The Battle of the Five Armies is upon us! Ares Games is set to release its own version of the famous battle for all board game-loving fans out there to enjoy. It should be noted that this game is being brought to fans by the same team that designed the popular War of the Rings game. The Battle of Five Armies is said to be based on the same mechanics and rules as its predecessor. The two-player game is set to include 125 plastic figures, a 50 x 70 cm game board, 13 action dice, 10 combat dice, and much more. Here is what the official description has to say:
The Battle of Five Armies is a two-players game that allows you to re-create the epic conclusion of The Hobbit, the world-renowned masterpiece by J.R.R. Tolkien.
The Shadow player commands the armies of Bolg, son of Azog, the King of the Goblins of Mount Gundabad, while the Free Peoples player is in control of Men, Dwarves and Elves, led by Gandalf to fend off the goblin army.
Based on the acclaimed mechanics first used in the War of the Ring boardgame, The Battle of Five Armies merges action dice and event cards, to make each game a unique experience. The system has been further enhanced by the addition of the “Fate Track” mechanic, handling the arrival of the allies and the triggering of special events. All the key characters in the battle – Bilbo, Gandalf, Thorin, Dain, the Elven King, Bard, Beorn, Bolg – are featured with powerful special abilities and unique sculptures.
The game is rumoured to be released sometime this Summer with a price tag around $59.95. Gaming website CritToHit.com has posted some more detailed photos of the game that can be found in a gallery here.
So what do you think? Will you be eager to reenact The Battle of the Five Armies with your friends?