This article is sponsored by NetEase Games. The Lord of the Rings is much younger than you might think, with the first book in the trilogy not appearing until 1954. It seems timeless. Thanks in part to the awesome Peter Jackson movies, we all know the story of The Lord of the Rings. We have all seen Gandalf, Frodo and Sauron in the flesh, and we have all visited Minas Tirith and Barad-DUR. The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War, from NetEase, lets you meet these characters and visit these places again in an all-new, totally original storyline. The One Ring has mysteriously resurfaced in the remote castle of Dol Guldur, and the races of Middle-earth all want it. Cue a war between Gondor, Rohan, Mordor, Isengard, Angmar and the other factions of men and monsters. There you are, too, whether as a two-shoe community or as a growling, smelly Warband. The gameplay of this “geostrategic seasonal war game” is tile-based, with Middle-earth sliced into a giant grid that you have to take one square at a time. It all starts, however, with your settlement. To go anywhere you need to keep your colony healthy and prosperous, upgrading your buildings, training your troops, recruiting commanders, etc. Each tile you take gives you resources, which you can reinvest in your colony, which in turn makes your army stronger and more capable of taking valuable tiles. It all takes time. So much time. Lord of the Rings: Rise to War has a lot more in common with more in-depth strategy titles than it does with more casual entries in the genre. You are at war and your strategies unfold over weeks and months rather than minutes and hours. Cutting off your opponents’ roads, disrupting their resource-gathering abilities, and striving to reach Dol Guldur are all long-term endeavors that require patience and tactical might. It’s happening right now, so head over to the Google Play Store, App Store, or Galaxy Store to get involved.