Happy Hobbit Day!
The new Hobbit movie has inspired in Tolkien fans (myself included) some misgivings, mostly inspired by a fear that dividing it up into three movies will lead to too much Jackson and not enough Tolkien. I also think going with CG Orcs was a big mistake. Despite all that, you bet your hairy feet that I am going to see it today. I can’t help but be excited, and I’ve been counting down the days these past few months. My plan is to play through a couple of the Hobbit scenarios, eat one of those terrible Hobbit tie-in meals at Denny’s, and then head off to the theaters.
Since this is a LOTR LCG blog, I will mark the moment here by sharing my two favorite cards from the first Hobbit box, one because of theme, the other because of its gameplay uses.
I really enjoy the artwork on this card, and the theme is perfect. It was Dori who was carrying Bilbo through the depths of the Misty Mountains (as the art depicts), and who dropped him when he was grabbed from behind by a goblin. This led to Bilboo being left behind and finding the One Ring and Gollum. It could then be said that Dori is indirectly responsible for the momentous events that follow in the Third Age! Dori later allows Bilbo to use his back as a boost in order to climb a tree to escape wargs, barely escaping himself. Dori’s gameplay mechanic, which allows him to take damage inflicted on a hero (such as Bilbo), perfectly reflects this lore.
At first, I actually did not think much of this card. However, I now find it incredibly useful as a flexible tool to ready heroes when I need it. This is especially useful in the Heirs of Numenor quests when you need to get multiple uses out of your heroes to both battle/siege and attack or defend. Using a card like Erebor Hammersmith, which fetches an attachment from the discard pile, can effectively recycle Cram as well.
What about you readers? How are you marking the opening of the movie? What are your thoughts on the movie after watching it? What are your favorite cards from the first Hobbit set?