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The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game Core Set
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- Adventure in Middle Earth awaits
- Cooperative gameplay
- 30-90 minutes playing time
- 1-2 players
- Ages 13+
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The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game is a cooperative card game that puts 1-2 players (or up to four with two Core Sets!) in control of the most powerful characters and artifacts of Middle-earth. Players will select heroes, gather allies, acquire artifacts, and coordinate their efforts to face Middle-earth’s most dangerous fiends. By cooperating to overcome the obstacles drawn from the encounter deck, you will complete the quest before you and claim victory! http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_minisite_sec.asp?eidm=129&esem=1
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An ancient evil stirs in the black lands of Mordor, and the people of Middle-earth speak of a terrible doom approaching from the east. The Dark Lord Sauron is gathering his forces, and should he acquire the power he seeks, he will cast the world into eternal shadow. The only hope lies in a heroic few who must work together to stem the tide of evil...
The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game is a cooperative card game that puts 1-2 players (or up to four with two Core Sets!) in control of the most powerful characters and artifacts of Middle-earth. Players will select heroes, gather allies, acquire artifacts, and coordinate their efforts to face Middle-earth’s most dangerous fiends. By cooperating to overcome the obstacles drawn from the encounter deck, you will complete the quest before you and claim victory!
In The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game, players take on the roles of heroes attempting to complete dangerous quests. Instead of directly retelling the classic stories that have previously been narrated, this game provides players with a variety of elements—characters, settings, enemies, events, items, artifacts, scenarios—that allow them to embark upon new adventures and share new experiences with these beloved characters during this ominous period of Middle-earth history.
Unlike most card games in which the players compete against each other, The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game is a cooperative game in which the players work together, competing against a scenario that is run automatically by the game. In each game the players attempt to overcome the particular encounters, enemies, and challenges of the scenario, against which they either win or lose together.
The Core Set includes 226 cards that can be used to assemble a wide variety of decks right out of the box. Included are three perilous quests that, along with countless combinations of settings and enemies, offer near-limitless replayability. Additionally, players can build a party from a set of 12 hero cards, and focus their decks on any combination of four distinct spheres of influence: Leadership, Lore, Spirit, and Tactics. Each sphere offer unique benefits to the party, so choose wisely!
Players 1 - 2
30 - 90 minutes
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It's important to note that this is a co-operative game, with each player working together to complete a specific quest. At the time of writing, Fantasy Flight have released 5 small expansion sets for the first cycle, each of which contains a quest along with one hero and 25 or so unique cards. The first major expansion, Khazad-Dum, is due in the winter.
Like the Game of Thrones LCG, this is a deck-building game, with each player first choosing 3 heroes and then constructing a deck from the 4 spheres of influence - Tactics, Leadership, Willpower and Spirit. Each hero has a specific ability, along with an offensive, defensive and willpower rating.
The game itself is a little complicated at first to grasp, but thankfully Fantasy Flight provide an excellent manual which explains the majority of the rules. Each player selects their heroes and deck of cards from a list of allies, attachments and events. Depending on the quest, they then have to build an encounter deck from the icons on the quest deck which will include enemies, locations and treachery.
The essence of this game is in finding a balance with your heroes as it's not just a case of defeating monsters. You'll need to devote at least one of your heroes to "questing", whilst also having enough firepower to dispatch foes.Read more ›
For those not familiar with this type of game, the fundamentals are fairly simple. Each player chooses from a selection up to 3 heroes to play, and builds themselves a deck out of the appropriate cards (preset decks are suggested for the first time out). During the game, the heroes generate 'resources' with which to pay for bringing cards from their decks into the game, such as extra allies to fight with, weapons and armour for their heroes, or beneficial event cards. Meanwhile, the adventure is also comprised of a deck of cards, which contain enemies for the heroes to fight, locations for them to explore, and nasty events which can bring tears to their eyes. In each round, players may gain resources, pay for cards from their hands, tackle the adventure, travel to a new location, parry attacks from enemies, and retaliate.
Deciding the who/when/where/what of all of this leads to plenty of decision-making for the players, and is where this cooperative element really shines. One of the biggest pitfalls of a lot of cooperative games is that one person becomes the conductor and the others follow his baton: perhaps that person is the most experienced or simply the most vociferous, but either way the others end up feeling they're simply watching him play the game solitaire.Read more ›
The game doesnt take all that long to learn, and once done, can be played anywhere between 15mins to around 2hrs depending on how many players.
i have just played solo, and it is very hard, but that doesnt put me off
the parts in the game are well made, and the card artwork is amazing, only thing i would say is that the cards could be a little thicker.
The basic starter pack comes with everything you need to start with - tokens for resource, damage and progressing in quests - 4 thirty card beginner decks and most importantly the quest cards and encounter decks. The game centres around completing these quests either alone or with a partner making it a battle against the game rather than each other which is very refreshing deck building wise. The encounter deck includes locations to travel to, enemies and destructive events, just turning over a single card can ruin a whole round.
We have only bought 2 expansion packs (Hunt for Gollum and Conflict at the Carrock) but the replay value of the quests is more than worth the money.
The 'beginners' quest will have you going for a while, we played this at least 4 times the first night and were getting thoroughly smashed as we learnt the game. Even though it is not really a game for casual players because of the difficulty there are easier modes suggested in the rules. Playing with my girlfriend we normally go without shadow cards (these add a painful surprise during combat).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After a lot of questions and answers on various forums about what I should be buying - this game came out top most of the time, and after a little digging seemed like it was right... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Alex Hamond
Quick delivery, well packaged. This is an xmas present so hasn't been played yet, but the artwork and the look of the game looks brilliant.Published 1 month ago by Fonzey1
As everyone will say the production is terrific and the level of difficulty is high. I bought into this game via the necessary core set with the intention of obtaining expansions. Read morePublished 4 months ago by IanR
Good game easy to understand, but tough solo, unless you combine a couple of the core heros from different spheres. Easier with 2 players.Published 5 months ago by sparky
This is a co-op or solo game, so no player vs player action here, but the mechanics that control your enemy are consistent and enjoyably tough to beat. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Steven Lillis
Bought as a gift for my daughter's fiance who is notoriously difficult to buy for. He absolutely loves it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sue Ross
The instruction manual on how to set up and play the game was soul destroying. I never played the game before it got car booted.Published 15 months ago by K. Burgess