Well folks, I had my Blood Bowl season opener tonight! The Philadelfia Eagles (did you see what I did there?) saw themselves matched up against the Naggarond Paleskins (Dark Elves). For those of you not familiar with the Warhammer mythos, High Elves and Dark Elves, like, totally hate each other and stuff. And I was playing against my friend Kevin, against whom I played many a great game in the last BB league, so I knew it was going to be a good one. I managed to win the coin toss (and by coin toss I mean dice roll) and chose to receive the opening kickoff. The first play of the game was already looking up for me, as one of my linemen (line-elves?) knocked down and injured an opponent. Add to that the fact that my Thrower, Elrond Longarm, threw a complete pass. The dice gods were fickle, however, as Kevin managed to injure Elrond, making his victory short-lived.
The first half was all give-and-take. I scored a touchdown in the first two turns. Kevin responded by scoring a touchdown two turns later. Two turns later, another Eagles touchdown. After that, though, I managed to hold Kevin out of the end zone, though I didn't manage to get down there myself. At the end of the half, I was up a touchdown, 2 - 1. Elrond was out for the game and will be out for the next. However, on the far side of the pitch, two Dark Elves were out of the game from injuries resulting from blocks. Another was injured and out for the game after being fouled (what can I say? High Elves hate Dark Elves). A fourth was out of the game after getting caught attempting to foul one of my players. That's an exchange I would gladly make.
Obviously, I had to kick off to start the second half. Unfortunately, the second half was a bit more boring than the first, with no more injuries. Kevin's rolling did turn against him in a big way, however, with him failing more rolls on a 2+ than I thought possible. As far as touchdowns, it was a repeat of the first half, with me scoring two touchdowns and Kevin another one. At the end of the game, the High Elves were up two, with a final score of 4 - 2. I had suffered only a single injury, losing my Thrower at the beginning of the game and, sadly, for the next game I play. In the exchange, Kevin's Blitzer will also be sitting out his second game of the season. Both of my Catchers earned themselves new skills, thanks to scoring two touchdowns each. All in all, it was a solid win for the High Elves, suffering no lasting damage. I walked away with two improved players, 80,000 gold and an increase to my Fan Factor (basically how popular you are, and how die-hard your fans are). I'm looking forward to the rest of the season!
Oh, on a side note, I did get a test model done for my paint scheme. . .but decided I didn't like it, so I'll have to start over. I promise to have pictures soon!