We want to play a War of the Ring-like game with a foursome, but the other couple does not like the LOTR theme.
So we are looking for your recommendations.
Thanks so much.
I don't know of any game that really captures the feel of WotR but without the LotR Theme.
There are lots of games which are Dudes on a Map type games, but most have no connection to the types of things that WotR does.
WotR has several similar mechanics and ideas to games descended from light to medium scale wargames, especially in the Axis and Allies categories.
A few years ago I made this Geek List
So you Like Axis and Allies (A&A and other A&A games)
Though WotR is on it, it's mainly for games similar to Axis and Allies.
Axis and Allies doesn't have the party or leaders of that game, and all the units are variable in their rolls to hit each other...
So, while similar, vastly different as well.
Combat wise, the closest would probably be something like
A House Divided
Warlords of Europe
But they are still very different, for starters, no fellowship and no real leaders (well generals in A House Divided) in those games.
Dungeons & Dragons: Conquest of Nerath Board Game
Is one that isn't really like WotR but has some of the same feel to it in spirit, at least to me...but it's also fantasy and I'd say not what you really want either.
The Closest I've heard is that
Star Wars: Rebellion
Is VERY similar to WotR. I can't verify this as I haven't played it yet. However, there are some that say it's the game that is the most like WotR in feel. You could check that out if you have someone near you who has a copy (I wouldn't buy any of these games until you try them out to see if they are anything close to what you are looking for).