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FFG is proud to announce War of the Ring: Collector's Edition!
War of the Ring: Collector's Edition | Published 22 October 2009

All about the hills the hosts of Mordor raged.
The Captains of the West were foundering in a gathering sea.
The sun gleamed red, and under the wings of the Nazgûl
the shadows of death fell dark upon the earth.

Since its first publication in 2004, War of the Ring has been hailed by Lord of the Rings enthusiasts and hobby gamers alike as standing among the most engaging recreations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s world-renowned fantasy epic. Now, you have a rare opportunity to claim a piece of this beloved saga for yourself; Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce the upcoming release of War of the Ring: Collector’s Edition!

Pre-order now! Only four hundred of these gorgeous limited-edition sets will be available from Fantasy Flight Games before Christmas, with another four hundred being released shortly after. That’s it, and once they’re gone, they aren’t coming back! In Europe, Italian distributor Nexus Games is handling distribution. Customers outside of the USA, Canada, and Italy may order from either FFG or Nexus, whichever is more convenient, but be aware that international orders may take longer to ship.

These individually numbered copies (only 2000 will be released worldwide) of War of the Ring: Collector’s Edition come in an expertly crafted wooden box fashioned to look like an ancient elven tome. Inside, velvet-lined compartments house an 80-page faux-leather bound instruction book, an enlarged and updated game board (featuring new art by John Howe as well as stunning elvish calligraphy), and nearly 250 hand-painted miniatures, including a special Gollum figure previously only available through promotions, and a never-before-seen Nazgul figure! War of the Ring: Collector's Edition includes rules and figures from the Battles of the Third Age expansion, making your immersion into Middle-earth complete. To learn even more about this amazing collector’s item, head over to our Description Page.

Retailers: The special nature of this product prevents us from being able to provide it to you as we normally would. Retailers still wishing to carry it should contact our sales department.

For more than half a century, Tolkien’s fiction has delighted and enraptured readers. A testament to the beauty and timelessness of his work, War of the Ring: Collector’s Edition is sure to become the centerpiece of any hobby gamer’s, or Tolkien lover’s, collection. Head to our webstore and pre-order your copy!

War of the Ring is a board game that puts 2-4 players in command of either the armies of the Free Peoples or the dark host of the Shadow. By mustering troops and deploying them in key regions, both sides hope to claim power and control the fate of Middle-earth.

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Published: 10/23/2009 4:27:16 AM

Seriously, there's no reason to moan over the price. This is an exclusive piece of gaming/Tolkien memmorbelia, not just a board game. If you can't afford it, welcome to the club. If you can, congrats, for you are the envy of us all.

Published: 10/23/2009 3:52:29 AM

This has been in the works for several years and they couldn't have reacted to the Space Hulk release.

I think the reason for War of the Ring is:
1. It's Tolkien and therefore may attract other than boardgamers. There might be collectors that hasn't any thought of playing games.
2. It's Nexus' decision and FFG is only jumping on.

Published: 10/23/2009 2:33:12 AM

Well darkkami, I agree that nobody but collectors will be interested in this. But then it is a collector's edition so I guess the clue is in the title :) I think that FFG have seen how 3rd edition Space Hulk sold like the proverbial hot cakes and decided they'd make something even more desireable (and expensive). I wonder if next we'll see Wizards of the Coast doing Risk: Gold plated board edition. As far as the $400 price tag is concerned; I guess expense is relative. To me that is too much to justify on a game, period. To those who are more wealthy, or who rate food and shelter as secondary considerations to the joy of owning a nicely produced boardgame this might well be a highly desireable item.




Published: 10/22/2009 11:25:58 PM

 Since I know that last post is going to get negative reviews and FFG attention. I would like to ask why War of the Ring and not Twilight Imperium? Isn't Twilight the iconic FFG game?If FFG made a collectors edition for Twilight I would buy it in a heart beat regardless of cost. That too me would be the ultimate way to show how much love I share for the company.

So many questions that I have now because of this announcement, but I will leave it at that.

Published: 10/22/2009 11:21:01 PM

 Not to rain on anyones parade, but what is the point of this? I am going to sound negative, but I really do not understand this. I already own the regular edition with painted minis. Why would I spend another 400 bucks to get the same thing. I am fine with the price, but I am confused as to whom besides collectors would spend 400 bucks for stuff that they own already just unpainted.

I would rather see a new expansion (that includes the fixed cards) or something new to support the game for the customers that already bought the game. This means FFG is going to be making $240,000 off these if they sell only 800. They can make up to $800,000 if they sell all of them. The question I guess you have to ask is. Do you really think they are worth $400? In other words do you think FFG would take the risk of losing 400 bucks by losing a sell of just one copy? 

For me, the game I own is worth more, because they are my hard work and time. They are my paint schemes. They are my conversions.

I am happy for FFG if they can make that much off them, because that is a lot of money and they could use that money to revive other games with free material. 

This is not suppose to sound negative, but I can't word it any better and still get my point across. Too me this just looks like the Arkham minis "more shiny stuff to spend money on for your games". Not to mention that supposedly the world is going through an economic crisis. lol. Buy this game and you will have to take the bus to work for the next 4 years and live off hot pockets. =P 

David Spangler
Published: 10/22/2009 10:39:37 PM

Well, a few years ago when things were flush, I would have bought this in an instant. But can only be a flight of fancy.

Published: 10/22/2009 8:13:52 PM

Dear Santa,

I've tried to be nice this year.  I haven't upset my wife yet with gaming purchases (although I know I am close).  If you could find it in your heart to get this for me for Christmas, It will definitely be the best Christmas ever.



Published: 10/22/2009 7:47:05 PM

I got a chance to see the game, its pieces, the box and map board this afternoon shortly after it arrived at Spiel in Essen, Germany. I'm going to disagree with some posts. I think the price is perfect. This isn't a casual game to own, it is a work of art that is well worth having. It easily attracted a crowd. There are people at the event easily spending $400 or more on games during the Spiel. Making a priority decision to buy one game for $400 is something that makes it a special purchase, not to be done lightly.

There is a bit of video of the game on my blog at

Published: 10/22/2009 6:37:19 PM

It doesn't quite say whether or not the boards from the expansion scenarios will be in there.  It also seems a bit vague as to the inclusion of the figures needed for the two expansion scenarios.  (The figures + rules for the expansion for the base game are clearly in there.)



Published: 10/22/2009 5:46:06 PM

I'm definitely not saying that it's not worth the price - I'm just pointing out that they created an awesome product but at a far too expensive price for anyone other than people who want to be the butt of the famous PT Barnum quote....

Published: 10/22/2009 5:44:26 PM

Yeah, the price point is just way too over-the-top.  Talk about marketing to the rich and shameless.  If they could've generated this product at a $200 price point, it'd have sold hot-cakes.  As it is there will still be clueless people with $$ to blow who snap it up while the rest of us just shake our heads and wish it'd been at a better price.  :(

Published: 10/22/2009 5:43:08 PM

Woooot! Just got my pre-order in. Thanks FFG!

It includes everything for the Twilight expansion but not for the battles.

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