Designed by Martin Wallace, The Hobbit Card Game is a fast-paced, standalone, trick-taking card game for two to five players. Join the battle in Middle-earth as the forces of good and evil clash. Fight against the forces of evil as Gandalf, Thorin, or Bilbo, or gang up on the heroes as Smaug the dragon or the goblin leader Bolg. Play to win hands and use the cards you’ve won to deal damage to your opponents, or heal allies and help them with extra cards. Each hero or villain has a special ability that allows a player to assign cards that he has won to his enemies and allies. It will take careful planning to best apply the spoils of any hard-won victory.
Relive Bilbo’s Adventure
Bring Bilbo’s adventures with Thorin and company to life as each side struggles to outwit and outmaneuver the other, and the dwarves fight to win back their homestead.
At the beginning of the game, each player is randomly assigned a role as one of five key players in the story of Bilbo Baggins: Smaug, Bolg, Gandalf, Thorin, or Bilbo. The number of good and evil characters in play is determined by the number of players, and these characters are dealt to players face-down at the beginning of the game.
In order to secure victory, Bilbo and the other heroes must work together to survive their journey to the Lonely Mountain. The villains are only concerned with destruction and death, so depending on the number of players, the evil characters can win by using their combined power to destroy some or all of the forces of good before the final round of play.
The odds are stacked against the dwarven company, as the forces of evil have numbers on their side, and the raw might of Smaug the dragon. At the beginning of each round, players are dealt a hand of cards. The villainous players are dealt extra cards, and they then must discard down to the same number as the good players. This allows the forces of evil to make sure that they will be striking at the heroes with as much power as possible.
Dealing Damage and Healing Allies
Middle-earth is fraught with peril for the heroes with orcs and wargs hounding their every step, but there is aid to be found throughout the land as well. Utilizing the powers of good and evil in the deck will be a key to victory for either side. Some cards in the deck have one of three symbols on them, a white star symbolizing the forces of good, an orc’s helm that represents evil, or a pipe which allows players to draw an extra card.
Each time a player wins a round of play, he must then distribute the cards that he’s won according to the rules outlined on his character’s card. Cards imbued with the white star of good will heal the heroes and deal damage to the evil characters; likewise, cards with the orc’s helm will harm the good characters and heal Smaug and Bolg. Good and evil characters alike will benefit from receiving a card with a pipe, which will allow a player to draw an extra card in the next round of play. Heal and support your allies and strike at your enemies to secure victory!
Enter into the realm of Middle-earth and take part in the battle to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from Smaug. Pick up The Hobbit Card Game from your local retailer today!