Solo Spotlight: The Lord of the Rings – Journeys in Middle Earth

With the release of its first expansion, we knew it was time to shine the spotlight on The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle Earth, a deeply thematic miniatures board game. Wildly popular, it scores over an 8 on Board Game Geek, and even more impressively sits in the Top 20 Thematic game out of thousands of ranked games. 

The very first thing to mention is this is an app-driven game. However, for those who don't mind apps, it really enhances the play of the game - even saving your information so you can pick back up where you left off - generally keeping bookkeeping to a minimum!

Much like the source books, there isn't much time to dawdle as the enemy is afoot and there are missions that must be accomplished. The various difficulty settings are fantastic for players of all experience levels allowing everything from casual play to more strategic endeavors. 

Solo play is also exceptional. Players can control one to three characters with relative ease and with the app there's not too much to manage. It's fantastic for enjoying the unfolding narrative with some light tactical and strategic elements. Good fun, and highly recommended!

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The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-earth

(4 customer reviews)

$79.99

1 – 5 Players, 60 – 120 Minutes playing time, Ages 14 and up. The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-earth scores in the 8’s on Board Game Geek and is rated in the top 20 Thematic board games out of over 2,000 rated games! Heroes explore Middle Earth, working together to combat evil in an epic campaign. Manufacturer: Fantasy Flight Games. Categories: Adventure, Fantasy, Fighting, Miniatures, and Novel-based. Game Mechanics: Cooperative Game, Deck – Bag and Pool Building, Modular Board, Role Playing, Solo / Solitaire Game, and Variable Player Powers

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Embark on your own adventures in J.R.R. Tolkien’s iconic world with The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-earth, a fully co-operative, app-supported board game for one to five players! You’ll battle villainous foes, make courageous choices, and strike a blow against the evil that threatens the land — all as part of a thrilling campaign that leads you across the storied hills and dales of Middle-earth. Each individual game of Journeys in Middle-earth is a single adventure in a larger campaign. You’ll explore the vast and dynamic landscapes of Middle-earth, using your skills to survive the challenges that you encounter on these perilous quests. As you and your fellow heroes explore the wilderness and battle the dark forces arrayed against you, the game’s companion app guides you to reveal the looming forests, quiet clearings, and ancient halls of Middle-earth, while also controlling the enemies you encounter. Whether you’re venturing into the wild on your own or with close companions by your side, you can write your own legend in the history of Middle-earth.

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Weight 5.3 lbs
Dimensions 11.5 × 11.5 × 5.5 in

4 reviews for The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-earth

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  1. Michael B.

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    If you don’t mind app-driven games, this is a great one, part adventuring, part battling.

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  2. Anonymous

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  3. Herschel Sarnoff

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    have not played yet

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  4. Mathew Williamson

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    This game made my weekend disappear. Spent the better part of 20 hours from Thursday – Sunday playing through the campaign for the first time and I’m not even done with it!

    I’m a little overwhelmed with how much fun I’ve been having with it. The app integrating is great, and has turned me into a true believer in their assistance in the future. Set-up being a continual thing while you’re playing the game does so much to improve pacing while also makes getting it to the table such a breeze.

    Exploration feels like exploration and is a nice middle ground between an adventure game and a dungeon crawl. The double sided map tiles provide quite a bit of variety to each scenario, and I imagine it’d take multiple playthroughs to see everything it can offer.

    I really only have two negatives at this point. One is that you manipulate your deck of mini cards A LOT, so sleeving them for ease of shuffling and protecting from wear is essentially required. You don’t have to sleeve everything, but having a good ~150 or so on hand for two – three character play will make handling them far more enjoyable. The second is that there is a strong fan-fiction feel to things since the majority of available characters are big names from the books. Out of the current 11 characters, only three of them are FFG creations, so I’ve needed a slight amount of suspension of disbelief when it comes to Aragon and Gimli having this adventure together. Neither of these are deal breakers for me, I’m fond of the mini cards being a much smaller table hog, and I entirely understand and get why they need the big names in here to sell things!

    The mini quality is great as well. It’s what you’d expect from FFG, high quality will a few of them having bended swords or bases or whatnot that can be remedied with the boiling water technique. I’m excited to paint a number of them, especially the trolls and wights.

    *Note, my experience playing this is with the Shadowed Paths and two Villain packs activated from the get go in the app. I could see enemy variety being lesser without them, but there’s still quite a bit in the box along with the modifiers to elite enemies through the app.

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