It seems a shame that the long-time fans, who have been buying the cards as soon as they are released, have to live with the pre-errata text, while the newbies get to buy the "corrected" reprints (assuming that the reprints have errata applied). This discourages early adoption, since in the long run, it is more economical (and less frustrating) to avoid initial prints, and to instead wait for the reprints.
The errata and the fact that the core set does not contain 3 of each card, combine to encourage people to avoid the physical cards altogether, and just play virtually, with OCTGN or LackeyCCG, which have no card limits and can be kept up to date with the latest errata.
I for one only play virtually these days; I don't bother with the physical cards anymore. I still buy the cards (since I am a collector and a bit of a goodie-goodie), but I know many people stopped buying the cards once they learned the advantages of playing virtually: up-to-date text, 3 of each card, no need for card sleeves to hold proxy and errata info.
Note: I also find it very interesting how heavily FFG promotes their card sleeves; the errata and less-than-3 card counts in the core set help encourage the use of card sleeves. More errata equals more sleeves, which equals more money for FFG.
I am also hesitant to teach anyone to play with the physical cards, since they are out of date and incomplete.
It would be great if FFG could "patch" their cards, by selling a bundle which corrects the problems and omissions which exist in the first print run:
- 3 of each card in core set
- difficulty icons (for easy mode)
- revised rulebook
Since those fixes by themselves might not be sufficient to entice long-time fans to purchase the patch, FFG could throw in some extras:
- nightmare cards (already designed)
- boons/burdens for early scenarios (requires design)
They could also throw in a play mat or some other cool item that fans would love to get.
If the above bundle has a decent price, I'm sure they could get fans to buy.
But if the above bundle never exists, and fans are stuck with an incomplete and increasingly out of date set of physical cards, more and more people will simply move to OCGTN and LackeyCCG, and of those people, only a subset will continue paying for cards. Even worse, the long-time fans will encourage newbies to play virtually as well, since the physical cards are "broken". And those newbies will have no incentive to every pay FFG or anything.
I think errata and incompleteness are the worst things about LotR LCG.
And honestly, if someone asked me about LotR LCG today, I would encourage them to play OCGTN instead of buying the real cards, because of the errata/incompleteness issue.
If FFG can fix the problem (by issuing a "patch" or a complete/up-to-date "2.0" version), then I will once again recommend the physical cards. But right now, the physical version of the core set is frustratingly "broken", so I cannot recommend it as a starting point to someone just getting interested in the game.