Leonard Curtis
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The Curtis clan woke up late Sunday morning and Momma decided to get donuts for breakfast. While she was out, Daddy decided to break out a new game, The Hobbit, which he had picked up for 5 bucks during the Fantasy Flight games sale. Reading the postings online had led him to believe it was more of a game for kids, perfect for a session with the ever-gaming Curtis girls, Julianna (8) and Gracie (6).

After briefly covering the rules and setting everything up, the game was on. Daddy was fairly confident he would do well, with the game being based on his favorite book of all time. However, knowledge of the book had little to do with success (although it did help with some of the riddle adventure cards!). Julianna and Gracie are short enough to be hobbits and have the luck of the Baggins' as they constantly rolled high numbers and zoomed across the paths, collecting gemstones and adventure points like crazy. Even if they didn't have the Gandalf gift for automatic success, both of them would call the right symbol before spinning the Sword, Wood, and Water spinner (think rock, paper, scissors (Sword beats Wood, etc...).

The girls both got to the Lonely Mountain long before their father and plucked the treasure horde clean. Once the scores were tallied, Julianna wound up with 26 points, Gracie with 25, and poor Daddy with only 10.

Momma arrived home in the middle of the game, and after fueling up with donuts, we restarted the game with Momma joining in. Different game, same luck. Momma and Daddy lagged behind while the girls zoomed off. Gracie took the lead and drew an adventure card that brought the player farthest behind (Daddy) up to the front with her, so Daddy finally got to challenge the dragon, and rolled too high, falling back to the last safe haven. Meanwhile, Julianna and Momma rolled past him and the three girls began plucking gems. Daddy had lost his Gandalf gift to challenge Smaug and couldn't find another, having to fall back to the safe haven every time he reached Smaug's doorstep. Once the horde was empty, the scores were tallied. Gracie 28, Julianna 21, Momma 17, and Daddy in last place AGAIN with only 15 and the subject of much pointing and laughing.

Overall, a very fun gaming morning and a chance to introduce the girls to one of the great books of all time.
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Rob F
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Sounds like the games of it I've played also. My daughter had no problem at all rolling the needed numbers or calling the correct item on the spinner. It is a totally enjoyable game for the crowd it was intended. I was glad I picked it up during FFG's sale.
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Agreed. This is a great one to play with the kids. They are begging to play again soon.
 
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