Tuna Tries out the Lord of the Rings LCG

So I was at my local game shop the other day to pick up a few packs of sleeves, when I saw that they were demoing the Lord of the Rings: The Card Game. I figured, why not give it a try? I’m glad I did.


The game can be played solo, or up to 4 players, cooperatively. Ooh a co-op game, I need me some of them. You construct yourself a deck, based on three heroes that you choose from, and use those heroes and the deck, to win against a chosen objective, that also comes with its own pre-constructed deck.

At first I thought each game will be played like, take the Ring to Mt. Doom, win/fail. Nope, each objective is based off of little parts of the main story. Like the first beginner quest, just has you getting through a forest full of spiders and orcs. Sounds simple right? You can still fail! If you don’t have a game plan, you could find yourself being swarmed by enemies, and killed.

That’s not the only way you can lose. There is something called a threat tracker, that counts up from an initial value (which is dependent on your heroes), and once it counts up to 50, you lose. So you’re also racing against the clock.

So the game is really thematic, which is a huge plus. Also since it is the Lord of the Rings, makes it a bigger plus. Who doesn’t like the Lord of the Rings?! The game is a Living Card Game, which means every month or so, Fantasy Flight Games will release small chapter packs, which add to the game, giving you more heroes to play, more cards to add to your deck, and best of all, more objectives to play.

So… needless to say, I ended up going home with just a few packs of sleeves. I got myself a new toy, and even more sleeves. Yay! I bought myself one core set for now. That will give you just enough to play with two players. You could play with four with one core set, but there will be little to no deck building or customization. After I play a few games on my own, I will see if the game is worth investing more money into or not.

The game was released in late 2010 / early 2011, so I am a bit late to the game. The good news is, there are a few expansions and chapter packs already out, so I won’t find myself lacking any content for this game if I really like it, and want more. Expect a review for this game shortly :)

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