This bonecrunching sport features 23 playable races, each with its own style, vicious moves, rankings & more!
User reviews: Very Positive (1,051 reviews) - 84% of the 1,051 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 11, 2012

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Reviews

“Blood Bowl is a rare treat - and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.”
strategyinformer

About This Game

Inspired by the Warhammer Fantasy world, Blood Bowl is an ultra-violent combination of strategy and sports games.

The Chaos Edition features 23 playable races, including 3 that are totally new, each offering its own game style! Make a competitive team, train it and buy the best equipment. Brutal victory after victory, improve your players' skills to make them into true Blood Bowl players! This is a no holds barred bonecrunching sport! Even if tactics are your favored route, you can also choose from a large selection of incredible and vicious moves: bribe the ref, devastating spells or illegal weapons…

In the Chaos Edition, three new races are making their triumphant arrival on the field: the malevolent Chaos Dwarfs, the outcasts of the Underworld teams and, for the very first time in Blood Bowl, the Daemons of Khorne! The new Lizardmen Stadium is more than ready to welcome all new teams, along with a new challenging mode, World Cup: participate in a prestigious competition, and lead your team from the qualifications to the bloody final tournament!

Blood Bowl can be played online. Create your team, improve it and lead it to the top of the official rankings! Develop your own private internet league to organize your own tournaments!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3/ Vista SP1/WINDOWS 7/WINDOWS 8
    • Processor: AMD/INTEL DUAL-CORE 2.4 GHZ
    • Memory: 1024 MB (XP)/2048 MB (VISTA/7/8)
    • Graphics:128 MB 100% DirectX® 9 and shaders 2.0 compatible (NVIDIA GEFORCE 6600 / ATI RADEON X700 or higher) Not compatible with SLI. Intel, SIS and Via/S3G graphics controllers non-supported
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:8 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX® 9 compatible
    • Additional:Internet connection required for online gameplay.
Helpful customer reviews
86 of 90 people (96%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
68.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 3, 2015
Blood Bowl is a...How to put this? Turn based fantasy sport satire boardgame?
It's quite unique, and I have difficulty describing it in a simple way so I will explain the gameplay

You have a team of 11-16 pieces(Your players), and you face off against a team of similar size. Only up to 11 per team can be on the field at once. It is vaguely remniscent of American Football(Handegg for you Europeans out there), where you have a ball and you need to run it into your opposition's endzone to score. Different from the sport however is that you take turns moving your pieces.
This leads to a more strategic and tactical game, with the dice-based mechanics making it manly a challenge of risk avoidance, while maximising the risk for your opponent.

Of course, being a Warhammer universe, there are races other than humans. And everything is much more violent. It is not unusual for a team to have players die on the field, or to have them permanently injured. And tactics are much less throwing balls and passing for the less dextrous races(Orks tend to not have a great catcher for one, and the passing game of a dwarf team is notorious for being poor), and more other things. Stalling, outmanouvering your opponent, or just plainly trying to beat them all to a pulp and walk right through them are options. There are plenty of tactical choices to be made, and several strategic ones as well - A team can last you a very long time, and knowing how to build the skills on your team is crucial to your success in the later matches.

In the end, it is a very interesting game. It has a little something for everyone, from amazing comebacks out of a long pass by an elf team to the pure carnage of a band of orks having themselves a good old brawl while there just happens to be a ball in the mix somewhere, to entirely other playstyles entirely.
While often I think of something to say that would let you know whether or not you'll like it, the only way to know for sure with Bloodbowl is to try.

It's very hit and miss. If you end up enjoying it, you can get a long, long time out of your money. And if not, well. It was cheap(If you got it on sale), and you tried.
And even then, it's a great game to play with a friend while just talking or doing something else on the side.


Blood Bowl Chaos edition includes all content of Legendary edition.

New in Chaos edition are three new teams/races you can pick, none of them overpowered so you are not buying power here, while at the same time being 100% compatible with Legendary edition.
There are extra voice lines, a new stadium, and a new price tag!
Buying Chaos edition gets you all the content in Legendary as well, so you can consider it the 'full edition' at this point. (Before Bloodbowl 2 anyway)
Is it worth a whole 10 bucks more? Up to you. But do know that during sales it is often available for a much cheaper price, a total of 7,50 seems to be customary.

Worth it on sale? You bet it is. Worth it for everyone? As before, maybe. But I do recommend giving it a try just in case you like it. Because if you do, you'll wonder where the hours went, and why the sun is coming up already.


I highly recommend Cknoor and his group for both learning to play, finding the fun in the game if you're not sure on what to amuse yourself with, and finding people to play with

http://steamcommunity.com/groups/cknoorbowl
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24 of 24 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
18.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2015
I had the legendary edition previously and was holding out for BloodBowl 2. I was disappointed with what i saw and even more disappointed with the wave upon wave of issues Blood Bowl 2 has.

At 75% off I was convinced that I might as well finally opt for Legendary edition as I had always wanted to play chaos dwarfs anyway. Initially I was put off by 'made-up' new teams but the Khorne and Underworld teams add some variety that remains balanced in line with others.

Rest of the additions is simply more of what we had before.....

If you want to get into Blood Bowl then by far your best option is to ignore 2 and get Chaos edition of Blood Bowl 1. If you have either of other version of Blood Bowl 1, then stick with what you've got unless you REALLY want to play one of the 3 new teams.

I loved Blood Bowl on tabletop and this version of the game is the best available! Highly recommended!
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37 of 51 people (73%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
75.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 13, 2015
Makes you hate that dice all the time.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
41.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2015
If you like Blood Bowl or playing games with turn based strategy you must play that game, you'll love it.
If you have not ever played Blood Bowl you should try with this version, keeps the spirit of the game with a great diversity of races and units, with a lot of explanations about the rules. Remember you can download the rules on pdf at the internet for free.
There are two ways to play a match: classic (as the original) and "not turn based", I´ve only played classic one so I cannot talk about the other system.
I really recommend it.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2015
Blood Bowl is an adaptation of a tabletop game by the same name that was created by Games Workshop. It takes place in an alternate version of the Warhammer Fantasy universe where all of the races decide to settle their differences playing games of American Gridiron Football.

Much of the aesthetic of Blood Bowl was nailed perfectly. The look of the more general races like the Humans resemble 1950's caricatures of Football players. While the more fantastical races like the Undead look like mummified quarterbacks. There's a significant amount of content in this release, with a total of 23 races. Each with their own unique roster of players and distinctive gameplay balance.

My favorite aspect of Blood Bowl is it's extensive singleplayer experience that also appears in the multiplayer. If your players get injured this carries over into subsequent matches, and if they die you lose them forever. Your players also level up and gain Fallout style perks. It reminds me a great deal of strategy games like X-Com. The entire game is turn based and every action in the game is determined through rolling a 6 sided die. It is a surprisingly faithful recreation of the original tabletop game, which puts off a lot of players as a result.

Blood Bowl gets frequently referred to as an "RNG game with a mix of strategic elements". Which I personally disagree with. The random elements to the game make the game stand out to me compared to a lot of other strategy games. Where you can have a player void his entire turn because of a botched pass, forcing you to adapt. The meta of the game as a result revolves around minimizing the amount of rolls you might have to make, taking full advantage of your teams strengths. Because of these random elements, succeeding with a plan feels much more earned than it normally would be in any other strategy game. You feel that Ork score a touchdown, you feel your team win a tournament. It all feels really good when you win.

Which brings me to my criticisms of the game. While Cyanide did a hell of a job adapting the rules, the game doesn't really explain very core fundamentals. Things like the balance between the races, roster selection, and even what particular plays are more effective over others. Blood Bowl is a game that requires practice and most importantly patience. You won't fully learn the game without losing several matches and clocking in upwards of 10 hours into it even. It takes a lot of reading guides and practice to really understand how to play it.

But that's one of the most satisfying aspects of Blood Bowl. To me it's a turn based strategy game that's willing to anger you, that's willing to grind your teeth, that's willing to paint facepaint on your cheeks and dump Gatorade down your throat. This game is one of the finer examples of injecting variety into an otherwise bland sports game, and it really makes you feel like you're playing it in both body and mind.

One last thing to note is the "Chaos" edition to the game is the complete version, with more content than the Legendary edition. While you can play online with players from the Legendary edition, it comes highly recommended to get this version to recieve the full experience.
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