The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game on OCTGN



The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game is a cooperative game for 1-4 players made by Fantasy Flight Games.

The dark shadow creeps across the land, engulfing Middle-earth in harrowing despair. Not a single hero stands a chance against the terrible might of Sauron. Now the time has come for union. Only together can the heroes of Middle-earth hope to prevail in the coming war against the gathering darkness.

This site is the home to the LOTR game definition for the Online Card and Tabletop Gaming Network (OCTGN). Here you can find updates, release schedules, card packs, installation instructions, and guides to playing the game.

Oct 28

Enter the Marshes

The The Nîn-in-Eilph was recently released by FFG, so go pick it up at your FLGS! The censored cards are now up on OCTGN as well, as are the normal and easy versions of the quest decks. This quest features 3 copies of Stage 2, and 3 copies of stage 3, so the random number generator will come in handy when you need to advance to a random stage!

Oct 09

Nightmare On the Doorstep

The Nightmare decks for On the Doorstep were released in the fall Game Night Kit, and if you were lucky enough to get your hands on a set, then you can now play them in OCTGN. The censored cards have been added to the latest update, making Smaug and the Battle of Five Armies even more terrifying.

Oct 04

The Road Darkens

The long-awaited saga expansion The Road Darkens is finally upon us! You can now continue your campaign from The Black Riders, assisting Frodo in his journey through the second volume of the Fellowship of the Ring. This release contains the censored cards and FOUR versions of each of the three quests: Normal, Campaign Mode, Easy, and Easy Campaign Mode. The image pack will be released in April 2015. A note about the Campaign Quest decks:

In the folder: “Decks\Lord the Rings – The Card Game\Quests\”, you’ll see the Campaign decks at the top of the list. I have renumbered these decks for simplicity (i.e.: the Black Riders quests are now simply 1, 2, and 3). However, you’ll notice that the old numbered Black Riders quests still remain (34, 35, and 36). That’s because OCTGN doesn’t delete files when updating (this is to ensure your own customized decks are kept safe). So, in order to keep your deck folder looking clean, feel free to delete the following Decks:


And speaking of Campaign Mode, I’m sure many of you are already aware of the Campaign.o8d deck that resides in the Decks\Lord of the Rings – The Card Game folder. Be sure to make a copy of that deck somewhere for your own Campaign so it doesn’t get overwritten in future updates. This deck is a great way to store your current “Campaign Pool”, keeping track of Boons & Burdens you’ve earned. Simply edit this deck each time you complete a Campaign Quest, and load it back up next time you Continue your campaign!

And finally, the Image Packs for the Nightmare versions of The Hobbit: Over Hill and Under Hill and the final 3 Quests from the Shadows of Mirkwood Cycle are now available! Head on over to the Image Pack page to download them.

Sep 28

Nightmare in the Depths of Moria

And just like that, FFG has released the remaining 3 Nightmare quests from the Dwarrowdelf Cycle. These quests are now ready to play on OCTGN, albeit with censored cards of course. Image Pack to arrive next March, 2015.

I also wanted to let you know that Splat’s OCTGN Deck Converter Plugin has recently released version 3.4.0. This outstanding plugin has support for a wide variety of games on OCTGN, including LOTR. You can now easily import decks from CardGameDB or from text lists. Download it here:

OCTGN Deck Converter

Once downloaded, make sure OCTGN is closed, then install the program. Now open up OCTGN, go into the Deck Editor, and under the Plugins menu click on OCTGN Deck Converter. Choose your game, then either select Webpage or Text from Clipboard. If you’ve chosen webpage, then copy/paste the url from a deck page on CardGameDB (or the ‘share’ link from one of your own personal decks). Alternatively, if you see a decklist in a forum somewhere, simply copy that text and use the Text from Clipboard option to paste it in. You can now review the plugin’s interpretation of what you’ve entered, including choosing between different versions of named characters if need be. Finally, you can load the deck back into the Deck Editor, where you can save it for use in game!

Sep 25

Image Packs update and new Custom Quests

There have been some new changes to our Image Packs. First off, instead of sending you to a Dropbox folder, Image Packs can now be downloaded directly from the new Image Pack Page shown on the menu. This provides a number of benefits. First off, it’s now much more visually organized and easier to find what you’re looking for. Secondly, Image Packs that have yet to be released show a date as to when you can expect them to be available. Furthermore, I have gone through every single card image in the database and re-exported them, so they are all now the same size! No more tiny or off-sized card images as you hover your cursor over the cards on the table. As a bonus, I took this opportunity to decrease the filesize of these images, so overall the Image Packs are much quicker to download.

Therefore, I encourage each and every one of you to re-download ALL the Image Packs and re-install them. This isn’t a requirement or anything, but doing so will make your cards look much better overall.

And if that weren’t enough, we’ve got a couple new custom quests for you to check out. These come to us from Vardaen, who has put together an expansion which follows his own RPG campaign “Rise of Orthanc.” Included are the first two quests of this adventure, Making of a Fellowship and Blood in Bree-land. Check out the Rulesheet Inserts for these two quests below:

Making of a Fellowship insert

Blood in Bree-land insert

The Images for these cards are already included in the Custom.o8c pack, so if you re-downloaded the pack as instructed above, then you are ready to go!

And finally, some of you have experienced an occasional bug when using the Next Round function. The first player token won’t properly move, cards won’t refresh, etc. The latest version of the game includes a patch which hopefully fixes this problem.