The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth is out now

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Traverse J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy world in tabletop fashion!

The latest Lord of the Rings (LoTR) tabletop from the workshops of Fantasy Flight Games is finally out. Say hello to The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth, a one to five player board game with full app support.

The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth is a fully cooperative game in J.R.R. Tolkiens fantasy world, which features a campaign that’s played in single adventures. Players will be able to choose from 6 familiar yet unique heroes (in the core set) as their characters. The game forgoes the use of dice rolling in favor of a card system. Each of the six available heroes will have their own unique skill decks.

While dice rolling is no longer present, there is still some kind of skill check or test involved. To perform a test a player must reveal cards from their character’s skill deck (equal to the skill being tested). It’s passed if one of the revealed cards has a success symbol.

An example of an Agility test by Bilbo, which he succeeds!

The skill cards aren’t just there for tests, of course, as they also offer various abilities and effects. To use a skill card, it must be prepared, which is done by removing it from the skill deck and placing it below the hero card. As mentioned earlier, skill decks are unique to each hero but there are cards that are common among them, such as basic skill cards.

Skill decks are also determined by roles, which can be chosen freely in each adventure. Story progression is divided into two maps — Journey and Battle. The journey map serves as the world map while the battle map is for micro-scale, combat-oriented scenarios.

Much of the stress of game management will be handled and controlled by a companion app, leaving players to focus entirely on gameplay. The game is out now on Fantasy Flight Games’ own store or via your local retailer (this might take some time for some of them though). It’s priced at $99.95 (~Php 5,166).

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