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| image=[[Image:War of the Ring (Board game).jpg|250px]]
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| name=War of the Ring
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| designer=Roberto Di Meglio, Marco Maggi, Francesco Nepitello
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| publisher=[[Sophisticated Games]]
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| releasedate=[[2004]]
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| players=2-4
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| ages=12+
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'''War of the Ring''' is a 2004 board game featuring the art of [[John Howe]].<ref>[http://www.sophisticated-games.com/sophisticated_web/warofring.html War of the Ring] at [http://www.sophisticated-games.com/index.html Sophisticated Games] (accessed 30 April 2011)</ref>
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==From the publisher==
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The long awaited masterpiece from three Italian inventors, di Meglio, Maggi and Nepitello. The oversized box contains no less than 204 plastic figures as well as a massive 70x100cm board. Basic and advanced rules enable a wide range of players to tackle this extraordinary game. There are editions in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch and Greek.
  
===Description===
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Artwork by the world's number one Tolkien illustrator, John Howe.
In War of the Ring, one player takes control of the [[Free Peoples]] (FP), the other player controls Shadow Armies (SA).
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Initially, the Free People Nations are reluctant to take arms against [[Sauron]], so they must be attacked by Sauron or persuaded by [[Gandalf]] or other Companions, before they start to fight properly: this is represented by the Political Track, which shows if a Nation is ready to fight in the War of the Ring or not.
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The game can be won by a military victory, if Sauron conquers a certain number of Free People cities and strongholds or vice versa. But the true hope of the Free Peoples lies with the quest of the [[Ringbearer]]: while the armies clash across Middle Earth, the Fellowship of the Ring is trying to get secretly to Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring. Sauron is not aware of the real intention of his enemies but is looking across [[Middle-earth]] for the precious [[The One Ring|Ring]], so that the [[Fellowship]] is going to face numerous dangers, represented by the rules of The Hunt for the Ring. But the Companions can spur the Free Peoples to the fight against Sauron, so the Free People player must balance the need to protect the Ringbearer from harm, against the attempt to raise a proper defense against the armies of the Shadow, so that they do not overrun Middle-earth before the Ringbearer completes his quest.
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Each game turn revolves around the roll of Action Dice: each die corresponds to an action that a player can do during a turn. Depending on the face rolled on each die, different actions are possible (moving armies, characters, recruiting troops, advancing a Political Track).
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Action dice can also be used to draw or play Event Cards. Event Cards are played to represent specific events from the story (or events which could possibly have happened) which cannot be portrayed through normal gameplay. Each Event Card can also create an unexpected turn in the game, allowing special actions or altering the course of a battle.
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==External links==
 
==External links==
* [http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/9609 War of the Ring @ Board Game Geek]
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* [http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/9609 Board Game Geek review]
 
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[[Category:Board games]]
 
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Revision as of 17:32, 30 April 2011

The name War of the Ring refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see War of the Ring (disambiguation).
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War of the Ring
Board game
DesignerRoberto Di Meglio, Marco Maggi, Francesco Nepitello
PublisherSophisticated Games
Release date2004
Players2-4
Ages12+

War of the Ring is a 2004 board game featuring the art of John Howe.[1]

From the publisher

The long awaited masterpiece from three Italian inventors, di Meglio, Maggi and Nepitello. The oversized box contains no less than 204 plastic figures as well as a massive 70x100cm board. Basic and advanced rules enable a wide range of players to tackle this extraordinary game. There are editions in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch and Greek.

Artwork by the world's number one Tolkien illustrator, John Howe.

External links

References

  1. War of the Ring at Sophisticated Games (accessed 30 April 2011)