OK, never read the Tolkien's so was wondering firstly - what does it reference?
The reason I'm curious is that @ expo it was obviously under construction - with a (non-drop) target bank and acting as a temp spot for the "place holder" book that developed into the LCD book which was then placed further back.
& of course it's said to be still under construction.
The latest JJP pic I found shows plastics covering a good portion of the pf, and in particular, any holes for mechanics:
& a pic of the proto @ Automated looks like a lot of open real estate there and hard to discern what's going on:
Going out on a limb here but w/ the original promise of Smaug capturing / reacting to the ball does anyone think there could be chance of a capture ability w/ a claw or tail or magnet or anything that may help off-set the initial reaction to "hey we got a talking head reacting to the ball"?
From one of the pics of the proto @ Automated, looks pretty full to me on the bottom-end:
& w/ that said the game really looks like it's shaping up from originally what I saw @ expo (keep it up JJP!), just hoping for some more surprises.