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    Style75 got a reaction from Glaurung in New preview - Celebrimbor's Secret   
    SOLID GOLD ! ! !
     
    Caleb and Matt really deliver with these new cards. Much has already been said about the mechanics of these new cards so I'm going to focus on the flavor. In the books Galadriel was the great enabler who was constantly working behind the scenes to fight Sauron but didn't actually get her own hands dirty. This is perfectly described by the mechanics (and art!) of these new cards. I think it's absolutely perfect and even though we haven't seen all of the elf cards yet, the functionality of the new elf deck is pretty obvious and it's a perfect flavor/mechanics matchup. I have no doubt that the new elf decks will feel very "elfy", especially to anyone who has read the books and knows the lore behind the elves. After "Black Riders" gave us flavorful hobbit decks I was very optimistic about what would come next but this is even better than I had hoped for.
     
    Thank you Caleb and Matt, please keep up the good work!
     
    Now please get these AP's out to us as soon as possible......
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    Style75 got a reaction from Glaurung in New preview - Celebrimbor's Secret   
    SOLID GOLD ! ! !
     
    Caleb and Matt really deliver with these new cards. Much has already been said about the mechanics of these new cards so I'm going to focus on the flavor. In the books Galadriel was the great enabler who was constantly working behind the scenes to fight Sauron but didn't actually get her own hands dirty. This is perfectly described by the mechanics (and art!) of these new cards. I think it's absolutely perfect and even though we haven't seen all of the elf cards yet, the functionality of the new elf deck is pretty obvious and it's a perfect flavor/mechanics matchup. I have no doubt that the new elf decks will feel very "elfy", especially to anyone who has read the books and knows the lore behind the elves. After "Black Riders" gave us flavorful hobbit decks I was very optimistic about what would come next but this is even better than I had hoped for.
     
    Thank you Caleb and Matt, please keep up the good work!
     
    Now please get these AP's out to us as soon as possible......
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    Style75 reacted to danpoage in New preview - Celebrimbor's Secret   
    For anyone who doesn't mind proxies, and can't wait to try out the newly spoiled Elven goodness, I have a deck list on the blog that you will want to check out. With Saruman released as an ally in The Voice of Isengard, and the upcoming Celeborn and Galadriel heroes, we finally have all of the members of The White Council. Enjoy!

    http://hallofbeorn.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/deck-the-white-council/
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    Style75 got a reaction from Glaurung in New preview - Celebrimbor's Secret   
    SOLID GOLD ! ! !
     
    Caleb and Matt really deliver with these new cards. Much has already been said about the mechanics of these new cards so I'm going to focus on the flavor. In the books Galadriel was the great enabler who was constantly working behind the scenes to fight Sauron but didn't actually get her own hands dirty. This is perfectly described by the mechanics (and art!) of these new cards. I think it's absolutely perfect and even though we haven't seen all of the elf cards yet, the functionality of the new elf deck is pretty obvious and it's a perfect flavor/mechanics matchup. I have no doubt that the new elf decks will feel very "elfy", especially to anyone who has read the books and knows the lore behind the elves. After "Black Riders" gave us flavorful hobbit decks I was very optimistic about what would come next but this is even better than I had hoped for.
     
    Thank you Caleb and Matt, please keep up the good work!
     
    Now please get these AP's out to us as soon as possible......
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    Style75 got a reaction from Glaurung in New preview - Celebrimbor's Secret   
    SOLID GOLD ! ! !
     
    Caleb and Matt really deliver with these new cards. Much has already been said about the mechanics of these new cards so I'm going to focus on the flavor. In the books Galadriel was the great enabler who was constantly working behind the scenes to fight Sauron but didn't actually get her own hands dirty. This is perfectly described by the mechanics (and art!) of these new cards. I think it's absolutely perfect and even though we haven't seen all of the elf cards yet, the functionality of the new elf deck is pretty obvious and it's a perfect flavor/mechanics matchup. I have no doubt that the new elf decks will feel very "elfy", especially to anyone who has read the books and knows the lore behind the elves. After "Black Riders" gave us flavorful hobbit decks I was very optimistic about what would come next but this is even better than I had hoped for.
     
    Thank you Caleb and Matt, please keep up the good work!
     
    Now please get these AP's out to us as soon as possible......
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    Style75 got a reaction from Glaurung in New preview - Celebrimbor's Secret   
    SOLID GOLD ! ! !
     
    Caleb and Matt really deliver with these new cards. Much has already been said about the mechanics of these new cards so I'm going to focus on the flavor. In the books Galadriel was the great enabler who was constantly working behind the scenes to fight Sauron but didn't actually get her own hands dirty. This is perfectly described by the mechanics (and art!) of these new cards. I think it's absolutely perfect and even though we haven't seen all of the elf cards yet, the functionality of the new elf deck is pretty obvious and it's a perfect flavor/mechanics matchup. I have no doubt that the new elf decks will feel very "elfy", especially to anyone who has read the books and knows the lore behind the elves. After "Black Riders" gave us flavorful hobbit decks I was very optimistic about what would come next but this is even better than I had hoped for.
     
    Thank you Caleb and Matt, please keep up the good work!
     
    Now please get these AP's out to us as soon as possible......
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    Style75 got a reaction from Glaurung in New preview - Celebrimbor's Secret   
    SOLID GOLD ! ! !
     
    Caleb and Matt really deliver with these new cards. Much has already been said about the mechanics of these new cards so I'm going to focus on the flavor. In the books Galadriel was the great enabler who was constantly working behind the scenes to fight Sauron but didn't actually get her own hands dirty. This is perfectly described by the mechanics (and art!) of these new cards. I think it's absolutely perfect and even though we haven't seen all of the elf cards yet, the functionality of the new elf deck is pretty obvious and it's a perfect flavor/mechanics matchup. I have no doubt that the new elf decks will feel very "elfy", especially to anyone who has read the books and knows the lore behind the elves. After "Black Riders" gave us flavorful hobbit decks I was very optimistic about what would come next but this is even better than I had hoped for.
     
    Thank you Caleb and Matt, please keep up the good work!
     
    Now please get these AP's out to us as soon as possible......
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    Style75 got a reaction from Glaurung in New preview - Celebrimbor's Secret   
    SOLID GOLD ! ! !
     
    Caleb and Matt really deliver with these new cards. Much has already been said about the mechanics of these new cards so I'm going to focus on the flavor. In the books Galadriel was the great enabler who was constantly working behind the scenes to fight Sauron but didn't actually get her own hands dirty. This is perfectly described by the mechanics (and art!) of these new cards. I think it's absolutely perfect and even though we haven't seen all of the elf cards yet, the functionality of the new elf deck is pretty obvious and it's a perfect flavor/mechanics matchup. I have no doubt that the new elf decks will feel very "elfy", especially to anyone who has read the books and knows the lore behind the elves. After "Black Riders" gave us flavorful hobbit decks I was very optimistic about what would come next but this is even better than I had hoped for.
     
    Thank you Caleb and Matt, please keep up the good work!
     
    Now please get these AP's out to us as soon as possible......
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    Style75 got a reaction from Glaurung in How is Loragorn and Desperate Alliance valid?   
    I fully expect this to get overruled in a future FAQ once it's proven how broken this can be. And it'll only get worse as more cards enter the game to allow these kind of shenanigans. A single card should not allow a fundamental pillar of the game (threat) to be a non-issue. I have to hope that the designers just didn't realize how the card would be exploited (like Beravor and Zigil Miner) and revise the rules.
     
    How does everyone else feel about this combo? Have you played in really close game only to have threat become a non-issue using these tricks. I've seen this a few times now and I didn't find it very fun. It really felt like we were gaming the system and totally ruined my sense of immersion and narrative. In fact, I think it felt like cheating. Yuck.
     
    I'm also hoping they bring in a hand limit. I've played a few multiplayer games lately where the other player drew their entire deck. It totally ruined the game for me. I know that the new AP cycle has hand size hate, but that's just a Dunland gimmick and they can't do that every cycle going forward. With so much card draw and so many ways to recycle events, a hand limit is necessary to create tension. Having your entire deck in your hand is fun at first until you realize just how trivial (and uninteresting) the game becomes at that point.
     
    I really respect Caleb and Matthew and think they are doing wonderful things for this game, but there are some serious problems that need to be fixed properly (via errata and a new FAQ) and not through compensation using the encounter deck.
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    Style75 got a reaction from danpoage in How is Loragorn and Desperate Alliance valid?   
    I agree with Pharmboys2013 to a point... one of the great joys of a coop game is playing however you want to play it. The problem comes when I go to the game store to play a pick up game with whoever is there on game night. The last two times I've been paired up with people playing huge card draw decks or pass-the-Loragorn decks. I wasn't going to be a jerk so I didn't complain, but I have to admit that it really ruined the experience for me. The game was just un-fun playing that way. I've always been a big proponent of "play however you want to play" house rules, but standard rule sets do need to exist if there is to be any sort of organized play program, and those rules need to be solid. Furthermore, I worry that the designers are building in gimmick encounter deck mechanics to get around the broken combos (like the card draw hate of Dunland) rather than just dealing with the problem by adjusting the rules.
     
    I think the designers need to sit down and try playing through a few scenarios with a partner who is playing one of these broken decks and get a feel for just how much it ruins the play experience.
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    Style75 got a reaction from Gizlivadi in Captain of Gondor   
    I have to agree with Ana, I would love to see a new take on the location heavy quest, but done properly this time around (not just random wandering gathering up victory points).
     
    Back to the original topic..... I love this card but I'm not too fond of the art as it is way too similar to the armor used in the movies. I think FFG does it best when they present their own take on Tolkien's world and not mimicking Peter Jackson. Seriously, check out the comparison's below. FFG should be careful of Jackson's lawyers might take notice!
     
     

     

     

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    Style75 got a reaction from Raven1015 in morgul vale and blood of gondor   
    The Steward's Fear is my favorite quest of the cycle. This was a flavor grandslam as you really feel like you're exploring the city trying to unravel the conspiracy. It has really good replay value and doesn't require a gimmicky deck build to complete. Just be aware that it can be a very long quest which turns a lot of people off. You'll have lots of turns where it's just questing and no combat and then all of a sudden there's a big explosion of violence. I like that style of play ( I think it backs up the flavor of the quest) but it's not for everyone.
     
    The trick with outlands cards is to not be afraid to sprinkle some of them in a regular deck. Throw in a few of those swordsmen and the knights of the swan and you get cost effective ally support. Outlands does not have to be an all or nothing option. ALSO.... playing a full on outlands deck lets you try out the most difficult scenarios to get a feel for how it will play through. This will give you the knowledge necessary to build a new deck that can beat those quests. I really believe that a full on Outlands deck was intended to be an optional way to play easy mode with all of the hard cards left in the game.
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    Style75 got a reaction from Dain Ironfoot in Getting started   
    I highly recommend that before you rush out and start buying, you read the new player's buying guide put together by "Tales from the Cards".  It gives a detailed breakdown of all the products and of what use they'd be to new players based on how you plan to play the game.
     
    After that, browse the other new player guides that he has on his site, they're all very useful and have a ton of tips to make the game a lot more fun.
     
    Welcome to the community!
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    Style75 reacted to Pharmboys2013 in Captain of Gondor   
    That was a really great article overall.  Always cool to hear Caleb's insight and i think i speak for most of us that this game has a really exciting future in his hands.  This may seem overly cliche but he just "gets it".  We want theme, we want good player cards, we want trait support but we also want the spheres to retain their importance.  It seems he's accomplishing all of this splendidly
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    Style75 reacted to Tracker1 in Captain of Gondor   
    After reading the rest of the article, i think the developers are absolutely taking the right approach by respecting all players choices of how they want to play the game. I think they did a great job with this card, and I am excited to see the other titles, i'm very happy to have cards that are flexible, and can be used in a number of different decks. By providing more cards that play off of the seldom used traits of the different heroes, these cool cards should be able to be used in a variety of decks of theme players and optimal deck players (not sure what to call it). Very happy with the direction their going. Definitely enough to get me excited.
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    Style75 got a reaction from Dain Ironfoot in Getting started   
    I highly recommend that before you rush out and start buying, you read the new player's buying guide put together by "Tales from the Cards".  It gives a detailed breakdown of all the products and of what use they'd be to new players based on how you plan to play the game.
     
    After that, browse the other new player guides that he has on his site, they're all very useful and have a ton of tips to make the game a lot more fun.
     
    Welcome to the community!
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    Style75 got a reaction from Nerdmeister in How much do you read flavor text on cards while playing?   
    I love the flavor text when the cards are new. It puts the card into thematic perspective and reminds me of the relevant bits of story. I find that this helps me remember the card over the long term, makes it easier to recall its name and what it does. This is especially true of encounter cards. After I've played with a card a few times, I rarely read the flavor text unless its a favorite card.
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    Style75 got a reaction from Dain Ironfoot in Getting started   
    I highly recommend that before you rush out and start buying, you read the new player's buying guide put together by "Tales from the Cards".  It gives a detailed breakdown of all the products and of what use they'd be to new players based on how you plan to play the game.
     
    After that, browse the other new player guides that he has on his site, they're all very useful and have a ton of tips to make the game a lot more fun.
     
    Welcome to the community!
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    Style75 got a reaction from Nerdmeister in How much do you read flavor text on cards while playing?   
    I love the flavor text when the cards are new. It puts the card into thematic perspective and reminds me of the relevant bits of story. I find that this helps me remember the card over the long term, makes it easier to recall its name and what it does. This is especially true of encounter cards. After I've played with a card a few times, I rarely read the flavor text unless its a favorite card.
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    Style75 got a reaction from Raven1015 in Voice of Isengard Discussion   
    It'll be very interesting to see how the general fan base responds to easier quests this time around. If you were around here when HoN released, there was a firestorm of complaint over how hard the quests were. I wonder if the designers took that to heart and dialed it down a little (or a lot!)?  I can see the designers shaking their heads in disbelief if the majority of people complain about easy quests 
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    Style75 got a reaction from danpoage in A new priview is up!   
    This all gets a big thumbs up from me! This quest looks like fun, and I wonder how this boss battle will differ from the Morgul Vale (also has a three boss battle). The secrecy support is huge and I predict that Leaf Brooch alone will make secrecy a much more viable mechanic. The next thing that's needed is a hero or attachment that raises your secrecy level to 25 to make a lot of the older quests more secrecy friendly.
     
    I like the art on the box and would love to get that character as a hero. It's nice to see a female character who looks strong and tough and could hold her own in a fight against a pack of wargs. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy Arwen, Naith Guide and Galadhrim Minstrel, but I also think there's a place for female characters who look just as tough as Boromir.
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    Style75 got a reaction from Fippin in Card Sleeves   
    Funny, I actually find shuffling with sleeves so much easier than shuffling by hand. Check out this video to see my preferred method. It's fast, easy, and works great.
     
    I find the trick with sleeves is to train yourself to always hold your cards and decks by the edges instead of trying to compress them (compressing them causes them to spray everywhere, not fun). When you're shuffling, just let your grip slack off a little so the cards open up and just jam your piles together. Presto! shuffled deck.
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    Style75 got a reaction from HeavyKaragh in Card Sleeves   
    Penny sleeves for encounter cards, FFG standard clear sleeves for player cards and heroes. I'm really glad I sleeved because of all the times I've seen the sleeves scuffed up, covered in sticky stuff, crumbs, and nastiness. I play with friends and while I like them a lot, they don't love my cards the way I do.
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    Style75 got a reaction from Dain Ironfoot in Humbling   
    I remember having played the core set a half dozen times and being so frustrated I almost quit the game. Then I went online to read about deck building and discovered many, many tips that made the game a lot more playable. I would highly recommend that you check out the progression series on youtube as well as the websites: Master of Lore, Hall of Beorn, and Tales from the Cards. Each of these sites has plenty of deckbuilding advice plus tips on how to play the game.
     
    The reality of your situation is that until you get a bigger card pool, the game is going to be very difficult and success will be elusive at best. BUT.... that's part of the fun. The wins will come and when they do, they will feel very epic.
     
    One of the interesting things about this game is that every time you buy new player cards, you also get a new scenario which is really fun because each scenario is slightly different and lets you see the game in a new light and gives you new deck building ideas. As to which expansions to buy first, I would recommend you check out the New Players Guides on Tales from the Cards, in particular the new player buying guide. There's no need to rush out and buy everything. If you know what style of play you want, you can get the card packs that suit you best.
     
    Good luck with the game, and take heart, the learning curve is tough but the game is worth it. The more I play, the better it gets and I feel the game as a whole has finally hit its stride and the best is yet to come.
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    Style75 got a reaction from Dain Ironfoot in Humbling   
    I remember having played the core set a half dozen times and being so frustrated I almost quit the game. Then I went online to read about deck building and discovered many, many tips that made the game a lot more playable. I would highly recommend that you check out the progression series on youtube as well as the websites: Master of Lore, Hall of Beorn, and Tales from the Cards. Each of these sites has plenty of deckbuilding advice plus tips on how to play the game.
     
    The reality of your situation is that until you get a bigger card pool, the game is going to be very difficult and success will be elusive at best. BUT.... that's part of the fun. The wins will come and when they do, they will feel very epic.
     
    One of the interesting things about this game is that every time you buy new player cards, you also get a new scenario which is really fun because each scenario is slightly different and lets you see the game in a new light and gives you new deck building ideas. As to which expansions to buy first, I would recommend you check out the New Players Guides on Tales from the Cards, in particular the new player buying guide. There's no need to rush out and buy everything. If you know what style of play you want, you can get the card packs that suit you best.
     
    Good luck with the game, and take heart, the learning curve is tough but the game is worth it. The more I play, the better it gets and I feel the game as a whole has finally hit its stride and the best is yet to come.
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