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Blood Bowl Season 2 rules review

The latest edition of Blood Bowl is out, and my verdict is that this is the best edition yet. The crown of most significant must go to either the first edition which kicked everything off, or the third edition which started to codify the rules into a sensible, playable game.

Season 2 is great though and has clearly been made with a lot of love for the game and attention to details. For the purposes of a review, I’m just looking at the rulebook here. The boxed game is excellent value and I recommend it as a purchase, but for now I’m purely talking about the rules.

Blood Bowl is a game of fantasy football, and that’s fantasy as in Tolkien, where teams of orcs and elves battle it out for the trophy. The objective of the game is to score more touchdowns than your opponent and also stomp their team into the turf while you’re at it!

The book steps you through a typical game of Blood Bowl, going through all the important things your players will do – throwing the ball, catching the ball, and ignoring the ball to clobber your opponents. It’s all there and nicely laid out with boxes which summarise certain sections. The book has been laid out such that if you simply start a game, you will basically leaf your way through the book as you play.

So far, so good. However this book is filled with extras. There’s rules for a full 21 separate teams, ranging from orcs and elves, through to humans, goblins, ogres, dwarfs and more. The teams are then divided into tiers, where a tier 1 team can expect to take on any opponent. Tier 2 teams may be trickier to get going but once they do tend to be able to match anyone. Tier 3 teams are Blood Bowl on hard mode for experienced coaches who like a challenge. Each team has its Tier clearly labelled so that you can choose a team with your eyes open. In previous editions tiers were understood but not outright stated, so this is a nice change.

In addition to the teams the book contains some short rules on setting up and running e league. League play is at the heart of Blood Bowl’s enduring appeal, and so it’s great to see this inclusion. Again previously editions have treated leagues and a kind of optional add-on, but for most players it’s the reason they play.

If you are an existing player, this book gives you a solid new set of rules, and few new tricks to play, and watch out for, and a comprehensive guide to everything from choosing your team, to joining a league and levelling up your players into superstars.

For new players this provides a great entry into the game. In terms of long term impact it’s too soon to tell, but I think Season 2 could be the most popular edition of Blood Bowl so far.

15 comments on “Blood Bowl Season 2 rules review

  1. dave2718
    December 5, 2020

    Lots of love for BB about. How much do you need to understand American football to be able to play BB? It is one of those ball games that remains a mystery for me.

    • davekay
      December 5, 2020

      Not at all would be my response on that, based on my own level of knowledge there! If anything I have seen people used to American football get confused by Blood Bowl’s sending off rule, which is taken from soccer (aka real football)

      • Bookstooge
        December 5, 2020

        Burn the Heretic!

      • ericritter65
        December 6, 2020

        Well that sucks, I was hoping for more of a real football feel, not a soccer-like game, but then again there are elves, so using foot-fairy rules might fit the theme better.

      • davekay
        December 7, 2020

        It’s definitely not a fantasy version of American Football, more a hybrid

      • backtothehammer
        December 10, 2020

        It’s like US football in so far as they all wear armour and carry and throw the ball but also blends in a bit of Proper football and rugby. Of course it’s far more violent too.

      • dave2718
        December 6, 2020

        Cool. (Adds another game to the wish-list).

    • Azazel
      December 5, 2020

      None! 😀

  2. Kuribo
    December 6, 2020

    This is a great write-up, Dave! Blood Bowl sounds like a lot of fun and I hope we’ll get to see you paint some minis for the game in the future 🙂

    • davekay
      December 7, 2020

      The free witch elf model from GW got me to dig out a sprue of 10 dark elves I have been keeping for years, so I will be doing that team on the next tray!

      • Kuribo
        December 8, 2020

        I look forward to seeing them 🙂

  3. Faust
    December 6, 2020

    How’s the readability of the new book? The previous edition had backgrounds which made it hard to read the text on the page sometimes.

    • davekay
      December 7, 2020

      It’s been fine for me, there’s some instances of yellow text on a red background, but not for key rules.

      • Faust
        December 8, 2020

        That’s good to hear! Oh yea, if you have the new pitch, is it easier to see the squares now too?

  4. backtothehammer
    December 10, 2020

    I’m really looking forward to looking at the game but have a delay as the missies confiscated it until Xmas!

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