Today is International Hobbit Day, and at Cubicle 7 we've been celebrating by playing our favourite story-telling card game - Hobbit Tales!
We'll be sharing our #hobbittales stories all this week, and we'd love you to join in on twitter and Facebook.
Here's a story from our CEO, Dominic McDowall - you can watch him play it in the video at the end of this post too:
"My favourite game of Hobbit Tales was the one we recorded for our example of play video on Youtube. Not only does it introduce the phrase 'Mr Squirrel, are you at home?' but it is also a testament to how enjoyable the game is - we're having great fun, even at the end of nine months of playtesting!"
Have you made any amazing stories playing or using Hobbit Tales? Let us know via social media, and don't forget the hashtag! #hobbittales
TS Luikart sent us in this story:
"I've played Hobbit Tales with a lot of people and it remains one of my favourite of our games to show off. This particular story came from a demo game with a couple of serious Tolkien fans - I spun a tale that swiftly became a young Hobbit's version of the sad but epic story of Túrin Turambar. That 'Old Sword' was Gurthang, the Black Blade of Glaurung's Bane.
"At the end of the game, my three fellow players were all staring at me. One of them quietly asked, 'You write for The One Ring, right?' I said yes. He nodded. 'Good.'"
And our last #hobbittales tale of the day is from managing editor Andrew Kenrick:
"Hobbit Tales has some hilariously funny cards in it - such as Goblin with a Big Head - and I always let out a big cheer when one of them comes up in a game. This game was one such occasion - I adore Jon's illustration on the Strange Fate card."
About Hobbit Tales
‘Queer things you do hear these days, to be sure,’ said Sam. ‘Ah,’ said Ted, ‘you do, if you listen. But I can hear fireside-tales and children’s stories at home, if I want to.’ ‘No doubt you can,’ retorted Sam, ‘and I daresay there’s more truth in some of them than you reckon. Who invented the stories anyway?’
- The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
In Hobbit Tales players are Hobbits telling tales in front of a mug of beer at their favourite inn in the Shire. Silent woods and remote mountains, Elves, Goblins and Giants populate their stories.
During the game, players take turns as the Narrator and improvise a story using a hand of illustrated cards. The other players try to twist the tale, playing hazards and fearsome monsters. Drinks are served, smoke-rings are blown, and the best narrator is cheered by everyone present.
Hobbit Tales is a game for 2 to 5 Hobbits, authored by the award-winning designers Marco Maggi and Francesco Nepitello, creators of the Tolkien-themed War of the Ring strategy game and The One Ring role-playing game.
This game contains a set of rules, 1 board, 75 Adventure cards, 40 Hazard cards, 5 coasters, a set of cardboard tokens and a twelve-sided The One Ring Feat die.
Includes rules to use Hobbit Tales in conjunction with the The One Ring Roleplaying Game, Cubicle 7’s role-playing game set in Tolkien’s Middle-earth.