Inspired by the Warhammer Fantasy world, Blood Bowl is an ultra-violent combination of strategy and sports games. The Legendary Edition features 20 playable races, including 11 that are totally new, each offering its own game style! Make a competitive team, train it and buy the best equipment.
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Release Date: Oct 28, 2010

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Inspired by the Warhammer Fantasy world, Blood Bowl is an ultra-violent combination of strategy and sports games.
The Legendary Edition features 20 playable races, including 11 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 favoured route, you can also choose from a large selection of incredible and vicious moves: bribe the ref, devastating spells or illegal weapons…
Blood Bowl Legendary Edition also includes new stadiums and new game modes such as the "Story" mode. Here you will learn of Blood Bowl's origins and play the sports' most legendary matches in its most spectacular stadiums!
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

    • OS: Windows XP SP3/ Vista SP1/ 7
    • Processor: Pentium 4 2.4 GHZ/AthlonXP 2400+
    • Memory: 1GB (XP)/ 2GB (Vista/7)
    • 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: 5 GB
    • Sound: DirectX® 9 compatible
    • Multiplayer Requirements: Internet connection required for online gameplay.
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Mostly Positive (726 reviews)
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Rob
( 35.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
A perfect example of why most turn-based games are awful. Skill doesn't matter because everything comes down to the RNG.
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Wicket W. Warrick
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 5
It is good game you like the classic table top game. Lots of replayability and fun voice acting
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Silent Hastati
( 280.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 3
My old review for this was positive. And it technically still is. Blood Bowl is a great game. The underlying mechanics are great, and Chaos Edition was, even with the release of BB2, the definitive edition of the game.

Keyword was. With the release of BB2 we saw a slow downward spiral of the MP community, to the point where today, the only action going on in BB1, either CE or Legendary, is in scheduled organized leagues. As such I cannot reccomend BB1 to a new player. BB2 may be a steep ask what with the lesser amount of teams, but it's where most of the pickup MP community has gone. There also is the freeware alternative called FUMBBL, that's 2d and java based. Both are a far better option than BB1 now for actual MP.

Ordinarily I would not go an remove and change the thumb to a down for a game simply because of the MP community drying up, but for Blood Bowl the entirety of the game is both MP, and has moved on to a nearly identical platform as well at that, and thus I feel obliged to steer people to those two alternatives, either the updated retail version, or the smaller, more hardcore community of the freeware game.
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pasta_dragon
( 7.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
ok let me start by saying not only had I played this game, but also the one on psp in advance, and with both games I encountered the same issue: dice rolls. the dice rolls are without doubt complete and utter ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t, I try playing a team with high agility, within the first 2 turns not a single player can move or attack without either tripping, pushing the opponent softly, getting tackled or straight up dying in a single hit. another issue is the learning curve is ♥♥♥♥ing ridiculous, at no point after having completed the tutorial 3 times did I feel like I knew enough to play better than a drunk toddler, even after spending over an hour looking up a tutorial of sorts from totalbiscuit did I feel any smarter or more capable of doing a damn thing, spend your hard earned money elsewhere
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lj_gav
( 97.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Great converison of Blood Bowl to PC. Sweet Graphics.
Computer is a cheating tosser when playing Single Player however.
Missing Chaos Dwarf else all 20 Original teams in there. (Note: 12 Teams added ARE NOT New, they was just lazy making Blood bowl 1).
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eldrasis
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: April 22
the series that took expandalone to the logical conclusion where you just rerelease the same game with one or two more races and sell it at full price all over again
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Yaboi Ainsley
( 25.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 30
No way to play with sound while turning off the commentators
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bigdye1976
( 120.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 24
If you like the board game your will like this also. You can make anytype of team you want, just have to make the dice rolls:D Beware of the 1 always is a killer...
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Paul
( 16.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 22
Make a sacrifice in the name of RNGeesus before playing this.
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Olsaien
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 20
Now I've had the time of my life
No I never felt like this before
Yes I swear it's the truth
and I owe it all to you.
I've been waiting for so long
Now I've finally found someone
To stand by me.
Now with passion in our eyes
There's no way we could disguise it secretly
So we take each other's hand
Cause we seem to understand the urgency.
Cause I've had the time of my life
And I owe it all to you
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
280.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
My old review for this was positive. And it technically still is. Blood Bowl is a great game. The underlying mechanics are great, and Chaos Edition was, even with the release of BB2, the definitive edition of the game.

Keyword was. With the release of BB2 we saw a slow downward spiral of the MP community, to the point where today, the only action going on in BB1, either CE or Legendary, is in scheduled organized leagues. As such I cannot reccomend BB1 to a new player. BB2 may be a steep ask what with the lesser amount of teams, but it's where most of the pickup MP community has gone. There also is the freeware alternative called FUMBBL, that's 2d and java based. Both are a far better option than BB1 now for actual MP.

Ordinarily I would not go an remove and change the thumb to a down for a game simply because of the MP community drying up, but for Blood Bowl the entirety of the game is both MP, and has moved on to a nearly identical platform as well at that, and thus I feel obliged to steer people to those two alternatives, either the updated retail version, or the smaller, more hardcore community of the freeware game.
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104 of 131 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
367.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
8/10
While Blood bowl is a great game to play (Seriously, I've logged over 300 hours on this one!) You want the Chaos edition. http://store.steampowered.com/app/216890 On the other hand, sometimes it can be cheaper to buy this one AND the Chaos edition than to buy this one alone...
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54 of 60 people (90%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 4, 2015
You will lose.
repeatedly.
the other team will slip past your perfectly organized defense
your defenders will get knocked out somehow
you'll fumble the ball when it's right in front of your player
you will miss a throw, fail a block, lose players and watch everything you've so carefully organized be pummeled to gibs.

But you'll get better.
the more you play it, the more you'll understand the rules and how the nature of the game works.
you'll have that moment where a perfect play comes together, or you see an opening in the enemy team's defense and just go for it. And when you do score that touchdown? It feels great.

It's a difficult system to master and I'm sure as hell not there yet either. But from what I played on the 360 version and this, it can definately feel really rewarding when you nail it. And even if you don't? You can at least make your opponent have to work for it.

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37 of 44 people (84%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 27, 2014
"WELCOME, SPORTS FANS! ARE YOU READY FOR ANOTHER SKULL-SPLITTING, BONE-CRUSHING GOOD TIME?"

Ah, what fun it is to play the good ol' Blood Bowl! I used to play the tabletop version and fell in love. This version has all the charm (and frustration) of American football gone medieval, the best strategies lain waste to bad dice rolls, and multiple races with all the expected strengths and weakness common with Warhammer fantasy. The upgraded commentary from our two favorite Blood Bowl aficionados, Jim (Vampire) and Bob (Ogre), keep a smile on your face with every result... even the ones that go against you. The rulebook is also included from the tabletop version to define everything you need to know about the game.

I prefer playing the turn-based "Blitz" mode, which allows for some customization of your teams, players, and adds additional flavor of spells, crowds and riot-causing fans, as well as player equipment (upgraded helmets, pads, etc which add to your abilities), bribing the ref, and many more. I love to win and hate to lose because this game make you sweat for every inch of the Pitch (playing field)!

For the first time player, tutorials are included. The game is easy to learn but does have some complexion in the variety of rules to be tracked. I recommend to put it on easy mode and play a couple games to get the hang of it after you do the tutorials.

Multiplayer mode is also available and I use it! My friends who play with me love to rant and rave about the worst roll or that last second catch at the end of the match that scored the game-winning touchdown!

WARNING! This game will test your frustration limits! I mean, COME ON!, how does a strength 2 halfling charge a strength 6 minotaur and KO him!?? WTH, man!? LOL!

Again, I loved it back in the 80's when I originally played it tabletop, and this brings back all the fun! It did so well that it received a go at "Blood Bowl 2"!
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17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
101.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
American Football meets Warhammer is probably the best way to describe Cyanide Studio's sporting epic called Blood Bowl which throws gamers into this deadly universe. Apart from sporting and a healthy dose of violence, there is even some RPG and management aspects added to the game to keep things quite original and fresh. Throwing together a variety of characters from the world of Warhammer, gamers can now experience a sporting game with a difference as Orcs, Humans, Goblins and the like all fight for victory on the field and although these games were quite popular in the yesteryear of gaming, it's great to see a developer run with the idea again.

In terms of gameplay, Blood Bowl Legendary Edition is not your traditional sports game but you’ve probably guessed that already. As opposed to the console sport games, this title is a turn based strategy. The biggest change to this edition as opposed to previous games is that the developers have included a variety of new races into the mix such as High Elves and the Undead. Elves can also "glamour" their foes which does allow you to control them. The secret is 11 new playable races! Then you have the streamlined online play that actually makes it more fun to play it online as opposed to single-player. The only issues with online is trying to find another player and with offline, the AI is a little less than challenging.

If you haven’t played the board game or the previous PC game, I thoroughly recommend that you follow every step of the tutorial because as opposed to American Football, there are quite a few tweaks and changes to be found. From kicks to tackles and dodging, the learning curve of this title, especially if you are unfamiliar with American Football or rugby to an extent is quite high. Things become even more challenging with the inclusion of Blood Bowl rules.

Once you have completed the tutorial, the story mode is probably the best place to start which allows you to put your skills into action…slowly. In this mode, you play a mercenary trainer or "coach" for your selected race,as you play a variety of games. Another fun mode is the campaign mode which offers you a plethora of levels or games to play but offers some unlockable content as you gain new powers and players.

However the star of the title is playing the game online as you engage in a variety of matches and leagues. There is a new commissioner tool that has been added into the game. This gives the owner of a particular league, some power in terms of resetting matches or replays. This is how Blood Bowl should be played. Just be warned that dying sucks... especially when one of your stars decided to take a dirt nap from getting killed by an opponent or opponent. Or those pesky vampires that get blood lust and wish to feed on not only their opponents but also the fans!

Despite some flaky matchmaking and an apparent ability for less scrupulous players to 'predict' incoming dice rolls, online play in Blood Bowl is still a whole lot of fun. Custom leagues exist for those of you that want to dodge the minefield of random play, with a thriving community dedicated to providing decent opposition and eradicating the sort of rage-quitting and general idiocy that unfortunately rears its head during regular play with strangers.

Also it's worth noting that due to the hugely expanded roster the Legendary Edition remains very much open to questions of imbalance, but in part that's simply a design choice. Choosing a smaller team such as the Halflings will never give you a fair crack at winning, but including the weaker races will placate a large section of the audience that wants an authentic experience and a distinct challenge for veterans. Yes it's disappointing to see a bewildering lack of instruction to new players on how to avoid the more obvious mismatches, but you get the feeling that developer Cyanide rarely took their eyes off developing a title that served the old guard first and foremost - the type of people that will be only too happy to have a large range of playable races and head into every game fully prepared for the likely challenge of encountering each.

The graphics mirror the board game perfectly and all the characters look like their real-world miniature painted figures. The animation is good as are the stadium backgrounds and special effects. It’s funny seeing these mythical creatures compete in a sport game similar to American Football with its all regalia. The stadiums look pretty cool as well and there around 10 new areas for you to compete in. The soundtrack with its rock inspired mythic focus suits the game well as do the sound effects. Overall, it’s a good looking game, especially on high detail.

So do I recommend this game? If you’re a fan of Blood Bowl, than you’ve come to the right place but just be warned that online play is a must. Sports fans would probably be annoyed due to the limited control of the players but once again this game is a strategy not an arcade sports title.
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 28, 2015
Recommended for anyone looking to get a start with playing Blood Bowl. Blood Bowl 2 has come out however the editions of BB1 are great value since they have more teams available and BB1 still follows the same rule set.

As for the gameplay, its essentially a combination of football, chess, and dice rolls. Many things do come down to random chance, but the goal is to ensure that you take chances in your favour to give yourself the best possible chance of success. Eventually all your players will die, you will lose the ball in the most random/unpredictable way and you with hang your head.

No the dice are not stacked against you, and your not going to win every game. If you cant handle that than this isnt the game for you.
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
107.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2014
For sale on steam: Membership to a cult.

Specifically, the cult of Nuffle - Chaos god of random ♥♥♥♥ happening in an amusing way.
Welcome to Bloodbowl, a turn based tabletop sports game/religious ceremony of Nuffle based off the Warhammer fantasy boardgame of the same name.

For those unaware of Bloodbowl and what it is. It is essentially what happens when you take (American) football and set it in the Warhammer universe. For those who don't know American football, players take a ball and try to run it into the opponent's endzone, at the other side of the field.
This scores them a point, and whoever has the most points at the end of the match wins.
Unique to Bloodbowl, however, is that it's heavier on the action. Orks don't particularly enjoy making a run with the ball to see if they can score that way. They'll just get together and try to punch their way through the opponent's lines. And this can lead to injuries or even deaths on both sides.

Also different from the physical sport is that this is mainly turn based(A real-time mode exists too, if you prefer that). Players take turns moving their players and performing actions. It is surprisingly strategic and you need to think about your moves. You can do a lot of risky things, but your turn ends immediately if things go too wrong. If your players go down, if you fail to pick up the (Often slippery) ball, you score a point or you run out of time to make your moves - That's the end of your turn. This, combined with the chance based mechanics (It is based off a boardgame, dice are involved in pretty much all actions) and a critical success and failure system means that anything is possible. You can come back from the worst of positions, and you can always end up losing from the best of positions, but there is skill to be found here other than just random luck.

Skill, and strategy in Bloodbowl is not twitch based, build orders, or micromanagement. Instead of that, It's your risk management. If you can position your players so that they force your opponent to take risks, then it is likely that he will at some point fail at it. And then you can come in, get the ball loose, and try to score. If you do not know how to attack the opponent's defensive formation without taking unnecessary risks, you'll end up with players laying down and the opponent stealing the ball away from you.
The lack of 100% winning strategies, and chance based things mean that every match is different, and as such it has great replayability, variety, and new situations almost every time you play, while the online play, private leagues, and team progression means you will be able to play a long time without getting bored.

When things go well, and your worst player slaps down an ogre? Praise Nuffle!
When your elf catcher trips on his own shoelaces and breaks his neck? Praise Nuffle!
The end result of a match isn't the goal you're playing for. It's the journey there - If you don't take it too seriously you'll be able to enjoy this game, but if you can't stand bad luck where you can just roll critical failures every turn? It might just be frustrating then.

For fans of games that do things differently, or just fans of boardgames, I can recommend this. And if you're wondering about Legendary and Chaos edition then don't worry. They're compatible with eachother. You'll be able to play with people who own the other version too
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
20.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
Got this for $5 when it was on sale last week. What a steal! This game is easily worth the full price. You don't even have to like football or warhammer to enjoy watching a lizardmen punch a vampire in the face!
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19 of 25 people (76%) found this review helpful
25 people found this review funny
Recommended
194.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 13, 2015
Jolly good! A marvelous and sophisticated, sportsmanlike activity, which compels rugged, dashing and well mannered players to gently push each other out of their paths, as they valiantly attempt to transport the ball into their opponent's goal line. Whereupon each side humbly congratulates the goal scorer and bears no grudges upon the next kick off. Friendly medical staff stand by to treat the occasional scratch or bump that the players might suffer now and again. All-in-all, this is a very gentlemanly sport, which promotes goodwill and ....

AAAAAH! Who am I kidding? If you believed that crock, then you should not buy this game!!! Because you'll only find violence aplenty, grudges, spikes, bad tempers, kick-em-when-they're-down tactics, haymakers, broken backs, ugly ruffians, even uglier players, blood red grass, bribery and all those other things that fans enjoy in a ball game. RAAAAGGHHHRRR!! (That part was added just for effect)
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18 of 24 people (75%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2015
Alright kids, buckle up.. this game is a ♥♥♥♥ing ♥♥♥♥♥torm waiting to happen.. never before in my life have I been so salty to another human being than when half my team is knocked out and the other players team is full of Edward ♥♥♥♥ing Twillight vampire looking ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s who run through every tacklezone and Catch every pass.. while my guys cant even stand up on the ♥♥♥♥ing wet grass.

No But Seriously this game is alot of RNG and if you arent prepared for it you will get very angry very easily..
now I want to talk about the Pros and Cons.. but before I do I want to say the Blood Bowl Community is a very nice and teaching one, and you cant really walk into this game without their advice.

-PROS-
-The Game feels great
-So many races to pick from
-Tons of team composition variation
-You really get a feel for your star players and you begin to grow attached to them
-Playing with friends is the best. almost like sitting around playing monopoly.. except you want to stab them in the face 5x more.
-The Game was relativly cheap, and you could easily dump over a few 100 hours into this game if you really wanted too.

-CONS-
-The servers will constantly lag out
-Most players use OP teams such as Chaos and Undead
-RNG will litterally make you want to ♥♥♥♥ing kill yourself
-Once you Play you become addicted
-Really hard learning curve
-In order to be okay at the game you need to look up the best comps, strats, plays, and exactly what you want to do against specific teams.


Now.. there is a ♥♥♥♥load wrong with this game.. I hate it but I love it. Its like an abusive girlfriend. Very Love/Hate.

♥♥♥♥ing Casuals.
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