[Warhammer] + [Bloodbowl] Where does Bloodbowl fit in?

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[Warhammer] + [Bloodbowl] Where does Bloodbowl fit in?

Post by Havard » Fri Jan 22, 2016 1:28 pm

I think I read somewhere that the Bloodbowl games take place in the New World. Does this mean that it takes place in Warhammer's equivalent of North America?



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Re: [Warhammer] + [Bloodbowl] Where does Bloodbowl fit in?

Post by Ashtagon » Mon Feb 01, 2016 12:20 pm

My understanding of Bloodbowl was that it was an "apocryphal" setting. It has no place at all within the Warhammer universe.

WH's equivalent of North America is Naggaroth, which is where all the dark elves live. I suppose it could be that their slave ships capture specimens to compete in arenas for their entertainment. That's how I'd frame it if I wanted to place it inside a WH campaign (but that would risk a certain amount of silliness). It's certainly a brutal enough sport to appeal to them. However, a lot of the fluff around Bloodbowl suggests it is a "popular" sport among civilians of all peoples.
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Re: [Warhammer] + [Bloodbowl] Where does Bloodbowl fit in?

Post by The Dark » Mon Feb 01, 2016 11:27 pm

It's considered to be a world "similar to" that of Warhammer. I don't remember any locations being set, but the real-world locations of the tournaments could be used - the Blood Bowl was in Nottingham, the Dungeonbowl in Germany, the Spike! Cup in Canada, and the Chaos Cup in Chicago. That would put the Blood Bowl in Albion, the Dungeonbowl in the Empire, and the latter two in Naggaroth (although one could be moved to Ulthuan.

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Re: [Warhammer] + [Bloodbowl] Where does Bloodbowl fit in?

Post by Havard » Wed Feb 03, 2016 10:19 pm

The Dark wrote:It's considered to be a world "similar to" that of Warhammer. I don't remember any locations being set, but the real-world locations of the tournaments could be used - the Blood Bowl was in Nottingham, the Dungeonbowl in Germany, the Spike! Cup in Canada, and the Chaos Cup in Chicago. That would put the Blood Bowl in Albion, the Dungeonbowl in the Empire, and the latter two in Naggaroth (although one could be moved to Ulthuan.
I like this suggestion a lot.

As Ashtagon mentions it might be better to consider this an alternate Warhammer setting where more silliness is allowed for than in the standard setting. Alternately, you could tone down the silliness, but still have a toned down version of the Bloodbowl sport going on in your Warhammer world.

What do you guys think? :)


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Re: [Warhammer] + [Bloodbowl] Where does Bloodbowl fit in?

Post by night_druid » Wed Feb 03, 2016 10:44 pm

I don't think Bloodbowl takes place in the Warhammer Fantasy world (not that it matters now...RIP Warhammer Fantasy). I guess it depends on what you want to do with it. Lore-wise, I don't think it really "fits" the feel of the Warhammer Fantasy world, so its probably best to put it in a more comical version of that world. Or at least one where the races aren't so bloody hostile to one another. Maybe some pocket dimension in the Warp where the players are actually the spirits of fallen heroes forced to play for the amusement of Chaos demons and such.
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Re: [Warhammer] + [Bloodbowl] Where does Bloodbowl fit in?

Post by Big Mac » Thu Feb 16, 2017 12:25 pm

Ashtagon wrote:My understanding of Bloodbowl was that it was an "apocryphal" setting. It has no place at all within the Warhammer universe.
Surely Bloodbowl takes the place of gladitorial combat arenas.

Having said that, they have battlegrounds in World of Warcraft, that would seem to perform a similar function. And they also don't feel logical, outside the context of a pure-combat game.
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Re: [Warhammer] + [Bloodbowl] Where does Bloodbowl fit in?

Post by ripvanwormer » Fri Feb 17, 2017 3:36 pm

They've just announced a Blood Bowl comic book which looks to flesh out more details about that world. It looks like the main characters are from the Grand Barony of Hochland.

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Re: [Warhammer] + [Bloodbowl] Where does Bloodbowl fit in?

Post by Havard » Fri Feb 17, 2017 3:48 pm

ripvanwormer wrote:They've just announced a Blood Bowl comic book which looks to flesh out more details about that world. It looks like the main characters are from the Grand Barony of Hochland.
Wow, the covers look really cool!
I wonder how interesting a story could be based on this comic, but I guess there have been other Bloodbowl fiction in the Bloodbowl universe earlier?

I have added this comic to my list of comics based on RPGs.

I am surprised that Hochland is going to be the setting for the comics. That means they are ignoring that reference about Bloodbowl games being held in the New World?

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Re: [Warhammer] + [Bloodbowl] Where does Bloodbowl fit in?

Post by ripvanwormer » Fri Feb 17, 2017 3:55 pm

Havard wrote:I am surprised that Hochland is going to be the setting for the comics.
It's where the team is from, but not necessarily the setting for the comic.

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Re: [Warhammer] + [Bloodbowl] Where does Bloodbowl fit in?

Post by Havard » Fri Feb 17, 2017 5:14 pm

ripvanwormer wrote:
Havard wrote:I am surprised that Hochland is going to be the setting for the comics.
It's where the team is from, but not necessarily the setting for the comic.
Hm, good point. It will be a little odd if a team from the Hochland region are represented in the games held in the New World, but in any case, it should be interesting to learn more about this.

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Re: [Warhammer] + [Bloodbowl] Where does Bloodbowl fit in?

Post by Ashtagon » Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:11 pm

The reason I call Blood Bowl apocryphal is that, outside of Blood Bowl specific materials, it has traditionally been entirely unmentioned in any other Warhammer product. If it actually existed in the WFRP/WFB setting, it would have had a mention somewhere by now, given the decades-long publishing history of the setting.
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Re: [Warhammer] + [Bloodbowl] Where does Bloodbowl fit in?

Post by Gilvanblight » Sat Feb 18, 2017 12:48 am

Blood bowl is definitely part of the Warhammer World. The old World is the setting of the miniature battle game and the RPG.

It's a sport created by Wizards and they broadcast it through a crystal ball network. Eventually they got bored with it and invented Dungeon Bowl a more deadly version.

Well at least it was. But now a days the Warhammer World doesn't even exist and there's that whole Age of Sigmar thing going on which I don't really know anything about.
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Re: [Warhammer] + [Bloodbowl] Where does Bloodbowl fit in?

Post by Big Mac » Mon Feb 20, 2017 12:24 pm

Gilvanblight wrote:Blood bowl is definitely part of the Warhammer World. The old World is the setting of the miniature battle game and the RPG.

It's a sport created by Wizards and they broadcast it through a crystal ball network. Eventually they got bored with it and invented Dungeon Bowl a more deadly version.
Interesting.

What's the in-character reason behind the players being involved?

Is this supposed to be some sort of "proxy war" with teams saving entire armies from fighting? Or are the teams supposed to be captured slaves who are forced to play/fight?
Gilvanblight wrote:Well at least it was. But now a days the Warhammer World doesn't even exist and there's that whole Age of Sigmar thing going on which I don't really know anything about.
I guess that everything that is out of print, would assume to be non-existent in a new campaign setting.

But I'm not sure if Age of Sigma is a new setting or a radically altered version of the original setting. :?
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Re: [Warhammer] + [Bloodbowl] Where does Bloodbowl fit in?

Post by Gilvanblight » Tue Mar 28, 2017 10:24 pm

Big Mac wrote:
Interesting.

What's the in-character reason behind the players being involved?

Is this supposed to be some sort of "proxy war" with teams saving entire armies from fighting? Or are the teams supposed to be captured slaves who are forced to play/fight?

...

I guess that everything that is out of print, would assume to be non-existent in a new campaign setting.

But I'm not sure if Age of Sigma is a new setting or a radically altered version of the original setting. :?
Players want to be involved. Fame and fortune is had by a Blood Bowl All-Star. Remember Warhamemr is much darker than your usual setting and having enough money to eat in that world is a big thing. So people will do anything to get to play the game, even if they know it will probably mean death or at least dismemberment in the long run. The early splat books and White Dwarf actually went into reasons for each race. For exmaple for Orcs, why they heck wouldn't they. This is like the ultimate Orc Dream Go out on a field and prove how Tuff you are. Dwarves it was to test out new tactics, gear and machinery, they had all kinds of things like The Steam Roller and Airships.

Age of Sigmar is a new setting. They literally blew up The Olde World. It's gone. Then re-launched with some new setting where everything looks different and has different names.

AS far as I can tell the new Blood Bowl is still set in the Olde World but Warhammer Quest is set in the Age of Sigmar setting.
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Re: [Warhammer] + [Bloodbowl] Where does Bloodbowl fit in?

Post by Big Mac » Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:26 am

Thanks Gilvanblight.

That makes a lot of sense. It seems more real to me now.
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Re: [Warhammer] + [Bloodbowl] Where does Bloodbowl fit in?

Post by Hunter_Maddox » Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:00 am

Where is Blood Bowl set? The War Hammer Fantasy World ... but only in a alternate reality of it. If you read the Blood Bowl novels they are set in the world - albeit a near parody of it. Like the the real WHF world it can be grim & brutal but it is also very tongue in cheek. I'd only include it into WHF proper if you want to play up the silliness of the alternative setting. If you do that you have to read the novels first to get a good feel for how to do so. But if you want to keep the grim dark of WHF don't bother including it as the brutal silliness will wreck the tone & feel. But if you do incorporate it, it would give you an excuse to switch between the Roleplay game & Blood Bowl.

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