Played Blood Bowl Team Manager tonight, a tactical deckbuilding card game by Fantasy Flight games with of course a Warhammer license. Unfortunately due to this License being taken back by Games Workshop the game is out of print and will never be printed again. However, it is also quite a bit of fun.
Each player represents a team and assigns players to various games. Each game can only have two participating players, except for a Cup game which is free-for-all. Whoever has the best players still alive at each game when each player has exhausted their cards gets bonuses in forms of additional players, as well as tactical abilities that are either specific to your team or from a general pool. However, what you are actually trying to collect over the course of the game is fans (victory points). The game also has a bit of randomness in dice rolling to decide whether tackles are successful, and the “cheating” mechanic where a player commits a foul play when they enter the field represented by a token with a hidden value which at the end of the match reveals whether you get a bonus or your player gets kicked out of the game and takes his values with him.
I played the Skaven deck which had a lot of risk-reward with the foul play tokens. This was also almost my undoing as at the last scoring round of the game where we decided who would win the Blood Bowl two of my players were kicked out of the game and a previous failed tackle. This meant I narrowly tied for the end of the game with the player who went into the last “week” of competition with the fewest fans. He didn’t try to win fans off the Blood Bowl (which was also his mistake because committing a single card to it would have given him two fans to win the game) but syphoned fans off the rest of the games in that week and made up a lot of points with the end-of-game rewards.
It was a fun game which I would like to add to my collection, but the prices on Amazon Market place and ebay spooked me quite a bit, where you easily pay 150€ if you want to have the base game and both expansions.