The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-earth v1

Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-earth

Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them?

Head into the wilderness with the Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-earth rules summary and reference!

This latest app-driven game from Fantasy Flight Games sends players out into the wilds of Middle-earth on a campaign of combat and investigation. Very much in the Mansions of Madness line, it’s a tempting and attractive package, though I do find myself somewhat less interested these days in hand-holding apps and craning my neck sideways to look at an iPad screen when I’d really just prefer to concentrate on the game bits on the table. It’s not something you can really just dip in and out of either, as the campaign is designed to be played from go to whoa.

I enjoyed playing Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-earth, but I’m kind of glad my friend bought instead of me. He painted the figures, and I get to play it, but there is a feeling of old ideas being reheated here. Is it the recycled artwork from The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game, or the recycled mechanics from Mansions of Madness and Runebound? Or is it the fact that it doesn’t really feel like The Lord of the Rings, just a sort of watered-down licenced version? I don’t know.

Regardless, there will probably be a tsunami of expansions as usual. Perhaps the game will grow into something special, but for now I’m happy to play it occasionally without my usual investment of time and money.

2 Comments

  • Soulsorcerer Soulsorcerer says:

    With so many games these days it seems to get harder and harder to be impressed by one. Although this is one of my favorite IP´s the game was interesting but nothing that WOWed me. We did only play the first 2 Scenarios though…maybe it will grow on me later. But for now I am where you are…glad that a friend did buy it. 🙂

    • I’m starting to look for something a bit different with each of my game buys these days, taking more notice of reviews, and definitely going off the huge miniature-packed Kickstarters. It’s certainly a far cry from the days when I bought almost everything FFG produced. In this case, Mansions of Madness scratches my app-drive game itch.

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