A trick-taking game by Martin Wallace for 2–5 players ages 12 and

A trick-taking game by Martin Wallace for 2–5 players ages 12 and
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A trick-taking game by Martin Wallace for 2–5 players ages 12 and up
Contents
This rulesheet, 5 Character cards, 60 playing cards in five colours.
Overview
In this trick-taking game, the good side (Bilbo, Gandalf, and Thorin) competes against the evil side
(Smaug and Bolg). By winning tricks, players can assign cards to themselves or their opponents. Only
by assigning cards wisely can one side win victory over the other.
Game Setup
To prepare a game of The Hobbit Card Game, consult the “Dealing Character Cards” table below and
take the appropriate Character cards for the number of players in the game. Return any leftover Character cards to the game box. Then randomly deal one Character card facedown to each player. Each player
reveals his Character card and places it faceup in front of himself.
Note: To prepare a two-player game of The Hobbit Card Game, see “Two-Player Game” on the back of
this rulesheet.
Dealing Character Cards
Side
3 Players
4 Players
5 Players
Good
Bilbo, Thorin
Bilbo, Thorin,
Gandalf
Bilbo, Thorin,
Gandalf
Evil
Smaug
Smaug
Smaug, Bolg
Then shuffle the 60 playing cards and deal them randomly to the players as indicated in the “Dealing
Playing Cards” table below. Then each evil-side player chooses and discards cards from his hand until
he has the same amount of cards in his hand as the good-side players have in theirs.
Dealing Playing Cards
Side
3 Players
4 Players
5 Players
Good
9 cards each
8 cards each
7 cards each
Evil
12 cards; must discard
3 cards of his choice
13 cards; must discard
5 cards of his choice
9 cards; must discard
2 cards of his choice
Playing the Game
The player with the “Thorin” Character card opens the first trick. He plays one card from his hand
faceup in the middle of the table; its colour determines the colour of that trick. Proceeding clockwise,
each player must play one card of matching colour from his hand faceup onto the table, if possible. If
a player does not have a card in his hand that matches the colour of the trick, he plays one card of any
other colour. Purple cards are trumps and follow special rules (see below).
After players have each played one card, they check to see who has won the trick. If there is no trump card
in the trick, the player who played the highest value card of the trick’s colour wins the trick. If there is
only one purple trump card in the trick, the player who played the purple card wins the trick. If there are
two or more purple trump cards in the trick, the player who played the highest trump card wins the trick.
The player who wins the trick takes all the cards played in that trick. Then he proceeds to assign them
(see “Assigning Cards” below). After assigning cards, the player who won the trick begins the next trick.
The round ends when players have no more cards in their hand and the cards from the last trick have
been assigned.
Bilbo
Example of Winning a Trick
Bilbo starts with the yellow “6” and defines yellow as
the colour for the trick.
Gandalf
Smaug has one yellow card in his hand. He must play
it, as yellow is the colour of the trick. He plays the
yellow “7.”
Thorin has no yellow card in his hand and plays the
blue “11.”
Smaug
Thorin
Gandalf also has no yellow card in his hand and plays
the purple “3.”
Gandalf wins the trick (he has the highest trump card
in the trick).
Assigning Cards
The player who wins the trick consults his Character card for the rules he must observe when assigning
cards. When a player assigns a card, he places it faceup under the Character card to which he is assigning
the card. The symbols on the assigned card must be visible to all players.
A player can accumulate any number of cards that damage him (e.g., Bilbo can have three or more orc
helmets). If a player is assigned a card which heals him (see “Card Symbols”), he chooses one card which
damages him from beneath his Character card (if he has any) and immediately discards it, along with the
healing card. If a player receives a card which heals him and he has not been assigned any cards which
damage him, he immediately discards the healing card. If a player is assigned a card which has no symbols,
he immediately discards it. When a player discards a card, he places it faceup in the communal discard pile.
Card Symbols
Each card with white stars does one point of damage to an evil-side player or heals one point
of damage for a good-side player.
Each card with orc helmets does one point of damage to a good-side player player or heals
one point of damage for an evil-side player.
Each card with brown pipes entitles the player to which it is assigned one extra card in
round two.
Characters Assigning Cards
Bilbo must assign one card to himself, assign one card to another player, and discard the remaining
cards.
Thorin must shuffle all the cards that were played in the trick facedown and randomly assign one to
each player, flipping it faceup.
Smaug may assign up to one card to each player, including himself. Then he discards any cards he did
not assign (this could be all cards in the trick).
Gandalf assigns cards exactly like Smaug does.
Bolg must assign one card to another player and discard the remaining cards.
Example of Assigning Cards
Gandalf assigns the cards he has just won in the “Example of
Winning a Trick”:
He assigns the yellow “7” with a star to himself and heals the
damage he has suffered from an orc helmet earlier. He discards
both cards (i.e., places them in the discard pile).
He assigns the purple “3” with a star to Smaug, which causes
Smaug a damage.
He assigns the blue “11” with a pipe to Bilbo. Bilbo will receive one
additional card at the beginning of the second round.
Gandalf discards the yellow “6” with an orc helmet.
End of the First Round
After each player has played all the cards in his hand
and the cards from the last trick have been assigned,
the first round ends and each player checks to see if
he is eliminated. If a player’s Character card has suffered two or more points of damage, that player is eliminated. An eliminated player returns his Character card
to the game box and discards all cards assigned to it.
Example of Elimination
At the end of the round,
Smaug has two stars under
his Character card and is
therefore eliminated from
the game.
Game End after Round One
At the end of the first round, if it is impossible for the good side to fulfill its victory condition (see “Winning the Game”), the evil side immediately wins the game. If all players are eliminated at the end of the
first round, the evil side wins. If at the end of the first round all evil-side players are eliminated and the
good-side players fulfill their victory condition (see “Winning the Game”), the good side wins.
The Second Round
If neither side has won at the end of the first round, play a second round. Shuffle all unassigned playing
cards together and deal cards to each player in the same manner as in the first round (see “Dealing the
Playing Cards”) with the following exception: for each card with pipe symbols assigned to his Character
card, deal that player one additional playing card. That player must then openly choose and discard
from his hand a number of cards equal to the number of additional cards he was dealt (both from pipes
and from being on the evil side, if applicable).
Players must discard their additional cards simultaneously. If Thorin is still in the game, he opens the
first trick of the second round. If not, Bilbo opens the first trick. If Gandalf is the only good-side survivor
of the first round, he opens the trick. The second round proceeds in the same manner as the first. At the
end of the second round, the game ends.
Winning the Game
The good side wins the game if:
3-Player Game
4-Player Game
5-Player Game
One or more goodside characters
survive.
Two or more goodside characters
survive.
The number of surviving good-side characters is
equal to or greater than the number of surviving
evil-side characters.
If the good side does not fulfill its victory condition at the end of the second round, the evil side wins,
even if all evil-side players have been eliminated.
Two-Player Game
The game for two players is played with the following changes: one player places Smaug in front of
himself, and the other player places both Bilbo and Thorin in front of himself. Deal each player (not
character) a hand of nine playing cards. The good-side player opens the first trick of each round.
When the good-side player wins a trick, he can either assign one card to Bilbo and one to Thorin, or he
can assign one card to either Bilbo or Thorin and the other card to Smaug. The good-side player cannot
discard cards from tricks he wins. If Bilbo is eliminated before Thorin, the good-side player must assign
the cards randomly to himself and Smaug after winning a trick.
When Smaug wins a trick, he can assign the cards to any of the characters, but he can only assign one
card per character. When assigning cards with orc helmets to the good-side player, Smaug must assign
the first card with orc helmets to Thorin. If he has two cards with orc helmets in a trick that he wants to
assign to the good side, he may assign one to Thorin and one to Bilbo.
If Bilbo or Thorin has three or more points of damage at the end of a round, that character is eliminated
(it is possible for both characters to be eliminated in the same round). If Smaug has two or more points
of damage at the end of a round, he is eliminated. If after two rounds of play at least one good-side character survives, the good side wins. The good side also wins if at least one good-side character survives
and Smaug is eliminated at the end of round one. If Smaug eliminates both good-side characters, he
wins the game.
Credits
Designer: Martin Wallace
Art: Ted Nasmith
Graphic Design: Francesco Nepitello,Fine Tuning, and Chris Beck
Producers: Mark O’Connor and Steven Kimball
Editing and Proofreading: Arne Bratenstein (Kosmos) and David Hansen
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Martin Wallace wishes to thank the playtesters Simon Bracegirdle, Andy Ogden, Hannah Bryan and Dave Beale Stamford.
© 2012 Sophisticated Games Ltd., 1 Andersen Court, Newnham Road, Cambridge CB3 9EZ, UK. www.sophisticated-games.
com. Middle-earth, The Hobbit, and the characters, items, events, and places therein are trademarks or registered 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. All rights reserved. Distributed in the United States by Fantasy Flight Games. Fantasy Flight Games and the
FFG logo are trademarks of Fantasy Flight Publishing, Inc. Fantasy Flight Games is located at 1975 West County Road B2, Suite
1, Roseville, Minnesota, 55113, USA, and can be reached by telephone at 651-639-1905. Retain this information for your records.
Not suitable for children under 36 months due to small parts. Actual components may vary from those shown. Made in Germany.
THIS PRODUCT IS NOT A TOY. NOT INTENDED FOR USE OF PERSONS 11 YEARS OF AGE OR YOUNGER.
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