Monday, February 14, 2000

Gaming (of sorts): LOTR Board Game - Xoanon @ 11:00 PST
From: Geenius at Work

Reiner Knizia, a titan in the German board game design industry, has designed a "Lord of the Rings"-themed game. The game was recently announced at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in Germany. Available details are limited: The game will play on four boards, each corresponding to a location in Middle Earth where the story's action takes place. Chris Lawson, a friend of Knizia's who is often involved in the play-testing of his games, announced on "Like the film that is currently in the making, it is going to be very dependent on personal taste. We all have our own preconceived ideas, and 'Lord of the Rings' is no exception. But (places 'smug' hat firmly on head) having play-tested the game a lot, I think it does retain the theme and will keep the fans happy."

The game is being produced by German board game company Kosmos under the title "Der Herr der Ringe," and it's due to hit shelves in Germany in October 2000. In the United States, the game probably will not be available through mass-market channels: "hobby" games, such as the recent bumper crop of German imports, are typically sold only at specialty retailers and online. No price has been announced, but similar imported games are priced at US$40 to US$60.

Knizia is a highly respected and prolific game designer whose "hits" include Modern Art, Samurai, Through the Desert and Euphrates & Tigris.

Link: The Games of Reiner Knizia