The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game on OCTGN

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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.

Jul 16

Whispers of the Old Forest

Susurros del Bosque ViejoAs some of you may be aware, there is a brand new Spanish blog for the Lord of the Rings: The Card Game, called Susurros del Bosque Viejo (Whispers of the Old Forest). If you happen to speak Spanish, then I highly recommend checking it out. Not only do they put out great articles and decklist discussions, but contributing author FlechaNegra (known as mndela on OCTGN) has completed a brand new custom quest entitled Through the Folds.

Furthermore, this quest has been added to the latest LOTR update for OCTGN, so you can play it for yourself right now! To get the English card images, head on over to the Image Pack Dropbox folder and re-download the Custom.o8c file. The new card images have been added to that image pack, so all you need to do is re-install it and you’ll be ready to play.

Jul 01

The Dunland Trap

The Dunland Trap has now been released! This update includes the censored cards and the quest MEC26-box-right
decks needed to play. As always, you can keep your eye on the Release Schedule to see when Image Packs will become available.

Coming up next will be the Nightmare Khazad-dum scenarios, which Fantasy Flight has recently made available on Print-on-Demand.

Jun 13

The First Age

This month brings 3 new custom quests by Ian Martin.First-Age-Box

  • Isle of Werewolves
  • The seat of Morgoth
  • Hunting of the Wolf

Not only has Ian produced a new set with 15 Heroes, 86 further player cards and 88 encounter cards, he has produced the OCTGN set and image pack which is being released simultaneously on his site Tales from the Cards and here on OCTGN.

The card text for Voice of Isengard is also included in release 2.3.5.0 along with a minor change to the Keywords document which was missing an entry for Sentinel.

May 03

New image packs

May completes the release schedule for the image packs for the Against the Shadow cycle.

These images packs have been consolidated into a single download which now includes The Blood of Gondor and The Morgul Vale as well as the previously released Stewards Fear, Druadan Forest, Encounter at Amon Din and Assault on Osgiliath. The image packs are available in both English and Spanish.

It is also 6 months since the release of The Stone of Erech, one of my favourite quests, so the image pack for that is also available.

Thanks to both geckoth and mndela for putting the image packs together.

Apr 03

Another nightmare

The latest release rolls out the card text for the first 3 Shadows of Mirkwood Nightmare mode scenarios. As if that wasn’t enough, you also get card stubs for the new Hobbit – Over Hill and Under Hill nightmare scenarios.

Finally, mndela has kindly updated some of the Spanish o8c files. There are updates to the custom scenarios and better card scans for the Shadows of Mirkwood.

Mar 18

Voice of Isengard

The latest release has the censored cards for the new saga expansion, Voice of Isengard.Voice of Isengard

To aid with setup for the second quest, To Catch an Orc, you can move cards from your deck to the secondary deck using the new “Move Many” option on the deck menu.

The Secondary deck also has a new “Search X” option that moves the supplied number of cards from the secondary deck to the discard pile and then birngs up the look at window to allow you to see what you discarded.

Full card text will be released in June and the card images in September.

Feb 03

Lets get organised

With the recent release of the nightmare sets for the Shadows Of Mirkwood I noticed that the Decks folder for Lord of the Rings was becoming overcrowded with about 100 files and counting ….

In this latest release you not only get full card text for The Stone of Erech and The Morgul Vale, you also get a tidied up Decks folder and the image packs for the Core set nightmare quests and Assault on Osgiliath.

Within the OCTGN/Decks/Lord of the Rings folder you will now find sub folders called Quests, Nightmare, Easy, Custom and Player. Since you are expected to create and save your own player decks in the Decks folder, OCTGN will never delete anything in there when it installs a new update. If you look in the Lord of the Rings folder you will still see all your player decks and the original quest decks along side the new folders.

You will need to tidy up the old deck files manually. You can safely delete all the .o8d files that start with the words Quest, Nightmare, Easy and Custom as well as the 4 core player decks (Player-Core-*.o8d). Finally, I’d recommend moving all your player decks into the new Player folder.

Jan 24

It’s a Nightmare

Fancy some tough challenges?

The Shadows of Mirkwood Nightmare quests are now available as print on demand and if you own them, you can scan the cards and get playing. Full card text will be released in 3 months time and the image pack in 6 months time.

Equally difficult is mndela’s new custom quest Orc Hunting. Full card text is built into the new release and you can download the beautiful artwork as part of the Custom.o8c in either English or Spanish.