We’re back from the holidays and with it, there’s some new games. Here are the games either I got for Christmas or I bought for my son. This year, I pretty much got him either 1) Games or 2) Legos so this is a nice list.
1) Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game Core Set as well as one each of the four expansions.
2) The Lord Of The Rings Sauron Expansion Set Board Game
3) Lord of The Rings LCG: The Hobbit Over Hill and Under Hill Expansion
4) Lord Of The Rings LCG: The Hunt For Gollum Adventure Pack
5) Wizards of The Coast Legend of Drizzt: A Dungeons and Dragons Board Game
6) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Adventure Board Game
I also got some Battlelore stuff from Santa that I picked up at Fantasy Flight’s black Friday sale and we also got in a few rare games of Middle Earth Quest. In short, we have a lot to play and I should have a lot to report here soon.
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.