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  1. Hello! For anyone lucky enough to have gone to Gencon 2014 (and maybe even participated in the first ever Conquest tournament), do you recall what the prizes were for the top several entrants? I know about the Blood Angels Veterans card given to anyone who entered, but were there playmats handed out? If so, does anybody have a description, or picture? Thanks in advance!
  2. During the In-Flight Report at Gen Con 2013, out of the mouth of Christian Petersen, FFG CEO, the new scale to be used for transport and capital ships is the "feels right" scale - which he explained is not going to be static, but will likely change for each and every release. Probably not what you were hoping to hear, but looks like that's what it's going to be.
  3. Whoa, wait, what? There are cards that allow us to cancel When Revealed effects?
  4. For a player on a budget, it seems to me that The Hobbit: On the Doorstep would by far provide the most value for your money. Not only do you get a significantly greater number of Hero and player cards than you would in an adventure pack, but you also get three entertaining, radically different and in their own way challenging scenarios. They're no Lake-town level of difficulty, for sure, but I enjoy them nevertheless. Plus, checking prices on Amazon, it only costs about 30-40% more than an Adventure Pack / Print on Demand scenario. For the remainder of your purchases, I would suggest you pick up Lake-town only when you want a significant challenge. Otherwise: Shadow and Flame (reasonably fun, can be challenging) > Encounter at Amon Din (kinda fun, interesting theme - easy, but maybe more difficult than the other APs you don't own yet) > The Long Dark (can be fun with many players) > The Hunt for Gollum (I have some great memories of this quest, and it can be pretty fun, at times) > The Dead Marshes (can be fun or annoying)
  5. Pretty interesting that the devs have apparently changed their mind about a couple rulings, in this FAQ. Historically, they've ruled that attachments can be played on encounter cards that are "immune to player card effects." For example, Ancient Mathom onto The Carrock. Also, the ruling that card text is not active on any player cards attached to a Nameless enemy (by merit of its Forced effect), is new; they mentioned in the past that it would be a funny and legal (albeit, likely unintentional), means of attaching a Forest Snare to such an enemy. Huh.
  6. Thanks for the offer, Glaurung, but we already have the first set of nightmare cards ready to go for as soon as we wrap up our first three "Against the Shadow" adventure packs.
  7. Oh, lots of different reasons. For some, their interest in the game itself has waned over time, and for others, they've just gotten increasingly busy - kids, work, other hobbies, etc. That, combined with scheduling conflicts (primarily because of yours truly), makes COTR as a whole a little bit of a tricky affair to record, let alone any additional projects. It's certainly something that could and likely will happen in the future, though. To everyone else, very glad to hear you're enjoying the series! New episodes should be due out soon, and I'll be headed home to work on editing together our playthrough of The Steward's Fear in just a few minutes, actually.
  8. I lol'ed. Geez. The series started so long ago, it's hard to remember exactly what made me want to start it in the first place! A long time ago, I used to write unecessarily thorough and (quite literally!), exhaustive reviews for each and every expansion for Amazon, but ended up burning out on that, once they started becoming a little too analytic and narrative to be useful, succinct reviews for consumers. Once I started using OCTGN as a means of playing with people over long distances, I figured that videos would be a fun, and much better method of showing off each and every scenario. Cardboard of the Rings is certainly a fun show to be involved in, but due to the different playstyles and preferences of each host, it doesn't always go into the depth of analysis for each card and scenario that I would prefer. I could often drone on and on about each and every card, but almost always choose not to, so that COTR can be what it should be; a light-hearted, fun, and mostly unedited collaboration of a bunch of different folks that are irresistibly drawn to LOTR LCG, with the opinions and personality of each host taking precedence over analyzing everything to death. However, The Progression Series gives me creative control I would never want to take from Brandon (the creator of COTR), and allows me a convenient, appealing means to discuss this game I am so passionate about (in the depth and intricacy that I prefer), and to also provide pleasing visuals for the viewers - though the "card review" videos weren't something that was planned for in the beginning, I love being able to show each and every card, on-screen, for quick viewer reference, which is something that is unfortunately impossible on a purely audio podcast. I think that Matthew and I first started talking when he, as a COTR listener, got involved in a game-related discussion with me, and he and I just became fast friends. We played a TON of games of Summoner Wars on the iOS, Orcs Must Die 2, and a number of other games - we just kinda bonded over time. After the Amazon reviews stopped, but at the height of my interest in COTR, I used to make videos of myself playing solo games on OCTGN, or sometimes with viewers, but due to a very vocal minority of my viewership and COTR critics giving me and COTR as a whole quite a bit of unrelenting and destructive criticism, I was slowly but surely discouraged from continuing to put effort into generating content for the community. As a result, my interest in recording COTR waned, and I stopped making videos entirely for something like 6 months. Eventually, COTR recorded a "2012 year-in-review" episode, wherein we discussed our "naughty list" for the year, among other things. I kinda opened up and shared with everyone that I had lost most of my interest in recording COTR, and all interest in doing videos, but I couldn't help but remember how much love and passion I have for this game - as a dedicated player for two years now, there's just something about this franchise that always pulls me back in, even when community response to my contributions has me down and discouraged. Thus, after recording that episode, I thought to myself "what would be a fun, exciting and useful project to work on?" and I came up with the idea for the progression series. Since Matthew and I play through each expansion in sequence, and gradually increase our card pool just like we did when we were all new players, I thought it would be something that will in many ways never be outdated; for example, since we assessed the Heirs of Numenor cards without comparisons to any of the Against the Shadow adventure packs, if a new player years from now doesn't own any of those "future expansions," the reviews should still be relevant, so long as they make their purchases in chronological order (as FFG "intends"). Matthew was the natural choice for co-host, as he and I had grown to be great friends, and the COTR co-hosts' schedules either didn't match my own, or wouldn't allow for a lot of time spent making a video series. Plus, Matthew and I are both pretty analytical people, so our personalities mesh fairly well. Certainly a lot to read, but that's pretty much the story of the series. Though my motivation took a bit of a dip recently due to some silly and unfortunate game-invalidating errors (necessitating re-recording and re-editing of a few episodes), my motivation to "complete" the series to catch up to current content is back in spades. And as an aside, benhanses, that's funny that you have friends in Yakima that play LOTR LCG! That's where I live, in fact.
  9. I'm glad that passion comes through in the videos - and thanks for the kind words! I've certainly never claimed to be an expert player, and though I love talking about LOTR LCG (particularly evaluating player cards and encounter decks), my actual play for this game, be it solo or multiplayer, is pretty much limited to a handful of games to test out new scenarios prior to recording COTR, and then whatever you see recorded for the Progression Series. Alas, I don't have the luxury of an IRL group of friends or an FLGS to play with, or at, but that doesn't stop me from wanting to remain a contributing part of the (with few exceptions), fantastic community that has developed for this game over the last two years. I'm by no means the most experienced player, but I nevertheless have a blast playing this game, and love sharing that enthusiasm and passion with anyone interested.
  10. Though Matthew and I have met before (between Episodes 003 and 004), we live very far apart from one another. I'm in Washington State, for instance, and he's all the way over in Arizona, so unfortunately, any time we want to record there's a lot of schedule coordination that has to go into it!
  11. Glad to hear everyone is enjoying the series! 1. Yes. I've had the physical cards for months now, but haven't actually ever gotten around to trying them! Matthew and I have the ability to create our own, custom sets for OCTGN, so you will someday see videos for not only the first season of Nightmare decks once we "catch up" our series to current content, but also the upcoming season two that I have pre-ordered. Furthermore, once we get back from GENCON 2013 (both Matthew and I are going with much of the COTR crew), we'll be eventually releasing a video for The Stone of Erech, as well. 2. Originally, I tried to put out videos once every 3 days. I think I maintained that for about 3 months, and it sucked away every drop of my free time. As a result, I ended up burning out and not wanting to touch the series for about a month, and am just now getting back into the groove. I'm currently feeling motivated to try to finish, though, so hopefully videos will come out no slower than once a week, and ideally a little faster than that. The card review videos in particular can be fairly monumental editing tasks! 3. I can guarantee that things will be changing up in the near future. Once we reach The Steward's Fear (which Matthew and I intend to record today!), we'll at the very least have to put the Outlands deck through its paces, and I am excited to eventually deviate from Dwarves. Here's hoping that FFG does end up elevating the power of "Hobbit," or "Gondor" and other traits so that players end up with more "top-tier" options.
  12. Greetings, forum goers! My name is Mitch, and I'm one of the co-hosts of the Cardboard of the Rings podcast. I haven't posted here in an age, but I wanted to share with those in the LOTR LCG community that are as of yet unaware of it, a project I've been working on for some time now. Since December of last year, both myself and a gentleman named Matthew (user Dain Ironfoot of these forums), have been slowly but steadily creating HD-quality video play-throughs of each and every existing scenario. We just recently published our 50th Episode, are looking to release many more installments in the near future, and wanted to spread the word. The name of our project is The LOTR LCG Progression Series, wherein he and I play through each and every expansion for our beloved franchise in the order of its chronological release; for instance, when playing through Conflict at the Carrock, we built decks as though A Journey to Rhosgobel and other, future releases do not exist. However, we also adhere to the most up-to-date version of the FAQ, so that all of these cards nevertheless function as the developers intended them to. In this way, hopefully the videos appeal to beginners and veterans alike. At the present moment we are working our way through The Hobbit: On the Doorstep Saga Expansion, and in our very latest installment we try our hand at playing The Battle of Lake-town. Beyond merely releasing scenario play-throughs, we also do in-depth card analyses for each and every release, and the series has been a blast to produce thus far. For an example, check out our recent review of The Hobbit: On the Doorstep Player Cards. If you've never heard of our videos, I strongly recommend you check them out, and if you've only seen our early episodes, I would definitely encourage you to take a look at some of our later adventures - we had a great time with Heirs of Numenor. In any case, we hope you enjoy the series! We love sharing our passion for this game with everyone.
  13. richsabre said: you must remember that silvan is perhaps the poorest devleoped race in the game. in time i see that she shall become more useful….afterall, thinking at it like this- FFG pruposely created this character..they had no real narrative to go on or anything, therefore for them to make a weak hero seems a bit too much of an oversight for me rich I think someone is forgetting about Esgaroth and Dale!
  14. Welp, looks like Forlong is easily a contender for best Ally in the game. I don't want to proclaim "broken beyond all comprehension" quite yet, but wow.
  15. Glaurung said: I think i will get it in few days. probably wendesday….. Can you tell me about a quest? HOw is it? Interesting? Difficult? What about encouner cards? Spoiler alert: you are not going to like the new scenario, Glaurung.
  16. Glaurung - It doesn't take elf-eyes to see that tripecac has made some perfectly rational, logical points, which unfortunately, you only served to reinforce in the response you posted. For someone whom has cast stones at me personally for allegedly claiming to be an expert at this game (something, need I remind you, that I have never once claimed to be), you are extraordinarily entitled; "I have been on these forums for longer than you! Do you know who I am? I know this game by heart! I demand you respect me!" You certainly have the right to criticize anyone and everyone that your heart so desires; of course, you should also understand that everyone else has the right to ignore you. If that means my blocking you on YouTube several months ago, shortly prior to my long hiatus from producing any videos, guess what? I chose, and continue to choose, not to needlessly subject myself and my viewers to your, in the words of King Theoden, reckless hate - purely destructive criticism. Here's some advice for you, since you seem to take it upon yourself to coach everyone else on how best to play this game; telling me, or anyone else, that I (or they), "don't know how to play the game" does not do anyone any favors. In the video you mentioned, where I forgot that Matthew had a Snowbourne Scout in his discard pile and I had a Stand and Fight event sitting unused in my hand, it was not because there is something "fundamentally wrong" with me. It was a simple mistake, and as Matthew so eloquently wrote, there is much more going on in my mind when I'm trying to make a video worth watching than "what is the optimal play at this exact moment?" Plus, since you don't seem to use OCTGN, the fact that my teammate's discard pile is not visible to me in this digital format did nothing to prevent this, in hindsight, glaring error. Do I claim to be a paragon player, as you seem to about yourself? No, I do not. In fact, sitting down and playing enumerable games of LOTR LCG is far from my primary use of free time; I generally play a new scenario a handful of times, usually until I am victorious and have at least some personal play experience worth mentioning on the Cardboard of the Rings podcast, and then I move on to doing something else. In fact, I will openly admit that, due in large part to the unrelenting and frustrating, derogatory comments from you and a couple of others that tarnished and deadened my enthusiasm to continue producing videos and participate in Cardboard of the Rings, I did not touch LOTR LCG in the space of time between the end of Gencon 2012, and the release of Heirs of Numenor. While I very much enjoy being an active part of this card game's online community, I will readily acknowledge that I do not put in nearly as much playtime as some, and unlike yourself, do not play scenarios to death; there's certainly no "get together with people on the weekend for some games of LOTR LCG" for me, where I live. As a result, yes, admittedly I not only make mistakes, but am therefore a sub-optimal player due in large part to my lesser experience, relative to many others. Does this prevent me from having passion and enthusiasm about this game? No, it does not. Does it prevent me from being a, dare I say it, relatively skilled player? No, it does not. Does pointless flaming from you and a few others discourage me from putting in the time and effort required to generate content that the vast majority of the LOTR LCG community not only tolerates, but in many cases, enjoys? It certainly did, for many months, though I've yet to entirely abandon this game, and am glad to finally be back producing regular content. As this is far from the first time that you've criticized me, or any of the individuals that participate in the Cardboard of the Rings podcast or videos, I've seen from experience that, when confronted, just like you've done now, you temporarily rescind your insults and flaming and claim that you're only trying to be helpful; of course, down the road, you crawl back out of your hole (just as you originally did, in this thread), and pointlessly unleash still more hatred upon our content. If someone likes our series, great; we appreciate their views, comments, likes, and what have you. We have certainly come to understand that you, personally, do not; pointing out mistakes and providing suggestions for how to improve our play, decks, and our series is very helpful, as many viewers have readily, and tactfully, demonstrated, for both the COTR podcast and LCG Progression Series. However, you have demonstrated time and time again that you are unable, or perhaps unwilling, to do this; therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to encourage you, Glaurung, to abstain from viewing any future COTR content. Either take the burden upon yourself to comment in a mature, sportsmanlike manner (as befiting an alleged former pro MTG player), or avoid the Progression Series and podcast entirely. You have shown yourself to be an above average player, with plenty of reasonable advice and sound suggestions to make; your input would certainly be appreciated, but abrasive and derogatory comments will continue to be ignored, and continue to do little more than generate needless frustration and ire.
  17. Just in time for the new year, Episode 38 has arrived! Be sure to join your hosts as we take a look together into the Mirror of Galadriel!
  18. Ted Sandyman said: Hi mitch, just wanted to say keep the videos coming!! Ive had a pretty stressful time recently and your vids have helped me unwind and get thru it. I enjoy your clear explanation of the steps involved and the pace of your games. Well done, all LOTR LCG fans greatly appreciate your time and effort spent on all that you guys do. Cheers. Glad to hear that you've enjoyed them, and thank you very much for the feedback! I've been away from the video production scene (and my LOTR LCG playing has dropped off considerably), since a few months ago - details to come in Episode 38, which should be live sometime soon - but in the meantime, it's great to be back, and the new series has been a blast to make, so far. As soon as Matthew gets back in town from out of state, we'll be churning out many, many more!
  19. So I finally got around to updating this thread, in preparation for the upcoming Episode 38! For those of you new to Cardboard of the Rings, or that haven't listened in a while, be sure to check out our latest episode: Episode 37 - Double Deluxe As well as our latest and greatest, ongoing series of videos, created by co-host Mitch and listener Matthew D: The LOTR LCG Progression Series Look for Episode 38 to drop soon, and until then, best of luck to you in your continued adventures in Middle-Earth!
  20. DagobahDave said: Anybody want Pizza Rolls? They're all I really eat.
  21. After an amazing time at Gen Con, the COTR guys are back to discuss our newly revealed Heirs of Numenor expansion, as well as to give an extensive trip report in Episode 32 - Not Just Gen Con! (aka Handful of Benadryl) If you missed it (it was never announced on these forums), be sure to also check out our discussion of our latest FAQ update in Episode 31 - Beravor is Always Ready for a Good FAQ !
  22. Discover yet another brilliant use for KET in the latest episode of Cardboard of the Rings - it's Episode 30 - The Pearl of Middle-Earth!
  23. booored said: everyone makes mistakes… this is the point… rich and G and dan say they don't but that is bull, the fact that it is solo means if you make a mistake YOU NEVER NOTICE.. so you probably think you are playing right but i assure you, you aren't. Spesh G who claims such a win ratio.. he for sure is cheating. If you make videos like tragic and those cardboardof the rings guys, then you are opening yourself to the public, and people pointing out when you suck. That isn't being mean.. your the one that is sucking and getting it wrong.. not them Tragic is a bit better at this than the cardboard guys, even though he gets more wrong, as he is just having fun, despite what dan thinks.. winning and rules are WAY down the lsit of what makes a game good. The Cardboard guys put on all these airs liek they are telling us something, talking with all this authority when they are way way way worse players than most of the people that post on this forum. I think that is what pisses me off and probably what anoys G as well.. if your going to post and set yourself up as a authority on the game then yes.. you should probably NOT play liek a total pudding. Things I have learned from Booored's criticism to make better videos: - Begin each video explaining that I am a "way way way worse player" than most people who post on the FFG forums. Hopefully, doing that will ensure that as few people as possible are exposed to my terrible gameplay and close out of the video as soon as they can. - Be sure to remove any hint of enthusiasm, energy or passion from my voice, because I don't want to come off as an "authority" - No matter how many mistakes other players make, they will always be better than me (this is a highly logical statement) Some idle thoughts: - I've never once described myself as an "authority" on this game. - Booored has spent over a year critiquing almost every single player that ever posts anything on these forums - hasn't he been trying as hard as he can to seem like an "authority" himself? He will deny this, I'm sure, but really, think about it. - Is Booored jealous that there are people out there that respond positively to me, or Tragic, or COTR, whereas most posters tend to think he's an ignorant troll that continues to run these forums into the ground? Hmm.
  24. First of all, I agree with everything that Brian (FallenTurtles), wrote in his post. Second of all, Glaurung - I was the one that deleted your comment from YouTube, because as soon as I read it, I had a very difficult time resisting the urge to just come out with it and once and for all to tell you to go f*** yourself. I'm glad I didn't, but as soon as I had deleted your comments out of irritation, I wished I hadn't - once my initial reaction subsided, I would have much rather written something like I have now, so in that way, thank you for coming to this thread and giving me a second chance to express myself in response to still more snarky, antagonistic comments. You say that criticism makes people better players, and most of the time, I would agree with you; the problem, however, is that you are not a constructive critic. Leaving a comment that says "can you even read???" is not constructive, nor does it make anyone a better player. It's nothing more than a thinly veiled personal attack directed toward me or the countless other individuals and forum posters that you have directed your "criticism" toward. Your other comment, mentioning that I did in fact overlook the "response" ability on quest card 2B (I mis-read it as Forced), was actually constructive - I had made an assumption, and stand corrected. However, when you and Booored suggest that the people responsible for producing this podcast and the videos don't "understand how to play the game," purely because of simple mistakes like this, that just comes off as malicious and ignorant, and generates ire toward the both of you. Have you ever stopped to think that maybe it would make for a boring video or podcast if there were frequent or long pauses to process every possible piece of information, or to read every single card verbatim? Have you ever stopped to think that some of us don't want to dedicate the amount of time and effort necessary to ensure that everything is perfect? I have not committed every single card in the game to memory, and there are plenty of scenarios I haven't played for months - deal with it. Neither the podcast or the videos are scripted or rehearsed (nor will they be), and therefore, mistakes happen. I would love for either of you to release a recording of one of your own gameplay sessions, or to put out your own podcast, just so you might begin to understand that they are different than posting on a forum - you cannot easily edit your content. If we mispeak on the podcast, or don't take the time to look up a rule, it's in the interest of keeping the running time within reason (the podcast already tends to run two hours long), and it's more important to us that we create interesting and engaging material (your mileage may vary), than to get everything perfect; plus, not every co-host has as much time to dedicate every other week. If we get a rule wrong, it isn't because I, or any other co-host has some sort of mental deficiency, and it isn't because I, or any other co-host, doesn't "understand how to play the game." Mistakes happen. Criticism is helpful, and welcome, but the garbage that you and Booored consistently, incessantly post in this forum is rarely constructive, especially so far as anything related to COTR is concerned. As much as I appreciate every single person that listens to our podcast and/or watches our videos, I would welcome the opportunity to never have to read so much as a single additional post from either of you two. By the way: all of this was written in haste, so you'll have to excuse me if I made any mistakes. - Mitch
  25. Looks like the complete Foundations of Stone set is now available to everyone BREAKING NEWS: Andrew Stabbed With Morgul Blade ! (Episode 29 is live!)
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