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To the Lonely Mountain 16
Announcing the upcoming release of The Hobbit
The Hobbit | Published 20 September 2010

Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away ere break of day
To seek the pale enchanted gold.
- J.R.R. Tolkien

Fantasy Flight Games is excited to announce the upcoming release of The Hobbit, a board game of adventure and treasure in Middle-earth for 2-5 players. On his journey to the Lonely Mountain, the hobbit Bilbo Baggins will need guidance and protection. If the dwarves hope to recover any treasure from the dragon Smaug’s hoard, they must guide their diminutive companion effectively.

Designed by Reiner Knizia, The Hobbit is a game of strategic bidding and chance. Taking on the roles of the stoic dwarves, players need to guide Bilbo Baggins from the Shire to the Lonely Mountain and end the game with the most treasure. During their journey they will fight goblins, battle wargs, escape the Mirkwood elves, and eventually reach Laketown. Players must plan their journey wisely, bidding for their turn sequence to move Bilbo Baggins further along the game path.

In order to face the challenges that await them, players can increase their stats by using their numbered Dwarf Cards to bid for upgrades. Player stats include Cunning, Strength, and Initiative, and each of these can be raised whenever the active player moves Bilbo onto an appropriate space along the path. But be wary, there are also spaces on the path that will reduce your stats. Bid wisely!

Players will want to increase their stats equally, since they will not be able to predict which ones will be tested on the upcoming Adventure Space. Once Bilbo reaches an Adventure Space, players must roll custom six-sided dice to beat whatever challenge awaits them. Through strategic re-rolls and effective stat upgrades, players will need to match the dice symbols with whatever symbols are on the Adventure Card. If they succeed, they will be awarded treasure. If they fail, Smaug will advance further toward Laketown and attempt to prematurely end the game!

For more information on The Hobbit, visit the description page. In the meantime, stay tuned for news on The Hobbit, coming soon!

(Note, this "The Hobbit" board game is an entirely new game, with no relation to the other game (of the same name) published by FFG (and worldwide by a number of other publishers, in 2002.)

The Hobbit is a board game of adventure and treasure for 2-5 players. On his quest to the Lonely Mountain, Bilbo Baggins will need assistance and guidance from his stoic dwarf companions. As one of these dwarves, it is your responsibility to aid Bilbo on his journey and ensure that you recover the treasure that is destined for you.

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Published: 10/16/2010 5:24:39 AM

 All new "The Hobbit" is available exclusively in the UK first from and other leading UK retailers. Game Play by Reinier Krizia, art by John Howe. This is truly an authentic game. Please let us know what you think of the game.

Published: 9/28/2010 7:31:43 AM

Does look more for the Young 'Uns but it's good to see FFG offers games to cater different ages!

Published: 9/21/2010 1:49:37 PM

 I'm onto you, ffgfan

The Thing In The Attic
Published: 9/21/2010 12:18:56 PM

Ah yes, please forgive my earlier post, (although someone was bound to compare them sooner or later :) ) I did jump to the wrong conclusions; about this being the same as the other Hobbit Game also by FFG. I wrongly assumed that only a face-lift treatment had been applied here as it had to the other lord of the rings game. 

Looking more closely at the publishers teaser above, it is a different game indeed. And it's by Reiner Knizia whereas the other game I mentioned wasn't.  So my sincere appologies for dampening the new game party, although that wasn't my intention, that is, to dampen the party.

I did enjoy the other Hobbit game, and I welcome the newer Hobbit game with open Hobbit like arms.

I suppose, as pennance, I should buy this game as soon as it hits the shelves. (or, perhaps someone will give it to me for my birthday present)


Published: 9/21/2010 11:29:52 AM

I'm glad they changed the avatar for this game to the dragon and not the big "H"!

Published: 9/21/2010 12:58:09 AM

Another game set in Middle-earth. It's goo to see a new Hobbit!

Published: 9/20/2010 9:38:56 PM

If it is for children, I think I'll be getting it as another indoctrination tool for my son.

Published: 9/20/2010 7:13:24 PM

This is NOT a remake of the previous Hobbit game from FFG.  This is a new game designed by Knizia. 


 I have heard that it was meant to be a children's game...probably in the same vein as Knizia's Lord of the Rings Children's game.  So perhaps this is where the similarity lies strongest.

IIf it is meant primarily for children, It is a little disappointing.  I wish we could get a Hobbit-themed game that isn't designed to be a children's game.  It's a richly thematic book...perhaps the new LCG will fill this niche to some extent.


Published: 9/20/2010 7:04:27 PM

It does look as if it is aimed at a younger range...

Im still waiting for City Of Theives to be released after reading the rules on here 6 week ago!

And more on Blood Bowl Manager please...

Published: 9/20/2010 6:27:21 PM

I agree with Frank6...Would really appreciate some news on Blood Bowl Teammanager

Published: 9/20/2010 6:04:09 PM

Meh.  Sounds sort of boring.

The Thing In The Attic
Published: 9/20/2010 5:11:39 PM

this is a remake of an older game also knocked out by FFG in the beginning.

It looks like this has had the same facelift treatment that they have given to the Lord of the Rings the board game.

The older version was good but aimed at younger gamers and the game became very samey very quickly. there was also a plastic mountain with a carboard dragon too which i don't see represented here.

still the game is a good buy as a family game if you have kids. They may have beefed it up here for older gamers but i don't think they would have done that.

You can check out the older version on Boardgamegeek. 

I bought and played the older version and had a few good games of it, but it suffered from lack of player options and choices and was fairly linear. the kids loved it but sadly they out grew it. 


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