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The Hobbit - The Defeat Of The Evil Dragon Smaug


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  • The Hobbit is suitable for 2-5 players ages 12 and up
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  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Origin: Imported (Germany)
  • ASIN: B00005O0F3
  • Item model number: LTR04
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 12 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #510,851 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Journey to Middle-earth to defeat the evil dragon Smaug in this unique and beautifully illustrated board game based on The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien's predecessor to The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Unlike most games, where players try to defeat one another, players must work together here in order to be victorious. While traveling the game board, they face challenges of luck, skill, and wit as they gather precious jewels. Game play is complex and, though you need not have read the book before playing the game, those who have read it will likely appreciate the game a bit more. But like any good game, it gets more exciting as you go along and the cooperative angle is a welcome change of pace. --John Moe

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The Hobbit, a new game by Reiner Knizia (not to be confused with FFG's previous release of the same name) 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 aide Bilbo on his journey and ensure that you recover the treasure that is destined for you. The Hobbit is an engrossing game that?s great fun for the entire family. Join Bilbo on his journey to the Lonely Mountain and help him become a legend! Contents: 1 board 1 Bilbo figure and 1 Smaug figure (The Dragon) 129 cards 5 Character boards 15 markers 24 Dragon tiles 50 provisions 1 Ring 5 dice 60 jewels

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Vincent V. Marshburn on January 20, 2002
not overly challenging, but that's not to say it is necessarily "dumbed down"; this makes a reasonable game for children and parents. the box says ages 10 and up, but my 7 and 9 year old sons enjoy it, especially since i recently finished reading the book "The Hobbit" to them, and we also recently saw "The Lord of the Rings" movie at the theater. (i'm currently reading "The Fellowship of the Rings" to them to continue the saga of course.) amazingly, they remember many of the elements from "The Hobbit," and this comes in handy since at various points during this boardgame, one's knowledge of the book will prove useful. reading the book is probably not necessary, but it does provide a bit of an advantage, as the player will be called upon to answer riddles and recite poems/songs (don't worry, the riddles are presented with multiple choice answers, and the recitations are only 2 to 4 lines of verse). the game does a fairly decent job of representing Bilbo's journey from the Shire through the Misty Mountains, Mirkwood, Laketown, then the Desolation of Smaug itself. activities in the game are all based on events in the book, though not necessarily in any particular order, since the "event/adventure cards" are drawn randomly; but there is a variety of adventurous situations to imagine, and a little bit of luck and planning can pay off, with the help of "Gandalf's Gifts" cards, which represent various useful items, equipment, resources, and even companions -- for instance, the wonderful elven knife Sting (a sword for a hobbit!) and the One Ring itself! successful resolutions of adventures result in individual experience points; along with these, players collect jewels to represent wealth and additional experience.Read more ›
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Jim Owen on January 28, 2003
I bought this game for my 6-year old daughter, as she loves the book. She enjoys the game, but I suspect it will only be a few plays before it dawns on her how shoddy this game is. It looks beautiful, and from the packaging it looks to be a game of quality, but this is one of the least well-designed games I've ever played.
As the previous reviewer stated, there has obviously been little or no testing of the gameplay. There are lots of cards and jewels and other trappings which essentially obscure the fact that this game is about as rich in gameplay as craps. That is not an exaggeration.
The list of faults to this game are so numerous I don't even know where to begin. SAVE YOUR MONEY!...
The two-star rating is because for young children (age 5-7) who know the book, they might get a little enjoyment out of remembering events in the book which are represented in the game, but on the other hand, the game must be played with an adult because there is a lot of reading, and I think the adult must have an alcoholic beverage nearby to get through this tedious thing.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 31, 2002
For those who've read THE HOBBIT, this delightful board game is a great deal of fun, featuring characters, places, and situations lifted directly from the text. Simple enough for children of 8 or 9 to grasp, but complex enough to engage adults, the game plays quickly and (best of all) cleans up quickly, with a place for every little trinket and playing piece in the box.
Some of the amusement factor would necessarily be lost without some grounding -- not a great deal, but at least one reading's worth -- in the book, but for those who enjoy Tolkien's introduction to Middle-Earth, THE HOBBIT is a excellent companion to that work. It's really the next best thing to having been there and back again with Bilbo Baggins and his company of dwarves.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 26, 2002
After playing the terrible Harry Potter games with my sister, I didn't want to hear the word, wizard, for awhile. Then I sat down with her and played this game, and loved it. I am a huge J.R.R Tolkien fan and love both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The instructions are very lengthy, but very clear, easy to refer to, and detailed. The object of the game is just like the journey in the book,pass through lands like The Shire, The Misty Mountains, The Carrock, Mirkwood, Long Lake, and the Desolation of Smaug, and attempt to steal the evil dragon Smaug's horde of diamonds and jewels. The game can be short, or long and is bound to please anyone. It's worth the expensive price, believe me!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James Carvin on June 18, 2004
Being a devoted board game fan and a long time Tolkien fan, I couldn't wait to try out this game. And what luck, I found it on sale for $15.00! I excited went home, opened the box, and was very happy with the components, everything was great looking. That's the last time I enjoyed anything to do with this game.
Simply put, this game really stinks. I even talked my girlfriend into trying it and she agreed. So based on the unusually high retail price, I figured I could sell it quickly. Not so, apparently the word was out that this game was terrible. I couldn't even sell it on ebay after numerous times, even for as low as $10. Finally, after having the game posted for many months on a popular board game website, I managed to sell it for $4. I'm still surprised anyone actually bought it, even for $4.
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