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The Lord of the Rings (Solo Option)


The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game is a cooperative adventure game in which the players attempt to complete a scenario, each with up to three heroes of their choice and a deck of allies, events and attachments to support them. Each round, players send their heroes and allies to quest or to fight with enemies that engage them.

However, as the heroes and allies exhaust after questing, defending, or attacking, the players’ options are typically insufficient to deal with everything at once.

Therefore, players need to determine whether it is more urgent to quest and make progress in the scenario while the enemy forces gain power, or to take down enemies while making no progress, not knowing what will come next.

The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game is the base game of a Living Card Game for which new adventure packs are released monthly.

The base game contains three scenarios, twelve famous characters from the works of J.R.R. Tolkien (including Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Denethor and Eowyn), and four pre-constructed player decks.

Players can either use one of these decks or construct their own deck to increase their chances to be successful in the more challenging scenarios.

The monthly adventure packs contain a new scenario, a new hero, and new player cards to be used in their deck.

Although this game is set in Tolkien’s Middle Earth, typical scenarios do not represent scenes from the books, but rather take place in the seventeen years from Bilbo’s 111th birthday until Frodo’s departure from the Shire.

The scenarios from saga-expansions do represent scenes from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit books.

These saga-quests can optionally be played together as a Campaign Mode, with lasting consequences arising from the players’ actions and decisions.

How to Play and Solo Scenario Gameplay

Dice Tower Reviews: The Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game

Player feedback

The forums at BoardGameGeek often have good discussions about gameplay.
We have selected some of the best links below. (Links will open in a new window or tab)

Solo ideas and discussions

A selection of posts specifically about solo gameplay or solo variants


A selection of files from BoardGameGeek. Links will open in a new window or tab.

Ninjadorg’s LOTR: 6 LCG scenarios

Be sure to download all 6 scenarios

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Comprehensive Card Reference & Unofficial FAQ

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LOTR The Card Game: List of Expansions with release dates and product codes & scenario tracker

The zip file contains the following:

– pdf with table to track progress in scenarios (includes columns to track Nightmare Mode games as well)
– pdfs with lists of expansions sorted by cycle and by date, both in colour and black and white.
– the complete excel file with all the raw data

The excel file includes:

– color colded interactive tracking of expansions and scenarios
– charts to see graphically the collection growing
– table to plan your next birthday gifts (based on official $)
– it includes product codes, release dates, link to announcement web pages, link to the FF shop for the expansion…

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