Card drafting game for 2-4 players, ages 14+, from Fantasy Flight Games.
Blood Bowl: Team Manager—The Card Game is based on an old Games Workshop property. It’s a standalone game of frenzied deck-building action that takes 2-4 players through the cutthroat excitement of an entire Blood Bowl season in just about one-to two hours of playing time. Some players rely on speed, others on size. Some will mercilessly injure their opponents, while others cheat like crazy to score touchdowns. The object is to build a formidable team and win the Blood Bowl championship. Players take on the role of the coach of one of six factions from the Blood Bowl world Humans, Dwarfs, Wood Elves, Orcs, Skaven, or Chaos, and attempt to formulate the right style of play to fit the characteristics of their teams as they customize their decks in frenzied fits of deck-building in order to fight their way to the championship.
I remember when the original game was released from Games Workshop (yep I am that old!!) I had a Dark Elf team that would race up against teams of chaos, dwarves, orcs, skaven etc. We all had a team we used, so this game does bring back the memories! In itself, this is a very clever little game. It oozes flavour, the cards have some great llittle captions at the bottom (especially the orcs!). The star players and special moves are true to the original game and as it is played over a season, the game is well balanced. Star Players are a must at the start and the only moan is they there are a couple of cards that add points at the end of the game that seem a bit over powered. The game itself is easy to learn, the cards are clear and self-explanatory so older children will soon pick them up. A bit violent for younger children but the box is clearly marked as 14+ and that is a good guide. So a good game, especially if you remember the original!!Play report - 8th December 2011, 15th December 2011, 8th March 2012