Lord of The Rings The Fellowship of the Ring Deck-Building Game
Players: 2-5 players | Play Time: 30-45 min | Age: 15+
Designer: Ben Stoll, Patrick Sullivan (II)
Publisher Cryptozoic Entertainment.
Each player has a similar opening hand except for one card that goes with the character they select. Through the course of the game players will play cards from their hands and purchase new cards from the line up to expand their deck further. Players will purchase new maneuvers, artifacts, allies, locations, and enemies. Each new card comes with it’s own abilities that may mesh or conflict with abilities players already have in their deck. The strategy is to find the right combination to make your deck work together.
When new cards are added to the lineup sometimes you will run across enemies with ambush abilities. When they first appear the active player gets hit with the ambush effect. When a player buys that card and puts it into their deck the ambush ability no longer applies when it is played.
Some ambush or attack abilities cards may have will give players corruption. Corruption are worth negative points at the end of the game.
There is a stack of archenemy cards that players must get through. When a player has enough power through cards they have played they can take on the current archenemy. This is just like buying a card from the lineup. The archenemy card goes into the players discard pile. When a new archenemy is revealed any ambush or group ambush abilities are triggered.
When the final archenemy is defeated the end of the game is triggered. Each card gained through the game has a point value. The point values are added up and the player with the most points in their deck win.
Gameplay is pretty simple to pick up. You start with simple cards and your deck grows depending on your strategy and play desire. Will you go after all the enemies and try to attack your way to victory? Perhaps having a lot of allies will help you gather enough power to go after the arch enemy?
One of the great parts of this game is that you can go after victory with the arch enemies, as they have the most points attached to them but that’s not the only way to gain victory points.
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