The Hobbit Strategy Battle Game is now up for Advanced Order along with all its models. The Starter Set is called "Escape from Goblin Town" which gives us a good idea on where the movie when its released is going. The models look good, the starter set is a decent amount of models, and the rulebook is is nice and thick with a lot for Hobbit fans to dig into.




via Games Workshop
http://www.games-workshop.com/gws/catalog/landing.jsp?catId=cat970001a&rootCatGameStyle=athletic
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Strategy Battle Game is here! Our new boxed game, Escape from Goblin Town, is available to advance order now, alongside a host of exciting new plastic kits and Citadel Finecast miniatures, a new rules manual, a special edition Figure Case and a whole lot more.

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  1. gw spoiled the movie for me =(
    bad enough the story is known
    now also the charakters ad design

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  2. I always have to smile when I see the GW concept of a product bundle. No saving, just the individual boxes for the full price.

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    1. yeh it's hilarious what lengths they'll go to just to save us buyers time and effort. They are totally selfless

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  3. Ooooh, that white council is nice, how much would it be? Something barely reasonable like, say £25? No, GW managed to crank it up to £45! This was, in my opinion, a really bad move, when they could have sold them all separately at normal prices and people wouldn't feel that they are spending such a ridiculous amount.

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    1. It consists of 4 characters!! 20 bucks each...no different than the individual blister packs. Relax man...no one is forcing you to buy this stuff.

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  4. Those prices are horrific. Look at the rulebook! Sorry, Games Workshop, you won't be getting any of my money for this.

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  5. I concur, you can get a Landraider for the price of those 4 White Council members...a freakin' LAND RAIDER! The Ork sets look pretty reasonable but Emperor knows how much they'l charge for the good heroes in a separate set...my bet is on £50, anyone?

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  6. To be honest, i think that even at a reasonable price they would have a very tough time shifting these models. Lotr isnt a game anyone really plays anymore, and simply slapping a new name on the game to coincide with a movie release doesnt make the game any better. This is really a lost cause for gw, and they should trying stop to flog a very dead horse.

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    1. They have to flog this one, they owe too much on the licencing. if they don't make this work they could be in trouble.

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    2. As I uderstand it the licence is renewed yearly. Most likely the high cost is because this will garner small sales (relatively speaking) and the tooling has been expensive.

      They're not 'in trouble' (40K 6th saw a big jump in profits) but sales are down again for another year running. Their solution, no doubt, will be ever higher hikes in price in the summer.

      That I don't understand. If you take more, people spend less. Their solution is, yes, to hike prices. I've sold my shares in them. I don't believe that Games Workshop (as it currently is) intend to be around in another ten years because this endless soak/hike cycle is a short term profit bang, long term growth disaster.

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  7. The MODELS are gorgeous...last time I checked GW started as a company that dealt in gorgeous miniatures. The game came second. There is other hobbiests in the world that enjoy collecting, like myself, more than playing. No one is forcing you to collect in this hobby. If youre unhappy then find a different hobby, and while youre at it look up the meaning of "hobby".

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    1. Founded in 1975 at 15 Bolingbroke Road, London, by John Peake, Ian Livingstone, and Steve Jackson (not to be confused with US citizen Steve Jackson, also a games designer), Games Workshop was originally a manufacturer of wooden boards for games such as backgammon, mancala, Nine Men's Morris, and Go[3] which later became an importer of the U.S. role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons, and then a publisher of wargames and role-playing games in its own right, expanding from a bedroom mail-order company in the process.
      In order to promote their business, postal games, create a games club, and provide an alternative source for games news, the newsletter, Owl and Weasel, was founded in February 1975. This was superseded in June 1977 by White Dwarf.
      From the outset, there was a clear stated interest in print regarding "progressive games," including computer gaming[4] which led to the departure of traditionalist Peake in early 1976, and the loss of GW's main source of income.[5] However, having successfully obtained official distribution rights to Dungeons & Dragons and other TSR products in the UK, and maintaining a high profile by running games conventions, the business grew rapidly. It opened its first retail shop in April 1978.

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    2. Congrats on knowing how to use Wikipedia...trust me mate when I say I know a tad bit more about GW than Wikipedia.

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    3. 'Trust me' says the Anonymous users of the internet.
      Anyways, the problem here is actually that the models are lame. LOTR is a solid game.

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    4. Clearly you don't know more about gw than wikipedia as that is pretty much online with Ian livingstone's account from an old White dwarf. Pretty sure he knows more than you do. Citadel miniatures was started as a separate company financed by gw and absorbed a few years later. Miniatures were not the main focus of the company until the management buyout circa 1990.

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  8. Was the Lotr game not a huge commercial success for GW? I don't play (or plan to start) it, but if what I've read all these years is true then they would have been stupid not to renew the licence for The Hobbit.

    Oh and its funny that people rage about the white council (15€ for a figure, sadly a kinda "normal" price) when you take a look at the big trolls:
    3 x 40mm Trolls (and a little campfire) for 65€. Thats like 20€ for a termi sized plastic mini and only if you value the little piece of scenery at 5€

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    1. edit: Looks like 60mm base, so they are a bit bigger.Still expensive and it does not look like they will come with a truckload of bitz.

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  9. The models look awesome, if my friends and I were still role players, these models would be hard to resist. To those of you who still do, congratulations! Have fun!

    Bellumvinco

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  10. They delayed Dark Angels for this?

    *yawn*

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    1. Another cry kid....

      *yawn*

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  11. $85 for 3 trolls?

    Nice try gw. Although they would make good ogryn conversions...

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  12. Ugh! I cannot tell you the level of F#&K I do not give for this... Things were much better before GW decided to corner the Tolkien market, and has since ruined it. Bring on Dark Angels, or Daemons, or any 40k or Fantasy that customers care about. Stop wasting resources on products no one is going to invest in. If we were, we would have stopped playing 40k or Fantasy to do it anyway.
    Sick of it...

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  13. I am so tired of hearing the bitching about pricing. It's within the industry norm, if you don't like it don't buy it.

    Every time it's the same thing, "Are they nuts! That's way too much." Gwaaaaa!!! Cry me a river.

    Yes this hobby can be expensive, but go try one like photography, then compare. Or if you want a cheaper game that has all the strategy you could want, try chess.

    But please, find me a company, producing a game on the scale of Warhammer, 40K, or Lord of the Rings. That gives you the quality models. For less.

    I haven't found one yet.

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    1. Go into any hobby store that sells plastic kits and see how much is charged for a similar amount of plastic. It's disgusting what GW dares to charge.

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    2. You buy a camera for say 600, you don't need to buy a new one for 10 years and you can get literally millions of photographs and if you're good enough you can sell those photographs and make your money back. This is much better value for money than any games workshop products. I was going to buy into the hobbit but after seeing the prices I'm out. In fact I won't be buying any games workshop products any more. It's quite simple, the company needs to be boycott until they lower their ridiculous prices

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  14. I am so tired of hearing the bitching about pricing. It's within the industry norm, if you don't like it don't buy it.

    Every time it's the same thing, "Are they nuts! That's way too much." Gwaaaaa!!! Cry me a river.

    Yes this hobby can be expensive, but go try one like photography, then compare. Or if you want a cheaper game that has all the strategy you could want, try chess.

    But please, find me a company, producing a game on the scale of Warhammer, 40K, or Lord of the Rings. That gives you the quality models. For less.

    I haven't found one yet.

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    1. In Australian dollars, the white council costs 85 pounds. That is not a typo. 8.5. A$125 to be exact.

      I've played GW products since 3E fantasy battle and have defended them for twenty years - I can't defend this. I have to bitch, because there's no way I can express the frustration of one of the central hobbies for two decades of my life finally crossing a line I can't follow.

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    2. Your logic is flawed, GW items have little to no resale value once used - unlike photography equipment. Hence it could be seen as an investment, as select items if you're lucky will increase in value over the years. You have to either buy new gear, damage your gear or be an idiot to loose money in photography.

      Unless of course you're talking about absolute bottom end of photography gear, then it's all a waste of money for the price because they're sold on a huge scale and there is a severely limited secondhand market for them.

      If I buy a £1k used lens today, I bet I can sell it next year for £1k. If I buy a load of new GW items from a cheap source (wayland / ebay) for £1k today, build them, paint them, play with them - I won't be able to sell them for £1k next year.

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    3. Last week I went out with me lady and spent £80. We had a lovely time, but, hangover included, had about 14 hours of fun. I spend about 3 times that on an army. But I get a LOT of hours of enjoyment out of that. Hundreds, literally. Looking at how many hours of fun per pound one gets from GW stuff, it's much better value than beer...

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    4. You're comparing the resale of USED products with the resale of NEW products.

      Buy your camera lens new, and you loose a chunk, but it still has resale value.

      Exactly the same is true of GW products.

      Buy them second hand, you'll get back what you paid, roughly, plus or minus, when you come to sell. I made a heap of cash on the minis I cleared out recently. They weren't even nicely painted. People strip them, and they're as new. Job done.

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  15. People don't complain about the nominal cost, they complain because the value proposition is lousy. GW charges too much *for what you get* for most people.

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    1. Definately this, in game points cost seems to be directly related to purchase price.

      For example, this new council set has 4 models for an obscene price - I bet they will have a high points cost in game. Whereas the set of orcs is less than half the price, I bet that entire box of orcs will make up less than half the points cost of the council.

      5 terminators - £25? 300 points or so in game?
      10 man tac squad - £22? £23? 250 points or so?

      Which box set uses more plastic?

      I'd bet if GW released a small sized unit of 3 models, that were worth 500pts+ in game, they definately won't sell them for £10-15, I think you would be looking at £50-£60.

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  16. I play all 3 gw game systems as like to change theme as the mood takes me. I will likely buy the new rule book in hope some improvements from original. with such pricey figures I will continue to use my collection of high quality metal figures I have collected over the years. If nice plastic sets come out for decent price I will buy but don't really rate anything I am seeing yet versus the older lotr stuff.
    Clearly if some people don't mind 300% inflation in 10 years, good luck to them, but i'm not that rich myself!

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  18. Think about it,
    The boxes price is based around it's points value,
    Not about plastic ect.

    That is second priority, so to speak,
    The White council has 4 of, from what I'll guess from lore, the strongest SOB's around,
    You have Galadriel, a immensely powered elf witch, Elrond, the most badass half elf around, and 2 of the strongest wizards around.

    Yerr, you might not get all the flashy miniatures and amount of them that you want,
    But when GW sells,
    It puts points value into the matter.

    Think, why do get a big bad hero character for more than you would a cheaper option for your HQ's/Lords/Heroes.

    Because Money for plastic + points.

    - Sebastian Grimshawn

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  19. Australia and New Zealand must be the only countries in the world where a GW starter set has finally breached $200... hopefully once all the stores in Australia finally close, they will lift the embargo and we can pay similar prices to everyone else in the world.

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  20. Maybe someone will publish the rules pdf online... just sayin...

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    Empty what's full. Scratch where it itches. Don't go around saying the world owes you a living rs gold, The world owes you nothing. It was here first. Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect Runescape Gold, It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powersrs gold.

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