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Mark Gelston
United States
Fort Washington
Maryland
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Sep 2013
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John Heath
United States
New York
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Apr 2012
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Mike Yeah
United States
Ladson
South Carolina
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10
Mar 2013
My box will plays up to four players!
2014-10-09
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Troy Lawrence
United States
North Carolina
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Jan 2015
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Jeff Meitzler
United States
West Deptford
New Jersey
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Aug 2013
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Justin B
United States
Nebraska
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9.5
Jan 2014
The mechanics of this game are brilliant, fun, and cohesive with the theme of the stories. Although deck construction isn't for everyone, this is probably the best cooperative or solitaire game I've ever played. The possibilities are nearly limitless for the kind of game you can have with respect to overcoming the evil that comes out of the quest deck. I usually play it solitaire.
2014-01-16
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Mark Cleland
Canada
Carlisle
Ontario
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9.2
Nov 2014
Wow
Just wow. This game is amazing. Playing it 2p with my wonderful wife. High fiving coop
2014-11-12
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Matt Tonks
United Kingdom
Bedfordshire
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Dec 2011
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Ronald Carlson
United States
Austin
Washington, California, Oregon, Texas, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kansas, Colorado, Nevada, Hawaii, etc. :-)
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Nov 2013
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2013-11-05
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Sakari Lahti
Finland
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Nov 2014
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J B
United States
Washington
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Dec 2013
Wow. Very thematic, extreemly good art...lots of options and adventures packed into this baby. If you love Tolkein, you won't be disappointed. I'm not a fan of solo play with any game but this one. Very, very well done.
2013-04-12
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Russ Shurts
United States
Rockford
Minnesota
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Dan T
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Forest
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Aaron Parks
United States
Orem
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Mike Kaplan
United States
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New York
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Mar 2014
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Ron Salkin
United States
Portland
Oregon
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Jun 2015
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Jan 2015
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Marnix de Wit
Netherlands
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8.8
May 2015
Has quickly become the favourite game of my wife. I also love this game! Our main game to play together.
2015-01-05
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Wally Jones
United States
Windermere
Florida
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8.6
Feb 2015
Solo Player Value = Excellent

Two Player Value = Excellent


For Lord of the Rings: The Card Game I could write 10 pages of glowing review and still not give the game enough praise. The game is just that well designed.

So let me say this -

This is the best deck-building card game currently in print.

That is a big statement and true in every sense.

In fact, the best thing I can say about this game is that I have created an entire Geek List just for it. You can find it here -

http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/176849/lord-rings-card-gam...

This game is sheer beauty at every step.

The design is fantastic with wonder cooperative game play against a brilliantly brutal A.I.

The artwork is lovely.

The theme fits perfectly and is worked well into the game. Truly an integrated theme.

I could keep going, but I am sure my point is made.

I can only think of three drawbacks for this game. First, this is a living card game, so continually buying the new Encounter packs is essential if you want to keep going. Second, this is a true deck building game and some people do not like the deck build aspect. Third, the game is really difficult. Be prepared to lose a lot. This is frustrating for some so they stop playing. But life in Middle Earth was never easy.


Pros -
- Absolutely brilliant in every way


Cons -
- Deck building, living card game and the extreme difficulty could turn some away


Overall Playability = 8.6

Design = 9
Strategy = 9
Luck = 8
Artwork & Components = 9
Use of Mechanics = 9
Time of Play = 8
Fun = 9
Innovation = 8
Analysis Paralysis = 8
Theme = 9


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Lord of the Rings: Card Game has numerous expansions. To name them all is silly because there are so many. This is due to the living card game nature. New expansion and Encounters continue to come out on a regular basis.

Instead I think it is better to describe each type of expansion. There are 3 types of expansions for this game that are actually part of the game and contain player cards. While all 3 types are different they are extremely similar within their type. There are 2 type of Expansions that exist sort of outside the game.

The first type of expansion is called an Adventure Pack. These are small box expansions that provide a single new challenge or Encounter. Each contains a new Hero and two new cards for each color Sphere. These are part of a larger group called a Cycle, which is 6 Adventure Packs together. Each Cycle is named for the general aspect of the story it encompasses.

The second type of expansion is called Deluxe Expansions. These are big box expansions and provide the player many new Encounters, usually 3. Also included are many new Heroes and cards for each color Sphere. These are stand-alone expansions that explore, in great depth, a single scene of the story. The new cards are all based around that part of the story.

The third type of expansion is called Saga Expansions. These are big box expansions that focus on moving the story forward. Each Saga Expansion is actually 2 big box expansions. Both together equal the Saga Expansion. Each big box contains many new encounters, usually 3. Also included are many new Heroes and cards for each color Sphere. The new cards are all based around that part of the story.

All 3 of those expansions in inside the game and contain player cards to aid the player.


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There is also a fourth type of expansion called a Print on Demand.

These are Encounters only, no Heroes or player cards, and are of extreme difficulty. These are used for tournament play.

These are great additions to the game and good for testing your deck building abilities.


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Additionally there is a fifth type of expansion called a Nightmare Deck.

Nightmare Decks are based on each of the expansions and are simply much more difficult versions of the Encounters already available. These are Encounters only. No Heroes or player cards.

The game is already very difficult and the Nightmare Decks are downright harsh.

These are strictly for the experienced deck builder.


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Got in 2012

2012 Plays = 172
2013 Plays = 74
2014 Plays = 58
2015 Plays = 12



Solo Game List - http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/171377/rygels-solo-game-li...

Two Play Game List - http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/171377/item/3386906#item33...

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Seth Goldman
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Alex Vandertol
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Anthony DuLac
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Blaine
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michael lee
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Danni Durante
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Stefan M
Germany
Bonn
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Oct 2014
Updated rating after reading the complete rules by myself and (re)starting the campaign with my home "gang". Probably best with 2 players.
2014-10-14
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Ryan S
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Avery
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Aug 2013
Played 8 games solitaire one handed. I've now transitioned to playing solitaire two handed.

I enjoy this game, but deck building is something I'm not used to. As a Tolkien fan, I want to play decks that are thematic. I don't enjoy building decks & heroes that don't fit into the canon. But I'm not in a hurry to spend a lot of money to pick through the expansions to get there quickly. I think I'll learn more and do better if I work my way through the expansions in sequential order.

I dig the art. Storage takes some work. The instructions seemed fairly clear. I had a few errors in play, but I think I've got the general play sequence down now. The procedural game play is kind of a drag, but seems necessary since there are so many card interactions.

Enjoying it so far, but rating it a 7. I like the game play. I love the theme. However, because the deck building mechanic, and the need to tailor decks to each scenario acts as a minor drag for me. Also wish it wasn't so hard or expensive to build decks that are more thematic to the literature.
2013-08-26
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Chad Swee
United States
Riverton
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Aug 2013
Easily the most stunning artwork of any card game I've ever played. The gameplay fits perfectly for 2 players, and there is little luck involved when it comes to combat. That said, the missions may grow stale with multiple playthroughs, and the game can often be too calculated. While the story-oriented missions are nice, they are often not fully developed stories. All in all, it is a good to very good game with some obvious flaws and gorgeous production values.
2013-08-10
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Alexander Kohlmann
Germany
Würselen
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Ryan Osborn
United States
Fort Wayne
Indiana
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Aug 2011
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Mark Sautman
United States
Evans
Georgia
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Jun 2011
Did not meet my expectations. I definitely did not feel like I was on any sort of quest and combat was pretty meh. The deck aspect of this game just felt very artificial.
2011-06-11
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Zoltán
Hungary
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Feb 2012
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Alan Ferrency
United States
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
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Nov 2012
I want to play this more to enjoy it more. My rating reflects the fact that some in our group find it frustrating for the game to keep beating you down.
2012-11-08
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richard diaper
United Kingdom
Trowbridge
WILTS
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Drew Lawson
United States
Long Beach
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Basingstoke
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Jul 2015
At 22 games in, I must be enjoying the game to have kept going that long with only a few wins with no real sign off improvement. I play mostly solo with a single deck (usually Leadership).

The thing that I notice most is how very swingy the game is. Sure it's a card drawing game so there's bound to be elements of luck, but I regularly lose to a bad run of draws -especially if they come early. In this context, "bad run" typically means either a run of Locations with no Monsters, or a run of Monsters with no Locations. This is particularly an issue in single-deck play as each deck is sort of a one trick pony. Or it is for casual play. Deck-builders may have a different experience.

I need to try the various Easier Variants or dual-handed play to see if it helps before I invest in a second core set and the saga expansions (which were the reason I thought about playing in the first place).
2015-01-04
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Beau Bailey
United States
Missoula
Montana
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Oct 2012
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2012-12-17
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Joshua Aldrich
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Pennsylvania
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Montreal
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Raleigh
North Carolina
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