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The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game
« on: March 31, 2014, 01:51:07 pm »

I'm a big fan of The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game. No, not the deck builder, the Hobbit board games, the old coop board game, the semi-coop Nazgul game, the dice building game or even the trivia game. I do enjoy the War of the Ring though, but I'm losing focus already.

The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game (LOTR) is a living card game from Fantasy Flight's LCG stables. They also have A Game of Thrones, Android: Netrunner, Star Wars and Call of Cthulhu LCGs, so whatever your favorite universe is, there's enough to spend your money on.

For those not familiar with the term "living card game" or LCG, I'll explain a bit. An LCG is card game for which sets and expansion packs are released with predetermined contents. Unlike Magic sets, you will always know in advance exactly (or roughly) what a certain pack will contain and you will always get exactly the same as everybody else. There is no trading aspect in LCGs. You know what you want to buy, you buy it, you get it.

LOTR has different "cycles", these are time periods in which sets and expansions are released which all fit the same theme. The first cycle for LOTR is the Shadows of Mirkwood cycle.

The reason I like the game so much is because it's a very good game to play on your own and (it's a coop) forces you to be creative with the cards you put in your deck. As the enemy you are playing has a static deck with predetermined enemies and other pitfalls, you might think the game itself would be easy, no? You are wrong, you never know exactly when which cards are coming out, either for you or the enemy so you have to be able to deal with some slight adversity.

Also, it can become quite puzzly at times, which I also like a lot. If I do this and that, I will be able to do this to take care of that. And sometimes you are faced with tough choices, like having to discard a good card or advancing on a quest. The game can throw quite a lot of curveballs at you and I find it does a great job at this.

Are there any other players here who enjoy the game? I have been looking for a LOTR Strategy forum like this one, but couldn't find it. If anyone knows where the great LOTR players hang out, post it here!

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Re: The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2015, 10:44:56 pm »

I've recently picked up this game for my sibling and really enjoy it. So far I've gotten conflict at the carrock and journey to rhosgobel, but I hope to see more.

I love variants, and so almost as soon as I played it I started to come up with custom scenarios. One I've playtested about 15 times, but I definitely need more. Anyone interested in trying it out? I can send an image file with the cards needed. (Strange Eons is a great resource)

I'm still figuring out the strategy, but there are some important realizations I've found that aren't on the blogs, which are currently s hub of strategy.


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Re: The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2015, 09:54:51 am »

Not quite related, but I used to be really into the LotR TCG, the one made by Decipher like 12 years ago. It was great, shame that it died off.
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