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Store:  Family Games, 2-Player Games
Series:  Pizza Box Football
Theme:  Sports, Football
Format:  Board Games

Pizza Box Football

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Ages Players
12+ 1-2

Manufacturer(s): On the Line Game Company

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Product Description

You're the coach. You set the strategy. You call every play. Earn every yard. The gritty realism of Pizza Box Football is driven by the power of the numbers behind the game. Pick one of 3 plays: Run, Short Pass or Long Pass. Sounds simple? Give it a try!

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Average Rating: 3.8 in 4 reviews

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Lots of Luck and Quite Boring
November 21, 2006

I saw this at GenCon '06 and was not impressed. However, after seeing some glowing reviews coupled with my strong desire for a football board game I decided against my better judgement and purchased it. Since then I've sold it at a loss on eBay.

I won't review the basic mechanics of the game, however suffice it to say that there's A LOT of dice rolling. The dice decide almost everything. The only thing that I and the opposing player decide is whether it's a run, short pass, or long pass. Guess correctly (on defense) and it'll make a small... very small... very, very small difference in the outcome of the play. Essentially there are tables... many tables... and every die roll correlates to a table lookup. Ok, so the defense successfully picks the type of play the offense is running? It might adjust their success level on the offense charts by 1 notch... if not it might hurt them by one notch. Then the offense rolls, adjusts their roll by an amount based on the defense's roll (note their roll... not their attempt to guess the type of play the offense has done) and that yields a result such as 3d6 gain or 1d6 loss or something in that spirit.

After playing a half of the game on its second highest strategic level I was bored out of my mind and I'd say my opponent was too. So I went back to see if the highest level was going to be a completely different game and no... it's not... it adds tighter clock control. The same basic rolling mechanics exist. Consequently this is why the game can easily be played solitaire. The opponent really isn't necessary as their choices affect the game minimally. In fact, I'm not sure either player is necessary it if wasn't for the physical task of rolling the dice.

Why 2 stars and not less? I recognize the challenge in doing a board game based on a sport. I've all but given up on the hope of finding a good one due to said recognized difficulty. I suppose for a football game it's not bad... many of the possible results of a real football game are here on the charts... but that's the only conceivable reason I can think of for getting this game and even then I tend to think many will be as disappointed as was I. I felt like the game was playing me... Gridiron Football on the Atari ST computer remains my favorite off-field way to enjoy a game of football.

Awesome game if you love football great game if you don’t.
January 07, 2006
First I’m not a big fan of dice games, luck just kills the fun. However this game is so much fun and captures the excitement of football so well that I can’t help but love it. I’ve shared it with three people and all loved it. 10 minutes to learn and you’re off to a head to head battle. I feel like I won because I made the right plays, the mechanics work well and you feel rewarded for the play you called. One key piece I enjoyed was the realistic scores. 10 - 7, 21 - 3, 7 - 0 just a few outcomes. Get game if you love football and good game if you’re not a football fan.
Table-top football at its best!
December 05, 2005
I concur with Tom Vasel's outstanding description and review of Piza Box Football, but I'm going to rate it a little higher by giving it 5 stars.

Why? In addition to the relatively simple, clean rules that Tom described, the fun factor in this game is very high. Just as in actual American football, that brilliant pass reception, the quarterback sack, the onside kick, the punt returned for a touchdown, the successful goal-line stance, the 50+ yard field- goal, and the critical fumble, generate all the excitement of a real game.

The basic game in Pizza Box Football is fun enough, but the expansion rules (And there is a set included in the basic PBF) offer even more choices. Then, there's the excellent Pizza Box Football Expansion, adding 32 (NFL) teams to the game, and free- download rules for Goal Line Defense, Long Bomb Pass plays, and Home Field Advantage -- you can simulate all the fun of big- time football minus the deadtime.

Although I have owned table-top MLB baseball, NBA basketball, and NHL hockey games for years, this was the first football game I have ever owned, and it's a gem. If you're a big football fan, you're going to want to get this AND the Expansion.

Strongly recommended for gamers looking for that table-top football game that even non-football enthusiasts can play and enjoy!

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