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Lord of the Rings

silver line edition

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12+ 60-90 minutes 1-5

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Product Description

Your task is to stop the Dark Lord Sauron from winning back the One Ring and destroy it in the volcanic fires of Mount Doom. Join Frodo and the Fellowship on the perilous adventure across Middle Earth, and use your skill and fortune to guide you!

Created by master designer Reiner Knizia, Lord of the Rings: The Board Game is fully illustrated by celebrated Tolkien artist John Howe. Help guide the Fellowship past Sauron's wickedness and save Middle Earth from darkness! Players take on the role of five Hobbits—Merry, Pippen, Fatty, Sam, and Frodo—on their quest to destroy the One Ring. They must work their way through four boards, cooperating to overcome challenges and prevent the Ringbearer from being corrupted.

The Lord of the Rings board game is a unique and original game in which players must work together to defeat the game itself, a daunting task that will challenge even the most experienced players. The cooperative play style immerses players into the game, cheering their success and cursing the foul turns of fate that hinder their quest.

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Average Rating: 3.8 in 62 reviews

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Cooperative mechanic doesn't really work
May 08, 2008

It's a cute premise (players have to "cooperate" to defeat Sauron), but I found the execution pretty disappointing. I've played with several different groups of people and what mostly seems to happen is that one player quickly stands out as the one who "knows the most about the game" or "knows the most about Lord of the Rings" or is just "paying the most attention". This player basically just ends up telling everyone what they should do (capturing the essence, I suppose, of what it's like having your own personal Gandalf) -- it's just human nature to let the most capable person lead the group effort -- but that means there's a lot less sense of "playing" for everyone else unless they decide to get "cantankerous" and be intentionally uncooperative, but how fun is that in a cooperative game?

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
Well thought out...Great for fans!
May 13, 2005

I'm not sure what other people don't like about this game, but perhaps they played with the wrong group of people. Or perhaps they have more competitive spirits and don't like cooperation games. This game is so unique I can't help but love it.

Lord of the Rings is a game that I play with the other guys whenever our wives are out together. We sit down and get in the proper Lord of the Rings mood...the game delivers the rest.

This game is exactly like the books. It allows you to work together as a group trying to progress your team to the destruction of the ring. You're almost tempted to stall the team on a scenario board so that you can pick up protection from corruption, but in the back of your mind you know you have to keep moving to avoid the evil minions of Sauron. We literally find ourselves dreading what tile will be turned up next and preparing for the consequences it might bring.

The tension builds throughout the game and keeps us coming back again and again. We have yet to perfect the game with Sauron on the 12 of the corruption line. Some earlier reviews imply they easily mastered this, but the great part is you can always move up to the expert game variant if your that good. Also, it plays differently when you change the number of players.

This is a great game that encourages communication and teamwork. I believe that the Lord of the Rings accomplishes it's goal and really makes you feel like a fellowship.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
I hate to give this such a low rating but
May 10, 2005

the game was very unimpressive. The best part about it was the idea of trying out a cooperative game. In fact, I was very excited about this idea. The problem is that we all maximized our potential and there was very little tension in the game. We ended up winning by a good bit and none of us were really that enchanted with the experience.

I have only played this game once, so perhaps there are interesting aspects that I failed to uncover, but my sense is that the mechanics are actually very poorly done, which is a lot to say of a game that Reiner Knitzia designed! If you want a cooperative game, look into Shadows Over Camelot by Days of Wonder.

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