Game review: Battle of Five Armies brings 'The Hobbit' to the tabletop

December 18, 2014 10:55 PM

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Game review: Battle of Five Armies brings 'The Hobbit' to the tabletop

Ares Games' The Battle of Five Armies is the board game tie-in with J.R.R. Tolkien's iconic work, "The Hobbit," and has been released just in time for Peter Jackson's movie of the same name. In this two-player game, one player takes on the roles of the Free Peoples of Middle Earth, while the other player commands the evil Shadow Army as it attempts to capture settlements and the front gate to Lonely Mountain.

The board depicts four sections of territory around the front gate to Lonely Mountain, each divided up into smaller regions. The game boasts many plastic miniatures, blue for the Free Peoples, red for the Shadow Army and gray for the game's various characters. On a player's turn he or she must draw ...

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