The Hobbit Card Game
Relive the epic struggle of good versus evil in Middle-earth with The Hobbit Card Game, Martin Wallace’s fast-paced, standalone, trick-taking card game for 2-5 players. Win hands and use the cards you’ve won to deal damage to opponents, or heal allies and help them with extra cards. Each character assigns cards differently, so use your skills wisely! Fight the forces of evil as Gandalf, Thorin, or Bilbo, or smash the hopes of the heroes as Smaug or Bolg, the goblin leader.
Taking Sides in the Struggle
Each player takes on the role of one of the heroes or villains in the classic story of Bilbo’s adventures. In order to win, the villainous characters must use their combined power to destroy all of the forces of good before the final round of play, and the forces of good must work together to simply survive the onslaught.
Fate always plays a hand in the greatest of adventures, and so gameplay begins with each player being randomly assigned a character, and dealt his hand. The number of cards that make up a hand is determined by the number of players in each game. Good characters are dealt a hand with a fixed number of cards, and they must simply make the best of the resources at their disposal. Smaug and Bolg have an advantage. Evil characters are dealt extra cards, and they then discard down to the same number as the players on the good side.
The player in the role of Thorin, the proud leader of the dwarves and eager to reclaim the Arkenstone from Smaug, opens the first round of the game. Each round of play is started by the player laying one card, face-up, on the table. The color of the card establishes the suit for that exchange. Each player must lay a card down that matches the color of the suit if he can. If he can’t follow suit, he can play any card in his hand. Purple cards are trump, so if one is played because the suit can’t be followed, that player wins unless he can be beaten by a higher value purple card.
Dealing Damage, Healing Wounds
To the victor go the spoils! Once a player has won an exchange, he assigns cards to the other characters depending on the rules outlined on their character cards. Each card can have one of three symbols on them or be blank.
Each character has a special affinity with the forces that govern their motives. Gandalf, Bilbo, and Thorin are scions of good, while Smaug and Bolg are cruel and evil. The cards respond to these alignments accordingly. A white star on the card symbolizes the forces of good, the helm of an orc adorns cards possessed of an evil power, and assigning a card with a pipe grants players the ability to draw an extra card in the next round. If a card with the opposite power is assigned to your character (Gandalf gets an orc helmet, or Smaug gets a star), then that character takes a point of damage. If your character is already damaged and is assigned a card with the symbol of their own side (Bilbo gets a star, or Bolg gets an orc helmet) then that character gets a single point of damage healed. Two points of damage eliminates a character from the game, so use the cards you win to knock out your opponents and heal your allies.
The round ends when players have emptied their hands, and the last of the cards that were in play have been assigned to the characters. Players who have taken enough damage are eliminated at this point. Depending of the number of players, if enough good characters have survived, the game continues until the final round. If the evil characters have killed enough of the heroes, then the villains win the day!
Play the The Hobbit Card Game and take part in the legendary tale of Bilbo’s adventure!
2 - 5 players
The copyrightable portions of The Hobbit: The Card Game are © 2012 Sophisticated Games, Ltd. The Hobbit and the characters, events, items and places therein, are trademarks of The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Middle-Earth Enterprises and are used under license by Sophisticated Games, Ltd. and their respective licensees. Fantasy Flight Supply is a trademark of Fantasy Flight Publishing, Inc.