Return To A Fantasy Flight Classic For The Lord Of The Rings

July 6, 2020 by brennon

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Reiner Knizia's classic The Lord Of The Rings: The Board Game is coming back from Fantasy Flight Games soon. It might be an older game but it is getting a new lease of life with tweaks to the components!

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The Lord Of The Rings Anniversary Edition // Fantasy Flight Games

At its core, The Lord Of The Rings: The Board Game is a cooperative affair where four players work through every step of the book series. You will rush through Moria against all the odds, battle at Helm's Deep, tackle Shelob's Lair and even make your way up the dangerous slopes of Mount Doom as you seek to destroy The One Ring.

Taking on the role of the Hobbits from the series, you'll meet familiar faces along the way and have to work out when best to use your resources and cards in order to push on and complete your journey. You can of course also draw on the power of The One Ring but that could bring threats knocking on your door.

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The Lord Of The Rings Anniversary Edition Layout // Fantasy Flight Games

One of the biggest things about this Anniversary Edition of the game is that it comes with upgrade components. Mainly, this focuses in on the player pieces. Instead of cardboard standees, you've now got plastic miniatures with the dice and The One Ring itself also being tweaked too.

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The Lord Of The Rings Anniversary Edition Upgrades // Fantasy Flight Games

The ominous Black Rider which symbolises the whims of Sauron is also crafted in plastic now and is a threatening force that will dog all of your adventures from The Shire onwards. As someone who loves The Lord Of The Rings, I could see myself snapping this up. Game design many have moved on from here now but I think Reiner Knizia might have sprinkled just enough magic on this to make it worth revisiting.

What do you think?

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