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Year Published
2014
# of Players
2
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 2 players
Recommended with 2 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
13 and up
Playing Time
90 − 240 minutes
User Suggested Ages
12 and up
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Extensive use of text - massive conversion needed to be playable
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Primary Name
The Battle of Five Armies
Alternate Names
La Bataille des cinq armées
A Batalha dos Cinco Exércitos
La Batalla de los Cinco Ejércitos
La Battaglia dei Cinque Eserciti
Bitwa Pięciu Armii
Die Schlacht der fünf Heere: Der Hobbit
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Game description from the publisher:

The Battle of Five Armies – based on the climax of JRR Tolkien's novel The Hobbit – pits the hosts of the Elvenking, the Dwarves of Dain Ironfoot, and the Men of the Lake led by Bard the Bowman against a horde of Wolves, Goblins and Bats led by Bolg, son of Azog. Will Gandalf turn the tide for the Free Peoples? Will the Eagles arrive, or Beorn come to the rescue? Or will Bilbo the Hobbit perish in a last stand on Ravenhill?

The Battle of Five Armies features a game board representing the Eastern and Southern spurs of the Lonely Mountain and the valley they encircle, and a number of plastic figures representing troops, heroes and monsters.

The Battle of Five Armies is a standalone game based on the rules for War of the Ring, which is from the same designers, but with the rules modified to function on a tactical level as they describe a smaller battle rather than the entire war. Ares Games plans to expand the Battles game system in the future, releasing expansions depicting other battles from the Third Age of Middle-earth narrated in The Lord of the Rings, such as the Siege of Gondor and the assault of Saruman against Rohan.

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Components

  • 125 Plastic Figures
  • 1 Game Board (70 x 50 cm)
  • 13 Action Dice
  • 10 Combat Dice
  • 79 Cards (Fate, Story and Event)
  • 12 Character and Special Units Reference Cards
  • Counters and Tokens
  • Rules

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The Battle of Five Armies
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English first edition
Publisher: Ares Games
Artist: Jon Hodgson
Year: 2014
Product Code: AREWOTR010
Size: 15.75 x 10.63 x 3.35 inches
6.61 pounds
English
Release Date: Sep 2014
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German first edition
Publisher: Ares Games, Heidelberger Spieleverlag
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Year: 2014
Product Code: HE596
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Release Date: Oct 2014
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Publisher: Galakta
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Release Date: Nov 13, 2014
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Publisher: Raven Distribution
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Release Date: Oct 31, 2014
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French first edition
Publisher: IELLO
Artist: Jon Hodgson
Year: 2014
Product Code: 51172
Size: 15.75 x 10.63 x 3.35 inches
6.61 pounds
French
Release Date: Nov 7, 2014
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Custom maneuver face cards, so you can see a difference with the event cards
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2014-12-23
80 Universal Head THE BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIES Rules Summary and Reference
The Universal Head THE BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIES Rules Summary and Reference v1.2 (Dec14). Double-sided rules summary, double-sided player reference sheet.
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Board Game Rank: 397
War Game Rank: 35
Thematic Rank: 35
Num Ratings: 694
Average Rating: 8.24
Standard Deviation: 1.14
Num Views: 295477
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Personal Comments: 216
Users Owning: 2022
Users Wanting: 375
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