bigglesworth wrote:Anyone recommend Blood Bowl as a game? I like Warhammer but I've heard mixed reports about the game.
I have the Legendary Edition and it's a bit meh. I did have fun for a bit, but I lost interest pretty fast.
I haven't played Blood Bowl before and I found it a little difficult to pick up, not least because some idiot decided there would be a mandatory time limit on all turns for some stupid reason, which prevents me reading the action logs and looking at the tooltips for all the abilities and such to work out what things are and what happened and why. A lot of the skill descriptions also require a semi-decent knowledge of the rules before you can understand what they mean and how much of an advantage they are.
The commentary is kind of funny but gets very, very repetitive very quickly. There's a couple of lines for each race and you'll soon hear them over... and over... and over.
As far as actual gameplay goes, it's... kind of okay. I found it a bit repetitive, though - it seemed like pretty much every match plays out the same way, with the only major differences being a result of the two sides which are playing (some are good at marching down the field slowly and bashing everyone, and some are good at running a guy past and throwing to him). Also, you need to roll dice for pretty much everything, which is sometimes a bit frustrating. I found it particularly annoying that players often have trouble just picking up the ball when it's sitting in the middle of a group of friendly players. Maybe if you know more about the game or you play the right side you can ameliorate this, but since it's a little difficult to get into, as I mentioned...
I suspect the actual tabletop game is a bit more fun because you have actual people sitting around together, so when someone fumbles the ball in a bad spot or a player gets terminally injured everyone can have a laugh. Also you would go through each action one-by-one rather than them all being mysteriously resolved in three seconds by magical RNG fairies, which might make it easier to learn the mechanics.
Endless Mike wrote:I'm pretty sure the PC game is a pretty direct port of the board game, but I could be wrong about that.
There are a few options, which range from "exactly the official tabletop rules" to "the real rules with some house rules and extra stuff" to "silly real-time mode, for people who just bought this because it had a guy with spiky football pads on the cover and they thought it looked cool".