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Get ready to return to Middle-earth!

by on June 22, 2018
I cannot contain my excitement for The Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game. It’s one of my favorite board games to throw out on the table, and now it’s making its journey to the PC. The Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game is headed for Early Access this August!
Coming to Steam for PC and Mac on August 28, 2018. This early access release will roll out as a single-player only experience but will add cooperative play in the following months. The single-player variant is one of my favorite renditions of the board game, so I am extremely excited to see how this shapes up. 
Interested adventures can access this launch by purchasing one of the three Founder’s Packs, the Shire Pack (priced at $7.99), the Steward of Gondor Pack (priced at $16.99), and the Istari Pack (priced at $29.99). Each of these Founder’s Packs come with a suite of cards, in-game currency, and custom cosmetic items that will start adventurers off on their quest through Middle-earth. If you’d like the whole slew of items, then throw down $47.99 to get the MITHRIL Founder’s Pack bundle. Asmodee Digital and Fantasy Flight Interactive also announced a Collector’s Edition with some pretty sweet swag and the actual board game for all you who’d love to have that as well.

Check out all this juicy info from the press release and keep your eyes locked here for more coverage of The Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game when it launches in August.


Players may pre-order The Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game in a Collector’s Edition that features a unique 2-player starter edition of The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game, a brass replica of The One Ring, individual art prints of four heroes from the game, and digital codes for the Mithril Founder’s Pack Bundle, custom cosmetic items and the Original Soundtrack as mp3 files available now.


The Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game tasks players with leading a fellowship of three heroes through a series of narrative campaigns across Middle-earth as they face off against the dark forces of Sauron. Players will forge their own fellowships and build decks comprised of ally, event, and equipment cards to face challenges that test their spirit, lore, tactics, and leadership.

An adaptation of Fantasy Flight Games’ tabletop card game, which pioneered the narrative experience

The Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game is inspired by the best-selling The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game, a Living Card Game® from Fantasy Flight Games.  This digital adaptation is inspired by the original tabletop game, taking the best aspects of that experience and adapting them for the digital medium while adding all new features in a player-vs-AI experience built from the ground-up, featuring:

  • An intuitive user interface

  • Unique and fully detailed environments depicting the world of Middle-earth

  • Fully-narrated story interludes

  • Branching narrative paths based on player choices

  • Visual and audio effects tied to every hero, card, and action

  • A dynamic AI that adapts to player’s triumphs—and mistakes

The Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game delivers an immersive narrative-driven experience that will connect players with Tolkien’s fiction like never before. Beyond Early Access, The Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game will be expanded to support co-op play, allowing two players to bring their fellowships together and fight through quests side-by-side!

Deck Building

Each hero is assigned a Sphere of Influence, indicated by the color of the card.

  • Purple for Leadership,

  • Green for Lore

  • Blue for Spirit

  • Red for Tactics

  • Grey for Neutral

Each sphere supports its own unique strategy and playstyle, giving each deck in The Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game strategic depth that will keep players invested well beyond their first Quest through Middle-earth.  With fellowships of three heroes, players can either diversify the Spheres within their decks for the widest possible array of cards or select two or three heroes from the same Sphere in order to access more powerful cards within each Sphere.

The Shop

Relying on a fixed distribution of cards to remove randomness, The Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game uses a structured format for Hero packs so players know the stats and details of every card in a pack before a purchase is made. Each pack contains a Hero, a set of four cards that corresponds with that Hero’s theme, and a free Palantír View.

As players progress through the game, they will earn Valor points, which can be used to unlock individual cards or be spent on the Palantír, a device which guarantees them a new card, cosmetic rewards, or additional valor.

“We created a game inspired by the classic original tabletop card game and wanted to capture the unique spirit of that game while still being approachable to new players,” said Tim Gerritsen, Head of Fantasy Flight Interactive. “In going digital, we captured much of the excitement and tension of the original game while automating the bookkeeping.  This allowed us to explore new avenues that are unique to the digital experience and create a whole new game set in the fantastic world of Middle-earth.”

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