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Cryptozoic Announces Release Date for The Hobbit Deck Building Game

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Cryptozoic has just announced the release date for The Hobbit Deck Building Game. The company already has made a somewhat successful run with the Lord of the Rings original trilogy as deck building games, and this one will no doubt follow suit. Fans can expect to get their hands on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Deck Building Game starting Wednesday, July 16th.

The first edition printing will include a special Radagast promo card, and they’ll be limited! Like with the Lord of the Rings Deck Building Game, you’ll be playing as iconic characters from The Hobbit, all on a quest to thwart the dragon Smaug. Play as Bilbo, Gandalf, Thorin, or other dwarves of Thorin’s company. Each Hero has a special ability that will help offer different strategies to the player. Also like the previous games, The Hobbit DBG will include card combos, artwork depicting memorable scenes from the films, and more.

I personally enjoy the Lord of the Rings Deck Building Game. I think that, while it borrows from other games in the genre, it’s got enough packed inside to remain interesting and fun to play over and over again. Since The Hobbit DBG is built on the same engine, it will be compatible with the previous games in the series, making for some epic questing right on the table. You can pre-order your copy now, if you don’t want to miss out.

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