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With Games Workshop and Steam forged both returning to the fantasy football field in recent months, there’s rarely been so much choice for fans. But if you’re new to the genre, where should you start: with the seasoned veteran or fresh talent? We weigh up the choices

Blood Bowl is back, revamped after more than a decade without a new boxed edition. In the meantime, a new contender, Guild Ball, has emerged and is looking to score with new and seasoned fantasy football players alike. Both are incredibly entertaining miniatures games systems that involve smashing faces and scoring goals at the roll of a dice, but it’s worth considering the finer differences before investing your time working your way up a league table.

Blood Bowl has been the king of the fantasy football genre since the game was first published in 1986, with characters originally designed as cardboard cutouts. It wasn’t until the second edition in 1988 that game started to gain a solid following with the introduction of a real gaming board. This also included the classic match-up of the two teams of human and orc miniatures.

I was introduced to the idea and basic mechanics of fantasy football through playing the 1988 Atari video game Cyberball on the Sega Mega Drive; smashing through a variety of robots to score a touchdown on a pixelated American football field was rewarding – even though I was often more prone to a fumble or vicious interception.

It was during a chance visit to a friend’s house in the ‘90s that I was introduced to the tabletop wonders of Nuffle’s world. Blood Bowl has become something of a religion to gaming veterans – hardly a surprise when it literally features its own deity. Nuffle, the Chaos God of Blood Bowl, hates everyone! While Games Workshop stopped production of Blood Bowl boxed sets in the early noughties, the players carried on regardless, creating a ‘Living Rulebook’ where the game was allowed to evolve over the next decade-plus.

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