What you need to play Dungeonbowl


Expanded rules and hobby ideas for the board game of dungeon fantasy football

What you need to play Dungeonbowl

If you are entirely new to Dungeonbowl and Blood Bowl as a concept, but would like to try it out, this page is all about explaining what you need to get going.

1: The Rules

Assuming that actually trying out the game is your main goal, then the first thing you need are the core rules for Blood Bowl. Fortunately, these are not difficult to come by. The most official way to get them is to simply buy a copy of Blood Bowl. After having been out of print for many years, a new version was released in 2016, which can be purchased from the Games Workshop webstore (as of the time of writing).

Alternatively, you can download an older version of the rules from here, from the period when Blood Bowl had a free "living rulebook". Some minor details differ between the different versions of the rules, but the core mechanics have been the same since the third edition of the game from the mid-1990s, and Dungeonbowl can be played with any version.

When you have the Blood Bowl rules, you then need the add-on Dungeonbowl rules. Fortunately, these are simple enough that they fit on a single page, and you don't need to buy them. This page has all the basic rules, and all the rest of this website is full of extra optional rules that you can use if you feel like it.

2: The Components

Being able to play the core Blood Bowl game of which Dungeonbowl is a variant requires some basic components, which are most easily obtained by buying a copy of Blood Bowl as mentioned above, but can also usually be sourced separately from eBay. The basic components you will want are:

  • A selection of six-sided dice
  • One eight-sided die
  • At least three Blood Bowl "block dice"
  • A selection of re-roll counters
  • A ball
  • A range ruler
  • A scatter template
  • A throw-in template

If you want or need to make these components yourself, read more on this page.

What you also need is...

  • A dungeon

How to acquire or make a dungeon to play Dungeonbowl in is the topic of this page.

Finally, there is one last thing that is central to the whole Dungeonbowl concept.

3: The Miniatures

Technically, you don't need miniatures to play any miniatures game. If you want a minimalist approach, you can make little tokens or standees that say "Orc Lineman 8" on them, and play with those. But the Games Workshop school of gaming is based around the idea that cool miniatures are what it is all about, and if you aren't interested in miniatures at all, then you probably wouldn't be interested in this genre of game in the first place.

If you are interested in miniatures, then the idea is that you get your hands on some, enough to make up at least two teams as described in the Blood Bowl rules. Echoing the previous sections, the simplest way to get a starting selection of appropriate miniatures is a boxed copy of Blood Bowl - both the 1994 and 2016 editions contains matched teams of orcs vs. humans. For Dungeonbowl, the iconic matchup is elves vs. dwarves. But when it comes to miniatures, your own personal preference is the most important thing. The point of the miniatures is that collecting and painting them is a hobby in itself, which is entirely optional. For the game, all you need is some mechanism to represent a number of distinct playing pieces that move around on the game board.

If miniatures for Dungeonbowl do interest you, then you may be able to find inspiration from the Astrogranite Edition team galleries.

Last updated in March 2018