Nightmare Decks

“A dark shape, like a cloud and not yet a cloud, for it moved far more swiftly, came out of the blackness in the South, and sped toward the Company, blotting out all light as it approached. Soon it appeared as a great winged creature, blacker than the pits in the night. Fierce voices rose up to greet it from across the water.”
    –J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Nightmare Decks for The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game allow you to revisit your favorite scenarios cast in the shadows of the game’s challenging Nightmare Mode. Featuring deadlier enemies, darker locations, and more terrifying surprises, each Nightmare Deck introduces new, alternate encounter cards and instructions for using them to reshape a scenario’s encounter deck. The result? A nightmarish journey through territory you thought you knew, but with new twists and turns that will have you on the edge of your seat!

Suspense and Discovery

Even as Nightmare Decks and their alternative encounter cards introduce deadly new challenges, they also play up new themes and unexpected twists that provide the scenarios a new feel. In the end, Nightmare Mode doesn’t just take you through your favorite The Lord of the Rings scenarios with a greater level of difficult, they lead you into play experiences full of renewed suspense and discovery.

Nightmare Decks build upon their scenarios’ foundations, then turn them on their heels. You may encounter surprising new setup instructions, new quest stages, and even new victory conditions, and while all of a scenario’s essential elements will return, they may not always show up in the way you would expect.

Sharpen your blades, and gather your allies. You’ll need to prepare yourself for the worst the Dark Lord has to offer when you plunge into the terrifying challenges of Nightmare Mode!

Nightmare Decks are available for the following scenarios:

  • Passage Through Mirkwood
  • Journey Along the Anduin
  • Escape from Dol Guldur
  • The Hunt for Gollum
  • Conflict at the Carrock
  • A Journey to Rhosgobel
  • The Hills of Emyn Muil
  • The Dead Marshes
  • Return to Mirkwood

The Battle of Lake-town

Every vessel in the town was filled with water, every warrior was armed, every arrow and dart was ready, and the bridge to the land was thrown down and destroyed, before the roar of Smaug’s terrible approach grew loud, and the lake rippled red as fire beneath the awful beating of his wings.
–J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

The Battle of Lake-town is a challenging scenario for The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game that originally ran as a special event at Gen Con Indy 2012 and is now available to you via Print on Demand.

To save Lake-town and its citizens, Middle-earth’s heroes must defeat the legendary dragon Smaug, but the odds are stacked heavily against them. The town is burning, Smaug’s fires leap from building to building, and as the dragon soars overheard ready to make his next attack, his hide of impenetrable scales protects him from nearly all attempts at retaliation!

Lake-town is Burning

Lake-town’s citizens depend upon your aid to survive an incendiary assault by one of Middle-earth’s greatest villains. Designed by Jonathan Benton and developed by the LCG team, The Battle of Lake-town gives players the chance to be heroes in the town’s greatest hour of need. Featuring an innovative “burn” mechanic, the scenario puts players on a timer to defeat Smaug before the town is reduced to cinders.

Meanwhile, The Battle of Lake-town offers a living portrait of a truly terrifying Smaug. The great wyrm is the scenario’s only enemy, but he can definitely make his presence felt by all players. A separate Smaug deck ensures that Smaug harries the heroes at every turn, while shadow effects allow him to make multiple attacks, and even engage new players. Each turn, while you try to defeat the dragon, douse the flames, and save the town, you’ll have plenty of interesting choices to make!

There’s no place to hide. No chance to flee. When Smaug attacks, your only recourse is to fight. Your only hope for survival is victory.

Ready your bows, and draw your arrows. Smaug is coming! Can you emerge victorious from The Battle of Lake-town?

The Massing at Osgiliath

The plan has been well laid. It is now seen in secret they have long been building floats and barges in great number in East Osgiliath… But it is the Black Captain that defeats us. Few will stand and abide even the rumour of his coming. His own folk quail at him, and they would slay themselves at his bidding.
   –Messenger, The Return of the King

Heroes scouting the ruins of Osgiliath make a terrifying discovery: Sauron has secretly maneuvered a large army onto Gondor’s doorstep and now threatens to overthrow it. These heroes must cross the Anduin and warn Minas Tirith before it is too late!

You assume the role of one of these brave messengers in The Massing at Osgiliath. This challenging standalone scenario for The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game originally ran as a special event at Gen Con Indy 2011 and is now available to you via Print on Demand.

A Mission of Thrills and Perils

The Massing at Osgiliath immerses you in the thrills and perils of Middle-earth with an all-new, four-part quest, vital locations on both sides of the Anduin, and hordes of new enemies, including the most terrifying foe at the Dark Lord’s disposal, the Witch-king of Angmar!

Order this Print on Demand scenario to see for yourself why the men of Gondor trembled in the Witch-king’s presence. This conveniently packaged scenario contains all the quest and encounter cards you need to embark upon a fantastic adventure.

Will you carry your message to Minas Tirith? Can you survive The Massing at Osgiliath?

What is Print on Demand?

Originally debuted with our announcement of expansions for Space Hulk – Death Angel: The Card Game, Print on Demand is an exciting new process that allows Fantasy Flight Games to produce professionally finished cards on a made-to-order basis, which opens up new opportunities for expanding existing games.

This process (not to be confused with Print and Play), results in smaller print runs of professionally manufactured products, allowing publishers to provide fans with content that would otherwise not be commercially viable. If you’re a retailer interested in carrying our Print on Demand products, visit our Professional Zone website to learn more.

Note: Due to variations in printing, cards from this Print on Demand scenario may differ subtly in appearance and texture from Core Set cards. For this reason, each The Lord of the Rings – Print on Demand scenario is wholly self-contained, including a complete encounter deck built from a single encounter set.


13+ 1 - 4
30 - 90 min


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