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2000
# of Players
2 − 6
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players
Recommended with 4, 6 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
10 and up
Playing Time
180 minutes
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10 and up
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Moderate in-game text - needs crib sheet or paste ups
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Ringmaster
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War for Middle Earth
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RINGMASTER - WAR FOR MIDDLE EARTH (2-6 players) - This game is my personal tribute to J.R.R. Tolkien; for this reason it is TOTALLY FREE!

The game recreates the strategic battles between the good and evil armies of Middle Earth. The battle mechanism is based on the play of special cards. No dice are used. The game is divided into 3 levels: Basic, Advanced and Team.

BASIC LEVEL
In order to carry out a battle, the attacker calculates his Combat Value, equal to the number of his armies involved in the battle. This value can be modified playing one or more special cards divided into Magic Cards, Troop Cards or Ordnance Cards.
After this, the defender calculates his Combat Value, adding the value of his own armies and cards. The higher score wins the battle and inflicts casualties on the adversary; the difference between the two values (as an example, the black army has a Combat Value of 12 and attacks the green army with a Combat Value of 9). The difference, indicates that 3 green armies are destroyed.
In case of the same Combat Value, a Duel with the special symbols printed on the cards is carried out.
The use of the Magic Cards render unforeseeable consequences to the game. The winner is the first to gain 10 Victory Points, obtainable by conquering the territories of the opposing players.

ADVANCED LEVEL
In the Advanced Level, the players divide themselves into two factions (Alliance or Darkness Forces), trying to advantage or stop the travel of the Fellowship to Mount Doom, using another set of special cards with the major character of the Lord of the Rings (Nazgul, Allies, Tom Bombadil, Shelob, and so on).
The movement of the Fellowship on the map is guided by the good players, while the Darkness forces will try to hinder it. It is also possible for players to recruit the characters of the Fellowship, Nazguls, heroes or evil creatures using them in the battles (i.e. it is possible to recruit Gandalf in the good armies, fighting versus Shelob!).

TEAM LEVEL
Allied players conduct battles as a team. Armies setup is predetermined.

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Many thanks to: ROIG YVES for the english translation (version 10.0), SEAN FORRESTER (version 9.0) and ANTONIO CHAVEZ (version 5.0)!

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BEST PLAYTESTERS
Fabio Carta & Corrado Baggioni

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HOW TO PLAY
RINGMASTER is a FREE game in pdf high-resolution. Print front/back the following 4 files. You need also some wooden cubes (or the Risk pawns) for the armies.

- Map (84x60 cm).
- Rules (14 pages)
- Battle Cards (64 cards)
- Event Cards (64 cards)

enjoy!

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17 RINGMASTER 10.5 (ITA) - FULL VERSION - By Gioacchino Prestigiacomo
Per giocare a RINGMASTER scaricate i seguenti 4 files e stampateli su cartoncino. UPDATE (febbraio 2015) - Nuova regola per il Livello Base: il gioco termina dopo 10 turni.
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51 RINGMASTER 10.3 (ENG) - FULL VERSION - By Gioacchino Prestigiacomo
To play the game, download all the 4 different files of this section: RULES, GAMEBOARD, EVENT CARDS and BATTLE CARDS. All the files are in pdf format. English translation by Roig Yves (BGG: deludis). UPDATE (February 2014) - English revision by Rick Blaney (BGG: twinfreak)
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