The Lord of the Rings represents fantasy par excellence, the story that has hit the souls of people all over the world leaving an indelible mark on their imagination and influencing countless books, films and games in the years to come.
We can never spend enough words to do justice to the Tolkenian masterpiece, but ‘epic’, ‘majestic’ and ‘imposing’ are the first ones that come to mind, thinking about, for example, the Argonath at Gondor’s borders.
We expected therefore that all the creations that are connected to The Lord of the Rings respect these criteria: surely Peter Jackson has been able to pay respects to these standards in his trilogy, but also boardgames have given their contribution.
The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth is a cooperative adventure game, which asks players to play one of the five characters available to face quests, based on unpublished events involving some well-known faces, such as Aragorn, Gimli, Legolas and Bilbo, and others that only fans of the expanded universe will recognize, such as Elena and Beravor.
The narration and events of the game are managed using an app, which guides the players in their adventure, tells them how to prepare the pieces of the game as the story develops, and manages the enemies during the fights.
Each character will be assigned a role, ideally related to its base stats: the powerful Gimli will be ideal to protect the party in the role of Guardian, but nothing prevents him from becoming a singer or burglar, with hilarious consequences of interpretation and more difficulty in overcoming the challenges.
Success or failure of each action will in fact be determined by a deck of cards, which vary according to the role, in relation to the character’s statistics.
31 miniatures, cards, hero boards, tokens and map tiles are the elements that make us travel in Middle-earth and, in order not to waste time in starting the adventure, the Organizer for The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth is the solution most loved by Humans, Dwarves, Elves and Hobbits.
The Organizer contains a miniature holder dedicated to the heroes (for six standards plus two from the expansions) with a rack system to keep them in their position: this element features beautiful decorations in the form of columns and arches, which recall the architecture of Middle-earth.
A second miniature holder, always rack-based, allows you to house the miniatures of the enemies, imprisoning them between the ‘tongues of fire’ that shape the walls of the box.
To further emphasize the speed of the set-up of the game, the Organizer contains 3 card holders and 2 ‘ready to play’ token holders, which effectively separate all the game elements by category and role; an additional card holder assists players in preparing the decks.
Another highly versatile component is the game boards tray: here all the map tiles and character boards are kept, and there is also the possibility of dividing them into two distinct groups thanks to the double bottom, ideal for a differential set-up.
Finally, this container is large enough to accommodate elements of subsequent expansions, such as tiles, miniatures and additional tokens.
Set-up, shut up and go on an adventure!