Ah, the sport of kings! That's horse racing. Blood Bowl on the other hand is a turn-based sport board game set in the Warhammer universe. It's kind of like American football but with the flow and excitement removed and fantasy clichés and random dice rolls added. Let's see how my team-The Baker Street Irregulars-got on in their first season in the top flight.
In the last few years or so though I've had a bit of a revelation about sport and I've started regularly playing and watching it. My sport of choice to play is Ultimate Frisbee which shares many similarities with American football (and thus Blood Bowl). It's a game about maintaining possession, managing space, strategic passing and scoring in the endzone. I love it because it suits a lanky person like me and because it's the first game I've ever taken the time to learn the tactics of. Now that I've had this revelation, a turn-based sports game, with all the physical aspects removed and nothing but the strategy, should be perfect for me.
I name my team and pick my colours and motto -
Once all my players have moved it's the opponent's turn. They push in to my half and out towards my ball carrier. This is fine, the space they've left is open for my other runners if I need them. One of their brutes approaches my Lizardman blocker and, joy of joys, fails his roll and gets taken out.
It's a turnover and my guys are off. My ball carrier and wall head further up the touchline and my runners assume positions where they can flood the endzone if necessary. I risk a run from one of my nippy fellas and he gets safely deep into their half. So I have my options now and it's decision time: attempt to run my ball-carrier into the endzone, throw to my free receiver who can run in and score or dump it back and reset. My two point scoring opportunities involve dice rolls, one to see if my throw clears the defender, and the other to see if I dodge the defender's tackle. The defender in both cases is the same guy. I have three blockers available to pummel him, but because of the turnover rule I'm frozen with fear. All of my options are good but I have no idea if I'm more likely to pass a dodge, a throw or a knockdown roll.
In the end I try and bash him and fail my roll. I should be able to try that twice more since I've made sure to move in a group, but no, it's a turnover and one by one my team get pummelled and it's 3-0 and the final whistle blows.
I feel a little aggrieved at having what I thought was a well thought out strategy spoiled by a dice roll, but I did feel like I was making progress and I'll probably do better if I ever go back to it. Overall I think I would enjoy Blood Bowl if I started on easy and gave it a few more tries. Maybe we need to start a league at work.
Right, it's Bookworm Adventures 2 next and I smell a completion on the horizon...
Goals scored - 0
Players killed - All of them
Pizzas eaten - 1