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Lord of the Rings: The Board Game
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- A cooperative game of adventure and peril in Middle-earth
- Designed by the legendary Reiner Knizia
- For Ages: 12+
- Number of Players: - 5
- Playing Time: 60 90 min
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This unique cooperative board game captures the magic and tension of J.R.R. Tolkiens legendary trilogy. From the brilliant mind of Reiner Knizia The Lord of the Rings puts 2-5 players in the roles of hobbit in a classic tale of good versus evil. As players travel through the dangerous Mines of Moria and defend the citadel of Helms Deem they must work together to fight off the growing influence of Sauron. If they falter in their quest just a little they risk succumbing to the growing darkness. The new Silver Line Edition of The Lord of the Rings retains the beautiful illustrations of John Howe and the elegant game play mechanics that has made it such a fan favorite. With updated graphics new components and a clear rules presentation this is the best way for friends and family to immerse themselves in The Lord of the Rings Please note that due to its redesigned smaller components this new Silver Line Edition of The Lord of the Rings will not be compatible with previously released expansions.. Item Weight - 2.17 lbs.
From the Manufacturer
Travel the perilous path to Mordor in Reiner Knizia�s The Lord of the Rings. Beautifully illustrated by renown Tolkien artist John Howe, this uniquely cooperative board game immerses 2-5 players into Middle-earth, taking on the roles of hobbits on quest to destroy the One Ring. This new Silver Line Edition of The Lord of the Rings features beautiful graphics overhaul, new rules presentation, and updated components, all bundled into smaller, more affordable package. The time has never been better to experience The Lord of the Rings! Cooperative board game for 2-5 players New Silver Line Edition Because many of the components have changed in size and design (making the game much more compact) this new edition will be incompatible with previously released expansions.
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Top Customer Reviews
The game has lots of components, each with their own rules. Casual gamers will find themselves quickly confused with all the symbols and terms (as I discovered with my family). Those who have played a few Fantasy Flight (or similar) games won't have much trouble picking it up.
In the game, each player has some key decisions to make which generally consist of either playing cards, drawing cards, or moving your hobbit further away from Sauron's evil influence. The ring-bearer can also put the ring on once per "conflict" (there are four conflicts) but this is risky and the game pretty much dictates the exact moment the ring should be put on. Deviating from this seems to only lower your chance of winning. There is also a way to summon Gandalf for help in different ways throughout the game.
Aside from these few decisions, the game pretty much plays itself, and it's very luck-heavy without much you can do to counteract the luck element. You'll be drawing tiles and rolling a die, and if each hobbit ends up drawing several bad tiles in a row, and/or rolls poorly, then you're just going to lose the game without any say in it. Even the very last part of the game (destroying the ring) comes down to dice rolls. Imagine playing for 90 minutes and it comes down to "If you roll a 0-1 you win, if you roll anything else you lose".
The game does, however, have a decent theme and some neat nice art on the components, even if they are all just cardboard.
Not super difficult to learn
Not very many significant decisions to make
This game is pretty abstract, though. There is no "moving your hero to this spot and rolling for an attack against the Nazgul" in this game, but you basically move tokens through the board in order to try to advance through each board without your Hobbit becoming too corrupted by the influence of Sauron. You use cards to move the tokens as well as try to block adverse effects on yourself.
I personally really like this one. If you are an LotR fan and don't mind a game which doesn't have a lot of "action" (by "action" I mean moving pieces and making attack rolls), you will likely like this game.
I wish some of the pieces were more durable; having cardboard pieces worries me when you're expecting to be drinking while you play. It's interesting that the pieces that stay on the board (and are less likely to get wet, etc) are plastic, but the cards that lay on the table are cardboard (with uncoated edges). Oh well. We'll just be careful.
Overall, it's fun and challenging.
Oh, and don't expect the artwork to be like the movies. It isn't. I think the artwork was done some time before the movies came out.
Eventually we figured it out and things started to flow smoother although we only made it to the helms deep scenario. Also this newer version of the game is definitely made cheaper than the original but it still works.
It does have a luck element to it which I really don't like but since it is lord of the rings and cooperative than I deal with it.
Overall, it is a fun game. Be prepared to do a lot of learning and reading the rule book before getting a complete understanding of how the game works and should be played.
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