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Love Letter: The Hobbit – The Battle of the Five Armies is a game of risk, deduction, and luck for 2–4 players based on the original Love Letter game by Seiji Kanai. The deck consists of 17 cards, with the Arkenstone being valued #8, Bilbo Baggins #7, and so on down to The One Ring at #0.

In each round, each player starts with only one card in hand; one card is removed from play. On a turn, you draw one card, and play one card, using the power on that card to expose others and (possibly) knock them out of the round. If you're the final player active in the round or the player with the highest card when the deck runs out, then you score a point. In LL: The Hobbit, The One Ring does nothing during play, but it counts as a #7 when the game ends, possibly leading to a tie should someone else hold Bilbo.

Customer Reviews

The Hobbit Loveletter: There and (not) Back Again Review by Noahsalady
Some may look at this and think it is just normal love letter with different pictures, those people would be wrong. I picked up this beautiful game because my original set of love letter was getting a bit worn, both the cards and the bag have suffered the test of time as I have played it many many times with many many people and everyone I have played it with has loved it. So the real question is, how is this version any better? In addition to the amazing art on the cards and super cute gems for scoring, Love Letter: The Hobbit offers two major changes to the original.
The first is that the 3 (Baron in the original) is now separated into two different cards, Legolas and Tauriel. They are both numbered at 3 and Legolas is the same as an old Baron, two players compare and the lower card is eliminated, the difference is in Tauriel, two players still compare but the higher card is eliminated, this can cause a bit more of a conundrum if you get them together and a more enjoyable and clever card overall. The Baron was always my least favourite card but now I find myself happy to see it sometimes.
The second major change is the introduction of an extra card, the one ring (to rule them all). It sits at the number zero, making it the perfect card to go with Tauriel as it could never lose and it's ablilty, that it is worth nothing until the end when it is worth 7, is an amazing piece of flavour for Lord of the Rings fans and gives you some interesting questions to think about if you get it with say Bilbo (number 7).
Overall, I love this game and find it a big step up from the original and I don't plan on playing the original really ever again. I highly recommend getting it. My only criticisms are I would have loved a Balin card, but that is probably just me and the back of the cards are not as stunning as the front but that is solved though sleeving the cards for protection which i have done and would recommend. (Posted on 28/05/15)

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