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"Great co-operative game!"
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Have you ever heard of a board game that allows you to team up with the other players… to beat the game? Well, when it comes to playing board games, most of the time we are competing with the other players. Not this game though!

In Lord of the Rings – designed by award-winning and acclaimed designer Reiner Knizia, you and your friends play as the Fellowship to rid the world of the one True Ring.

There are three stages in this game, and it's not going to be a breeze beating Sauron. You will need to make sacrifices and tough decisions, all for the sake of the Fellowship.

This game is great as a next step for gateway gamers, or for anyone wanting to try something different in the realm of board games. Something different from the likes of Monopoly, Clue or Risk.

This game is suitable for both young (10 years and up is fine) and old. I enjoyed it tremendously and would recommend this and another game “Pandemic” for those looking for co-operative games.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.


105 Cards
44 Token
3 Game Boards

Your task is to stop the Dark Lord Sauron from winning back the One Ring-which Frodo Baggins has inherited, and which Sauron will use to forever enslave the land. You must journey through Middle Earth, taking on the challenges of four of the most hazardous regions of the land-Moria, Helm's Deep, Shelob's Lair, and Mordor – and destroy the ring 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, this innovative game follows the book closely, and 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. As the game progresses Sauron moves toward the fellowship and certain events can cause the Hobbits to corrupt and move towards Sauron. Whenever a Hobbit meets Sauron he is corrutped and out of the game; if the Ringbearer becomes corrupted the game ends. The Fellowship can call upon Gandalf for help or risk using the Ring – which may lead to further corruption.
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.

Master gameboard, 2 double-sided scenario boards, 60 Hobbit cards, 5 character cards, 5 Gandalf cards, 35 feature cards, 23 cardboard tiles, 11 cardboard tokens, 32 cardboard shields, 1 special die, 1 ring, 1 Sauron figure, 5 Hobbit figures, 6 markers, Hall of Fame record sheet, game rules, all in a box approximately 31×31×7cm

Winner Best Family Strategy Game Games Magazine 2002

2 – 5 players
Ages 12 & up
Playing time: 60 minutes
Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
Authors: Reiner Knizia

Release date NZ
March 26th, 2008
Board Game Mechanics
  • Cooperative
  • Dice Rolling
  • Modular Board
  • Pick-up and Deliver
  • Role Playing
  • Variable Player Powers
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