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Mark Gelston
United States
Fort Washington
Maryland
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Sep 2013
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John Heath
United States
New York
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10
Apr 2012
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Mike Yeah
United States
Ladson
South Carolina
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10
Mar 2013
My box will plays up to four players!
2014-10-09
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Jeff Meitzler
United States
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Aug 2013
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Justin B
United States
Nebraska
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9.5
Jan 2014
The mechanics of this game are brilliant, fun, and cohesive with the theme of the stories. Although deck construction isn't for everyone, this is probably the best cooperative or solitaire game I've ever played. The possibilities are nearly limitless for the kind of game you can have with respect to overcoming the evil that comes out of the quest deck. I usually play it solitaire.
2014-01-16
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Mark Cleland
Canada
Carlisle
Ontario
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9.2
Nov 2014
Wow
Just wow. This game is amazing. Playing it 2p with my wonderful wife. High fiving coop
2014-11-12
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Michael Wheal
United States
Kosse
Texas
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9
Oct 2013
Fast, simple.. yet deep - is that possible ?

Fills in 30 spare minutes of gaming better than anything out there.

LotR fanboy !!

Just bring out the expansions already !
2011-05-07
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Ronald Carlson
United States
Austin
Washington, California, Oregon, Texas, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kansas, Colorado, Nevada, Hawaii, etc. :-)
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2013-11-05
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Sakari Lahti
Finland
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Nov 2014
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J B
United States
Washington
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Dec 2013
Wow. Very thematic, extreemly good art...lots of options and adventures packed into this baby. If you love Tolkein, you won't be disappointed. I'm not a fan of solo play with any game but this one. Very, very well done.
2013-04-12
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Jeremy Henderson
United States
Northport
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Russ Shurts
United States
Rockford
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Dan T
United States
Forest
Virginia
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Mike Kaplan
United States
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New York
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Mar 2014
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Thiago Castro
Brazil
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Jan 2015
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Wally Jones
United States
Windermere
Florida
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8.6
Feb 2015
Solo Player Value = Excellent

Two Player Value = Excellent


For Lord of the Rings: The Card Game I could write 10 pages of glowing review and still not give the game enough praise. The game is just that well designed.

So let me say this -

This is the best deck-building card game currently in print.

That is a big statement and true in every sense.

In fact, the best thing I can say about this game is that I have created an entire Geek List just for it. You can find it here -

http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/176849/lord-rings-card-gam...

This game is sheer beauty at every step.

The design is fantastic with wonder cooperative game play against a brilliantly brutal A.I.

The artwork is lovely.

The theme fits perfectly and is worked well into the game. Truly an integrated theme.

I could keep going, but I am sure my point is made.

I can only think of three drawbacks for this game. First, this is a living card game, so continually buying the new Encounter packs is essential if you want to keep going. Second, this is a true deck building game and some people do not like the deck build aspect. Third, the game is really difficult. Be prepared to lose a lot. This is frustrating for some so they stop playing. But life in Middle Earth was never easy.


Pros -
- Absolutely brilliant in every way


Cons -
- Deck building, living card game and the extreme difficulty could turn some away


Overall Playability = 8.6

Design = 9
Strategy = 9
Luck = 8
Artwork & Components = 9
Use of Mechanics = 9
Time of Play = 8
Fun = 9
Innovation = 8
Analysis Paralysis = 8
Theme = 9


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Lord of the Rings: Card Game has numerous expansions. To name them all is silly because there are so many. This is due to the living card game nature. New expansion and Encounters continue to come out on a regular basis.

Instead I think it is better to describe each type of expansion. There are 3 types of expansions for this game that are actually part of the game and contain player cards. While all 3 types are different they are extremely similar within their type. There are 2 type of Expansions that exist sort of outside the game.

The first type of expansion is called an Adventure Pack. These are small box expansions that provide a single new challenge or Encounter. Each contains a new Hero and two new cards for each color Sphere. These are part of a larger group called a Cycle, which is 6 Adventure Packs together. Each Cycle is named for the general aspect of the story it encompasses.

The second type of expansion is called Deluxe Expansions. These are big box expansions and provide the player many new Encounters, usually 3. Also included are many new Heroes and cards for each color Sphere. These are stand-alone expansions that explore, in great depth, a single scene of the story. The new cards are all based around that part of the story.

The third type of expansion is called Saga Expansions. These are big box expansions that focus on moving the story forward. Each Saga Expansion is actually 2 big box expansions. Both together equal the Saga Expansion. Each big box contains many new encounters, usually 3. Also included are many new Heroes and cards for each color Sphere. The new cards are all based around that part of the story.

All 3 of those expansions in inside the game and contain player cards to aid the player.


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There is also a fourth type of expansion called a Print on Demand.

These are Encounters only, no Heroes or player cards, and are of extreme difficulty. These are used for tournament play.

These are great additions to the game and good for testing your deck building abilities.


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Additionally there is a fifth type of expansion called a Nightmare Deck.

Nightmare Decks are based on each of the expansions and are simply much more difficult versions of the Encounters already available. These are Encounters only. No Heroes or player cards.

The game is already very difficult and the Nightmare Decks are downright harsh.

These are strictly for the experienced deck builder.


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Got in 2012

2012 Plays = 172
2013 Plays = 74
2014 Plays = 58
2015 Plays = 12



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Two Play Game List - http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/171377/item/3386906#item33...

2015-03-02
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Seth Goldman
United States
Lake Oswego
Oregon
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Aug 2013
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Matt Stupienski
United States
Connecticut
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Sep 2014
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Marnix de Wit
Netherlands
Sliedrecht
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8.5
Oct 2014
Has quickly become the favourite game of my wife. I also love this game! Our main game to play together.
2015-01-05
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Brian Pierce
Denmark
Aarhus
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8.5
Feb 2015
Would like to pick up a 2nd copy at some point to have a full set of cards.
2014-11-28
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Michael Denman
United States
Katy
Texas
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May 2011
Best as a two-player. Tolerable with three on the higher difficulties. Pointless at four player.
2011-05-31
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Alex Vandertol
United States
Grandville
Michigan
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As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you, now remain in my love. You did not choose me, but I chose you, and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit, fruit that will last. -- Jesus Christ
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Apr 2012
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Anthony DuLac
United States
Blaine
Minnesota
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Nov 2014
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Bernardo Cardoso
Portugal
Ericeira
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Jul 2013
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