Yet it is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule. -Gandalf, The Return of the King An ancient evil stirs in the black lands of Mordor, and the people of Middle-earth speak of a terrible doom approaching from the east. The Dark Lord Sauron is gathering his forces, and should he acquire the power he seeks, he will cast the world into eternal shadow. The only hope lies in a heroic few who must work together to stem the tide of evil… The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game is a cooperative card game that puts 1-2 players (or up to four with two Core Sets!) in control of the most powerful characters and artefacts of Middle-earth. Players will select heroes, gather allies, acquire artefacts, and coordinate their efforts to face Middle-earth`s most dangerous fiends. By cooperating to overcome the obstacles drawn from the encounter deck, you will complete the quest before you and claim victory! In The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game, players take on the roles of heroes attempting to complete dangerous quests. Instead of directly retelling the classic stories that have previously been narrated, this game provides players with a variety of elements-characters, settings, enemies, events, items, artefacts, scenarios-that allow them to embark upon new adventures and share new experiences with these beloved characters during this ominous period of Middle-earth history. With the addition of a second copy of this core set, up to 4 players can play cooperatively. As a Living Card Game, additional cards and quests are available in regular expansions, allowing players to customize the contents of this set, or to create their own original decks.