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'''''The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game''''' is a card-based game released by [[Fantasy Flight Games]]. The game is set in the period between the events of ''[[The Hobbit]]'' and ''[[The Fellowship of the Ring]]''. ''The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game'' was first announced on [[3 August]] [[2010]],<ref>[http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_news.asp?eidn=1528 Fantasy Flight Games News] at [http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/ Fantasyflightgames.com](accessed 4 August 2010)</ref> and was released on [[20 April]] [[2011]].<ref>[http://www.middleearthnews.net/2011/04/fantasy-flight-games-releases-lord-of.html Fantasy Flight Games releases The Lord of the Rings Card Game] at [http://www.middleearthnews.net/ Middle-earth News.net] (accessed 15 May 2011)</ref>
 
'''''The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game''''' is a card-based game released by [[Fantasy Flight Games]]. The game is set in the period between the events of ''[[The Hobbit]]'' and ''[[The Fellowship of the Ring]]''. ''The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game'' was first announced on [[3 August]] [[2010]],<ref>[http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_news.asp?eidn=1528 Fantasy Flight Games News] at [http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/ Fantasyflightgames.com](accessed 4 August 2010)</ref> and was released on [[20 April]] [[2011]].<ref>[http://www.middleearthnews.net/2011/04/fantasy-flight-games-releases-lord-of.html Fantasy Flight Games releases The Lord of the Rings Card Game] at [http://www.middleearthnews.net/ Middle-earth News.net] (accessed 15 May 2011)</ref>
  
==Adventure Packs==
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It is a [http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_npm.asp?eidm=14 Living Card Game], which differs from collectible card games in that each expansion is released in fixed packs with no randomness. There are, therefore, no "rare" or "common" cards which creates an even playing pool and a system that is easy to collect and fully playable with only the core set and any number of expansions.
  
The producers intend to release a monthly new set of 60-card expansions (called Adventure Packs), each related to a specific "cycle". The cards from these expansion sets cannot be used without the core product. Planned and published releases include:<ref>[http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_minisite_sec.asp?eidm=129&esem=2 The Lord of the Rings Card Game: Products] at [http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/index.asp Fantasyflightgames.com] (accessed 30 December 2011)</ref>
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==Gameplay==
  
*''Shadows of Mirkwood'' cycle
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[[file:aragornlcg.png|thumb|left|Sample Player Card]]The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game is nearly unique in that it is one of the few cooperative Living Card Games. The players (1-4) work together to defeat the scenario and complete each quest. While the Core Set comes with pre-constructed decks, players are encouraged to create their own starting with up to three hero characters (who start in play) from the spheres of influence.
**''The Lord of the Rings: The Hunt for Gollum''
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**''The Lord of the Rings: Conflict at the Carrock''
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**''The Lord of the Rings: A Journey to Rhosgobel''
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**''The Lord of the Rings: The Hills of Emyn Muil''
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**''The Lord of the Rings: The Dead Marshes''
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**''The Lord of the Rings: Return to Mirkwood''
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*''Dwarrowdelf'' cycle
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The player cards are represented through four "spheres", which relate to various spheres of influence seen in the source material. The four spheres are:
**''The Lord of the Rings: The Redhorn Gate''
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* [[file:tactics.png|15px]] Tactics (combat, direct damage)
**''The Lord of the Rings: Road to Rivendell''
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* [[file:leadership.png|15px]] Leadership (resource management, global effects)
**''The Lord of the Rings: The Watcher in the Water''
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* [[file:spirit.png|15px]] Spirit (willpower, cancellation effects)
**''The Lord of the Rings: The Long Dark''
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* [[file:lore.png|15px]]Lore (card draw effects, encounter deck manipulation)
**''The Lord of the Rings: Foundations of Stone ''
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**''The Lord of the Rings: Shadow and Flame''
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Decks can be constructed using any combination of spheres, but there must be a "resource match" to play the cards from the various spheres. This is done by using the native sphere of the hero, or by giving the hero a new sphere through "song" cards and other effects. Player decks are then composed of varying numbers and combinations of player card types: Allies, Attachments, and Events. The minimum deck size is 50 cards with a maximum of 3 copies per card.
*''The Lord of the Rings: The Massing at Osgiliath'' scenario
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*''The Lord of the Rings: Khazad-dûm Expansion''
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Once decks are constructed, the players choose a quest scenario and begin setup according to the quest cards. This is where the encounter deck is constructed and shuffled, representing the difficulties the players will face as they complete their quest.
*''The Lord of the Rings: Heirs of Númenor Expansion''
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*''The Lord of the Rings - The Hobbit: Over Hill and Under Hill''
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The game is then played in rounds consisting of seven phases, some containing different steps.
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[[file:Lotr-lcg-layout-final.png|thumb|right|sample play area from official site]]
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#Resource Phase - players draw one card and each hero gains one resource
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#Planning Phase - starting with the first player, each player may play Events, Attachments, or Allies from his hand
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#Quest Phase - players commit characters to the quest, reveal encounter cards, and resolve
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#Travel Phase - if there is no active location, players choose a revealed location and travel there
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#Encounter Phase - players engage enemies from the staging area for combat
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#Combat Phase - players defend enemy attacks, then attack enemies engaged with them.
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#Refresh Phase - players ready all exhausted characters and increase their threat trackers by one
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Many cards have different effects that can be triggered throughout a round of play to modify or circumvent these rules. Part of the enjoyment of the game is coming up with new ways of beating the various scenarios. Once the completion are requirements are met on the last quest phase (either quest progress, defeated enemies, or captured cards) then the players win. If all heroes are discarded or player threat level reaches 50, then the game is over and the players have lost.
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==Expansion Cycles==
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The producers release a monthly new set of 60-card expansions (called Adventure Packs), each related to a specific "cycle". The packs contain new players cards for each sphere, as well as a new quest tied to the corresponding "big box" expansion. The cycles follow a loose series of events, but the most recent ''Against the Shadow'' cycle has been released as a very tight story with printed narratives in each Adventure Pack
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The cards from these expansion sets cannot be used without the core product. Planned and published releases include:<ref>[http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_minisite_sec.asp?eidm=129&esem=2 The Lord of the Rings Card Game: Products] at [http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/index.asp Fantasyflightgames.com] (accessed 30 December 2011)</ref>
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'''Shadows of Mirkwood Cycle (2011)'''
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*''The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game - Core Set'', followed by...
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**''The Hunt for Gollum''
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**''Conflict at the Carrock''
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**''A Journey to Rhosgobel''
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**''The Hills of Emyn Muil''
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**''The Dead Marshes''
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**''Return to Mirkwood''
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This quest cycle follows the heroes as they pursue the creature [[Gollum]] through various locales in Middle-earth. It culminates in his capture and transport to [[Thranduil]], mirroring the actions taken by [[Aragorn]] during his own hunt for Gollum.
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[[file:shadowandflamepack.jpg|right|200px]]
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'''Dwarrowdelf Cycle (2012)'''
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*''The Lord of the Rings: Khazad-dûm Expansion'', followed by...
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**''The Redhorn Gate''
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**''Road to Rivendell''
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**''The Watcher in the Water''
 +
**''The Long Dark''
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**''Foundations of Stone ''
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**''Shadow and Flame''
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The Dwarrowdelf cycles is a series of adventures in and around [[Moria]]. The heroes are there on various errands for [[Elrond]], such as escorting [[Arwen]] to [[Lothlorien]] or investigating the odd number of [[orcs]] seen prowling about the [[Misty Mountains]]. Its finale is a conflict with [[Durin's Bane]].
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'''Against the Shadow Cycle (2012-2013)'''
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*''The Lord of the Rings: Heirs of Númenor<ref>http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_npm.asp?eidm=157</ref> Expansion'', followed by...
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**''The Steward's Fear''
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**''The Drúadan Forest''
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**''Encounter at Amon Dîn''
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**''Assault on Osgiliath''
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**''Blood of Gondor''
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**''The Morgul Vale''
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This cycle is set in [[Gondor]] prior to the finding of the Ring. The heroes assist a Gondorian Lord, Alcaron, in uncovering a series of plots set by servants of [[Sauron]] to undermine Gondor as He rebuilds his armies in Mordor. ''Against the Shadow'' departs from the previous two cycles in that it has a tightly woven story that is carried from quest to quest via a narrative included along with the special rules for each scenario.
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'''The Ring-maker Cycle (2014)'''
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*''The Lord of the Rings: The Voice of Isengard Expansion'', followed by...
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**''The Dunland Trap''<ref>http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_news.asp?eidn=4592</ref>
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**''The Three Trials''<ref>http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_news.asp?eidn=4631</ref>
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**''Trouble in Tharbad''<ref>http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_news.asp?eidn=4690</ref>
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**''The [[Nin-in-Eilph]]'' <ref>http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_news.asp?eidn=4747</ref>
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**''[[Celebrimbor]]'s Secret'' <ref>http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_news.asp?eidn=4798</ref>
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**TBA
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The Ring-maker Cycle takes an interesting twist on the story of [[Saruman]] before his announced treachery. In the opening quests of ''The Voice of Isengard'', the heroes save a troubled [[Grima]] from a Dunlending attack and find themselves in the welcoming company of Saruman. The White Wizard tasks them with tracking down and catching a large orc named Mugash, who flees their capture until he is found in the final quest ''Into [[Fangorn]]''.
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==Saga Expansions==
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[[File:the-black-riders.jpg|thumb|right|Black Riders box]]
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The game has also featured "Saga Expansions", which follow the events of the books directly, as opposed to the original, tangential quests set before The Lord of the Rings. The first covered the events of The Hobbit. The more recent ''Black Riders'' expansion began the series of expansions that will follow The Lord of the Rings. Black Riders follows the events of Book I.
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*''The Hobbit: Over Hill and Under Hill'' (2012)
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*''The Hobbit: On the Doorstep'' (2013)
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*''The Lord of the Rings: The Black Riders'' (2013)
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Further Saga Expansions are planned to cover the remaining events of The Lord of the Rings. It is speculated that each expansion will cover one of the six books of the novel. The forthcoming expansion will cover the second half of ''Fellowship'' ([[Book 2]]).
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'''Upcoming'''
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*''The Lord of the Rings: The Road Darkens (Fall 2014)''<ref>http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_news.asp?eidn=4636</ref>
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==Print-On-Demand Scenarios==
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Periodically, as special releases for the annual [http://www.gencon.com GenCon] event, the designers will create standalone scenarios of especial difficulty. After the initial release at GenCon, they are then available from Fantasy Flight Games via their print-on-demand system. Three have been released since 2011.=
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'''The Massing at Osgiliath''' (2011)
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In this scenario you are defending the city of [[Osgiliath]] from a massive horde of orcs an Easterlings attempting to take the city. The quest involves high numbers of enemies and effects that change depending on which side of the river [[Anduin]] you are on.
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'''The Battle of Lake-town''' (2012)
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Largely considered the most difficult quest currently in the game, this scenario recreates the battle against [[Smaug]] at [[Esgaroth]]. The players seek to defend the city and keep it from burning.
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'''The Stone of Erech''' (2013)
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The most recent scenario sees a young [[Derufin]] running off to investigate the [[Stone of Erech]] and the heroes must go and save him, encountering the Army of the Dead along the way. The quest features the "spectral" keyword, which changes how the players attack enemies, as well as a time mechanic, through which the night deepens and the wights grow more powerful.
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Upcoming
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'''The Old Forest''' (2014)
  
 
==From the producers==
 
==From the producers==
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*[http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_minisite.asp?eidm=129 Official website]
 
*[http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_minisite.asp?eidm=129 Official website]
 
*[http://lotrlcg.com/ LotR LCG Database]
 
*[http://lotrlcg.com/ LotR LCG Database]
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*[http://www.lotrlcg.org/ LotR LCG Database (Multilingual)]
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*[http://hallofbeorn.com/ Hall of Beorn Card Database]
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*[http://cardboardoftherings.com/ Cardboard of the Rings Podcast]
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*[http://greycompanypodcast.wordpress.com/ The Grey Company Podcast]
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*[http://hallofbeorn.wordpress.com/ Hall of Beorn Blog]
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*[http://talesfromthecards.wordpress.com/ Tales from the Cards Blog]
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*[http://masteroflore.wordpress.com/ Master of Lore Blog]
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*[http://lotr-lcg-quest-companion.com/ LOTR LCG Quest Companion]
 
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The Lord of the Rings- The Card Game.png

The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game is a card-based game released by Fantasy Flight Games. The game is set in the period between the events of The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring. The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game was first announced on 3 August 2010,[1] and was released on 20 April 2011.[2]

It is a Living Card Game, which differs from collectible card games in that each expansion is released in fixed packs with no randomness. There are, therefore, no "rare" or "common" cards which creates an even playing pool and a system that is easy to collect and fully playable with only the core set and any number of expansions.

Contents

[edit] Gameplay

Sample Player Card
The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game is nearly unique in that it is one of the few cooperative Living Card Games. The players (1-4) work together to defeat the scenario and complete each quest. While the Core Set comes with pre-constructed decks, players are encouraged to create their own starting with up to three hero characters (who start in play) from the spheres of influence.

The player cards are represented through four "spheres", which relate to various spheres of influence seen in the source material. The four spheres are:

  • Tactics.png Tactics (combat, direct damage)
  • Leadership.png Leadership (resource management, global effects)
  • Spirit.png Spirit (willpower, cancellation effects)
  • Lore.pngLore (card draw effects, encounter deck manipulation)


Decks can be constructed using any combination of spheres, but there must be a "resource match" to play the cards from the various spheres. This is done by using the native sphere of the hero, or by giving the hero a new sphere through "song" cards and other effects. Player decks are then composed of varying numbers and combinations of player card types: Allies, Attachments, and Events. The minimum deck size is 50 cards with a maximum of 3 copies per card.

Once decks are constructed, the players choose a quest scenario and begin setup according to the quest cards. This is where the encounter deck is constructed and shuffled, representing the difficulties the players will face as they complete their quest.

The game is then played in rounds consisting of seven phases, some containing different steps.

sample play area from official site
  1. Resource Phase - players draw one card and each hero gains one resource
  2. Planning Phase - starting with the first player, each player may play Events, Attachments, or Allies from his hand
  3. Quest Phase - players commit characters to the quest, reveal encounter cards, and resolve
  4. Travel Phase - if there is no active location, players choose a revealed location and travel there
  5. Encounter Phase - players engage enemies from the staging area for combat
  6. Combat Phase - players defend enemy attacks, then attack enemies engaged with them.
  7. Refresh Phase - players ready all exhausted characters and increase their threat trackers by one

Many cards have different effects that can be triggered throughout a round of play to modify or circumvent these rules. Part of the enjoyment of the game is coming up with new ways of beating the various scenarios. Once the completion are requirements are met on the last quest phase (either quest progress, defeated enemies, or captured cards) then the players win. If all heroes are discarded or player threat level reaches 50, then the game is over and the players have lost.

[edit] Expansion Cycles

The producers release a monthly new set of 60-card expansions (called Adventure Packs), each related to a specific "cycle". The packs contain new players cards for each sphere, as well as a new quest tied to the corresponding "big box" expansion. The cycles follow a loose series of events, but the most recent Against the Shadow cycle has been released as a very tight story with printed narratives in each Adventure Pack

The cards from these expansion sets cannot be used without the core product. Planned and published releases include:[3]

Shadows of Mirkwood Cycle (2011)

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game - Core Set, followed by...
    • The Hunt for Gollum
    • Conflict at the Carrock
    • A Journey to Rhosgobel
    • The Hills of Emyn Muil
    • The Dead Marshes
    • Return to Mirkwood

This quest cycle follows the heroes as they pursue the creature Gollum through various locales in Middle-earth. It culminates in his capture and transport to Thranduil, mirroring the actions taken by Aragorn during his own hunt for Gollum.

Shadowandflamepack.jpg

Dwarrowdelf Cycle (2012)

  • The Lord of the Rings: Khazad-dûm Expansion, followed by...
    • The Redhorn Gate
    • Road to Rivendell
    • The Watcher in the Water
    • The Long Dark
    • Foundations of Stone
    • Shadow and Flame

The Dwarrowdelf cycles is a series of adventures in and around Moria. The heroes are there on various errands for Elrond, such as escorting Arwen to Lothlorien or investigating the odd number of orcs seen prowling about the Misty Mountains. Its finale is a conflict with Durin's Bane.


Against the Shadow Cycle (2012-2013)

  • The Lord of the Rings: Heirs of Númenor[4] Expansion, followed by...
    • The Steward's Fear
    • The Drúadan Forest
    • Encounter at Amon Dîn
    • Assault on Osgiliath
    • Blood of Gondor
    • The Morgul Vale

This cycle is set in Gondor prior to the finding of the Ring. The heroes assist a Gondorian Lord, Alcaron, in uncovering a series of plots set by servants of Sauron to undermine Gondor as He rebuilds his armies in Mordor. Against the Shadow departs from the previous two cycles in that it has a tightly woven story that is carried from quest to quest via a narrative included along with the special rules for each scenario.

The Ring-maker Cycle (2014)

The Ring-maker Cycle takes an interesting twist on the story of Saruman before his announced treachery. In the opening quests of The Voice of Isengard, the heroes save a troubled Grima from a Dunlending attack and find themselves in the welcoming company of Saruman. The White Wizard tasks them with tracking down and catching a large orc named Mugash, who flees their capture until he is found in the final quest Into Fangorn.

[edit] Saga Expansions

Black Riders box

The game has also featured "Saga Expansions", which follow the events of the books directly, as opposed to the original, tangential quests set before The Lord of the Rings. The first covered the events of The Hobbit. The more recent Black Riders expansion began the series of expansions that will follow The Lord of the Rings. Black Riders follows the events of Book I.

  • The Hobbit: Over Hill and Under Hill (2012)
  • The Hobbit: On the Doorstep (2013)
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Black Riders (2013)

Further Saga Expansions are planned to cover the remaining events of The Lord of the Rings. It is speculated that each expansion will cover one of the six books of the novel. The forthcoming expansion will cover the second half of Fellowship (Book 2).

Upcoming

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Road Darkens (Fall 2014)[10]

[edit] Print-On-Demand Scenarios

Periodically, as special releases for the annual GenCon event, the designers will create standalone scenarios of especial difficulty. After the initial release at GenCon, they are then available from Fantasy Flight Games via their print-on-demand system. Three have been released since 2011.=

The Massing at Osgiliath (2011) In this scenario you are defending the city of Osgiliath from a massive horde of orcs an Easterlings attempting to take the city. The quest involves high numbers of enemies and effects that change depending on which side of the river Anduin you are on.


The Battle of Lake-town (2012) Largely considered the most difficult quest currently in the game, this scenario recreates the battle against Smaug at Esgaroth. The players seek to defend the city and keep it from burning.


The Stone of Erech (2013) The most recent scenario sees a young Derufin running off to investigate the Stone of Erech and the heroes must go and save him, encountering the Army of the Dead along the way. The quest features the "spectral" keyword, which changes how the players attack enemies, as well as a time mechanic, through which the night deepens and the wights grow more powerful.

Upcoming The Old Forest (2014)

[edit] From the producers

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!

The Core Set includes 216 cards that can be used to assemble a wide variety of decks right out of the box. Included are four perilous scenarios that, along with countless combinations of settings and enemies, offer near-limitless replayability. Additionally, players can build a party from a set of 16 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!

[edit] External links

[edit] References

  1. Fantasy Flight Games News at Fantasyflightgames.com(accessed 4 August 2010)
  2. Fantasy Flight Games releases The Lord of the Rings Card Game at Middle-earth News.net (accessed 15 May 2011)
  3. The Lord of the Rings Card Game: Products at Fantasyflightgames.com (accessed 30 December 2011)
  4. http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_npm.asp?eidm=157
  5. http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_news.asp?eidn=4592
  6. http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_news.asp?eidn=4631
  7. http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_news.asp?eidn=4690
  8. http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_news.asp?eidn=4747
  9. http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_news.asp?eidn=4798
  10. http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_news.asp?eidn=4636
Licensed Collectible Card Games set in Middle-earth
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