Greetings Fantasy Flight and fellow gamers,
I recently checked this site for updates to the Lord of the Rings Living Card Game, and was ecstatic to see that there are recent updates and previews. This was the first time in close to a month that I had checked the site. After seeing the announcement, the demo in Gencon, and subsequent releases in August it was rather disconcerting to hear nothing from Fantasy Flight Games concerning the Lord of the Rings LCG (hence my last post on these forums in November).
I am a tremendous fan of the Lord of the Rings (and other materials dealing with Middle Earth). I have been since I began reading (almost 18 years ago) the works Professor Tolkien created. I have played most of the games based on the Lord of the Rings. I find it increases the immersion I have with Middle Earth. This game is practically an automatic buy for me (and I assume it will be the same for many other fans of the Lord of the Rings). The prospect of playing in a cooperative card game based on a the Lord of Rings is exciting. Combining this with the chance to play in an era of Middle Earth not tapped much, the gorgeous card art, and the soloability of the game is what makes me ecstatic to play it. I am eagerly awaiting this release.
While I am a tremendous Lord of the Rings fan, another thing I am is a gamer that feels burned on numerous levels. Whether it be Decipher ruining the previous LOTR TCG (reset button in Shadows, the power creep in the last expansions, and the lack of regular development and communication in the end), WOTC ruining (or outright killing) too many games I have loved and giving a transparent reason that even a blind person can see through, or many game companies lacking in proper support for games that comes far short of the hype they had set up. For CCGs specifically, I am tired of the randomness that comes with purchasing the game. I have not bought into a game of the collectible form (CCG, TCG, LCG, Minis, etc.) in over 3 years. I admittedly have not had much experience in Fantasy Flight Games. I have some of their board games, and used to play Disk Wars years ago. I have never tried any of the LCGs, but the concept seems infinately more appealing than the CCG purchasing model. Many fellow gamers at my local game store have expressed alot of satisfaction in FFG.
The concept of Lord of the Rings being combined with the LCG format will be the thing to pull me back into the purchase of card game type games. I am jumping head first into this game. My game group is excited for the concept as well. I am going to do what I can to drum up interest at my local game store, and I will look into having demos (or running them myself if need be) for this game. I believe the purchase model matched with the cooperative design of a card game will be a great success in the current gaming environment.
I am putting alot into the compliments toward FFG from fellow gamers, and I pray that they are warranted. I hope the developers of the Lord of the Rings LCG have as much love for the world that Professor Tolkien created as us fans.
P.S. Sorry for the rambling. I just wanted to get some thoughts down.