Howdy Guys and Girls :)
In case you missed it, There and Back Again is up for pre-orders. Can't wait to get my hands on this tome :)
"We were so excited by the news that we dispatched an Eagle to bring us Adam Troke, the Middle-earth™ Product Manager, who was more than happy to tell us everything we needed to know. Grab a mug of something warm to drink… he had plenty to say:
Adam: There and Back Again is the first rules expansion for the Strategy Battle Game from the new Middle-earth™ team – and it’s the most extensive expansion ever for The Hobbit™ Strategy Battle Game. There and Back Again replaces the two older The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies supplements, and magnifies their glory into a mighty 152-page hardback sourcebook, loaded with more scenarios, profiles and rules than ever before!
Since the last movie in The Hobbit: Motion Picture Trilogy™ back in 2014, we’ve been itching to return to Erebor and retell the events from the movies in greater detail, and add in all the heroes, villains and monsters we never got the chance to tackle before. And that’s what There and Back Again does. Within its pages you’ll find 25 narrative scenarios that pick up the action right where the Great Eagles leave Thorin Oakenshield™, Bilbo Baggins™ and the rest atop their rocky perch at the end of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and follows their adventure all the way to the bloody battle atop Ravenhill! Five more scenarios delve into the history of The Hobbit™ Trilogy, recounting battles such as the Fall of Dale or the terrible slaughter where Thorin Oakenshield’s grandfather is slain.
That’s not all though – there are also more than 70 profiles in the book, varying from tweaks and revisions for characters we had already released (but with the benefit of having seen the movies), to brand new additions, such as Dain Ironfoot, the Iron Hills Dwarves and Gundabad Berserkers (yep, you’ll have to wait and see what these brutes are). This is the most-complete retelling of The Hobbit™ Trilogy we’ve ever been able to deliver and we’re more excited about it than a Hobbit with a seed cake.
That’s not all either – for the first time we’re presenting special bonuses for armies assembled from the book. So, if you’ve built an army that faithfully reflects Thranduil’s Halls or want to recreate Azog’s Legions, there’s a bonus for all the armies presented in the book that reward it."