|Blood Bowl Team Manager The Card Game|
Tonight, I bribed my step-daughter into playing the first game with me (so I could learn the rules) by promising to do the washing up for her. She wasn't too keen with either the theme or the complexity until she started to get to grips with using the powers on her team upgrade cards and then proceeded to beat my human team with her orcs.
I loved the fact that the matches are boiled down to just the weeks highlights, which sportsfans will recognise as homages to the weekly round-ups on ESPN. This mechanic forces players to make choices about which cards to play in which highlight in order to maximise their chances of getting rewards such as team or staff upgrades, fans or being able to draft star players.
Although I've only played this game once it does manage to capture some of the flavour of the original game and features some of the famous star players like Morg 'N' Thorg and the Dwarven Death Roller. It plays quite quickly (our game took slightly less than 90 minutes including reading the rules) and has a nice level of randomness. Needless to say I loved it and am itching to don my spiked helmet and give it another go very, very soon. 8/10 - Spiketastic
P.S. There are some great tutorials out there on how to play the game from the team at Fantasy Flight and Crits Happen and a review from the always excellent Tom Vassel's The Dice Tower