Blood Bowl 2 pre-order beta begins with a chorus of crushed bones

Blood Bowl 2

American football is a mystery to me, but I have to assume it’s something extraordinary because all of the games surrounding it are. Frozen Cortex offered a masterclass in stripped-back simultaneous turn-based tactics earlier this year - and Blood Bowl has been brilliant for far longer, a slow dance of chance, positioning and bold plays.

Blood Bowl 2 is certainly more beautiful, looking as it does like Friday Night Lights with longer tusks. And the hope is it’ll be sturdy enough that Cyanide can skip the bug-squashing phase of its predecessor and jump straight into post-launch team releases. Players who’ve pre-ordered can now find out by strapping on their helmets and hopping into its Steam beta.

Humans, orcs, skaven, and dwarves are all available in multiplayer, the heart of the game, as well as against AI in one-off matches. None of those are among Blood Bowl’s most entertaining races, but they are some of the most reliable - safe bets for beginners.

Team persistence is what Blood Bowl is all about, and your progress will be carried over to the finished game - broken limbs and all. After launch on September 22nd, dark elves, chaos, high elves and Bretonians will also grace the pitch. The latter aren’t sourced from the tabletop game - rather created specially by Cyanide. They’re Gallic blitz specialists, built around a couple of key (and highly expensive) players:

Wood elves and lizardmen, my favourites, come as pre-order bonuses. Who do you play as?

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ColMustard Avatar
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1 Year ago

Pretty pumped for this, though a bit annoyed at the DLC being announced pre-release. Still, it's better than new versions of the same game just to include new races.

Last league I played a Goblin team which while fun, was a lesson in frustration as I almost always ended up with just a handful left by the end.

Think I might run a Wood Elf team this time around.

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Jeremy Peel Avatar
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1 Year ago

I feel like goblins are the most Blood Bowl of the Blood Bowl teams, with their bad luck and unlikely plays, but yeah - you have to have several spares.

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Dog Pants(1 day 20 hours played)
1 Year ago

Goblins are awesome. I never won a single game in the league I played in, but every game was hilarious. Every ridiculous gobbo-throw play that resulted in a touchdown was worth the many losses.

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Dog Pants(1 day 20 hours played)
1 Year ago

I think Lizardmen probably come in as my favourites in the original game, but I also think they were overpowered.

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SpagBol(1 day 15 hours played)
1 Year ago

Got to be the dark elves for me, very similar to other elves but a bit punchier at the expense of some "elf bullsh1t" as it's known as. So tempted to preorder but so saddened about the pre-order bonus

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1 Year ago

Got your back mate, unbanned :)

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Klucc Avatar
1 Year ago

Curious

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