Now Even New Gamers Can Be a Hobbit

What does that cryptic headline mean?

Fantasy Flight Games announced yesterday that they are going to be reissuing 2000’s classic 2-5 player cooperative game with those little fellows, The Lord of the Rings.

Both pictures in this post are from the FFG announcement

This is a game from even before my time in gaming! Or to be more exact, during my 2-decade hiatus.

However, this game appears to be a classic Reiner Kniza game that’s been out of print for a while.

This 20th anniversary edition is going to be getting quite the upgrade too, though it will still have the classic John Howe artwork.

Instead of cardboard standees, you’re going to be getting (unpainted) sculpted plastic miniatures.

And rounded dice! Cool!

In the game, you’re playing through the entire trilogy of books, from forming the fellowship protecting the Ringbearer to tossing the evil ring into the fires of Mount Doom.

How does the game play?

Let’s do a blurb because FFG can say it a lot better than I can.

“Over the course of the game, you’ll have to make your way across four conflict game boards, representing some of the most memorable conflicts from the entire trilogy—Moria, Helm’s Deep, Shelob’s Lair, and Mordor. Every conflict board will test your small Fellowship to the utmost as you must play your quest cards to advance along multiple tracks. These tracks represent fighting, hiding, traveling, and friendship, and by playing quest cards from your hand with matching symbols, you’ll be able to keep moving forward and push closer to victory.”

The journey will get more dangerous as you go, and as corruption increases, players might get eliminated by Sauron.

If the Ringbearer gets corrupted, that’s it!

It’s over.

Lord of the Rings – Anniversary Edition is scheduled to come out in the fourth quarter of 2020 and is available for pre-order from FFG for a pretty decent price point ($49.95 US).

That’s pretty good for a game with numerous miniatures.

See the announcement for more cool pictures as well as a link to where you can pre-order it.

I might be interested in this one. It sounds very cool and I have no familiarity with the old version of it.

It might be worth a try.

What do you think of this? Are you in? Are you a fan of the old game?

Will Alexander actually read this because I know he’s a big fan?

Apparently (though it’s not mentioned in the article), the expansions are not included in this. A lot of the fans of the old game are not happy about that.


Let me know in the comments.


One Comment on “Now Even New Gamers Can Be a Hobbit

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