If you ever want a demonstration of what effect a different GM can have on a game...
Starting with Sir Peter Jackson’s most obvious cameo following concerns his last one was invisible, this rampages entertainingly through a mostly familiar story, throwing in subplots and new characters and tie-ins and gags.
Bonus: A sneak preview of C7’s Hobbit Tales storytelling card game.
The spiders talk - once Bilbo puts the Ring on. (And a bit longer after, so maybe it’s just coinciding.)
Being around foul things makes using the Ring painful - nice additional drawback.
Don’t split the party!
Not entirely convinced by Ned the Piemaker as the Elven King, but my problem, not his.
Laketown, filmed on location in Port Blacksand...
And quite a cliffhanger to wait a year on.