I have been a huge Tolkien fan since I first read the Lord of the Rings back in High School and College. Crazy right? I waited that long before reading some of the best fantasy writing in existence. I am also currently reading the Hobbit and enjoying it quite a bit. Needless to say, I love Lord of the Rings and Hobbit themed games as they feed the fantasy genre kick that I have had ever since I fell in love with knights long before I knew of the existence of Lord of the Rings.
Well, the other night Sarah, my fiancee, and I picked up a couple of new games: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and the Lord of the Rings Card Game. We already owned The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug so we decided to play the two hobbit games back to back as they were intended to be played.
We had a trial run at Outback where we went to dinner after the big purchase and we proceeded to get demolished by the game in short order. We became painfully aware that the boards in An Unexpected Journey would be significantly more difficult than in Desolation of Smaug. So, here we go.
We setup the board and dealt out the dwarven company cards as instructed. Off to a bad start. We lost 3 of the dwarves that give the golden die and Balin who can provide 2 rabbits for running without rolling.
|Off to a bad Start.|
|So far so good.|
|Second board setup. We should be ok here.|
|Second board dwarves in the discard to start.|
|Second Board Results|
|Managed to get both treasures from the first two boards!|
|Board Three setup.|
|Despite the Thorin having a prominent role in the story, he doesn't really want to do much in the game.|
|Board 3 resources carried over from the first game.|
|Board 3 Finished|
|Survivors of the whole quest i.e. those not in the discard at the end of the game. Looks like Thorin finally showed up.|
|Final score including maxed dragon points and all four treasures!|