To celebrate the release of their new digital offering The Lord of the Rings Living Card Game, Fantasy Flight games is offering a limited edition version of the physical game that has been around since 2011.
The special edition is available now as a preorder directly from Fantasy Flight Games. An order for the collectors edition of the card game includes early access (August 28, 2018) to the new digital game on Steam including some in-game bonuses such as unlocked packs and avatars only available to those who pre-order this set.
The “The Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game Limited Collector’s Edition” physical bundle will include a complete starter set, a custom playmat, MP3 soundtrack, art prints and your very own One Ring (the power of invisibility is not included). To attract new and experienced players alike, the starter set will feature new artwork on all cards, but will retain complete compatibility with existing sets and expansions. There will also be two new heroes in the set, Thorin Stonehelm and Gildor Inglorion, and two new quests. And for those who really like to set the scene, you’ll get a code to download the score for the digital game that you can use to enhance your game nights.
See the pre-order page for more information.
Fantasy Flight Interactive has announced that the first title they plan to release will be The Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game. Based on the popular co-operative card game released by Fantasy Flight Games in 2011, the game has players participating in cooperative scenario based adventures controlling the heroes of Tolkien’s Middle Earth.
Fantasy Flight Interactive is making the digital version available on Steam in early December to a closed beta group as a single player title. Players can then purchase on the Founder’s Packs to access the full game experience. Founder’s Packs will include additional content, in game currency, and more.
The original game featured a strong bond between both the compelling narrative of Middle Earth, taking place predominantly between the adventure of Bilbo and Frodo, and a revolutionary cooperative gaming system. As one of the most popular early cooperative games players had to work together to defeat the evil Sauron, who was represented by an encounter deck filled with locations, enemies, and other treacheries.
Players in the digital implementation will still control three heroes with 30 card decks based on the four influence spheres – Leadership, Tactics, Spirit, and Lore.
The digital implementation of the game removes much of the maintenance work that players had to manage in the original version. In the new iteration of the game players focus on the Planning and Adventuring phases. The AI will handle playing cards from Sauron’s deck and the responsibilities enemies have in engaging heroes. Players will now get to focus on their own choices rather than game maintenance.
Each scenario includes instructions on win conditions, while all scenarios are lost if the three heroes die or the ever increasing threat level reaches the maximum. With over 100 expansions currently available for the game, Fantasy Flight Digital will have plenty of material to choose from in building and growing the digital universe of the game.
Asmodee North America and Fantasy Flight Games have announced the formation of a new division, Fantasy Flight Interactive, which will be focusing on bringing full video games based on popular board games to various platforms. Fantasy Flight Games will continue to produce hybrid board games with digital elements, such as Descent and Mansions of Madness, but Fantasy Flight Interactive will strive to create “more expansive video game products”. Fantasy Flight Interactive will be lead by Tim Gerritsen, whose resume includes such video game hits as Bioshock Infinite, Prey and Rune. You can read the full press release on Fantasy Flight’s website here.
In further Asmodee news, the corporate giant is undergoing a new business facelift, driven by brand consultant Havas Paris. Firstly, Asmodee has adopted the new brand statement “Great Games, Amazing Stories”, conceptualizing the company’s goal to offer a narrative experience around their intellectual properties. Secondly, Asmodee has changed their visual identity, adding a family of new, clean logos for its family of board game companies. Lastly, Asmodee announced a new corporate webpage presence at corporate.asmodee.com. You can read the full press release from Asmodee here.