GW: Blood Bowl Contents Unveiled

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The Blood Bowl Box has been seen in the wild – Come see what’s heading for the pitch!

via Miniwars


This new box is clearing going to be Humans vs Orcs which is a call out to the classic version of the game. I also like the new seal they have designed for the game. It’s the little things really.


The back of the box is where things are getting interesting. If you look closely you can see all the contents listed:

  • Two teams of 12 dynamically posed, push fit, coloured plastic Citadel miniatures.
  • Game Tokens and Balls.
  • A lavishly detailed, double-sided, fold-out Official pitch.
  • Two Offical Blood Bowl Team Dug-outs
  • Two sets of Offical Blood Bowl Dice
  • Plastic Pass, Scatter and Throw-in Templates
  • Deck of Special Play Cards
  • Player Reference Cards
  • Official Blood Bowl Rulebook
  • Two Game Reference sheets

I love the fact that the board is double sided as many veteran players will appreciate getting a new field to play on after 20+ years! Also note this is a complete game for 2 players. which makes sense as the two teams are included. And you can see their names too: Reikland Raiders and Gouged Eye Orcs.



Here is a good look at the pitch and some of the models in action.


This is a good shot of the game in action – I like that the players have cards with their stats on them. That makes it super handy to reference.

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Here’s a final shot of the rule book. It looks about the same size as many other board game rule books.

Not much else to say about this one! At least we have a pretty good idea of what the contents will be. And if you want to take a closer look at the models here are some of the images we’ve seen previously:

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Now that is some “Fantasy” Football!

  • Mattias Andersson

    My old dark elf-team have been waiting 20 years for a comeback.

  • zeno666

    Feels like watching 240p on Youtube

  • TheNickelEye

    Wondering with all the cards/race specific dugouts and so forth if for new teams/races instead of just being a box of mini’s it will be more like a full fledged boardgame expansions. New player cards, new models, maybe a new dugout and any little supplemental rules.

    It would make it easier to expand the rules as they went almost like x-wing and cut down the market on all the third party “fantasy football” mini’s. As people would still need to buy say the GW Elf team for the cards vs whatever the latest “generic” Elf football team shows up on KS or Indiegogo.

    • Ross Allan

      There’s three sets currently planned. If memory serves, Dwarf/Skaven and Elf/Can’t Remember.

      Each will have a race specific double sided board and dugouts.

      • vlad78

        Probably chaos.

      • euansmith

        It isn’t that Elves can’t remember, they choose not to; the snooty nosed toss pots. 😉

        This is looking like a really cool product.

      • Horus84cmd

        Yeah that’s what was alluded to at one of the FW open days. Although, it implied race specific pitches and dugout was a option being considered. Which I would translate to “depending on how well the new set sells and is received” before uses resources on those little extras.

  • Talos2

    Looks great

  • Gavin Henning

    We have known about all of this for months. No new news here

    • LordRao


  • Horus84cmd

    Seriously can’t wait for this release to be given a confirmed release date and price!

    Last word I “heard” was release is sometime towards the end of October. I would hazard a price tag at £95 (similar to other recent boxed games) or possibly £75.

  • Grasshopper

    I will buy it, papercraft two goals and pretend that they are playing actual football. 🙂

    • Horus84cmd

      Blasphemer! What is the “football” that you speak of?

      For this is Blood Bowl – a brave and time honoured game, gifted upon us mortals by the generous and benevolent God Nuffle. Where, upon the his hallowed astrogranite grounds, heads are smashed, bones are broken and blood is spilt by the tankard to consecrate the gridiron- oh yeah, scoring once in awhile is also said to help in honouring Nuffle.

      • Grasshopper

        Does anybody know why GW, being a british company, did a game about fantasy american football in the first place? Was it a marketing thing about opening up new markets and stuff?

        • Horus84cmd

          Good question and I honestly don’t know. If I were to guess I would say that Jervis Johnson, the writer of 1st Edition was and is a fan of American Football and thought it would be awesome to make a game like that. I would also say there’s an element of the film Rollerball in it (the original 1975 film not the cruddy remake).

        • Stefan Pietraszak

          They do have Rugby. It’s not like BB is a carbon copy of American Football. BB has elements of both, and even (dare I say it) football / soccer.

  • grim_dork

    Erm. . . fantasy football? It would be ironic to see GW Legal handle a Cease and Desist over this title.

    • Stefan Pietraszak

      How so? Is there a company that owns the term “fantasy football”?

  • Joe

    Take my money! I need this

  • generic eric

    So, will there be a deck of cards for my halflings?

  • Gunther Clone C

    Waiting on my rats. 🙂

    • Agent of Change

      The day will come when the Horned rat’s children will swarm up to fill the stadiums of the foul surface dwellers choking them with our bodies and filling the Fields with our swiftest GutterRunners. Only then will they understand the supremacy of the true running game. The will cower in fear before the mighty Rat ogres, and they will have fever dreams about the havoc wrought by our vicious Storm Vermin. Scurry my Skaven brethren Scurry to victory!

      …er, I mean “me too”