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Lord Of The Rings: The Card Game

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  • The first cooperative LCG
  • Build your decks from the 4 spheres of influence tactics, lore, spirit and leadership
  • Build a party of heroes from an assortment of notable characters from the beloved novels by
  • Number of players 1 - 2 (or up to 4 with 2 core sets)
  • Playing time 30 - 90 minutes
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

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  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 3 x 11.8 inches ; 2.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: 1589949811
  • Item model number: MEC01
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 13 - 15 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,855 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
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The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game is a cooperative card game that puts 1-2 players (or up to four with two Core Sets!) in control of the most powerful characters and artifacts of Middle-earth. Players will select heroes, gather allies, acquire artifacts, and coordinate their 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!

The Core Set includes 226 cards that can be used to assemble a wide variety of decks right out of the box. Included are three perilous quests that, along with countless combinations of settings and enemies, offer near-limitless replayability.

Additionally, players can build a party from a set of 12 hero cards, and focus their decks on any combination of four distinct spheres of influence: Leadership, Lore, Spirit, and Tactics. Each sphere offer unique benefits to the party, so choose wisely!

Monthly 60-card expansion packs called Adventure Packs will introduce new quests, heroes, allies, attachments, events, and encounters, allowing players to fully customize their game and continue their fight against the Dark Lord!

From the Manufacturer

"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 only hope lies in a heroic few who must work together to stem the tide of evil...Forge new legends in Middle-earth with The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game! Gather your friends and together take on the forces of shadow. As the first cooperative Living Card Game, The Lord of the Rings puts 1-2 players (or up to four with two Core Sets!) in control of the most powerful characters and artifacts of Middleearth. Players will select heroes, gather allies, acquire artifacts, and coordinate their efforts to face Middle-earth’s most dangerous fiends. Following the Living Card Game format, The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game will be expanded by monthly Adventure packs that will expand player card pools while introducing new challenging scenarios for the players to undertake."

Customer Reviews

So I'm a LoTR fan and also a card game fan.
Jason D.
3 and 4 player games are very easy (luckily, there are some very easy "house rules" you can add to make it more of a challenge for yourself).
Nicholas M. Jordan
Like many cooperative games, this one can be played with a single player (that's you!).
newdarkages

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201 of 207 people found the following review helpful By TheLightdarker on April 25, 2011
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* So what exactly is this game?
The Lord of the Rings: The Card game is the latest LCG (Living Card Game), to be released by the publisher Fantasy Flight Games, as of April 20th, 2011. This game can be played by up to 2-4 players cooperatively, but also makes for a satisfying solitaire experience if you don't have any friends handy, would like to experiment with deck construction, or simply opt to play alone. This product is the very first release in this exciting new series, and represents the base game that will be required to play any of the future expansions currently planned for development and release on an approximately monthly basis.

NOTE: If you are planning on playing this game exclusively alone, you should keep in mind that only the first of the three scenarios included within this box set is generally considered by the fanbase to be properly balanced for one player, and that from my personal experience, I think that this game seems to provide the best balance between challenge and sheer entertainment value when played with two players. With each player beyond the first, the general consensus seems to be that the game becomes less difficult overall, although it nevertheless remains a challenge throughout.

* What does this Core set come with?
The Lord of the Rings LCG Core set comes with 226 cards, separated into three different types of decks:

1) The Player Decks (of which there are four included in this Core set), are composed of a total of 116 cards from 4 different "Spheres of Influence," or factions (think colors of Mana, a la Magic: the Gathering).
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas M. Jordan on May 6, 2011
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Pros:
- High quality cards and components. Like most FFG games, the cards are well made and the art is fantastic.
- Box says 1-2 players, but you can unofficially play up to 4 players with just 1 core set, it works fine, but you will be playing with just the pre-constructed decks
- Has a solo play option if you can't find someone to play with, or want to test a new deck idea
- Is Wife/Girlfriend compatible. As a co-operative game, many people have reported that they can get their wife/girlfriend to play with them, while they cannot get them to play a competitive card game like Warhammer Invasion Core Set or MTG. This is the primary reason I bought it, and on that count, it delivers.
- Playable out of the box (1 of the pre-constructed decks is really, really bad solo though). You could buy this game, and nothing else, and still get many hours of entertainment out of it for 2-4 players. I can't imagine a single core set holding a person's interest for *that* long if they are only playing solo.
- 2 player game is well balanced in terms of difficulty
- Because it is co-op, its a good introduction to TCG/CCG/LCGs.
- Has a scoring system, so you can compare your score on a quest to other people, or your previous score.

Cons:
- Limited deck construction choices with 1 core set (or even 2), but this will be fixed as more expansion packs are released
- The solo game can be disproportionately hard. The 3rd quest is virtually unbeatable (solo) with a single core set.
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51 of 63 people found the following review helpful By J. Hammel on May 28, 2011
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**ORIGINAL REVIEW (5/28/11)**: If I were rating the game itself, I would've given it 4 stars minimum. However, rating the core set from the perspective of a standalone product, I (reluctantly) can't give it more than 3 stars. I don't feel that what is contained in the core product is sufficient for long term enjoyment of the game. Allow me to elaborate.

Per the rulebook, if you are going to create a custom deck (a tournament legal one anyways), it has to be a *minimum* of 50 cards with no more than 3 copies of each card. What you get in this box is 4 starter decks with approximately 30 cards each. I'm not implying a deck need be tournament legal for casual play or to be enjoyable, but you'll have a difficult time dealing with the harder scenarios "as is". The reason you need a second core set for 3-4 players is becuase Fantasy Flight knows that the 30 card decks alone aren't going to cut it against harder scenarios. (You can, however, use the starter decks against the Mirkwood scenario quite easily, though players 3 and 4 will need to find another way to track their threat.)

While it is possible to mix two starter decks together of different themes, it becomes impractical to do so. You really need a second copy of the same deck (and therefore a second copy of the core set) to get cards you really want to play with in sufficient number.
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