A couple of months ago, my son and I went to the Lego Kidsfest and they had LEGO The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey set up and ready to play. It had just come out and I had bought it for my son when it came out but we kind of stumbled along and didn’t really get into it. Our copy sat on the shelf for a couple of months but just this week I decided to put it together and we’ve had a couple of good games out of it since.
Like any LEGO board game, construction is required and this took about 45 minutes. The point of the game is to wander from hobbit hole to hobbit hole examining the contents of the holes, finding dwarves and making matches of the other items you can find along the way (runes, hobbits and food). The game is kind of like memory on steroids. If you find a dwarf, your turn is done. If you find something else, you get to look for a match and if you find a pair, then the benefits from the match happen. If you find a pair of food, your opponent has to put a dwarf back on the board. If you find a rune, you get one more chance and if you find a dwarf, you get to keep it. If you find a pair of hobbits, you get to secretly look at a tile to get a leg up on your opponents.
When all ten dwarves are found, the game is over. The winner is the person with the most dwarves and in the event of a tie, you get to count all of the tiles you found. In both games we played, we tied dwarves and it came down to a total count. So far, I’m 0-2 and my son is 2-0.
This is a very light game. The age range is 7+ but this is a manageable game for someone even younger. I’m surprised my son is really into it because it’s pretty light but at this point, there’s Hobbit fever in the house. I jumped all over this at the time because it was the only LEGO Hobbit anything out at the time. There’s also a couple of variant tiles where you can add Thorin and Bilbo into the game and they provide a twist in the game play. Other then the first time you have to put it together, it’s a fun, quick game for just about anyone.
Growing up, I was a Marvel slappy. As far as role playing games, we played mostly Dungeons and Dragons and Battletech/Mechwarrior. Number three on the list was the Marvel Super Heroes Role Playing Game. My son has followed in my footsteps and has taken to most of the Marvel universe, particularly Spider Man.
I was looking around Board Game Geek the other day (it’s easy to get lost in there) and looked at some of the hot games and saw Upper Deck Legendary Marvel Deck Building Game. My son and I have gotten into some of the other deck building games (Pokemon and the Lord of the Rings so far) so this drew my eye and I have to say, this game looks pretty sweet.
The game comes with 15 heroes and players choose which ones they want in there deck (as well as their applicable cards). Then they square off against a predetermined bad guy. It looks like it’s cooperative but it looks like the ulimate goal is to accumulate points by beating the bad guy and the most points wins.
The price point is kind of high and I’d be interested to see how they do expansions, which this game looks perfectly set for. If they do something like the Lord of the Rings Card game where the expansions are small but inexpensive, I could see this being a nice buy because you can pick and choose who to add. Still, this game is going on the list.
GMT Games has added a few new titles to their P500 list. This is your chance to not only speed up a games progress to being printed but it also usually gives you the best possible price. This month there are three new additions to their P500 list.
First on the list is 1914, Serbien muß sterbien, a Michael Resch title that focuses on the early parts of World War 1 on the Balkan Front. It’s being billed as a great gateway game into the series because it has an affordable price point, doesn’t require a lot of space to play and it only has one map.
Next up is Combat Commander Battle Pack #6. Subtitled “Sea Lion,” this series of scenarios focuses on a hypothetical German invasion of Great Britain in World War II. You get ten new scenarios and that take you through both a German invasion and British counterattack. There’s three maps and it looks like a lot of fun play for only $18.
Finally there’s a new Richard Berg title, Genesis. There’s not a lot of information on this game but it’s being billed as similar to Pax Romana. It covers the late Bronze Age in the Middle East and all I can say is, you usually can’t go wrong with a Richard Berg game. I’ll be keeping my eye on this titel as more details surface.
What GMT titles are you playing right now? Leave a comment and let me know.