GTM #229 - The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-earth
by Fantasy Flight Games



Shadows creep through the lands of Middle-earth as whispers of new evils spread from Rohan to Rivendell. Soon, your players will have the chance to form their own Fellowship and fight back against the encroaching darkness in The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-earth, a fully-cooperative, app-supported board game of fantasy and adventure for one to five players!

The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-earth gives players the opportunity to embark on their own adventures in J.R.R. Tolkien’s iconic world, to become heroes of the Free Peoples of Middle-earth and battle villainous foes, make courageous choices, and fight against the evil that threatens the land. Using a free companion app that controls enemies, tracks the party’s inventory, and guides players as they reveal the map, players explore the varied and dynamic landscape of Middle-earth while using all their skills to push back against the spreading evil. With the power to take on a new role within their Fellowship with each new adventure, players are free to customize their hero as they choose, helping them write their own unique chapters in the history of Middle-earth.

The Stories Untold

From Aragorn to Bilbo, The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-earth gives players the chance to build their own Fellowship from six iconic characters and immerse themselves in this mythic land like never before. Over the course of a game, the players explore the world, encountering friends and foes alike while unraveling ancient mysteries. There’s no telling where the road could lead and players need all of their character’s skills as they test their might and wisdom against the evil forces arrayed against them. From attacking enemies to solving puzzles, players will interact with the world by testing their skills. Instead of leaving a player’s fate up to a roll of the dice, a hero’s skills are represented by a deck of cards. To perform a test, a player reveals cards from the top of their skill deck, hoping to reveal enough success icons to pass the test. Far from being used exclusively to determine the outcomes of tests, the skill decks capture the essence of each unique hero for a given adventure. In addition to the possibility of success icons, each skill card contains valuable abilities that can be used when players prepare those skills, placing them below their hero card. Whether a player wields Legolas’s boww or enters the fray as Gimli, every hero has their own unique set of skill cards that makes them utterly unique.

What’s more, players can grow and change as they take on a different role in their Fellowship, adding even more cards to their skill deck. They might take on the mantle of captain, helping the party prepare for any situation. Or, they could become a self-sufficient burglar who excels at evading enemies. Players choose a role at the beginning of each game, giving them the freedom to experiment with new skills throughout a campaign.

But you can’t expect to explore Middle-earth totally unhindered. As time passes, the dark forces draw closer and become more dangerous. After the players have activated their heroes, the app takes control, directing enemies to attack and spreading darkness across Middle-earth, striking fear into the hearts and minds of the heroes. At particularly pivotal moments, the action will shift from exploration to the battle boards, where players will be plunged into tense and cinematic encounters with enemies that will bring all of their skills into play.

An Epic Campaign

In Journeys in Middle-earth, each adventure is more than just a standalone battle against some Orcs or a search for lost treasure. Rather, each game is just one adventure of an epic campaign. During any quest, players will be attempting to complete a series of objectives before they are overwhelmed by the evils of Middle-earth.

No matter the outcome of a particular adventure, the heroes and the campaign progress through a series of interwoven scenarios, eventually culminating in a climactic conclusion that will decide the fate of Middle-earth. With branching narratives, multiple side quests to unlock, and a procedural map generation system, every Journeys in Middle-earth campaign is continually surprising and highly replayable.

As players engage in each campaign, the app tracks your party’s skills and inventory, freeing the Fellowship to dive into Middle-earth and play their heroes however they choose. Over the course of their adventures, players take a direct hand in the evolution of their character, gaining new abilities, purchasing new weapons and items, and diversifying their skills in new ways.

Defend Middle-earth

Darkness is rising, unifying evil, shadow, and corruption. It is time for heroes to take a stand and begin their journey in The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-earth!