The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Board Game Coming Soon!

By Sara Erickson



The Epic Adventure Continues.

Available in Hobby Stores Nationwide in December 2013


Irvine, CA (December 5, 2013)—Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Cryptozoic Entertainment™ today announced an all-new game for fans of Middle-earth: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Board Game. Cryptozoic Entertainment and world-renowned game developer Reiner Knizia continue their partnership by creating an exciting game of adventure that follows Bilbo Baggins and the Company of Dwarves in the upcoming film The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM). Based on the highly anticipated film from Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Board Game invites fans to travel from the Mirkwood Forest and Lake-town, to the gold-filled caverns of Lonely Mountain in search of treasure and the courage to defeat Smaug.

“The upcoming movie, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, really highlights the importance of cooperation and camaraderie between the characters,” explains Cryptozoic’s Board Game Brand Manager, Adam Sblendorio. “Reiner Knizia has brought that feeling to the tabletop allowing players to put themselves in the shoes of these heroes. Players must work together if they want to survive the Dragon assault. It’s a great feeling to sit around a table with your closest friends and accomplish something together. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Board Game really captures the essence of the movie.”

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Board Game will be available in hobby and retail stores beginning December 2013. Capturing the spirit of Bilbo’s adventures, this cooperative game requires teamwork to successfully complete the journey. One to four players will employ limited resources as they trek through Middle-earth, attempting to defeat treacherous creatures and surmount obstacles leading up to a final battle. Joining forces with Dwarves, players will encounter challenges that will require a sharpened sword, quick feet or thoughtful diplomacy to overcome.

This is a standalone game, but is also compatible with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Board Game.

For more information about The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Board Game and other games by Cryptozoic Entertainment, please visit Keep up to date with exclusive contests, promotions and game information on Cryptozoic Entertainment’s Facebook and Twitter pages.


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About The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” the second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.  The screenplay for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro, based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien.  Jackson also produced the film, together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh.  The executive producers are Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins and Carolyn Blackwood, with Philippa Boyens and Eileen Moran serving as co-producers.

New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Present a WingNut Films Production, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”  “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), with New Line managing production.  Warner Bros. Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television distribution being handled by MGM.



About Cryptozoic Entertainment

Founded in 2010, Cryptozoic Entertainment, Inc. is a premier developer and publisher of original and licensed board games, card games, comics and trading cards, including the DC Comics Deck-Building Game, The Lookouts comic book, The Big Bang Theory: The Party Game and The Walking Dead™ Board Game. Following a philosophy and core principle of "Fans First," the dedicated gamers and fans of the Cryptozoic Entertainment team are focused on producing fun and amazing products along with epic events that bring all gaming fans together as part of the Cryptozoic community. Visit for additional product and event information.


About Warner Bros. Consumer Products

Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.


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Toshirauma's picture Sara Erickson

Sara Erickson is Cryptozoic Enertainment's National Hobby Channel Manager and has worked with Cryptozoic since March 2012. She has been in the industry for over 7 years and currently owns Rook's Comics and Games in Montana. When she's off the clock, Sara spends her free time playing new games and chatting with customers at her store.