Ok, so lot's of people complaining about the cost of core sets, APs, all that. I say:
Whatever dudes...have you SEEN how much $$$ people sink into MtG cards? It's insane. And for me, this is a far superior game to MtG. I tried, I mean really tried to get into it. But it just bored me silly. The theme is "over-the-top generic fantasy whatevers", the game play is typically imbalanced, there's an insane amount of powercreep, and there's absolutely no story or narrative feel to it.
I'm a theme player, through and through, and I like to imagine the events of the game playing out in my head--that's whats really enjoyable about this game, is that the setting is clear, coherent and awesome (because TOLKIEN) and the play itself is very easy to visualize except in rare cases (like eagles flying into Moria, or Sam Gamgee being the Steward of Gondor), which are easy to explain away.
So, I say go for it, it's a lot of fun, awesome solo and coop play, and you'll love it.