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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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Cannot recommend it enough.
There is the incentive to carry on playing the game if you are as stubborn as I am !
What I was looking for - a satisfying solo game, that I could play at home at my own pace - but had a lot of depth and a decent challenge. As heavy on the strategy as possible too - with as little luck as possible. This game, on first glance hit all of those spots - and quickly became an obsession.
For those wondering - I'll breakdown how this game works in terms of expansions etc. The game is made up of two types of cards - player cards and quest cards. This box contains the 'core' collection of player cards - these are heroes, allies, events and attachments. Then it contains the three 'core' quests, made up of a 'quest card' that is basically instructs on how to play the quest, and (this varies from quest to quest) locations, enemies, and treacheries.
The quest decks are always the same - they are marked with icons that denote what set they are part of, and you just follow the instructions on the 'quest card' and build the 'encounter deck'. The 'encounter deck' is essential the game you are playing against. See it as you're opponent that you are trying to beat. You beat the encounter deck with you're player cards. This is where the deep, strategic customisation comes in and is one of the big lures of the game.
Following a loose-ish set of rules on how a deck can be put together (detailed in the rules), you choose your heros' allies attachments and events. The player cards are split into 4 factions (lore, spirit, tactics and leadership) but different factions can be used in the same deck. This gives a huge amount of choice on how you mix and match cards to suit your play style - whether you want a strong power deck, or a weaker more thematic deck that includes player cards that include character from Lord Of The Rings that are relevant to the quests.
The core set is a lot of fun - there is enough here for hours of deck building and questing, and its a fun game as it is. This is unlike most fantasy flight deck builders like this - often the core set is a limited in what it can do and is often a demonstration for the wider game.
LOTR LCG - has a huge amount of content beyond the core set, and much more coming. I'll break it down. There are deluxe and saga expansions. The deluxe expansions contain 3 quests and a fair chunk of player cards - and are themed around a certain era, place or part of the LOTR story - however usually smaller bits of story that the game takes a bit of creative licence to expand on, even going as far to create their own characters. Each of these deluxe expansions begins a new cycle - and following the release of the deluxe expansion 6 adventure packs are released - one per month. Each adventure pack contains a quest that follows on from the story, or theme set out in the deluxe expansion - as well as a new hero and selection of player cards. One thing to note - you always know what you are getting in each pack. It make building certain decks easier - you can buy the specific packs you need for the specific cards.
Then, there are the saga expansions. These follow the LOTR story starting with the Hobbit through the LOTR trilogy (although at the time of writing it's not completed yet) These also contain all the relent quests, and player cards, that for the most part match that part of the story.
All cards from saga, deluxe and AP interact with each other - at the moment there are 6 saga, 4 deluxe and over 30 AP. So a huge card pool to choose from.
Its a tough game, but its somewhat leisurely. You can play this on your own, or with others - all fighting the same quest. As its not a confrontational game - you can play at your own speed, whenever you like and you can do things like take back moves and play as casually as you like.
To counter the difficulty - there are normal, and easy modes (as well a separate Nightmare decks that are extra hard versions of the quests).
My play experience of this game has been odd - i'm not a huge fan of LOTR, I didn't buy this for the theme. It was the mechanics and style of game I enjoyed. However - the more I've played it, the more interested in LOTR i've become and generally found its enriched my game play.
I love that this game is difficult. You might find that one certain quest is seemingly impossible - 5, 10 - 15 attempts and you've still not cracked it. So, you tweak you're deck to help you focus on the areas you keep failing at. Then, eventually - you beat it.
One final warning on this game - its addictive and huge. Once you start acquiring cards, its hard too stop until you have everything.
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Infinite possibility with or without the expansions