I've recently started playing Magic: the Gathering again as, sadly, there just is not enough interest in Lord of the Rings to get a consistent game going.
The good news is that it's introduced me to many formats, one of which I think is particularly good for the remaining and dedicated LotR TCG Fan Base.
The format is called Sealed League and works like this: At the beginning of the league, everyone opens 6 packs. You are paired up with one opponent each week and play on your own time. At the end of two weeks, you open up a new pack and change your deck accordingly. At the end of four weeks, you open up another pack, and so on.
This works great for Lord of the Rings players since it lets you spend a minimal amount to play (1 Sealed Deck and 6 boosters costs less than $10 these days). And it also lets you play in an environment where everyone is on the same playing level, and does not need to be present all at the same time.
If you've got 3 or 4 friends who want to play, but it's hard to get them all together at the same time, give this format a shot!