A few days ago I got an email (went to spam actually) informing me of a 30% discount on Blood Bowl: Legendary Edition for anyone who purchased the original version. 30% seems significant, plus I enjoyed the original Blood Bowl, and a year+ of fixes and improvements is definitely a good thing.
On the other hand, paying “new game price – 30%” for what is basically an expansion is not sitting well with me. The major change here is a whole bunch of new races/teams, which is great, but it’s still the same game from last year that I paid $40 for. I played the original quite a bit too, especially online, but what ultimately turned me away was the lack of auto-matchmaking, and unless I missed something, BB:LE still does not have this feature. If it did, I’d have pre-ordered already.
The addition of all the new teams and their stadiums is certainly interesting though. Granted, no auto-matchmaking sucked, but it sucked in part because of the limited number of teams and the difficulty some teams had against a specific opponent. When you suck against two teams out of eight, that seriously limits things. Two teams out of twenty is not such a big deal. Toss in a bunch of new allstar players, team special abilities, and whatever else LE adds, and we are talking about a significantly changed game in terms of on-field strategy.
Another point of consideration: I never got into a pre-set league that really took off, which is also one of the key features of Blood Bowl. Now, if say Inq got a league going with weekly matches, that would certainly up the value of the purchase, likely making it more than worth the cost. I can almost hear the rage now as some high-percentage dice roll fails or a star players dies.
Something to think about I guess. Plus if nothing else, it’s another quality game to keep on the radar for a later date.