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As someone new to Middle-earth Strategic Gaming, we highly recommend that you start by playing our introductory module, Battle of the Five Armies (BOFA). This is a simplified version of the full game, which will introduce to you the basic concepts of the game. And, at a fixed cost for the entire game, it is a good way of seeing whether the game is for you!

Information about this module can be found by Clicking Here.

(Alternatively, if you wish to leap straight in at the deep end and play a full game, follow the links at the bottom of the page.)

In order to begin playing Battle of the Five Armies, you need to do the following:





Paying for your start-up pack

This costs 10.00 GPB/$19.00 USD/$19.00 AUD, and includes a module, map, and the full 10 turns of the game.

(To view the normal turn costs for other games, and indeed all costs associated with playing Middle-earth Strategic Gaming, Click Here.)

You can pay by any of the following means:



Secure Online Credit Card Payment

This enables you to make a credit card payment online in the currency of your choice, through Worldpay, one of the world's most trusted online payment companies.

It will also determine what currency your account with us is in.

When you have completed the payment process, please return to this page to finish the steps required to begin playing.

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To purchase a start-up pack for Battle of the Five Armies at a cost of 10.00 GBP, and have your account with us in GBP (Pounds Sterling).

Click Here
To purchase a start-up pack of Battle for the Five Armies at a cost of $19.00 USD, and have your account with us in $USD (US Dollar).

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To purchase a start-up pack of Battle for the Five Armies at a cost of $19.00 AUD, and have your account with us in AUD (Australian Dollar).




Direct Payment

This enables you to pay money directly into our account, you will need to make arrangements with your own bank. These arrangements differ between banks, so please contact your bank to find out how to do this.

You will also need our bank details. Please contact us for these.

When you have made a direct payment, you must then contact with the following information:
Your Name
Your Address
Your bank sort code
The name and number of your bank account
And, of course, tell us that the money is for a Battle of the Five Armies Start-up Pack!



Cheques

Cheques should be made payable to ME Games Ltd, and sent to the following address:

ME Games Ltd
Office A
340 North Road
Cardiff
CF14 3BP
United Kingdom
(cheques to be made out in GBP)

Remember to mention your name, address and the fact that you are paying for a Battle of the Five Armies start-up pack when sending payment!


Cash, Postal Orders and Money Orders

These are all sent at your own risk, and, if you are able, we advise you to pay by a more secure method. However, cash, postal and money orders can be sent to the following address:

ME Games Ltd
Office A
340 North Road
Cardiff
CF14 3BP
United Kingdom
(GBP only)

Remember to mention your name, address and the fact that you are paying for a Battle of the Five Armies start-up pack when sending payment!


Paypal

In order to pay us by this method, you will need an account with Paypal, which can be set up free at www.paypal.com. When you have set up a Paypal account, you can then pay into our Paypal account by following the instructions on their website.

To do this, you will need to enter our email address, which is me@middleearthgames.com

You will be given the option of sending a message with the payment - please remember to mention your name, address and the fact that you are paying for a Battle of the Five Armies start-up pack!





Download the Module, Map and Free Computer Software

To download the module and map from our Materials page, Click Here.

In addition, there are several programs available to help you in all aspects of playing Middle-earth, from writing your orders, to understanding your turn, to creating maps and planning.

In order to get started, we recommend you download the following:

Acrobat
This is a program that allows you to view and print out your results.

Automagic or MEOW
These programs allow you to create your orders, and send them to us to be processed. Automatic has more functions than MEOW, but in order to run it you need Microsoft Excel.

Palantir or Archon
These programs creates an active map for you to use when planning your turn. Archon has more functions than Palantir, but ideally requires Windows 2000 to run.

In addition to these, there are many other programs available: Click Here to learn more about them.





Contact Us

Finally, please contact us, so that we can assign you a nation in the next game to start. If you have a preference as to which nation you wish to play, or there is a nation you do not wish to play, let us know. However, please be aware that in this case you may have to wait longer for a game to start with that nation available, and we recommend that you are prepared to play at least 3 nations.

Click Here to email us
or
Click Here to contact us by other means.
Click Here to learn more about the Battle of the Five Armies module.
Click Here to learn about the free Middle-earth software available.
Click Here for gaming materials to help you play.
Click Here for articles, help and advice on playing Middle-earth.
Click Here if you wish to join a full game of Middle-earth.
Click Here for details of all Middle-earth turn and game costs.