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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 Core Set
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  • Lord of the Rings: The Card Game Expansion: Conflict at the Carrock
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Technical Details
Item Weight1.1 Kg
Product Dimensions29.8 x 7.6 x 29.8 cm
Manufacturer recommended age:3 years and up
Item model numberMEC01
Main Language(s)English published, English manual, English original, English
Number of Puzzle Pieces1
Assembly RequiredNo
Batteries Required?No
Batteries Included?No
  
Additional Information
ASIN1589949811
Best Sellers Rank 9,934 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.2 Kg
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Date First Available9 Mar. 2011
  
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  • Warning: Not suitable for children under 36 months

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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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  • 226 cards


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    For fans wanting to reproduce the epic adventure of Tolkein's fantasy masterpiece, then this living card game (LCG) is substantial fare. This core set provides 1 or 2 players with the essential cards to play the game, along with 3 quests of ascending difficulty. The artwork is generally excellent without being outstanding, recreating the feel of the books. Fantasy Flight have eschewed the film licence feel and gone for original drawings.

    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.
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    If you're interested in the cooperative games, Lord of the Rings: LCG is an involving card-based game designed for 2 players, but also playable solo or with up to four. This core set includes all you need for two players to get started, and three adventures of increasing difficulty for the players to conquer. The term 'living card game' basically means that the story continues in various expansion sets, so this game has plenty of longevity if you enjoy it.

    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.
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    This game is great for fans of LOTR books, and i says books because it is based on them not the film, which for me is the best thing of all, however those who have just seen the films will probably enjoy this to.

    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.
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    Bought this about 2 months ago and I absolutely love this game, as does my girlfriend. I am (though I don't like to admit it) a HUGE nerd and own a numerous amount of board/card games however I am quite competitive and this puts my girlfriend off playing with me regarding most of them. Therefore I was more than happy to be pointed in the direction of LOTR LCG due to the co-op nature of the game. I admit I was a little unsure at first because living card games aren't really my thing since it's a concept that usually tries to bleed you dry. I am glad to say my skepticism didn't last long.

    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).
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