The Hobbit

To celebrate the release of their new digital offering The Lord of the Rings Living Card Game, Fantasy Flight games is offering a limited edition version of the physical game that has been around since 2011.

The special edition is available now as a preorder directly from Fantasy Flight Games. An order for the collectors edition of the card game includes early access (August 28, 2018) to the new digital game on Steam including some in-game bonuses such as unlocked packs and avatars only available to those who pre-order this set.

The “The Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game Limited Collector’s Edition” physical bundle will include a complete starter set, a custom playmat, MP3 soundtrack, art prints and your very own One Ring (the power of invisibility is not included). To attract new and experienced players alike, the starter set will feature new artwork on all cards, but will retain complete compatibility with existing sets and expansions. There will also be two new heroes in the set,  Thorin Stonehelm and Gildor Inglorion, and two new quests. And for those who really like to set the scene, you’ll get a code to download the score for the digital game that you can use to enhance your game nights.

See the pre-order page for more information.



All you need is love…and intellectual property licenses.

Hot on the heels of a deluge of Love Letter licensed variants, AEG announces yet another one. This time based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.

The author famously wrote

“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.”

In the case of The Hobbit: Love Letter, what we find are that the familiar Love Letter roles have been replaced by Tolkien-esque characters, the first revealed of which is Tauriel (who strangely enough was not invented by Tolkien).

AEG is promising many twists and turns to differentiate this version from the base game, keep your eyes peeled as more details are bound to emerge soon.

The Hobbit: Love Letter releases in March, officially from both AEG and Cryptozoic Entertainment.

USAopoly Game Announcements

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Monopoly: The Hobbit Motion Picture Trilogy

This Monopoly version will be based on the recent film trilogy. It will feature locations from the story in their quest to regain the home of Erebor.

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Bang!: Heroes of the Storm

This game is based on the Blizzard Entertainment’s new online team brawler. The game pits heroes and villains from World of Warcraft, Diablo and StarCraft against each other.


Supernatural Ouija

This is based on the Supernatural show… I think, I’m not sure since I’ve never seen the show but it seems to be that way. Well, either way you will use the Ouija Board to find the answers you seek by contacting otherworldly realms. You may grab and pose your questions using the planchette that is included.

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Cryptozoic Entertainment announced that Seiji Kanai’s 2012 Love Letter, will get some more make-overs in the very near future. Cryptozoic and AEG have partnered up to bring Adventure Time, DC Comics and The Hobbit to the Love Letter world.

Love Letter is an easy to play, quick to learn 16 card game where players try to be the last person standing so they may deliver their love letter to the Princess. These new editions will contain some new effects designed in conjunction with Kanai.

“AEG is thrilled to bring Love Letter to the public in these new editions. Playing Adventure Time Love Letter will feel different than The Hobbit or Downton Abbey, but all will be true to the original design and engaging play,” says AEG’s Director of Marketing Todd Rowland.

These new editions are expected much later this year.

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An upcoming release for Ares Games, The Battle of Five Armies, will be published in seven different languages…French, German, Italian, Polish, Portugese, Spanish, and English.  Sorry, no Elvish, Dwarvish, or Entish.

The Battle of Five Armies is a fantasy, miniature game based on the climactic battle in the novel, The Hobbit and is designed by Roberto Di Meglio, Marco Maggi, and Francesco Nepitello.  All three all designed 2004’s War of the Ring.

Ares has partnered with IELLO (France), Heidelberger (German), Raven Distribution (Italian), Galakta (Polish), Devir Livraria (Brasil) and Devir Iberia (Spain).

Expected release is this year, July for the English edition and September for elsewhere.

From Ares Games:

The Battle of Five Armies – based on the climax of JRR Tolkien’s novel The Hobbit – pits the hosts of the Elvenking, the Dwarves of Dain Ironfoot, and the Men of the Lake led by Bard the Bowman against a horde of Wolves, Goblins and Bats led by Bolg, son of Azog. Will Gandalf turn the tide for the Free Peoples? Will the Eagles arrive, or Beorn come to the rescue? Or will Bilbo the Hobbit perish in a last stand on Ravenhill?

The Battle of Five Armies features a game board representing the Eastern and Southern spurs of the Lonely Mountain and the valley they encircle, and a number of plastic figures representing troops, heroes and monsters.

The Battle of Five Armies is a standalone game based on the rules for War of the Ring, which is from the same designers, but with the rules modified to function on a tactical level as they describe a smaller battle rather than the entire war. Ares Games plans to expand the Battles game system in the future, releasing expansions depicting other battles from the Third Age of Middle-earth narrated in The Lord of the Rings, such as the Siege of Gondor and the assault of Saruman against Rohan.