Play Time: 30-90 mins
Price of the Core Set: $39.95 (Guessing £29.99 in UK)
The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game is a cooperative card game that puts 1-2 players (or up to four with two Core Sets!) in control of the most powerful characters and artifacts of Middle-earth. Players will select heroes, gather allies, acquire artifacts, and coordinate their efforts to face Middle-earth’s most dangerous fiends. By cooperating to overcome the obstacles drawn from the encounter deck, you will complete the quest before you and claim victory!
The Core Set includes 216 cards that can be used to assemble a wide variety of decks right out of the box. Included are four perilous scenarios that, along with countless combinations of settings and enemies, offer near-limitless replayability. Additionally, players can build a party from a set of 16 hero cards, and focus their decks on any combination of four distinct spheres of influence: Leadership, Lore, Spirit, and Tactics. Each sphere offer unique benefits to the party, so choose wisely!
Hey all, thought I'd start a similar thread here to the one I have in the Warhammer: Invasion forum as I'm thinking about getting into this game too. I'll be adding quite a bit of speculation/information to this thread over the course of the day, so keep checking back, but I'll start by posting some conjecture over the example game they've shown us:
Example Game Conjecture
Please follow this link to view an annotated image of the example game: img217.imageshack.us/img217/9162/conjecture1.jpg
Shadow Card Conjecture
Please follow this link to view an annotated image of the example shadow cards: img822.imageshack.us/img822/9898/shadowconjecture.jpg
Free Peoples Card Conjecture
Please follow this link to view an annotated image of the example free people cards: img265.imageshack.us/img265/4597/goodconjecture.jpg
Heroes - Already seen
Allies - Already seen
Attachments - I'm guessing the Horn is the discard pile in the example game is an Attachment. The fact that it most probably stays in play, and has an icon in the top left of the card similar to Allies suggests that Attachments also have a cost.
Events - I'm guessing the card on the top of both the Shadow players and player 2's discard piles are Event cards with the name of the card up the side of the card as opposed to across the top. There seems to be an icon in the top left hand corner of the card, and this icon is different depending on whether it is a free people or shadow event. From this I'm guessing events are either free, or playing events is likely to modify threat.
Encounters - I'm guessing the landscape card in the Shadow player's area is an Encounter card.
- Damage is marked by Wound tokens, meaning there is one type of token in the core set that has not yet been explained. From Thorin's text i'm guessing the second is resource token.
- There is an area of the board for the Shadow player known as the Staging Area, where the Goblin Sniper can use its first effect.
- The text on Goblin Sniper suggests that players can take damage. Either players have a life total, or more likely the effect functions like indirect damage in Warhammer and is assigned by a player to his Heroes or Allies.