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2012
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2 − 4
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Best with 2 players
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13 and up
Playing Time
150 minutes
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14 and up
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War of the Ring (second edition)
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Guerra del Anillo
La Guerra dell'Anello
Guerra do Anel
Der Ringkrieg
Wojna o Pierścień
魔戒聖戰
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In War of the Ring, one player takes control of the Free Peoples (FP), the other player controls Shadow Armies (SA). Initially, the Free People Nations are reluctant to take arms against Sauron, so they must be attacked by Sauron or persuaded by Gandalf or other Companions, before they start to fight properly: this is represented by the Political Track, which shows if a Nation is ready to fight in the War of the Ring or not.

The game can be won by a military victory, if Sauron conquers a certain number of Free People cities and strongholds or vice versa. But the true hope of the Free Peoples lies with the quest of the Ringbearer: while the armies clash across Middle Earth, the Fellowship of the Ring is trying to get secretly to Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring. Sauron is not aware of the real intention of his enemies but is looking across Middle Earth for the precious Ring, so that the Fellowship is going to face numerous dangers, represented by the rules of The Hunt for the Ring. But the Companions can spur the Free Peoples to the fight against Sauron, so the Free People player must balance the need to protect the Ringbearer from harm, against the attempt to raise a proper defense against the armies of the Shadow, so that they do not overrun Middle Earth before the Ringbearer completes his quest.

Each game turn revolves around the roll of Action Dice: each die corresponds to an action that a player can do during a turn. Depending on the face rolled on each die, different actions are possible (moving armies, characters, recruiting troops, advancing a Political Track).

Action dice can also be used to draw or play Event Cards. Event Cards are played to represent specific events from the story (or events which could possibly have happened) which cannot be portrayed through normal game-play. Each Event Card can also create an unexpected turn in the game, allowing special actions or altering the course of a battle.

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More Information Edit | History

Components:

  • 1 forty-eight page color illustrated rule booklet
  • 1 game board (in two sections)
  • 2 player aids folders
  • 5 white six-side combat dice
  • 6 blue Free Peoples action dice
  • 10 red Shadow action dice
  • 110 playing cards
    • 14 character cards (1 Gollum, 3 Shadow, 10 Free)
    • 96 event cards (4 decks of 24 cards each)
  • 81 cardboard counters
  • 205 plastic figures

Microbadges:

mb - War of the Ring fan
http://files.boardgamegeek.com/images/microbadges/waroftheringfan.gif - War of the Ring fan
http://files.boardgamegeek.com/images/microbadges/wotr-dwarves2.jpg - Dwarves
http://files.boardgamegeek.com/images/microbadges/wotr-elves2.jpg - Elves
http://files.boardgamegeek.com/images/microbadges/wotr-freepeoples2.jpg - Free Peoples
http://files.boardgamegeek.com/images/microbadges/wotr-gondor2.jpg - Gondor
http://files.boardgamegeek.com/images/microbadges/wotr-isenguard2.jpg - Isengard
http://files.boardgamegeek.com/images/microbadges/wotr-rohan2.jpg - Rohan
http://files.boardgamegeek.com/images/microbadges/wotr-sauron2.jpg - Sauron
http://files.boardgamegeek.com/images/microbadges/wotr-shadowarmies2.jpg - Shadow Armies
http://files.boardgamegeek.com/images/microbadges/wotr-southeast2.jpg - Southrons & Easterlings
http://files.boardgamegeek.com/images/microbadges/wotr-thenorth2.jpg - The North

Differences between 1st edition and 2nd edition:

After Nexus, the publisher of the 1st edition, filed for bankruptcy, War of the Ring was picked up by Ares Games, and the designers used the opportunity of the new print run to release a 2nd edition that incorporates a few simple rule and card changes to address a few game balance and integrity issues that had been exploited by experienced players. For more information on component and rule differences between the editions, please visit the following:

2nd edition Review: A Side-by-Side Comparison
Designer Diaries for 2nd Edition

Note: It is not recommended to use the Twilight of the Third Age 1st-edition expansion module in the War of the Ring: Battles of the Third Age with the 2nd edition, because both it and the 2nd edition make the Free Peoples slightly stronger relative to the 1st-edition base game (which is generally regarded as slightly favoring the Shadow player), hence making the Free Peoples player too strong. Instead, Ares Games will be releasing a whole new arc of expansions that is compatible with the 2nd edition and introduces new ideas, starting with War of the Ring: Lords of Middle-earth.

NEW SCENARIO: The Breaking of the Fellowship

The Breaking of the Fellowship is an alternate setup for War of the Ring, playable either with the Second Edition or with the First Edition (expanded by Battles of the Third Age). The Fellowship already traveled from Rivendell to Rauros, and it’s now scattered, while the armies of the Shadow are in motion, ready to unleash their might against the strongholds of the Free Peoples…

Card and Card Protector Info

Number and Size of Cards

Game contains 110 cards sized 67x120mm

Suitable deck protectors:

  • Mayday Games "Custom Large Sized For WOTR: CE and More" 70x122mm (2 packs @75 per pack)
  • Ares Games "Custom size card sleeves" 68x120mm (1 pack @120 per pack)

Although size indication between Mayday Games and Ares Games is different, they are actually the same (Ares Games deck protectors are manufactured by Mayday Games).

Dice Information

Size of Dice

The action dice of both the Free People and The Shadow are 16mm.
The white combat dice are 12mm.

Suitable combat dice custom replacements

For those looking for combat dice that closely resemble the action dice:

  • Chessex "Scarab" in Royal Blue for the Free People and Scarlet for The Shadow.
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War of the Ring (second edition)
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English anniversary edition
Publisher: Ares Games
Artist: Kristofer Bengtsson, John Howe, Fabio Maiorana
Year: 2016
Size: 21.26 x 15.75 x 4.72 inches
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Release Date: Spring 2016
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Guerra do Anel
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Brazilian edition
Publisher: Ares Games, Devir
Artist: John Howe
Year: 2013
Size: 16.00 x 11.00 x 3.50 inches
6.56 pounds
Portuguese
Release Date: Sep 2013
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Publisher: Ares Games, Planplay
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Wojna o Pierścień
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Publisher: Ares Games, Galakta
Artist: John Howe
Year: 2012
Product Code:  John Howe
Size: 16.00 x 11.00 x 3.50 inches
6.56 pounds
Polish
Release Date: June 2012
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Der Ringkrieg
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Publisher: Ares Games, Heidelberger Spieleverlag
Artist: John Howe
Year: 2012
Size: 16.00 x 11.00 x 3.50 inches
6.56 pounds
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Release Date: Jun 2012
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5 War of the Ring 2nd Edition changes from 1st edition
WBC summary sheet of the changes from the War of the Ring 1st and 2nd edition.
English
2015-07-25
4 War of the Ring 2nd Edition Game Log
Game log used at the WBC for the War of the Ring tournament.
English
2015-07-14
9 Dwarven Rings bidding tournament rules for determining sides. v4
v4.0 clarified that you can only use Dwarven Rings to re-roll your own action dice and has it now posted in the WoTR 2nd edition area.
English
2015-03-21
29 Ring of Doom - A Teaching Variant for War of the Ring
This variant streamlines War of the Ring in order to simplify teaching the game and keep new players from feeling intimidated, or overwhelmed with choices. To meet this objective, the Ring of Doom variant focuses gameplay on the Fellowship’s quest while dispensing with the bulk of the rules concerning armies and battles. The effect is to shorten rules exposition and more quickly orient newcomers to War of the Ring’s core mechanics: using action dice, moving the Fellowship, the dynamics of the Hunt, the dangers of the Mordor track, and the need to stay just ahead of the Shadow’s march to military victory.
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2015-02-10
4 Zwergenringe - Ringkrieg Turnierregel
Übersetzung der "Dwarven Rings" Regeln für Ringkrieg-Turniere von Kevin Wojtaszczyk. German translation of "Dwarven Rings" tournament bidding rules by Kevin Wojtaszczyk. Posted with author's permission.
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2014-06-29
3 Exemplo de Jogo Comentado
Esta é uma tradução do texto "War of the Ring - Annotated Example of Play" de Rafamir que descreve um jogo entre Uthoroc e Goodgulf.
Portuguese
2014-06-20
5 Rules Refresher WotR(2)+LoME
Rules refresher Version 1.0 for War of the Ring 2nd Edition with the Lords of Middle Earth expansion.
English
2014-06-09
11 Treason of Isengard Variant
Edited for clarity and completeness, and to include Treebeard. Added Grima Wormtongue's Level and Leadership (left out of previous version).
English
2014-05-17
7 War of the ring turn track
It´s a little track to print in A5 to account the turns in War of The Ring Gandalf Returns to Hobbiton - John Howe
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2014-02-26
1 Alernatywne zakończenie gry oraz dodatkowe Karty Postaci (np.: Thranduil, Suron i inne).
Alternatywne zakończenie gry opiera się na Dodatkowych Zasadach: http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/100425/wojna-o-pierscien-druga-edycja-zasady-dodatkowe
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2014-02-20
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