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2001
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2 − 6
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 2 players
Recommended with 2, 3, 4 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
12 and up
Playing Time
45 minutes
User Suggested Ages
10 and up
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Extensive use of text - massive conversion needed to be playable
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The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game
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Der Herr der Ringe Sammelkartenspiel
O Senhor dos Anéis - Jogo de Estampas Ilustradas
El Señor de los Anillos Juego de cartas coleccionables
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A tradeable card game covering the events of the Lord of the Rings movies. Frodo and his companions journey from Bag End to the destruction of the Ring at Mount Doom. The coverage of the cards is largely loyal to the movies, but it does take some of its lore from the book, and make references to certain atmospheres within the book. Some card sets, such as the Expanded Middle Earth Draft collection, have actors playing roles that were not seen in the movie, replete with costume. This allows for Tom Bombadil and Ghan Buri Ghan (among others) to be considered part of the card game. Nonetheless, they are rare, and typically you feel as if you are playing the movie rather than the book.

The game will be fairly familiar to veteran CCG players with a couple of important exceptions: firstly, combat is magic-like in execution but more incremental in resolution: each "lost" combat results in only a wound, not elimination as in Magic, L5R, Star Wars, or most other CCGs. Each character can suffer a limited number of wounds before being eliminated, but this "health" rating is also expended for card special actions - there is no "tapping". Also importantly, this is not a "draw one" game but a "hand-filling" game, which results in a very different dynamic. Lastly, like ICEs Middle-Earth CCG that came before, cards are either "hero" or "shadow" cards; when you play Free Peoples cards in your turn, you effectively pay their cost in Twilight Points to your opponent, who then turns around and uses those points to play Shadow Cards to attack you.

As a final comment, Decipher finally saw the light and put a 4-card cap on every card during deck building (and this includes variations; so there is an Aragorn: Ranger of the North and an Aragorn: King in Exile; you can only have total of 4 combined). Additionally, there is a much more sane rarity distribution than previous Decipher products (many - in fact most - familiar characters are common or uncommon, or at least have common or uncommon variations that are no less powerful than the rare versions).

This game "ended" when Decipher ran into financial difficulties and let the license expire. The following sets were released:

1 Fellowship of the Ring
2 Mines of Moria
3 Realms of the Elf-Lords
4 The Two Towers
5 Battle of Helm's Deep
6 Ents of Fangorn
7 Return of the King
8 Siege of Gondor
9 Reflections
10 Mount Doom
11 Shadows (Starting with this Set, Minion Cultures were re-formatted)
12 Black Rider
13 Bloodlines
14 Expanded Middle Earth
15 The Hunters
16 Wraith Collection
17 Rise of Saruman
18 Treachery and Deceit
19 Ages' End

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Awards

  • 2001 Origins Awards Winner, Best Trading Card Game and Best Graphic Presentation of a Card Game.
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3 Current Rulings Document
Official rulings and further clarifications for specific cards.
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14 Comprehensive Rules Document 4.0
The final version of the Comprehensive Rules. Official rulings and detailed rules not covered in the Starter Deck Rule Books
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2010-10-25
16 Lord of the Rings TCG Complete Cardlist
This file contains the complete cardlist for all printed cards from the Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game (TCG) by Decipher, which ran from 2001 until 2007. It includes all major and minor expansions, and all known printed promotional cards, except those only available in a language other than English (and Elvish). The style is similar to the cardlists published by Decipher, Inc., around 2001, but this cardlist is completely a work of my own. It is designed to fit nicely within a 3-ring binder, with 1 1/2" spacing on the left and 3/4" on the right of each page. For organizational purposes and in case you never collected any, the promotional cards are listed separately at the back of the cardlist. Note: I was not able to find the origin (the means of obtaining the card) for around...
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