The Hobbit Boardgame
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- Art by renowned Tolkien artist John Howe
- An entirely new board game, not to be confused with the 2001 release of the same title
- Play as Bilbo's Dwarf companions, guiding the hobbit on his perilous journey to claim Smaug's treasure
- Strategic bidding and intuitive dice-rolling mechanics make this game great for both family and friends
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Pros of the game:
1. Fast Pace (first game took about 40 min but we've played 3 player games of about 25 min or so).
2. Beautiful art
3. Simple and easy to learn and play.
4. Nice boardgame set and accessories (jewels and figures look pretty awesome)!
5. Good cooperative game for all ages
7. Reasonable price
The only negative thing I would say about this game is that after you play it a while, it really lacks variability. Unlike other games where there are several options or strategies for victory, there is not much different things to do in this one. You always face the same adventures and i wish there could have been different alternative cards for facing each adventure every time so it wouldnt be so redundant.
It's relatively easy to understand. It at first looks difficult because of the pieces when you open it up, but the directions (minus the intro) are only 3 pages. The pace moves pretty fast. It can be a lot to handle for younger children since there are a lot of pieces. You have the jewels, dwarven cards you use to play on different steps and adventures, Smaug tokens, resource tokens, 8 types of sets of cards for events/adventures, the stats sheet, dice... but once in play it all comes together quickly.
I would say it relies on the events cards (when you are just taking steps to get to the points) and then the adventure points. The points are situations you spend considerable time in going through the adventure cards for each point (like in the book), like running from a Balrog, hiding from goblins, etc. and each one has a reward of jewels you use to win the game if you roll enough on the dice. If you loose, you take a Smaug token and suffer punishment!
Of course there is a certain element of imagination, as you are a dwarf helping Bilbo along the way to Smaug. Don't be dismayed by how simple the game is, as those sometimes are the best fun for the whole family!
Amazingly enough, this particular game hits all those marks. The game itself was designed by one of my favorite designers (Reiner Knizia), and the artwork was all done by none other than John Howe, one of the most famous Tolkien Illustrators ever. So not only does it play well, it is also visually gorgeous. And if that were not enough, the various cards in the game each have direct quotes that are taken right from the pages of the book! Now that's some Tolkien love for you!
The game itself using a mix of auction mechanics and dice-rolling. First you traverse one of four stages of the journey, using auction cards to gain power-ups along the way, and then you take on an Adventure in which you use what you've gained to defeat enemies and gain jewels (victory points). It's a novel combination, but it works well and provides a balance of skill and luck that keeps it from being too random.
Decisions: 4/5. If it weren't for the auctioning system, this would be lower. But the tension created each round of the journey---do I use my best card here or save it for later?---is classic Eurogame.
Artwork: 5/5. It's rare that I say this, but the artwork could not be any better. It's brilliant, amazing, superb. Worth the price of the game just to look at!
Replayability: 3/5. I have played this a number of times, and loved it each time. But I've had to space my sessions out to preserve the excitement.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This game is a lot of fun. Not too simple, but definitely not complicated, so it has broad appeal. This is a solid board game that Tolkien fans will love. Read morePublished 10 months ago by SirMazoga
I know people who bought this game based on nothing but the Hobbit theme, and were confused or put off by the game's mechanics. Read morePublished 11 months ago by N. Christensen
My wife and I are in our early thirties and were looking for something fun that would take about 30 mins. This game is perfect for us. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jarrod and Megan
Fun game to play with my wife and daughter. A bit repetitive on repeated play, but the family still enjoys it.Published 14 months ago by Lance A. Hobday
Expected much more for a Knizia game. This is almost a draw and move, candyland type game. There's some strategy involved in picking your bidding amounts, but usually you end up... Read morePublished 17 months ago by William Diehl