War of the Ring: Second Edition board game
War of the Ring: Second Edition board game

War of the Ring: Second Edition

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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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  • As a military simulation (wargame), it ain't that great....apart from the luck of the draw and the dice rolls, which do a fine job of simulating the inherent chaos of war. As a Middle Earth simulation, it's amazing what a fine job the designers have done!Contrary to what most have said here, the rules aren't THAT complicated: they're merely long. And so is the game! If it could be played in a much shorter amount of time, my rating would be much higher. I play games which are MUCH longer than War of the Ring; but when the play-value of WotR is compared with the necessary time-commitment, it reduces my rating for the game from (maybe?) an 8.85 down to an 8.War of the Ring is essentially a game of chaos management and a game one plays for the experience, rather than as an opportunity to plot out a grand unchanging strategy: one needs to be ready to roll with the punches with which Lady Luck will inevitably pummel you. If you dislike chaos, avoid this game! But having said all that, you will never win on luck alone....but you might lose on luck alone!
  • Ugh, the rules! So many rules I really haven't figured out yet how to play properly. Massive game with fantastic production though. Maybe my rating will improve once I understand how to play.
  • Playing the bad guys does seem easier. Also, everyone always wants to be the Fellowship, so it is actually hard to get to the table. It is a good game though, very thematic and fun but a bit long for what it is.
  • Heavy, asymmetric strategy wargame for 2p. The fellowship is trying to get to Mount Doom before the ring corrupts them, while the shadow player tries to gain a military victory by conquering strongholds.The mechanics are similar to BoFA, using action dice and event cards, but the game plays very differently. The free people must balance their actions into getting to Mordor without gaining too much corruption, and not being overrun by the red armies. The shadow player must use his superior numbers to conquer strongholds, while constantly trying to find the location of the fellowship.This game is a step up in complexity from BoFA. It has a lot more options. Although you are more or less shoe-horned by the event cards into re-playing certain parts of the books, there is more than enough freedom to make your own story.Highly recommended if you are looking for an epic wargame and you love Middle Earth.
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Fair enough, I don't play that often so when I do I like to whip out a big game. #War of the Ring: Second  Edition is good, but I've only played once so far because it is a bit of a chore to get out and set up.

Everyone has their own taste. I mainly play with my wife, who likes games, but isn't into heavy or long games. #The Quacks of Quedlinburg & #Clank! A Deck-Building Adventure (I know not the space version) are on my wishlist. I think I could get my wife to play them. I also would love to play #War of the Ring: Second Edition, but that is definitely too heavy and long for my wife and anyone else I play with. I am a big LOTR fan though, so I would love to play it someday.

Damn, that's an awesome collection, a good size too. It seems like you're into different stuff to me though, which is always fun and interesting to see. I'll definitely have to have a look into some of these games.

I only actually have a few games: I dove in really deep initially and bought #Twilight Imperium 4th Edition and then proceeded to buy #The Quacks of Quedlinburg, #War of the Ring: Second Edition, and persuaded my friend to buy #Clank! In! Space!

I don't know how much I can recommend these based on our taste to be honest, because with big war games you'll already know if you like them before you buy them. #The Quacks of Quedlinburg and #Clank! In! Space! I can certainly recommend though.

I've held off on buying more games for the time being and starting playing my wishlist items over Tabletop Simulator, and also waiting for Christmas to roll around. I'm not sure why but I've tended to avoid the more classic games like #Carcassonne and #Ticket To Ride, but I really should give them a go. I guess they just don't massively appeal to me. I have also heard that other people new to the hobby do usually like heavier games before they mellow out into lighter ones, so maybe I'm in that boat.

Ah yeah for that one knowing all the crazy cards is important.  Games like #War of the Ring (Second Edition) and #Star Wars: Rebellion are like that too. 

They require you to play them quite a bit before it becomes really engaging.  I don't always have the time or inclination for that myself either.

From what I've read, I suspect I'll prefer #War of the Ring (Second Edition) because it's more grand-scheme strategy whereas #The Battle of Five Armies is more skirmish battles. Thematically, War of the Ring is supposed to be stronger as well. I would still like Battle of Five Armies becuase it's another highly rated LotR game, and I love the lore, but War of the Ring will be very hard to beat.

#War of the Ring (Second Edition), I don't think I would have been nearly so excited to play it has it been generic fantasy or another theme entirely

Oh, there are many, including:

There are many more.

Also, yes, #Spirit Island is a very good, very thematic game.

#War of the Ring (Second Edition) - I adore LOTR, I was so enthused to play this monster of a game primarily because it seemed to encapsulate the story so well

I have no plans.... But, I would love to sometime, in the future, do a themed #War of the Ring (Second Edition) afternoon.

I have avoid military tactic area control type games such as #War of the Ring (Second Edition).  I had the game at one time and while I think it's a great game the genre does not suit my personality that much and it is extremely challenging to get to the table.  Honestly, the LotR theme was the only reason I was given that game as I would not have played it otherwise.

I don't tend to go after party games either unless I see one that I think our family will love for one reason or another.