TORN Staffer Ostadan writes: Fantasy Flight Games (who produce the Lord of the Rings cooperative boardgame, and other Tolkien-related titles) have announced a new ‘Living Card Game’* based on Lord of the Rings.

“The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game is a cooperative card game that puts 1-2 players (or up to four with two Core Sets!) in control of the most powerful characters and artifacts of Middle-earth. Players will select heroes, gather allies, acquire artifacts, and coordinate their efforts to face Middle-earth’s most dangerous fiends. By cooperating to overcome the obstacles drawn from the encounter deck, you will complete the quest before you and claim victory!”

It is notable that the game is a cooperative game (like Knizia’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ boardgame which will soon see a new edition) rather than competitive – the first such card game I know of. The few cards visible on FFG’s page show that the card images are artwork, rather than film stills, just like FFG’s other offerings. But the artwork does seem heavily influenced by the film, as seen in the long-blond-haired Legolas card image. As near as I can tell, the availability date has not announced. More..