If you’re printing or just interested in a LOTRED set, let us know in the comments!
At this point (2020) there are 32 LOTRED decks and all have something to offer. Printing out 32 decks is more than most people want to spend, or even play. So I suggest taking a look around and deciding what you want before you commit to printing out a set. There was an original set of 12 decks, but I think some of the decks that came after that set are more fun.
- Download all the decks and battle cards you want to print to a directory on your computer.
- You’re going to be printing front and back:
- I almost always start with a test page on plain paper. I type out “Text” and print it out, then I draw a little up arrow in the top corner in what I think is the correct side of the page to print the reverse side, as well as the right direction of the arrow. So I take a shot and then print “Test” on the other side, and that lets me know the direction of the reverse printing
- Each deck has 3 pages + one page of backs. You want the best ink on the card fronts, so they can be read. If the backs end up a little faded, or a little drained of a certain color, it’s generally no big deal (I used to say print the backs first but over time I’ve changed my mind).
- Print out the 3 pages of the fronts of the cards.
- Then set them up for reverse printing, and print out the backs, 3 copies. You might want to try one page first, before you try printing the other 2.
- Print out the 6 pages (or fewer, if you don’t want them all) of battle cards. Each page holds 2 battle cards.
Battle Cards for all 12:
Lord of the Rings Epic Duels Armies Expansion
Six more decks! Faramir and Sharku were going to be part of the original set but with the project taking a long time, they were trimmed off to get to completion.
For those who know me, I can be a stickler about following the “rules” of Epic Duels design, but this set represents some heavy breaking of rules, and to what I think are great results. The Uruk-Hai army, mostly developed by Robert Moore, has dual majors along with 2 minors, but it works. So does the Nazgul deck, featuring 3 indistinguishable major/minors.
LOTR Legends Expansion (2020)
Six more decks, featuring some of the most powerful beings in Middle Earth! These were put together in Deck Designer so they are a little easier to print, and include cut-out figures, but they don’t have the Middle Earth style that Robert Moore provided.
Decks from The Hobbit trilogy
The final (for now) set of LOTRED decks is born of The Hobbit trilogy. I’ll go ahead and tell you, they weren’t my favorite films, but they are full of colorful characters and epic, one-on-one battles. All of the characters included are worthy of a deck, and I think all 8 decks are interesting and fun.
These were put together in Deck Designer so they are a little easier to print, and include cut-out figures.
Last but not least are the LOTRED maps.
The first 4 maps were part of the original project. These first 2, by Robert Moore, come as .JPGs, and each in 2 parts:
These next 2, created by Sultan, come as .PDFs, and are also in 2 parts:
These next 2 maps were technically part of the Armies Expansion, but Weathertop is one of my all-time favorite Epic Duels maps of any genre. Also created by Robert Moore in .JPG form.
You’ll notice these are single files. My memory is a bit foggy on this, but I think you will need to use a .JPG editor to split them into 2 for printing.
You want more? I haven’t personally played these, but Robert took it upon himself to create 2 more maps for your gaming pleasure. He actually had an Orthanc map once as well, but I can’t find that one and it had some flaws as I remember.
If you print any of the materials, please let us know how it goes for you!