have three kids, generally enjoy cats and understand and like those bumper stickers with the little fishies sprouting legs.
badge
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Dec 2008*
Chess with dice and a spikey ball! The ability to advance your player's abilities through league play takes a fine game and makes it great. My only complaint is that my wife won't play with me and I haven't been able to get a league started in years...
2010-02-19
Owned
Jacob Russell
Canada
Vancouver
British Columbia
flag msg tools
Bullshit!
badge
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Dec 2009*

AWESOME!
2009-12-03

1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5  Next »  [11]

Front Page | Welcome | Contact | Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Advertise | Support BGG | Feeds RSS
Geekdo, BoardGameGeek, the Geekdo logo, and the BoardGameGeek logo are trademarks of BoardGameGeek, LLC.