The Battle of Five Armies

The fierce struggle, witnessed by Bilbo Baggins at the end of his quest, is about to begin!

The classic War of the Ring is one of my all-time favourite boardgames, so I was very excited to learn about the release of this first game in what could be a ‘line’ of similar games. Using the ingenious action dice mechanic from WotR and adding some extra mechanics to reflect the greater focus on combat, The Battle of Five Armies is a more tactical battle experience, zooming in on the final battle from J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.

The artwork and design is very much in the style of the first game, and I’m looking forward to this series developing further. There really are no other games that capture the atmosphere of Tolkien’s classics in quite the same way.

Update Log

Date Version Changelog
Dec 2014 1.2 Fixed error in Fate phase on both summary and reference sheet
Dec 2014 1.1 Fixed slight error in Characters section concerning when characters become not ready
Oct 2014 1 Original release

What do you think?