When I was young I remember walking past local hobby game shops and peering through the windows to see kids playing games with little painted figured on massive battlefields strewn with scenery. This was the first time that the Games Workshop hobby came to my attention. It was not until a friend of mine started playing the game that I actually paid an interest. So I played some Warhammer, then some Warhammer 40K, Epic, Necromunda, Gorkamorka and BloodBowl.
BloodBowl is based in the dark fantasy world of Warhammer. In this world there are numerous fantasy races including Humans, Elves, Dwarves, Orcs, Goblins and Skaven (Ratmen). They are in a constant state of war but every now and again they take a break and enjoy a nice peaceful game of American football. No They don’t. What they play is similar to American football, but much, much more violent. The basic aim of the game is to score a touchdown by getting the ball into the opponents endzone. This is achieved by running, throwing, catching, kicking and maiming. Yes, I said maiming. If Your opponent has the ball then it is perfectly acceptable to punch him in the face, kick him while he is on the floor and then pick up the ball from him quivering hands.
So thats the basis of the board game. In the not too distant future BloodBowl will be available for Video gamers to enjoy. It is being developed by Cyanide and published by Focus Home Interactive and it will be available on the PC, Xbox 360, PSP and DS. So what can We look forward to from the video game adaptation of this ultra violent board game…
The game will have a number of modes available. There will be a quick mode that will allow the player to jump stright into a match. There will also be tornaments to enjoy and a massive campaign mode. In the campaign mode the player will not only have to play through the matches but also manage the team inbetween. As one can imagine with such a violent game, players on your team will get injured or even worse, killed. So its up to You to provide them with the best healthcare money can buy in the shape of Apothecaries, or to buy replacements for the players who cannot be helped. You will also be expected to hire cheerleaders, find sponsership and buy new equipment for Your team. Play well, manage well and maybe You could win the BloodBowl!!
There are two rule options to choose from once You have decided which game mode You wish to play. These are Classic or Blitz. In classic You will play BloodBowl exactly how it is meant to be played in a turn-based fashion using the official rules of the game. Blitz however will offer a number of differences including a real-time game option and the introduction of wizards to the stadium, just to raise the danger level.
There will be 8 playable races from which You can create Your team. These are Humans, Orcs, Dwarfs, Skaven, Lizardmen, Goblins, Wood Elves and Chaos. Each of the races will offer different strengths and weaknesses. For example Orcs are large, tough, strong, slow and expensive to replace whereas the Goblins are small, weak, quick and cheap. Then there are various Star Players to add to Your roster, providing You can afford these overpriced, highly skilled players.
The multiplayer experience will involve online leagues run by the players themselves and international leaderboards to climb. When You enter an online league all the same rules apply. You will still need to maintain Your team for the duration by healing and replacing players etc..
Current rumours are suggesting that the PC version of the game will be released in digital download form on June 18th. However these are just rumours and are yet to be confirmed. There is no word yet for when the console versions will be released. I am hugely looking forward to this game and will be playing it online once the Xbox 360 version is out.