If you're new to MeCCG (or the Dutch translation In de Ban van de Ring), please don't let this page scare you!
If you're looking for a comprehensive overview of all rules for the Middle-earth Collectible Card Game, you've come to the right place. On this page hosted by the Dutch Council the most up to date rules are kept available in a joint effort with the Council of Elrond.
The Council of Elrond (CoE) is the present world wide coordinating body for
MeCCG. It was founded by players after manufacturer Iron Crown Enterprice's
(ICE) was forced to drop MeCCG. Members of the CoE are elected on a yearly
basis. For more information, check out the Council
of Elrond home page.
These are the rules booklets found in the starters and expansion boosters: the actual rules of the game.
An effort to assemble these into a single comprehensive rulebook is currently spearheaded by Charles Bouldin.
If you're new to the game you are probably better of playing your first few
games using the simplified version of the rules booklet made by Ichabod. You'll
find it at our download page where you can pick up
card lists and a practical map of Middle-earth as well.
The official answers to the many rules questions asked over the years as well
as all errata, are collected into a single archive, the Collected
Rulings File (CRF). This is a dynamic document: the latest clarifications
will soon be added on a regular basis. Out of respect for ICE's legacy no new errata will
be issued, nor will any rules from ICE's last CRF (CRF 15) be overturned.
The Council of Lórien Tournament policy details how official tournaments are to be run. The current version is number 3, with two exceptions:
The tournament policy makes a few changes and additions to the game rules,
for tournament play. Most players however use these rules at all times: most
games are played under standard tournament rules. The additions made to the
standard rules can be found in entry 5,
entries 7-12 and entries
Some tournaments deviate (slightly) from the normal tournament rules. Such house rules should in all cases be clearly announced; so read your tournament's announcement to find out. Some of the most common deviations are listed here for easy reference. These are not official rules: each of these rules is only in effect if the tournament announcement clearly states so.
These are just the most commonly used ones we're aware of. Many more are
waiting for you to try them, comment on them and contribute to them on the
rules forum. Some especially recommended ones are bundled in the UEP,
You can ask your rules questions and other MeCCG related questions on the MeCCG mailing list. You will find many helpful fellow players there, as well as the NetRep, the official rules guru appointed by the Council of Elrond.
Subscribing is easy. Just press this subscribe link and send the e-mail (there need not be anything in it). You can then send your messages to firstname.lastname@example.org and will receive them from that address as well. Should you ever get fed up with the list, unsubscribing is just as easy: press this unsubscribe link and send the e-mail. If you wish to browse the archives, whether you're subscribed or not, you can find them here. These archives start Dec 1 2003. An older archive up to June 18 2003 can be found here (mails sent in between these two dates are archived in a less accessible way only).
The NetRep, currently Chad Martin, answers the questions he receives in batches, mostly one batch a week. Such a batch is called a rules digest. They are published on the mailing list and here. Originally the NetRep was supervised by ICE. after ICE was forced to drop MeCCG a NetRep supervised by the Council of Elrond took over. All rules digests (ICE and CoE) will soon be integrated into the CRF on a regular basis.
Not yet updated in the CRF are:
Nr. 579, Nr. 580, Nr. 581, Nr. 582, Nr. 583, Nr. 584, Nr. 585, Nr. 586, Nr. 587 and Nr. 588.
Council of Elrond digests
Note: Most of the content of these digests isn't yet updated into the CRF. Some (older) digests may contain answers that are not entirely correct. In such case it’s very likely the Netrep corrected or clarified himself in the following digest(s). Please keep this in mind when quoting or referring to certain digests.
CoE 18, CoE 19,
(CoE 20 does not exist), CoE 21, CoE
22, CoE 23, CoE
24, CoE 25, CoE
26, CoE 27a, CoE
27b, CoE 28, CoE
29, CoE 30, CoE
31, CoE 32, CoE
33, CoE 34, CoE
35, CoE 36, CoE
38, CoE 39, CoE
40, CoE 41, CoE
42, CoE 43, CoE
44, CoE 45, CoE
46, CoE 47, CoE
48, CoE 49, CoE
50, CoE 51, CoE
52, CoE 53, CoE
54, CoE 55, CoE
56, CoE 57, CoE
58, CoE 59, CoE
60, CoE 61, CoE
62, CoE 63, CoE
64, CoE 65, CoE
66, CoE 67, CoE
68, CoE 69, CoE
70, CoE 71, CoE
72, CoE 73, CoE
74, CoE 75, CoE
76, CoE 77, CoE
78, CoE 79, CoE
80, CoE 81, CoE
82, CoE 83, CoE
84, CoE 85, CoE
86, CoE 87, CoE
88, CoE 89, CoE
90, CoE 91, CoE
92, CoE 93, CoE
94, CoE 95, CoE
96, CoE 97, CoE
98, CoE 99, CoE
100, CoE 101, CoE
102, CoE 103, CoE
104, CoE 105, CoE
106, CoE 107, CoE
108, CoE 109, CoE
110, CoE 111, CoE
and CoE 113.
Current contributors to this page and its sub-pages are Mark Alfano, Mikko Vihtemäki, Nigel Buckle, Chad Martin, Wim Heemskerk and Brian Min. Past contributors are Charles Bouldin, Brian Wong, Timco Visser, Rob Rutten and Travis Took.
We welcome the webmasters of all MeCCG sites to link to this page. Please use (only) this URL to do so.