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TelTura Adding CRD docs as provided here: http://lotrtcgwiki.com/forums/index.php/topic,11385.0.html
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 +In the Lord of the Rings TCG, **Rulebooks** were collections of, well, //rules// that outlined both general and specific guidelines of how the game was to be played. Though there were several flavors of each type of rulebook, each iteration composed Decipher's last word at any given era.  There were three general types of rulebooks:  **//Starter Rulebooks//** included with [[Starter Packs]] that included an overview of the game rules and some simplified concessions; **//Deluxe Rulebooks//** included with Deluxe starter packs that had a more complete explanation of the game rules; and the **//!Comprehensive Rules//** that combined the Starter and Deluxe rulebooks and collected all the various specific rulings and clarifications that were made for individual cards.
 +Each physical rulebook had an electronic counterpart in the form of a *.pdf that Decipher distributed on their website.  They did not keep an archive, but rather replaced old rulebooks as the new ones became the authority (which of course makes sense from a marketing standpoint as you'd want to convince your players that the most recent iteration of the game is the only one worth playing).  However, dedicated fans managed to keep copies of the *.pdf's, and it was only through their diligence that the libraries below are filled.
 +====Starter Rulebooks====
 +There was one **Starter Rulebook** for each set that included the bare minimum of explanation of game rules for the cards released with the two Starter Packs for that set.  It is a good starting point for new players, but be advised that some of the rules were simplified for use of those packs (for instance, if a player was ever [[decked]], that player could shuffle their discard pile into a new deck once per game, a concept that has absolutely no equivalent in regular play).
 +Unlike the other types of rulebooks, the Starter Rulebook's form and function did not change over the course of the game's lifetime.
 +<div hide>DO NOT update the links below to the wiki versions; some of the wiki versions are not working, I have changed the broken links to my personal dropbox --TelTura</div>
 +<div hide>Since Dropbox has altered the way they permit access to public files, I have moved all dropbox links to Google Drive. --teltura</div>
 +  * [[https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0LYycfi-K18bkhiSVF4THlxYVk|Fellowship of the Ring Starter]]
 +    * [[https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0LYycfi-K18M0dvY25hOUdiU2c|Mines of Moria Starter]]
 +    * [[https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0LYycfi-K18MG9hVEtaZGRSWjg|Realms of the Elf-Lords Starter]]
 +  * [[https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0LYycfi-K18T0FRR3BSZE9VNTQ|The Two Towers Starter]]
 +    * [[https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0LYycfi-K18WUxWVDFESnlDdG8|Battle of Helm's Deep Starter]]
 +    * [[https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0LYycfi-K18TzFxTWVad0tKOE0|Ents of Fangorn Starter]]
 +  * Return of the King Starter (missing) 
 +    * {{starter-sog.pdf|Siege of Gondor Starter}}
 +    * {{starter-md.pdf|Mount Doom Starter}}
 +  * [[https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0LYycfi-K18eEIyQUhYQVNSa1k|Shadows Starter]]
 +    * {{starter-br.pdf|Black Rider Starter}}
 +    * Bloodlines Starter (missing)
 +  * {{starter-hunters.pdf|The Hunters Starter}}
 +    * Rise of Saruman Starter (missing)
 +====Deluxe Rulebooks====
 +**Deluxe Rulebooks** were released with each [[Deluxe Starter Set]], which itself included a Starter Pack and Booster Packs, so conceivably the new purchaser could have any card from that particular set.  The Deluxe Rulebooks therefore went over every normal rule and for all intents and purposes represented the baseline for "how to play the game".
 +  * !Fellowship of the !Ring Deluxe Rulebook (missing)
 +  * [[https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0LYycfi-K18ek8xSU1XbDVEUDA|The Two Towers Deluxe Rulebook]]
 +====Comprehensive Rulebooks====
 +As time went on over the lifetime of the game, Decipher had to make more and more specific rulings over specific card wordings, combinations, or mechanics.  Sometimes a card would need to be reworded, clarified, or in some circumstances even modified from its original form (called thereafter an //errata//).  Sometime around the release of //The !Two Towers// Decipher released a rulebook that was a combination of the Starter Rulebook, Deluxe Rulebook, and all the metagame erratas and card rulings.  In its first incarnation, this amalgamation was dubbed the //QuickStart Tutorial Rulebook//, which admittedly did not at all reflect what it actually was.
 +With the release of //!Return of the King//, //QuickStart// was renamed the **Comprehensive Rulebook**, which was a much better description of what it contained, and version 2.0 of that guide was released online.  It is unclear whether physical copies were ever officially packed with product, but it is at least obvious that this rulebook was intended to be the be-all end-all that could be referenced during high-end tournament disputes.
 +Version 3.0 was released sometime around //!Reflections//, and version 4.0 with //!Shadows//.  Version 4.0 was the last version officially released by Decipher, and from that point on it was the job of the Current Rulings Documents to contain any further rulings after that point.  A Wiki version of version 4.0 can be found at [[Comprehensive Rules 4-0]].
 +  * [[https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0LYycfi-K18cHJNRUc0ZUtQQWc|QuickStart Tutorial Rulebook]] (June 2003, Battle of Helm's Deep era)
 +  * {{comprehensive-2.0.pdf|Comprehensive Rules 2.0}} (November 2003, Return of the King era)
 +  * {{comprehensive-3.0.pdf|Comprehensive Rules 3.0}} (May 2004, Reflections era)
 +  * {{comprehensive.pdf|Comprehensive Rules 4.0}} (October 2004, Shadows era)
 +====Current Rulings Documents====
 +It became immediately obvious following the official release of the game that the Starter and Deluxe Rulebooks were inadequate at explaining every facet of the game, and indeed this is a problem with TCGs in general; since there are so many cards, and so many combinations, not every pitfall could be !discovered through playtesting alone.  Decipher therefore began releasing an FAQ document on their website that covered problems as they cropped up; these documents became the source for the absolute latest changes, since it could be updated daily if needed.
 +At first, the FAQ documents only held clarifications (such as "the discard pile must be face up") that were not explicitly stated in the first few versions of the starter rulebooks.  With the release of //The Two Towers// and the new Standard and Open play formats, it became expedient to maintain an [[X-list]] and [[R-list]] of banned or restricted cards, and so the latest changes to these lists also became the domain of the FAQ document.
 +When the //QuickStart// rulebook became rebranded as the !Comprehensive Rules, the FAQ document was also renamed, becoming the **Current Rulings Document**.  It still held to the same update rules as before, and in between !Comprehensive Rules releases, the CRD held the latest and greatest updates to the rules of the game.  Whenever a new !Comprehensive Rules was released, the content of all previous CRDs was reprinted inside, making the old documents obsolete.
 +Some of the CRD rulings were released after the !Comprehensive Rules version 4.0, and so never made it into an official release of the !Comprehensive Rules, but would have been if a version 5.0 had ever been made, and so they are viewed just as "canon".  As the CRD was never versioned, the CRD's are all differentiated by the date of their release.  This means that the most recent version of the CRD was released 13 August 2007, and represented the very final word that Decipher ever released concerning game rules.  All of the known FAQ and CRD documents are linked below, and a wiki version of the most recent (Aug 2007) can be found at [[Current Rulings Document]].
 +  * [[https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0LYycfi-K18YUpKQ3FodE4wd00|Answers to Frequently Asked Questions, 11 November 2001]]
 +  * [[https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0LYycfi-K18NmsyQUtnNEhXRzA|Answers to Frequently Asked Questions, 11 January 2002]]
 +  * {{CRD_2002_0709.pdf|Answers to Frequently Asked Questions, 9 July 2002}}
 +  * [[https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0LYycfi-K18YlV5dlhzMnEtOVE|Answers to Frequently Asked Questions, 3 September 2002]]
 +  * {{CRD_2003_0603.pdf|Answers to Frequently Asked Questions, 3 June 2003}}
 +  * [[https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0LYycfi-K18UWx2U3plSnNGMEE|Answers to Frequently Asked Questions, 8 July 2003]]
 +  * {{CRD_2003_1202.pdf|Answers to Frequently Asked Questions, 2 December 2003}}
 +  * Answers to Frequently Asked Questions, 12 January 2004 (missing)
 +  * {{CRD_2004_0203.pdf|Current Rulings Document, 3 February 2004}}
 +  * {{CRD_2004_0302.pdf|Current Rulings Document, 2 March 2004}}
 +  * {{CRD_2004_0405.pdf|Current Rulings Document, 5 April 2004}}
 +  * Current Rulings Document, 4 May 2004 (missing)
 +  * {{CRD_2004_0706.pdf|Current Rulings Document, 6 July 2004}}
 +  * Current Rulings Document, 3 August 2004 (missing)
 +  * {{CRD_2004_0907.pdf|Current Rulings Document, 7 September 2004}}
 +  * Current Rulings Document, 5 October 2004 (missing)
 +  * Current Rulings Document, 2 November 2004 (missing)
 +  * [[https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0LYycfi-K18bDU5YlJ1Y21leGs|Current Rulings Document, 7 December 2004]]
 +  * {{CRD_2005_0118.pdf|Current Rulings Document, 18 January 2005}}
 +  * [[https://drive.google.com/open?id=1fqCJ87RTkLSrQEj1cAErExJCVIPJeUhu|Current Rulings Document, 5 April 2005]]
 +  * {{CRD_2005_0809.pdf|Current Rulings Document, 9 August 2005}}
 +  * {{CRD_2006_0522.pdf|Current Rulings Document, 22 May 2006}}
 +  * {{CRD_2006_0522b.pdf|Current Rulings Document, 22 May 2006, second release}}
 +  * {{CRD_2006_0807.pdf|Current Rulings Document, 7 August 2006}}
 +  * {{CRD_2007_0129.pdf|Current Rulings Document, 29 January 2007}}
 +  * {{CRD_2007_0813.pdf|Current Rulings Document, 13 August 2007}}
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