News for September 2010
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: 9/20/2010 4:51:17 PM

Sounds pretty cool actually.  Too bad the games budget has met its demise in the Mansions of Madness!! [insane cackling here]

Published: 9/20/2010 4:46:51 PM

Bilbo's dwarven companions are stoic because they'd rather get face time in LOTR LCG...even Fili and Kili.

Published: 9/20/2010 4:38:55 PM

 The 'H' for this game reminds me of the History Channel.

Published: 9/20/2010 4:33:19 PM

So again a new game but sadly no news of LOTR LCG or Blood Bowl Teammanager.

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