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War of the Ring Second Edition

War of the Ring Second Edition

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Ares Games

The War of the Ring has begun!

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!

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1 reviews

(Updated: December 15, 2020)
When I think of the few times I've played War of the Ring, I think about how thematic it is and how it realizes a few fanservice dreams in a comprehensive way. The way that the hunt for the ring and the war on the board intertwine is the real design genius of the game. Beyond that, the weird thing is that, strategically, the game it most reminds me of is Twilight Struggle. This is a game that must be played many times because card knowledge is not just important but absolutely essential. Depending on your perspective, it can be to the detriment of the game when you're surprised with unknown events or power moves.

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