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Announcing The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game, a cooperative LCG
The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game | Published 03 August 2010

“You have done well to come,” said Elrond. “You will hear today all that you need to understand the purpose of the Enemy. There is naught that you can do, other than to resist, with hope or without it. But you do not stand alone. You will learn that your trouble is but part of the trouble of all the western world.”
      –“The Council of Elrond,” The Fellowship of the Ring

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...

Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce the most recent in our line of Living Card Games, The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game! This latest addition to our catalog is a game of heroes, perilous journeys, and adventure set in the lands described the epic fantasy masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings.

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. These quests take place during a broad span, beginning near the end of The Hobbit, and culminating near the beginning of The Fellowship of the Ring. 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.

And as an LCG, The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game is a constantly expanding game experience. A Living Card Game (LCG) offers an innovative fixed distribution method that breaks away from the traditional Collectible Card Game model. While LCGs still offer the same dynamic, expanding, and constantly evolving game play that makes CCG’s so much fun, they do away with the deterrent of the blind-buy purchase model that has burned out so many players. The end result is an innovative mix that gives you the best of both worlds! Check out our LCG website to get all the details of this exciting concept in gaming.

Head to our description page to learn more, and this fall, unite to combat the growing evil!

The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game is a cooperative card game that puts 1-2 players (or up to four with an additional Core Set) 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. The Living Card Game format allows players to customize their gaming experience with monthly Adventure Pack expansions to the core game.

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Published: 8/5/2010 9:49:08 AM

hey thing - thanks for the full reply, as i was given a couple of decks of the decipher game and somehow just didnt care for it


one question does living card game mean the same thing as collectible card game???  I dont buy games that arent complete in the box

The Sundance Kid
Published: 8/4/2010 3:08:50 PM

A LotR card game that uses real art and not clips from the movie!?




I may just buy this for the art. My friend will love this game being a LotR geek.

The Thing In The Attic
Published: 8/4/2010 3:07:33 PM

Holy Hobbit, Gandalf!

this game looks incredible, there are more spoilers for this, check out the web page for the game, but you already did that i guess.

in answer to the above post about the decipher game i think this is gonna be nothingh like it, it'll probably be more in line with ICE middle earth collectable card game.

i collected and played both of those games and hae the entire collection of the decipher version. the problem with the decipher version is that they were limited by film footage, although they did a few cards not shown in the film. the game became a bit of a mess as the theme and film fottage didn't always sit well with the mechanics of the game. that said it was a good game albiet it lost it's identity at the end. 

the beauty of this game is that the designers are limited by nothing. anything can be added or made up too. the game will be co-op so i reckon that you might even get some solo play too. for me the best feature is the LCG format. i spent a ton of money on the decipher version. 

one of the cool things about the ICE Middle earth card game was that they produced a book of scenarios to vary the game, its set up and the objectives to win the game, that too could happen with this game. 

FFG are blowing all competion out of the water with this deluge of  new game releases all hail FFG

(i've just noticed the bloodbowl card game announcement too - sweet!)

keep em coming FFG conquor the world

can i put in a request too? how about the 1982 Games Work shop Judge Dredd game? go do it for me FFG 


Published: 8/4/2010 2:52:49 PM

FFG, please notify me if you decide to open your shares to the stock market, I might get a few thousand euros waiting to be invested.

Published: 8/4/2010 1:30:40 PM

hope this game will be what middle earth quest should have been.

Published: 8/4/2010 12:15:50 PM

We want the rules! I hope to see them with gencon info.

Published: 8/4/2010 11:04:51 AM

 We want the rules! I'm excited about this release!

Published: 8/4/2010 9:29:15 AM

how much will this be like the lord of the rings collectible card game made by decipher??

Published: 8/4/2010 9:12:26 AM

Wait...1 player?  Lord of the Rings CO-OP???  >swoon<

Long live the cooperative gaming revolution.  FFG, you're the best.  You have reawakened a good deal of my friends (whom had all given up gaming) with the allure of competing with the game and not each other.  You keep finding ways to combine the coop method with the most fantastic franchises, and I will never leave.

Published: 8/4/2010 7:26:55 AM

Wow. First Lovecraft and now Tolkien. (though W:I is pretty sweet too)

I hope you're happy FFG. I wil be living in a cardboard box this time next year because of you and all your awesome games I have to buy now! :D

Published: 8/4/2010 5:49:45 AM

 OMG will you guys stop raiding my wallet !!, This is a MUST buy for me, cant wait 

Published: 8/4/2010 4:03:04 AM

Wow, what a great surprise! This should definitely be a winner.

Cooperative _and_ playable solo? This makes it a must-buy for me.

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