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War of the Ring

2nd edition

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Ages Play Time Players
12+ 120+ minutes 2-4

Publisher(s): Ares Games

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Product Description

The WAR OF THE RING is a grand strategy board game that allows its players to immerse themselves in the world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s THE LORD OF THE RINGS™ and experience its epic action, dramatic conflict, and memorable characters.

As the Free Peoples player you command the proud hosts of the most important kingdoms of the Third Age. From the horse-lords of Rohan to the soldiers of Gondor and the Elven lords of Rivendell, you lead the defense of the last free realms of Middle-earth.

Face the evil minions of Sauron on the field of battle in a desperate attempt to delay their onslaught, while you lead the Fellowship of the Ring in the Quest for Mount Doom.

As the Shadow player you lead the hordes of the Dark Lord and his most powerful minions as they try to bring darkness to Middle-earth. Legions of Orcs, Trolls, Wolfriders and the dreadful Ringwraiths await your command. Hunt the Ring-bearer and bring the precious Ring to his Master, or crush your enemies with your unstoppable armies.

This is your chance to forge the destiny of an age...

Product Information

  • Publisher(s): Ares Games

  • Year: 2011

  • Players: 2 - 4

  • Time: 120 or more minutes

  • Ages: 12 and up

  • Weight: 2,971 grams


  • A massive 70x100 cm Game Board in two sections
  • 204 Plastic Figures representing Armies and Characters (more than 30 different sculptures)
  • 16 Action Dice
  • 5 Combat Dice
  • 76 Cardboard Counters
  • 110 Event and Character Cards
  • Game Rules
  • 2 Player Aids
War of the Ring has the following expansions available:

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 5 in 2 reviews

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by Mike Davis
Big Game at a Big Price. How much is too much?
June 04, 2010

WotR CE takes a great game and puts it over the top. Bigger board, bigger cards. Painted miniatures and more of them. Great dice. Fantastic dice and wonderful packaging. Great rule book in genuine faux leather! :-) The box itself is worth the original price! It is a show stopper. It is definitely worth every penny of the original price. I'm not sure I'd pay the $1400 tag at Amazon or even the $688it went for recently on ebay. For the latecomers, it becomes a game of rationalization. The painted figs are nice but they aren't pro painted Napoleanic 28mm figs either. Again, I'm VERY glad I have one and it is as fun to play as it is to look at!

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
by jeorge
A War of the Rings fan ultimate dream edition
November 12, 2009

This CE is simply a masterpiece. I rate it 5 stars firstly because it is simply a fantastic game. The original edition captures the theme of Lord of the Rings superbly. The action is intense, and the mechanics are revolutionary.

For the CE, it takes everything that is great about the game and turns it to eleven. From the craftsmanship of the box, to quality of the components. This is a War of the Rings fan ultimate dream edition.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.

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