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Blood Bowl II

2 years ago

The Cold Gods: Blood Bowl II Adds Norse For Free

I thoroughly enjoyed Blood Bowl II [official site]. A huge part of that enjoyment comes from the base rules of Blood Bowl itself, which create a tactical game so compact - in both duration and fieldspace - that it's almost claustrophobic. The slightest error can lead to a turnover and a defeat, and the riskiest plays occasionally see the entire run of play overturned in…

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3 years ago

eTouchdown: Blood Bowl 2 World Cup

There's a Blood Bowl 2 [official site] World Cup for PC players. I'm partly writing about this because it falls under the esports remit but MOSTLY because I wanted to register my suggestion that the trophy be an actual bowl full of blood. I feel like if I start talking about it publicly now there's a good chance someone will see and act on the…

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Feature: Foot-To-Face

Blood Bowl 2 Is Beautiful, Brutal And Improved

I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed Blood Bowl [official site] until I got my hands on a preview build of the sequel to Cyanide's digital version. The concept is immediately appealing to me - a violent sport in the Warhammer Fantasy universe - and each match is a condensed tactical battle, short enough to burn through in a short lunchbreak but capable of plugging into…

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We Don’t Go To Skavenholm: Blood Bowl 2

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Skaven are the greatest of the Warhammer Fantasy races. Just this morning, I took some time out to write a series of furious letters to the BBC regarding their refusal to fund my all-Skaven series of Dickens adaptations. Our Mutual Pestilens is a surefire hit and Tiny Verminkin would help our new Christmas Carol to dethrone the Muppets.…

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Kick-Off Delayed: Blood Bowl 2 Now Due In September

The official reason for delaying Blood Bowl II [official site] is "to ensure that players would enjoy the most polished foundations possible for the next generation Blood Bowl experience". I think it's probably also sensible to not launch a game around the media blitz of E3. So rather than in June, it's now due to launch on September 22nd. This news comes alongside a trailer…

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First Blood Bowl 2 Gameplay Trailer Kicks Off

We've had a little chat with the makers of Blood Bowl II [official site] - and isn't it nice to chat with people! - and peered at a few screenshots and swish trailers. With spring approaching, and therefore the turn-based tactical bloodsport's release, we're at the point in its marketing campaign where we get to see more of the game itself. Today brings the first…

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4 years ago

Feature:

Blood Bowl Is Unbalanced And That’s Why It’s Good

I recently spoke to Sylvain Sechi, project manager of Cyanide Studio’s forthcoming Blood Bowl 2, about their new adaptation of Games Workshop’s game of fantasy football. I had an ulterior motive, though. I didn’t just want to ask him about when the game is coming out and what the new team will be like. I wanted to selfishly hassle him about not including some of…

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Feature: Bowled... Over?

Blood Bowl 2 Interview: The Interface, Leagues, And DLC

I blame Tolkien. He wrote Orcs like football hooligans and so Games Workshop's idea of them actually playing football – albeit a version of American football where mutilations are encouraged – makes some sort of sense. The judgemental timer of Steam says I’ve played Blood Bowl more than a lot of other games in my library, more than plenty of games I play without having…

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Maim, Threat And Match: Blood Bowl 2

As far as I'm concerned, the important tasks for any new Blood Bowl 2 trailer to accomplish are as follows: 1) Show me which races will be available so that I don't expect to be writing about an Ultimate Skaven Edition in three years time. 2) Attempt to convince me that the camera movement and turn-flow will be as smooth as a freshly shampooed dwarf…

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5 years ago

Blood Bowl II Wants To Show You Its Grass

Its crowds and players and logo-adorned ball too, but mostly grass. Thick, lustrous, individually-bladed grass, with shadows and everything. It's like kicking a ball - and some heads - in a Crysis game. Whether these are screenshots or bullshots remains to be seen, but they've done the intended job of making me goo "ooh! That looks lovely, in a spiky-shouldered, maiming-heavy sort of way!"

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And Also: Blood-To-Bowl Manager Revealed

It's a good year to be a Blood Bowl fan. Well, unless you're one of those folks who can't abide developer Cyanide. (I think they try to do a lot of interesting, ambitious things, but often end up fluffing them). Not only is a sequel to the relatively faithful and quietly successful 2009 PC adaptation inbound, but there's now also going to be Blood Bowl:…

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