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  1. Another co-op LCG?

    I think that the LCG model lends itself best to cooperative card games, for some of the reasons OP mentioned. I took a slight diversion from playing MTG to get into AGoT 1.0, and then also played SW LCG, only to see both games die and have essentially worthless cardpools lying around. When I reflect on the total amount of money that I spent on those two games combined, I realize that I could have bought a TON of MTG cards. And, I would still be playing with those cards to this day, whether in Modern, Commander, draft cube, or some other variant. And, not only would I still be playing with them, they would actually be increasing in value. For that reason, I just can't justify ever buying in to a competitive LCG again. I'll just buy MTG product instead.
  2. Advice on purchasing

    Thank you so much for the detailed reply. I think that this is just the thing that I am looking for. I will give it a try and let you know how it goes! I enjoy the Arkham Horror universe, but, as you mentioned, am also a huge LotR LCG fan, and so am not looking for another LCG to play. I am sure that the Arkham LCG is a lot of fun, but just not what I am looking for at the moment. I watched a few videos of people playing Elder Sign and it looks good!
  3. Advice on purchasing

    Hello: My schedule has been quite busy lately and so has my partner's. We both really enjoyed Mansions of Madness and used to play that a lot with friends, but just have not had the time lately. I am wondering -- is this a good game for two people to sit down with once a week and just play casually over a beer? In your opinions, does it have replay value? Does the game flow well, or do you have to stop every few seconds to read an entire paragraph off of a card? Don't get me wrong, my favorite games are complex ones. But, I am looking to pick up a game that simply has a large fun factor, high replay value, and not a super huge learning curve. Thoughts?
  4. New Amazon Show

    It's Amazon. It will be whatever statistical and market experts say will be most appealing to most people.
  5. Don't we have any playmats

    I think that I have all of the promo playmats that have been released for the game, aside from anything that was Gen-Con specific. I think that my favorite is the Eowyn and Witch King one.
  6. Don't we have any playmats

    I have all of the playmats, but I will never part with my precious.
  7. Newbie help

    You're going to get a few different answers. And, those answers will be colored by the experiences that the authors have had and their own journeys into the game. Here is my bias... I have played the game since it was released. I have had insane amounts of fun with it. My experience was getting each new thing as it was released. So, I am in favor of new players getting a core set, playing that thoroughly, and then buying new stuff in the order in which it was originally released. You get the real, organic feel for how the game has progressed and developed that way. Play, play, play, until you feel you have exhausted the "freshness" of the things that you have, and then by another adventure pack or two, etc. However, there are other completely valid arguments that some of the stuff early on in the game wasn't among the "best" that the game has had to offer, and more fun can be had by moving from the core set into some of the later deluxe expansions.
  8. what LCG will be the next to die?

    They no doubt started work on the revised core set long before its announcement or release. If the game were slated to end in the next year or so, I could see them still pushing through a revised core set as a way to maximize sales of existing product before the game ends.
  9. what LCG will be the next to die?

    NetRunner isn't going to last much longer than whatever has been announced.
  10. There was a Civil War variant of AGoT 1.0 -- you could construct the one main deck that everyone draws from and then draft with plot cards. That might be pretty fun.
  11. Future of the Game

    I agree. I do not think that it will be replaced. FFG will focus on Destiny and X-Wing.
  12. Game is Officially Dead...

    Yes, with LotR, you can essentially experience it as a brand new game at any time. You just buy a Core Set or two and play the scenarios in the Core Set many times, until you feel that you have gotten sufficiently good at the game, have experimented with different deck types, numbers of players, etc. Then, you can by the next product that was released, and then the next, and on and on. So, you can have the full, rich, organic experience of the game's development at any time, with no pressure from a competitive meta. The only issue I could see is if you are a new player and you are playing with someone who has the entire card pool, and their deck is constantly "outshining" yours in gameplay; that could be a little bit frustrating, for your partner to have a superstar deck and you're playing some of the more basic, low power level cards. But, even the Core Set and first cycle or two have some amazing cards that I still use constantly. I still go back and play the core set stuff regularly, and I have had the game since day one.
  13. Game is Officially Dead...

    This is sad news. I really enjoyed the design and mechanics of this game. I'll never forget the total joy when I was unexpectedly handed a free copy of the Core Set (then unreleased) when checking in at Worlds for AGoT in 2012. I played this game SO MUCH during the first couple of years. So many amazing memories of tense matches and really fun times.
  14. LOTR Digital streams discussions

    I am of the mind that it is a quite different game and a different experience. Nothing digital can match the feel of being around the table with all of the cards spread out and counters, dice, beer, etc. For me, if I do play the digital game, I will think of one as that awesome, real life, in person, kitchen table type of experience, and the other as that thing that I can play on the bus/train and while I lie in bed at night.
  15. Galadriel alt art

    It's pretty tough to do better than Magali. I also commented that the alt-art Galadriel looks like Scarlett Johansen. I swear she was the base for this new Galadriel and also for Imladris Stargazer.