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Product Details

  • Series: Blood Bowl
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Games Workshop (August 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844162001
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844162000
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #878,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Matt Forbeck has worked full-time in the adventure game industry for over fifteen years, ever since he graduated from the University of Michigan. He has worked for Wizards of the Coast, Games Workshop, TSR, Decipher, White Wolf, Pinnacle, Image Comics, WildStorm Productions and many others. Matt lives in Beloit, Wisconsin, with his wife and children.

More About the Author

Matt Forbeck has been a full-time creator of award-winning games and fiction since 1989. He has twenty-seven novels published to date, including the award-nominated Guild Wars: Ghosts of Ascalon and the critically acclaimed Amortals and Vegas Knights. His latest work includes the Magic: The Gathering comic book, The Marvel Encyclopedia, the MMOs Marvel Heroes and Ghost Recon Phantoms, the Leverage novel The Con Job, the Dangerous Games trilogy of thriller novels set at Gen Con, and the Monster Academy YA fantasy novels. For more about him and his work, visit Forbeck.com.

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That's not to say the book is completely awful.
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I'm a fan of fantasy books, but have very little sports knowledge.
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I read this book a while back and found it entertaining.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David Roy on November 16, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have fond memories of the Blood Bowl board game, though I lost touch with it a long time ago, however. Imagine my surprise to find out, on a recent visit to my SF book store, that a series of books taking place in the Blood Bowl universe is coming out! I snatched up the first one, just called Blood Bowl (by Matt Forbeck), eager to relive the heady experiences of smashing ogres, nimble elves passing the pig's bladder, and dwarfs kneecapping opposing linemen. I raced through the book, and found a mixture of good and bad that left me a little wanting, but faintly satisfied.

First, let me explain what Blood Bowl is. Basically, it's fantasy football, with elves, dark elves, halflings, humans, and other various undead or monstrous (sometimes both) creatures. The objective of the game is to get the pig's bladder (ball) into the end zone to score a touchdown. You can do this by throwing it or running it, but your opposition isn't just out to tackle you. They're out to inflict as much bodily harm on you as possible. While weapons are not allowed, that doesn't stop some teams. Anything goes in Blood Bowl, and some people don't even survive the game!

The story itself revolves around Dunk Hoffnung, son of a disgraced noble family, the disgrace of which is partially Dunk's fault. He goes out on a quest to become a hero, to redeem his family name. That, however, doesn't work out, but in the process, he's discovered by an agent, Slick Fullbelly, who recruits him to a down and out Blood Bowl team that's trying to make a name for itself. While Dunk swore he'd never sink to the level of being a Blood Bowl player, he really has no choice, and he starts losing himself in it during tryouts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S.T.L. on October 18, 2012
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I read this book a while back and found it entertaining. When my son expressed interest in the game, I thought that the game and the book would be a nice birthday present. He's read through the book and is anxiously waiting to get his hands on the next. If you like American Football and Fantasy genre writing blended together with a bit of "tongue in cheek", you'll really enjoy this book.
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Why is it a must-have? Because it is fun! It gives story to all of the thousands of games the serious Blood Bowl player has played on the pitch. It gives voice to the figures or electrons that the serious Blood Bowl coach has had fight, play and die on the pitch.

I play a great deal of Blood Bowl between the table-top & computer versions and I loved this book! As far as a summary, read the really long reviews already posted. Better yet. Just buy the book, read it yourself and have a ball!

The only way you can hate this book is if you have no soul whatsoever. I find more and more gamers these days are without a great deal of intelligence or wit - in other words -- soul. That is why most of the game companies are having to dumb down their games to keep these persons and others like them buying their product.

This book is a fall-from-grace then a rags-to-riches story with just a bit of a love story added in. What is really there then to knock? I guess some folk just cannot appreciate fun science fiction or fantasy stories when they are made available.

Sure folks, if you are looking for high-brow SF like Asimov or Clarke or high-brow fantasy like Tolkein or Lewis, this book and its companions are not for you. If you like a story where the protagonist has fallen from their high estate and then finds, by chance for them, a new & successful life for themselves plus love, then this book is for you.

Could it have been a better book? Sure. Just about any volume out there could have been better. Can this book stand on its own content? Yes, it can. Read thhe book folks; then play the table-top game! Enjoy life to its fullest!
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By Mailliw on November 10, 2007
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This book is a quick, fun read. It is well paced, easy to follow, and normally enjoyable. I can't say I've laughed out loud about anything, but I am a fan of Blood Bowl, so it is nice to immerse myself in the setting for a while.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Troy on June 8, 2006
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I saw one reviewer lay down five stars for this title. Unbelievable. This book written specifically for fans of the Games Workshop universe and for lovers of the game Blood Bowl, in particular. For everyone else it's a two or three-star read at best.

That's not to say the book is completely awful. The writer does a pretty good job of capturing the essence of the game (which has been adequately described in other reviews) and working it into a story line. However, he sometimes reaches too far for the NFL puns. For instance, the main character plays for the Bad Bay Hackers whose colors happen to be green and yellow (sound familiar?). That's swell. But check out this bit of dialogue from when he first meets the team:

"The first mate welcomed Dunk and Slick aboard as they led their mounts up the gangplank. 'The name is Cavre,' he said, pronouncing it 'carve.'"

Okay, I get it, he's punning on Brett Favre's name. Everybody in the American sports world has made a crack about Favre's name at some point. The difference is that anyone who isn't hung over from too many pints of grog would know you can't hear spelling. How would Dunk know it's spelled Cavre when the guy didn't pronounce it that way?

It's a silly error, and it's not the only one. Black Library, the press title under which all the GW fiction is published, is also notorious for poor editing, and this book is no exception.

Having taken a lead pipe to the kneecaps of this book, I will say that I enjoyed it as a pulp piece written for a particular fantasy niche market.
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