Lord Of The Rings: Living Card Game Early Access Launches On Steam

August 30, 2018 by cassn

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A wise wizard once said, "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." So choose wisely; play Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game.

Fantasy Flight Games have released their long-awaited digital card game for early access on Steam.

Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game is based on the hugely successful non-digital Fantasy Flight LOTR card game, and is the first digital game of it's kind.

In Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game, players choose heroes, build decks and battle against the forces of darkness taking hold of all that is good and right.  There is no option for player vs player competition; instead, players are taken on a narrative journey through the mountains and plains of middle earth to battle Orcs, spiders, and even the dark lord Sauron himself.

The game will have "an in-game economy built around fixed packs and a story-based campaign. There is no randomness inherent in the packs that you unlock through gameplay—you can look at the contents of every pack and know exactly what you are getting. "

Fantasy Flight Games have also promised eventual co-operative play as another feature.  Personally, I'm not as sold on this game as I would like to be.  The graphics are beautiful and I enjoy bringing card games into the digital world, but I'm a competitive gamer, so the idea of being forced to battle a CPU instead of my friends feels a bit rigid.

I also worry with a digital Living Card deck builder about the possibility of micro-currencies, and purchases being an essential cost to further the narrative.  Hopefully, Fantasy Flight Games will use this early access release as an opportunity for feedback.

However, with all that being said, there is a small, Sam-shaped Hobbit bouncing gleefully beside me, so I imagine for die-hard Lord of the Rings fans, this is an easy decision.  Go on - have an adventure and get Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game on Steam early access today.

Do you love all things Lord of the Rings?  Lets us know in the comments!!

"An in-game economy built around fixed packs and a story-based campaign."

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