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…
The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game is a cooperative Living Card Game® in which one to two players (or up to four with two Core Sets) command some of the most powerful characters and artifacts in Middle-earth. You and your friends will select heroes, gather allies, acquire artifacts, and coordinate your 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!
Will you adventure with Aragorn and Frodo Baggins? Will you wield the Sword That Was Broken, or sound a rallying call from the Horn of Gondor? Perhaps you’ll ride to battle atop the noble steed, Asfaloth, or you may secretly bear the power of the three Elven Rings. As a Living Card Game®, The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game allows you to explore a vast range of deck types, call upon the services of an ever-expanding cast of iconic characters, and wield some of Middle-earth’s most powerful artifacts.
The game’s heroes and player cards are divided between four spheres of influence, each of which offers specific advantages to your efforts. Each has its own distinct flavor and play style. In multiplayer games, you can play within a single sphere to excel at your chosen role, or you can mix your spheres together within a single deck. Combined with a steady stream of expansions, these spheres present a host of deck-building options, ensuring that you’ll always have plenty of room to explore new adventures within Middle-earth.
At its heart, The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game is about adventures rooted in exploration and discovery. You and your friends work together against a randomized encounter deck full of enemies to fight, dangerous locations to explore, and treachery cards that can snatch victory right out of your hands. Meanwhile, each game immerses you in a story that unfolds as you press forward on your quest, moving from stage to stage.
With their different enemies and randomized encounter decks, the three scenarios from the Core Set offer hours upon hours of enjoyment. However, players looking to undertake new quests will find one or more new scenarios in each new expansion, challenging you to undertake and complete a wide variety of different quests. Deliver a message, rescue a fallen eagle, delve the dark mines of Moria, withstand the assault of an Orc horde, or save a river town from dragon fire. The scenarios of The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game are as rich and varied as Middle-earth itself!