|Number of Players
||Roberto Di Meglio, Marco Maggi, Francesco Nepitello
The Battle of Five Armies – based on the climactic battle of JRR Tolkien's novel The Hobbit – pits the hosts of the Elvenking, the Dwarves of Dain Ironfoot, and the Men of the Lake led by Bard the Bowman against a horde of Wolves, Goblins and Bats led by Bolg, son of Azog. Will Gandalf shift the battle for the Free Peoples? Will the Eagles arrive in time, or Beorn come to the rescue? Or will Bilbo the Hobbit perish in a heroic last stand on Ravenhill?
The Battle of Five Armies features a game board showing the Eastern and Southern spurs of the Lonely Mountain and the valley they encircle, and a number of plastic figures representing troops, heroes and monsters.
The Battle of Five Armies is a standalone game based on the rules for War of the Ring, which is from the same designers, but with the rules altered to function on a tactical level as they describe a smaller battle rather than the entire war. Ares Games has plans to expand the Battles game system in the future, releasing expansions depicting other battles from the Third Age of Middle-earth narrated in The Lord of the Rings, such as the Siege of Gondor and the assault of Saruman against Rohan.