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Encyclopedia > War of the Ring Online Campaign
The promotional "Gimli on Dead Uruk-hai" miniature.
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The promotional "Gimli on Dead Uruk-hai" miniature.

The War of the Ring was the 2005 Annual Online Summer Campaign for Games Workshop, based in the United Kingdom but open to all countries. It was launched on June 1, 2005, and was the first such campaign to feature the Lord of the Rings miniature wargaming system. The Campaign was promoted in Games Workshop hobby centres worldwide, in their monthly supplement "White Dwarf", and in their fortnightly magazine "Battle Games in Middle Earth". Games Workshop also released the limited edition "Gimli on Dead Uruk-hai" miniature to promote the event. Image File history File links GimliOnDeadUruk-hai. ... Image File history File links GimliOnDeadUruk-hai. ... Gimli may refer to: Gimli, Manitoba, a community in the Canadian province of Manitoba Gimli, a political riding in the same province Gimli (Middle-earth) Gimli Glider This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional realm of Middle-earth, the Uruk-hai (Black Speech: Orc folk) were a new breed of Orcs that appeared during the Third Age. ... The style of the Games Workshop logo is copied in the titles of many of their games Games Workshop (GW) is a British game production and retailing company. ... June 1 is the 152nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (153rd in leap years), with 213 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game, often referred to by those in the know simply as Lord of the Rings is a tabletop miniature wargame produced by Games Workshop, based on The Lord of the Rings films and novels. ... Three Warhammer 40,000 Miniatures A Lord of the Rings SBG miniature of an Uruk-hai Battering Ram Miniature wargaming is a form of wargaming designed to incorporate miniatures or figurines into play. ... Cover of White Dwarf issue 90, June 1987. ... Battle Games in Middle Earth Magazine (BGiME) is a fortnightly magazine published by DeAgostini in conjunction with British games manufacturer Games Workshop. ...

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Campaign System

The Campaign site worked whereby registered participants submitted the results of games played using special "regional rules", each representing a game played in one of thirteen regions of Middle Earth: Eriador, Angmar, Iron Hills, Mirkwood, Misty Mountains, Dunland & Isengard, Lorien & Fangorn, Rohan, Rhun, Gondor, Mordor, Harad and the Fellowship Path. The website's "War Room" was updated each weekday at 10:00 GMT, and showed where "Good" and "Evil" were leading. There were also two Forums on the site (one for Good and one for Evil), where each side could plan out tactics for swinging the regions in their favour. At the end of each week, the wins would be tallied and "Victory Points" would be awarded to each side to determine who was winning over all. ... Middle-earth is the name used for the inhabitable parts of J.R.R. Tolkiens fictional Arda (ancient Earth) where the (canonical) stories in his legendarium take place. ... Eriador is a large region in J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional world of Middle-earth. ... Angmar (Sindarin: Iron-home) is a fictional kingdom in J.R.R. Tolkiens universe of Middle-earth. ... The Iron Hills are a range of mountains in the north of J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional world of Middle-earth, east of the Lonely Mountain, that are home to a Dwarf mining community. ... Mirkwood was the name of the Maeotian marshes which separated the Goths from the Huns in the Norse Hervarar saga. ... Misty Mountains as seen in the prologue to Fellowship of the Ring In J. R. R. Tolkiens fantasy world of Middle-earth, the Misty Mountains (also known by its Sindarin name of Hithaeglir - misspelled as Hithaiglin on the original Lord of the Rings map - and as the Mountains of... Dunland is a fictional land from J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional universe of Middle-earth: the land of the Dunlendings. ... The Ring of Isengard in The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional universe of Middle-earth, Isengard, a translation of the Sindarin Angrenost, was a large fortress. ... This article is about the Lórien of J. R. R. Tolkiens works. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth, Fangorn forest is the habitat of the Ents. ... Aragorn and Legolas look upon the plains of Rohan in the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy Rohan, originally Rochand, is a fictional location in J. R. R. Tolkiens The Lord of the Rings. ... In Welsh mythology, Prince Rhun was a son of Maelgwn. ... Gondor is a fictional location from J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth. ... Mount Doom and Barad-dûr in Mordor In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional universe of Middle-earth, Mordor is the dwelling place of Sauron, in the southeast of Middle-earth to the East of Anduin, the great river. ... Harad is a town in Saudi Arabia. ... The Fellowship of the Ring is the first of three volumes of the epic novel The Lord of the Rings. ... Weekdays are the days of the week which are not part of the weekend, i. ... For alternate meanings of GMT, see GMT (disambiguation). ...


In total, there were 3007 registered participants, and the website catered for strategy-planning among them with two forums - one for the Good side and the other for the Evil side. These were moderated by Steve Hammatt (who is currently forum moderator for the Games Workshop forum). However, there was nothing limiting a registered user viewing proposed tactics on the other forum, so when the Campaign started, both two sides had formed independant forum websites, referred to as "councils", to direct the progress of the battles. Ultimately, a merger of the lesser councils had formed two main councils: The Alliance of Light and the Dark Council. A few smaller forums continued, but did not receive the support in the same magnitude of the two main ones, nor were they recognised in the War of the Ring article in White Dwarf 312. Nonetheless, all the forums agreed on an "anti-cheating policy" after Week One, which had been a source of much controversy because Good had won in every region except Harad. A small number of people believed that Games Workshop had influenced the results - a theory later denied by Alessio Cavatore in White Dwarf. The truth of the matter was probably that Evil simply did not have enough players, but they still managed to swing themselves back into a favourable position later on in the Campaign. Games Workshop also introduced the "Wrath of Umbar" Roadshow, with custom-built corsair models and gaming boards being brought to various cities in the United Kingdom. Evil won almost all the early Roadshow events because there were so few Good participants. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Moderator (communications). ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional world of Arda, a great haven to the far south of Gondor in Middle-earth. ... The Corsairs of Umbar are a fictional nation of Men in the fantasy universe of J.R.R. Tolkiens Middle-earth. ...


Results

Gondor was the most popular region for input, with 10327 games recorded. However, the highest peak of any single region was an attempt to take Rohan from Evil in Week 9, with over 650 games. In the final week, there was an unprecedented rush to retake the seemingly impregnable Morannon in Mordor, in which Evil was overwhelmed. The Black Gate or Morannon is a fictional location in J. R. R. Tolkiens universe of Middle-earth. ...


When the Campaign formally ended on September 8, there were 27239 games recorded in total. The Iron Hills had remained an undefeated stronghold for Good, with 67% of games there being Good victories. Evil's strongest bastion was in Agmar, with 59% of games being Evil victories. Good had emerged the victor with 145 Victory Points (Evil had 142). The Forum closed shortly after the Campaign, giving way to a smaller Campaign based in Canada. However, the Campaign was nowhere near the scale of its UK counterpart, with only 100 games recorded in Gondor, and was ignored by many who viewed it as a "watered-down" version of the original. September 8 is the 251st day of the year (252nd in leap years). ...


Sources

  • White Dwarf, issue 312 - "Victory for the Free Peoples", by Allessio Cavatore.
  • Battle Games in Middle Earth, issue 56

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See Also

Spoiler warning: In the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, the War of the Ring ended the Third Age. ... The Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game, often referred to by those in the know simply as Lord of the Rings is a tabletop miniature wargame produced by Games Workshop, based on The Lord of the Rings films and novels. ... The style of the Games Workshop logo is copied in the titles of many of their games Games Workshop (GW) is a British game production and retailing company. ...

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