The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game

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The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game
Other name(s)Der Herr der Ringe: Das Kartenspiel
Pán prstenů: Karetní hra
Le Seigneur des Anneaux: Le jeu de cartes
O Senhor dos Anéis: Card Game
El Señor de los Anillos: El Juego de Cartas
Il Signore degli Anelli: Il Gioco di Carte
Władca Pierścieni: Gra Karciana
Ο Άρχοντας των Δαχτυλιδιών
Designer(s) Nate French
Publisher(s) Fantasy Flight Games
Publication date20 April 2011;9 years ago (2011-04-20) [1]
Years active2011 - present
Genre(s) Co-operative Living Card Game (LCG) with Deck Building
Language(s)English, German, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Greek, Polish, Czech, Chinese
Players1 - 4 [2]
(Best with 2 players [3] )
Setup time< 5 minutes
(excluding deck building)
Playing time30 - 90 minutes [2]
(typical: 60 minutes [3] )
Random chanceSome (card drawing, deck building)
Skill(s) required Card playing, Deck building, Logic, Strategy
Material(s) requiredOptional: Pen and paper for scoring
Media type Playing cards
Website The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game — Fantasy Flight Games

The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game is produced by Fantasy Flight Games. It is a cooperative game set in the fantasy world of JRR Tolkien's books. The initial time-frame for the game is the 17 years between Bilbo leaving the Shire and Frodo following him.



Like other games in Fantasy Flight's Living Card Game line, it has deck construction and regularly released expansions similar to a collectible card game, but without the randomized card distribution. [4]

Unlike most card games of this type, it may be played either solitaire or with a group. Although a core set only supports up to 2 players, the game can be played by 3 or 4 with an additional core set. Unusually, players are not opponents but cooperate against an "encounter deck" which represents the forces of Sauron and produces the obstacles that the adventurers have to conquer.

Each player has their own cards: their heroes (up to 3) which start in play, and a deck of at least 50 cards, composed of Allies, Attachments (such as weapons, armor, and other items) and Events. Although the core set comes with pre-constructed decks, deck construction is a major aspect of the game, and many players build their own decks, utilising cards from the various expansions. [5]


The Lord of the Rings Living Card Game has an active following, with multiple podcasts and blogs dedicated to discussing gameplay, strategy, deck-building and news, as well as providing custom content.

Podcasts: Cardboard of the Rings [6] The Grey Company [7] The Mouth of Sauron [8]

Blogs: Tales From the Cards [9] , Hall of Beorn [10] , Master of Lore [11] , Dor Cuarthol [12] , Vision of the Palantir. [13]


There are several types of expansion to this game. Each Deluxe Expansion (and the core set) contain 3 quests and begins a new cycle, which usually share a mechanical or story driven theme. These releases are supplemented by 6 Adventure Packs for a total of 9 quests per cycle.

The Saga Expansions follow the story of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The latter introduced a mode of play called Campaign mode allowing for some degree of permanence between the quests telling the story. Players can earn powerful "Boon" cards, which can be used in following quests, as well as "Burden" cards which make future quests more difficult.

The Standalone Scenarios are one-off quests released without any player cards. Fantasy Flight Games usually releases one to coincide with their Gen Con event and their Fellowship (in house) event. They have often been more difficult than a standard quest and allow the designers to experiment with ideas outside the confines of the main game.

Name of the expansionType of expansionSKURelease year
Khazad-dumDeluxe ExpansionMEC082011
Heirs of NumenorDeluxe ExpansionMEC172012
The Voice of IsengardDeluxe ExpansionMEC252014
The Lost RealmDeluxe ExpansionMEC382015
The Grey HavensDeluxe ExpansionMEC472015
The Sands of HaradDeluxe ExpansionMEC552016
The Wilds of RhovanionDeluxe ExpansionMEC652018
A Shadow in the EastDeluxe ExpansionMEC772019
The Hobbit: Over Hill and Under HillSaga ExpansionMEC162012
The Hobbit: On the DoorstepSaga ExpansionMEC242013
The Black RidersSaga ExpansionMEC322013
The Road DarkensSaga ExpansionMEC342014
The Treason of SarumanSaga ExpansionMEC452015
The Land of ShadowSaga ExpansionMEC462015
The Flame of the WestSaga ExpansionMEC542016
The Mountain of FireSaga ExpansionMEC622017
The Massing at OsgiliathStandalone ScenariosuMEC152011
The Battle of LaketownStandalone ScenariosuMEC352012
The Stone of ErechStandalone ScenariosuMEC332013
Fog on the Barrow-downsStandalone ScenariosuMEC362014
The Old ForestStandalone ScenariosuMEC372014
The Ruins of BelegostStandalone ScenariosuMEC632015
Murder at the Prancing PonyStandalone ScenariosuMEC642015
The Siege of AnnuminasStandalone ScenariosuMEC722016
Attack on Dol GuldurStandalone ScenariosuMEC742017

Adventure Pack Cycles continue the story of Deluxe Expansions, or, in case of the Shadows of Mirkwood Cycle, the Base Game. Each Deluxe expansion provides three scenario's, and each Adventure Pack in the associated Cycle provides one more scenario, along with several Player and Monster Cards. An Adventure pack consists of 60 fixed cards.

Adventure Pack nameCycleExpansionSKU
The Hunt for GollumShadows of MirkwoodBase GameMEC02
Conflict at the CarrockShadows of MirkwoodBase GameMEC03
A Journey to RhosgobelShadows of MirkwoodBase GameMEC04
The Hills of Emyn MuilShadows of MirkwoodBase GameMEC05
The Dead MarshesShadows of MirkwoodBase GameMEC06
Return to MirkwoodShadows of MirkwoodBase GameMEC07
The Redhorn GateDwarrowdelfKhazad-dumMEC09
Road to RivendellDwarrowdelfKhazad-dumMEC10
The Watcher in the WaterDwarrowdelfKhazad-dumMEC11
The Long DarkDwarrowdelfKhazad-dumMEC12
Foundations of StoneDwarrowdelfKhazad-dumMEC13
Shadow and FlameDwarrowdelfKhazad-dumMEC14
The Steward's FearAgainst the ShadowHeirs of NumenorMEC18
The Druadan ForestAgainst the ShadowHeirs of NumenorMEC19
Encounter at Amon DinAgainst the ShadowHeirs of NumenorMEC20
Assault on OsgiliathAgainst the ShadowHeirs of NumenorMEC21
The Blood of GondorAgainst the ShadowHeirs of NumenorMEC22
The Morgul ValeAgainst the ShadowHeirs of NumenorMEC23
The Dunland TrapThe Ring-makerThe Voice of IsengardMEC26
The Three TrialsThe Ring-makerThe Voice of IsengardMEC27
Trouble in TharbadThe Ring-makerThe Voice of IsengardMEC28
The Nin-in-EilphThe Ring-makerThe Voice of IsengardMEC29
Celebrimbor's SecretThe Ring-makerThe Voice of IsengardMEC30
The Antlered CrownThe Ring-makerThe Voice of IsengardMEC31
The Wastes of EriadorAngmar AwakenedThe Lost RealmMEC39
Escape from Mount GramAngmar AwakenedThe Lost RealmMEC40
Across the EttenmoorsAngmar AwakenedThe Lost RealmMEC41
The Treachery of RhudaurAngmar AwakenedThe Lost RealmMEC42
The Battle of Carn DûmAngmar AwakenedThe Lost RealmMEC43
The Dread RealmAngmar AwakenedThe Lost RealmMEC44
Flight of the SrormcallerDream ChaserThe Grey HavensMEC48
The Thing in the DepthsDream ChaserThe Grey HavensMEC49
Temple of the DeceivedDream ChaserThe Grey HavensMEC50
The Drowned RuinsDream ChaserThe Grey HavensMEC51
A Storm on Cobas HavenDream ChaserThe Grey HavensMEC52
The City of CorsairsDream ChaserThe Grey HavensMEC53
The MûmakilHaradrimThe Sands of HaradMEC56
Race Across HaradHaradrimThe Sands of HaradMEC57
Beneath the SandsHaradrimThe Sands of HaradMEC58
The Black SerpentHaradrimThe Sands of HaradMEC59
The Dungeons of Cirith GuratHaradrimThe Sands of HaradMEC60
The Crossings of PorosHaradrimThe Sands of HaradMEC61
The Withered HeathEred MithrinThe Wilds of RhovanionMEC66
Roam Across RhovanionEred MithrinThe Wilds of RhovanionMEC67
Fire in the NightEred MithrinThe Wilds of RhovanionMEC68
The Ghost of FramsburgEred MithrinThe Wilds of RhovanionMEC69
Mount GundabadEred MithrinThe Wilds of RhovanionMEC70
The Fate of WilderlandEred MithrinThe Wilds of RhovanionMEC71
Wrath and RuinVengeance of MordorA Shadow in the EastMEC78
The City of UlfastVengeance of MordorA Shadow in the EastMEC79

Digital adaptation

Fantasy Flight Interactive developed a digital version of the game for Microsoft Windows, which was released on 28 August 2018. [14] The game, still in an early access phase, was made free to play at its full release. [15] An Xbox One version was announced at E3 2019. [16] In June 2019, it was announced that the release of a PS4 port was planned for 8 August 2019 [17] The release date was pushed to 28 August 2019 for PC, Mac, Xbox One and PS4 versions. [18] The Nintendo Switch version was released on November 5, 2019 in Europe. [19]

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