The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game is a cooperative adventure game in which the players attempt to complete a scenario, each with three heroes of their choice and a deck of allies, events and attachments to support them. Each round, players send their heroes and allies to quest or to fight with enemies that engage them. However, as the heroes and allies exhaust after questing, defending, or attacking, the players' options are typically insufficient to deal with everything at once. Therefore, players need to determine whether it is more urgent to quest and make progress in the scenario while the enemy forces gain power, or to take down enemies while making no progress, not knowing what will come next.
The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game is the base game of a Living Card Game for which new adventure packs are released monthly. The base game contains three scenarios, twelve famous characters from the works of J.R.R. Tolkien (including Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Denethor and Eowyn), and four pre-constructed player decks. Players can either use one of these decks or construct their own deck to increase their chances to be succesful in the more challenging scenarios. The monthly adventure packs contain a new scenario, a new hero, and new player cards to be used in their deck. The base game is for 1-2 players, but with an additional base game the scenarios can be played with up to four players.
Although this game is set in Tolkien's Middle Earth, the scenarios do not represent scenes from the books, but rather take place in the seventeen years from Bilbo's 111th birthday until Frodo's departure from the Shire.
The scenarios from saga-expansions do represent scenes from the books. Saga-expansions will form the Campaign Mode so that you can play all the saga quests that deal with the trilogy (+ Hobbit) together in one marathon campaign.
Saga Expansions SE: These follow the story from Tolkien's works directly; each contains several heroes, player and encounter cards, and 3 scenarios:
There are no official difficulty level for the quests at the Saga Expansions, a alternative unofficial information is provided at this geeklist.
Lord of the Rings: The Card Game was designed as a cooperative game. However, the iconic competition between Legolas and Gimli at Helm’s Deep inspired a variant that encourages players to maximize their own performance, while still working to achieve the overall goal.
Keeping Count is designed to be played with 2 or more players, with any available quest, in both organized and casual play. By completing normal in-game tasks, players will gain prowess; points which marks a player’s accomplishments within the game. At the end of the game (whether or not the players complete the quest) players will be scored based on their individual prowess totals. At the end of the game, whether the quest was completed or not,...
A German Playmat Template with the Middle Earth Map in the background. The Dark horizontal stripe in the middle is for enemies engaged with you, while the top light stripe is used as staging area. The bottom light stripe is reserved for player cards with 3 hero slots.
This is a handy way to track your progress thru the LOTR Saga quests. It includes every boon and burden.
It also serves as a 'quick-start' for any point in the campaign if you wanted to play a specific scenario. Randomization features allow you to 'guesstimate' what burdens you have earned in certain quests.
I have found it very useful for tracking my campaign.
I modified the existing 2 player playmat that has been available for some time in this file section (so all credit goes to the original uploader of the english file Martin(nitramb), thanks a lot!).
I downloaded the English file, and then made the following changes:
-Switched the Discard Pile and Encounter Deck labels, changing the discard font and size to match the other text.
-Updated the Quest spot to english (the label text was already english, but the text that would be underneath the card still said Quete)
-Looked around the playmat and edited out any discoloration/spots that I found (especially on the "Lord of the Rings" text)
Again, I don't take credit for the original file, only the modifications I have made as listed above. All credit for the playmat goes to Martin...
This lists all the encounter decks with their corresponding symbol and also includes Nightmare Decks.
I created the sheet to keep track of all the encounter decks, whether I owned the set or not and also which box set each deck belonged to.
I hope you find it useful.