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Episode 170: Blitz Bowl and Blood Bowl Comparison, The Thing Infection at Outpost 31 and Gimmicks in Board Games

With Chris on vacation in the UK, Aaron from the Lords of the Dungeon sits in to make some jokes and trade barbs with Steve. Then Steve and Jamie compare and review Blitz Bowl and Blood Bowl from Games Workshop. Then they take a look back at The Thing Infection at Outpost 31 one year later. After Tony Topper gives you the best damn gaming news segment in all of tabletop gaming the gang discusses gimmicks in board games!

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Opening Banter and Reviews

Games of Yesteryear

Feature Review: Blitz Bowl

Welcome Sports Fans! Blitz Bowl is a fast-paced sports game that pits two teams against each other in a battle to achieve touchdowns, complete Challenges and score the most points, through a mixture of skill, luck and aggression! The teams are smaller, the games are faster but the action is just as intense, as each player seeks to distinguish themselves in the eyes of Nuffle in the infamous Crush recruitment rituals. The game features a number of elements that will be familiar to fans of Blood Bowl, meaning that the two games are ideal companions to each other. Players should expect to complete a game of Blitz Bowl within an hour and considerably less once they have a good grasp of the rules, making for a thrilling quick-play experience.

Designed by James M. Hewitt

Published by Games Workshop

BoardGameGeek.com Entry

Feature Review: Blood Bowl

Blood Bowl is a game of Fantasy Football. The basic game features a match between two teams drawn from a number of fantasy archetypes, playing a warped version of American Football. The Blood Bowl boxed game contains two teams: Humans, an all-round team who are flexible enough to adapt to any style of play, or Orcs, who make up in brute force what they lack in finesse. The teams are represented by coloured plastic miniatures, and push-fit assembly is required before use. The game is expandable, and additional rules and teams will be made available through expansion sets and supplements. Actions in the game are resolved through the use of dice. Regular six-sided dice are used to make tests in a number of cases, such as when a player attempts to pick up the ball, pass it, catch it or dodge past an enemy player. Custom dice are used when one player wishes to Block another, using graphics to represent each of the different (but all violent) potential outcomes. The rules in this edition of Blood Bowl are almost identical to those found in the Competition Rules Pack, which was the culmination of several years of development of the Blood Bowl Living Rulebook. This has resulted in an incredibly well-honed game which sees regular competition play around the world. In fact each team takes turns moving, blocking and advancing the football down the field. The game comes with plastic miniatures. This game is a part of the Blood Bowl Series.

Designed by James M. Hewitt, Andy Hoare and Jervis Johnson

Published by Games Workshop

BoardGameGeek.com Entry

Lookback Review: The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31

It is the start of the bleak, desolate Antarctic winter when a group of NSF researchers manning the claustrophobic, isolated U.S. Outpost 31 comes into contact with a hostile extraterrestrial lifeform. Bent on assimilating Earth's native species, this being infiltrates the facility — creating a perfect imitation of one of the Outpost 31 crew. The staff frantically begin a sweep of the base, desperate to purge this alien infection before escaping to warn McMurdo Station that somewhere, out there in the frigid darkness, something horrible is waiting. In the hidden identity game The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31, you will relive John Carpenter's sci-fi cult classic in a race to discover who among the team has been infected by this heinous lifeform. Play as one of twelve characters as you lead a series of investigations through the facility using supplies and equipment to clear the building. The tension mounts and paranoia ensues as you question who you can trust in the ultimate race to save humanity!

Designed by Joe Van Wetering

Published by Project Raygun

BoardGameGeek.com Entry

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