Wizkids Games (publisher of the Heroclix Lord of the Rings game) announced the Lord of the Rings: Nazgûl semi-cooperative game about a year ago, but gave no release date. They have now announced the release date as May 16, 2012. The idea of casting the players as Nazgûl is a fairly novel one. We will probably learn more about actual game play during the next few months, since Wizkids is pretty good about posting rules on their site.

Some background information about the game

The dark lord Sauron is pleased that you have… chosen… to champion the true destiny of Middle-earth. Some prefer the hopeless cause of men and their miserable allies. Theirs is a fool’s choice! You show no affinity for such delusions. You seek glory for Sauron, and your rewards shall be great!

You are one of Sauron’s most powerful minions: a Nazgûl! You must work together with the other Nazgul to stop the cursed hobbits and destroy the resistance of men. But at the same time, you must strive to prove your own worth to the dark lord. After all, there are rumors that even the Witch-king can be killed, and Sauron may soon need a new leader for the Nazgûl.

In The Lord of the Rings: Nazgûl board game, you are faced with three Campaigns that you must conquer before the Ring-bearer carries The One Ring to Mount Doom. If you cannot complete them in time, all players lose! Along the way, you will earn Victory Points (VPs); and if the group succeeds in its duty, the player with the most VPs wins!

Lord of the Rings: Nazgûl. Play one of Sauron’s key minions!
The game components

  • 5 HeroClix Nazgûl Figures
  • 45 Cards of Power
  • 51 Hero Cards
  • 55 Quest Cards
  • 20 Secret Quest Cards
  • 138 Battle Cubes
  • 70 Sauron Favor Cubes
  • 1 Gameboard with Fellowship Tracker
  • 5 Turn Order Markers
  • 12 Complete Wall Markers
  • 30 Victory Point Counters
  • 1 The One Ring Token
  • 1 Witch-king Token
  • 1 Battle Cup

The Lord of the Rings: Nazgûl board game includes rules for 3 difficulty settings and optional rules for full co-op play.