Shockingly, it seems one of the most active centers of LOTR/Hobbit gaming is here in DC! There is a group called the DC Hobbit League that put on a very successful set of events at the last noVA open, getting more players than many "bigger" and newer games. They can be found ehre:
Last night, the head of the organization, Devin, was kind enough to meet myself and the Consul at Ye Olde Not-So-Friendly LGS for a re-introduction to the "Strategy Battle Game" aka "The Hobbit". I had last played seriously back when this was the comprehensive rule book:
And as much as I love that book, time has moved on and GW changed the ruleset. For good or ill? We shall see!
Devin took an 800 point force of dwarves, joined by many of the heroes of the hobbit such as Dwalin, Kili and Thorin himself. I took 400 points of Gondor warriors, knights, and rangers, lead by Faramir.
And the Consul took 400 points of Galadhrim foot and horse, lead by No-Namolas of Lorien.