22 – The Hobbit Special



Dan, Derek, and Ian are joined by Mike, the Master of Lore! They spend the longest episode yet discussing The Hobbit: the films, the book, and the game. Each quest is analyzed and compared to the other versions.

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Opening music from The Hobbit film soundtrack. Bumper music, as always, by Portugal. The Man. Wonderful eagle/bear sound effects by Master of Lore.

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4 Responses to 22 – The Hobbit Special

  1. diedertk says:

    I have yet to listen, but this sounds awesome! And it’s even over 2 hours long, great!

  2. Tonskillitis says:

    Best. Episode. Ever. I think I’ve finally come to terms with my gripes and emotional hang-ups with the Hobbit Film Trilogy. Thanks guys, I really enjoyed the humour and the comparative aspect of the episode and it was great to have on Mike from Master of Lore. Like Ian said, Peter Jackson was facing many similar problems to our beloved card game- each quest/movie must have enemies to kill (millions and millions of goblins). I guess the challenge will really come when the designers have to cover the Frodo/Sam journey into Mordor in the future saga Expansions and they have to attempt to convey abstract questing aspects like fatigue, doubt and hunger… Anyway this episode really emphasised the great work you guys do for this game- your dedication makes it feel like a ‘Living Card Game’ and keeps things interesting. Thanks.

  3. diedertk says:

    Wow! I can only second Tonskillitis, because this was amazing! I agree with Mike that is was a blast, also due to him being there. He brings some fun, humorous tones and he blended in nicely. 🙂 I feel like Mike too, having you celebrities going all cool and crazy with the lore was awesome. I liked how you reflected things back to the scenarios as well, as a card game is, of course, even more abstract then a movie, but still you picked out the great tones of the book that Caleb (and other devs(?)) were trying to put into the quests/scenarios. I was glad that it didn’t become a shootout of the Jackson Hobbit movies, because there are major things he hasn’t got going for him. You treated the movies with respect and analysed it like an adaptation should be treated.

    What may have excited me the most in this review was the word ‘Ucatastrophy’. (I don’t remember the exact spelling), because that’s a word that almost summons up everything I like about Lord of the Rings. The Tolkien Professor talks about this a lot too, so it was a sign that you talked about lore. I think lore is something that gets most people into this game.

    The final notes from Derek “as Dan said, we’ll have you back soon”, may we be expecting an review of the Lord of the Rings in a same way or the upcoming The Lost Realm and talk about Angmar and Rangers and stuff? That would be epic!

    Well, I’ll use the word like again, because I really liked that the episode was long. I prefer longer episodes, so you can cut the listening into pieces and enjoy it longer, while you’re waiting for a new episode. I understand that you don’t have all the time of the world, but I think longer episodes are a good thing.

    Thanks for making this great episode and God’s speed! 😉

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