Multiple times In the past, we have tried to play Blood Bowl, both in the form of single games and in a league, but always struggled to continue after a few games. Despite this, every year we get the desire to get some tiny athlete models and roll some dice with friends. With the COVID pandemic keeping us home, coupled with the long playtime for a single game, we had resolved to put off Blood Bowl for another year. This changed when we saw that Games Workshop just released the second season of their Barnes and Noble exclusive game Blitz Bowl, set in the Blood Bowl universe. Designed by James M. Hewitt, known for writing the rules for the new version of Adeptus Titanicus and the Hellboy board game, Blitz Bowl streamlines and simplifies the mechanics of Blood Bowl, creating a game with a similar feeling that can be played in 30-45 minutes rather than two hours. Using half the number of models of Blood Bowl (6 rather than 12), Blitz Bowl seemed like an obvious place to get into the Blood Bowl universe. With a Dark Elf team largely assembled, we decided to get the second season of Blitz Bowl and give the game a try!
The box of Blitz Bowl: Season 2 is heavy, glossy cardboard.
Directly inside of the box is a small, full-color rulebook, a pad of campaign sheets, and a double-sided mounted game board/pitch.
The box contains an excellent organizer that holds all of the models, cards, dice, and cardboard pieces.
Beneath the dugout and throw markers, you can see how the plastic insert nicely organizes all of the components of Blitz Bowl.
A game of Blitz Bowl set up, with a selection of Challenge cards along the top.
|The assembled human team.|
|The assembled Dwarf team.|
A game of Blitz Bowl with the Dwarves playing against a Human team.
A Human team playing against the diminutive Halflings.
A Dark Elf team is badly pummeling a Dwarf team.
- Eric Wier