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War of the Ring: Second Edition


Type – Thematic, Wargames
Complexity – High
2-4 Players – Best 2
150-180 Mins
Age 13+
Designers – Roberto Di Meglio, Marco Maggi, Francesco Nepitello
Publisher – Ares Games


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“War of the Ring” is a strategic board game designed by Roberto Di Meglio, Marco Maggi, and Francesco Nepitello. It is published by Ares Games. Based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, the game recreates the epic struggle between the forces of good and evil in Middle-earth.

In “War of the Ring,” one player takes on the role of the Free Peoples of Middle-earth, including the Fellowship of the Ring, while the other player controls the Shadow Armies of Sauron. The game offers a deep and immersive experience where players engage in a strategic battle for control and domination.

The game features a large game board depicting the lands of Middle-earth, divided into regions. Players move their armies across the board, capturing territories, recruiting and mustering troops, and engaging in combat.

The objective of the Free Peoples player is to destroy the One Ring by delivering it to Mount Doom or by holding off the forces of Sauron long enough for the Ring-bearer to survive until the end of the game. The Shadow player seeks to find and capture the Ring or to conquer a predetermined number of strongholds held by the Free Peoples.

“War of the Ring” incorporates elements of diplomacy, resource management, and tactical combat. Players must manage their armies, muster allies, and make strategic decisions to outmaneuver their opponent and achieve their objectives.

The game also includes event cards that introduce unexpected events and special abilities, adding an element of uncertainty and strategy to the gameplay. The use of iconic characters, such as Gandalf and Aragorn, and the inclusion of key story events from the books, further immerse players in the world of Middle-earth.

“War of the Ring” is known for its thematic richness, strategic depth, and the sense of epic scale it conveys. The game offers a challenging and immersive experience for fans of the books and those who enjoy strategic and asymmetrical gameplay.

Overall, “War of the Ring” captures the essence of the monumental conflict depicted in J.R.R. Tolkien’s works, allowing players to immerse themselves in the struggle between good and evil in Middle-earth.