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Middle Earth Quest

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  • Experience the untold tales of the Third Age in this game of heroic adventure
  • Based in the world of Middle-earth, created by JRR Tolkien
  • For Ages: 13+
  • Number of Players: - 4
  • Playing Time: - hrs
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Middle Earth Quest takes place approximately ten years after Bilbo Baggins leaves the Shire, and several years before Frodo leaves Bag End on his journey leading to the destruction of the One Ring. Thus, Middle Earth Quest will take place in a time of growing darkness. Players will take control of characters such as a rare adventurous Hobbit, a Gondorian Captain, a Rider from the Westfold, or numerous other character types. Not only will characters be able to experience new adventure in Middle Earth, but we will carefully seek to tie in the experience with the massive amounts of lore and story that takes place around the edges of the central THE LORD OF THE RINGS storyline. Middle-earth Quest is a game of adventure and conflict set in the time leading up to the creation of the Fellowship. One player will adopt the mantle of Sauron and do his best to spread his evil influence across the lands. Up to three players become heroes and will do their best to foil Sauron's foul plots, and rally the peoples of Middle-earth to their side.

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It is time of growing darkness and despair. Sauron the Great, the Dark Lord of Mordor, has returned to his ancient fastness of Barad-dur. From there, his evil and corruption has spread across the lands once more. Alas, in the West, there is little strength left. The Elves have all but abandoned Middle-earth, and the blood of Numenor has run thin; that which remains now dwells in Minas Tirith, or with the lonely rangers that haunt the ruins and wild country of Arnor.Yet, there is still hope. Gandalf the Grey has learned that the One Ring, the master-ring which Sauron desires and fears above all, is with the hobbit Frodo in the Shire. And there are heroes! Heroes to aid Gandalf in his hunt for the creature Gollum, and in his quest for the lost knowledge of Isildur's Bane. Heroes, whose strong arms guard the Shire from the enemy. Heroes, who venture into the forests of Ithilien, or even into the Land of Shadow itself, there to disrupt the schemes of Sauron, wherever they may be found.Middle-earth Quest is set in the seventeen-year period between Bilbo's birthday party and the Ring's departure from the Shire, as described in J.R.R. Tolkien's novel The Lord of the Rings.�One player takes the role of Sauron, who is attempting to dominate Middle-earth with his nefarious plots and evil minions. Up to three other players take the roles of heroes who must hold the darkness at bay until Gandalf's plans have matured. To do so, the heroes must embark on dangerous quests and consult with the famous characters of Middle-earth to gain favor and knowledge.Will you play as Sauron and claim Middle-earth as your own? Or will you play as hero and stand against the Dark Lord?The fate of Middle-earth rests in your hands!Middle-earth

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 16 x 11 inches ; 6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: 1589946243
  • Item model number: LTR11
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 13 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,619 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By thisisjrj on January 3, 2011
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I bought this as a present for the family on Christmas, and let me just tell you that it has being an highly enjoyable game to play.

It's a really nice looking game, very detailed board and figures, the cards and tokens also look really nice.

The figures are very detailed and you can also paint the figures (if you are into that sort of thing) which is nice.

The game has quite a bit of replay-ability to it, so each time you play it, it's different than the last time in more ways then one.

The game play is well designed in allot of ways; an example would be the way in which you move your character across the board and the way you do combat, like instead of just rolling dice to see who takes damage, you play cards from your hand to deal out damage and defend your self, which you also use to move around the board with. So in other words the more you move the less chance you have of dealing out damage and defending your self, which I think is cool and makes perfect sense.

If you enjoy co-operative games this is a great game for that, you can play 1-3, 1-2, 1-1, each one a little different than the other.

The game is a big one, the board is about 3 by 4 feet (the game board is in two pieces) and then there's 445 cards, 220 of them are large and 225 of them are small. And there is also 235 tokens and 10 plastic figures (5 hero ones and 5 minion ones). Plus 5 hero sheets and 8 plastic character stands, which are just like little rectangular shaped tokens. Now all this could be a downside, IF you don't like big games, but that's only if you don't and hey it still fits nicely into the 1 by 2 foot box.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By David S on February 28, 2011
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Middle Earth Quest is a game where up to three hero players compete against a single Sauron player for either a historical result or a new ending. If the heros win, the ring is safe for now and Frodo is able to begin his quest, but if Sauron wins then it is the end of Middle Earth.

The game starts out with a lot of options for each hero and the Sauron player. Almost too many. The learning curve is steep. Trying to figure out how best to spend your resources and keep an edge at the beginning of the game is daunting.

While the game will eventually end with an artificial type timer. It can get long. Hero turns can get to be very long especially when the heros arn't taking the time during other players turns to think about what they will do next. Because of this th game can last anywhere from 2 to 5 hours depending on how casual your group is with games, the more casual, the longer it will take.

Once you get passed all the choices and start to figure out what the best moves are from the beginning the game really shines. It is very much a cat an mouse game where the heros try their best to stay one step ahead of Sauron and his plots. If they faulter for just a couple turns it can mean that Sauron will catch up and make it very difficult for the heros to overcome him at that point.

A lot of strategy, oozing with Lord of the Rings theme this game plays well and is a lot of fun if you can get over the learning curve and the amount of time it takes to finish. Those two factors, time and learning curve, are what keep it from being a 5 star to me and earn it 4.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Daniel on May 14, 2013
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You're standing there, shaking in your tiny little dwarf boots, hefting your battle-ax while staring down the Witch King Angmar. Your hand of battle cards looks pretty pitiful, and you scan around the table at your teammates with a look of horror slowly taking over your heavily bearded, dwarf face.

That's a pretty common feeling during Middle Earth Quest. two-three players work together to slow the inevitable spread of Sauron's power. Sauron keeps spreading his influence chips around the board and putting down his evil minion tokens around the board. Should I visit Helms Deep? There's a monster chip in Helms Deep, and you don't know what it is. Maybe it's nothing, blank, or maybe it's a super scary creature that will rip your legs off in a blood path.

The game really provides a lot of strategic planning. The good players work together to stop Sauron, and Sauron works to destroy the good guys. The game is won or lost by successful missions by either side. A track at the top of the board moves tokens forward depending on which team is completing more stuff. The team that advances their tokens to the end first wins. There is a variant of winning when one player must go head-to-head with the Witch King for a Battle Royale that determines the fate of Middle Earth.

One of my favorite aspects of the game is its asymmetry. Sauron plays a completely different game from the Heroes. He has different actions to take, different decks to draw from, and obviously, completely different objectives, but that makes it amazing. The first time I played as a Hero, I felt like I was learning a whole new game with different strategies, options, etc.

Also, I love Lord of the Rings, and the game makes storytelling a fun part of the game.
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