On Friday August 30th, 2019, Andrew Navaro, head of FFG Studios, announced that the Vengeance of Mordor cycle would be the last cycle developed for the Lord of the Rings: The Card Game. But wait! He also said that it does not mean the end of the game as a whole. No, Pippin, the journey doesn’t end here. Navaro said that after a “break” of some unspecified duration, there would be new content for the game once again. I highly recommend watching his statement yourself here. Seriously, if you’ve only read about the news, go watch it. It’s way less gloomy than the impression you may have gotten from some fan reactions.
Navaro called it a new “iteration” for the game, and while that could mean any number of things, we know one thing it does not mean. He made it very clear that it will not be a “2.0” version of the game that is incompatible with the previous cardpool, like A Game of Thrones 2.0.
So while we are all left to speculate on what the future of this game might be, we do know two things for certain.
- There’s going to be a break in content at the end of this cycle, which will occur mid-late 2020 according to the current release schedule, with no indication yet of how long the break will be.
- Even with the new iteration, our beloved game will end some day.
With this in mind, I’ve started A Long-extended Party, which is an initiative to create high-quality fan content for the game. It will start by producing just a single cycle to bridge the gap in content between the end of the Vengeance of Mordor cycle and the beginning of the new content. It will also serve as a practice run for the eventual official ending of the game, where the plan would then be to continue releasing new fan-made cycles.
I expect this effort to be a significant undertaking for anyone involved. We will likely need to divide the workload up among a council of members, like a visionary, a card designer, an encounter designer, a storyteller, an art director, a rules lawyer (a real lawyer too maybe? haha), etc. We will also need playtesters of course.
If this is something that you would like to be involved in, or would just like to observe it as it develops, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you an invite to the private A Long-extended Party Discord server, where most of the discussion for the fan-cycles will take place.
Regardless of whether you want be involved in the development, if you would be interested in playing it when it comes out, you can influence what content we create by voting in this short poll.
Thank you for reading, and as always, happy questing!