Most games, whether played online or around a table, take place in real-time. The action is either continuous, or, at most, you have a few minutes to think about what to do next. Middle-earth Strategic Gaming, on the other hand, is turn-based. At regular intervals you will receive a report, or turn, giving all the information about your position in the game. Then, based on this report and those of your team-mates, you decide what to do next. All of which means that you have plenty of time to think and plan your next move.
An average game of Middle-earth lasts between six months and two years, with up to a fortnight between turns. This may sound like a very slow way of playing a game, but during that fortnight you can talk with your team-mates, discuss your options, and make plans. And, since each position can have hundreds of different pieces, each of which can be instructed to do many different things, you will find that a fortnight is not a long time at all!
Each game consists of up to 25 players, striving to achieve domination of Middle-earth.
Middle-earth is a strategy game. Which is to say that it is played with pieces on a map, and these pieces move and act according to fixed rules, based on the orders that are given to them. However, detailed battle reports, duels, riddles to solve and people to encounter also give the game a truly unique feel, as you are immersed in the world of Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings”.
Two teams of up to 15 players battle against each-other, the Free Peoples against the Dark Servants of Mordor. You can join with friends to form a team of your own, or, if you choose to join on your own, you will be placed in a team. Although there various ratings by which you can judge your individual performance, the game is won or lost as a team, and only by working together can you hope to be victorious.
J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings
Middle-earth Strategic Gaming is set in the world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings™. Different games take place in different times in the history of his world, including, of course, the War of the Rings depicted in his famous trilogy. We have worked hard to preserve the flavour of the books, and to bring them to life in our games.