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  1. http://www.intrafin.eu/en/board-games/lord-of-the-rings-the-board-game-anniversary-edition-25109?fbclid=IwAR1ZwImsdDMqEmQhwSRWpTbet_rg7vcvWqFDbrM0uMJ0bjTXJi-znQOdzL8 UK site.
  2. Looks like an anniversary edition due at the end of August.
  3. You may have seen this already, but you can preorder on amazon in the us with a release date of 12/7/19. I highly recommend preordering.
  4. Yes. Just yes. Completely agree. I also am in love with Imperial Assault. My friends, at the moment, will not play it with me. I also am tired of playing the DM and if we are playing an app game, it's gunna be JiME. It's a shame, really, as I have spent a great deal of money collecting, painting, and organizing IA. but there it is.
  5. I find myself constantly returning to this game. I find it nails down several of my Lord of the Rings requisites. 1st, A feeling of traveling in the specific region. 2nd, A story that slowly unfolds. 3rd, Branching paths in the story (your choices change the outcome). 4th, Thematically appropriate mechanics coupled with immersive interactions with the other players. The last point in its favor, it’s easy gameplay and intuitive rules make the hurdle of learning the rules, so disagreeable to new players, almost nonexistent. Unlike Middle Earth Quest, War of the Ring, & The Battle of Five Armies, I can teach & play the game in under two hours. I am very hopeful that a great many expansions are in the pipeline, but am very pleased with the core product as it stands. I must here confess that I abandoned the Lord of the Rings LCG for the simple reason that I felt it was too abstract. I wanted a sense of location; in a word, a map! & so I have been savoring Hunt for the Ring and Journeys in Middle Earth with keen and regular satisfaction.
  6. I believe this is true. I’m not worried. I like playing two player most & the content is very thoroughly engrossing. I posit that there will be a few of these monster/boss mini expansions per deluxe box, much like IA. Given the stark differences between the products, I have a hard time imagining how they will handle the “what’s in the box, what’s mini expansion” question.
  7. Great question and I wonder if there will be role/trait restrictions. A role that is “Istari only” for instance.
  8. I’m hoping to see the map tiles cover more specific locations, as in “Bree,” or perhaps “Moria.” Some of the questions that has my interest is how will they manage Rivendell? How will they approach Minas Tirith? What of Rohan and, more specifically, the Gap of Rohan? So much potential, how will they divvy it up? What monster figures will come with? How big will a deluxe be?
  9. The potential to follow(ish) in the footsteps of the LCG! I imagine/hope-for a multi-expansion campaign encompassing the Hobbit and he Lord of the Rings. how would you handle the expansions?(delux, of course).
  10. I had a thumping good time playing this beautiful digital game. Terribly fun. Awfully unforgettable. -Brownmantle
  11. Me. i own a lot of this game, seldom get to play anymore (kids). That is going to change thanks to this.
  12. Me too, though I fervently dream of an app version of the game (along the lines of the Pathfinder card game). An app version would devour my waking hours.
  13. If so, this has been the longest swan song in the history of everything.
  14. I had this made into a playmat - it is awesome. That really looks good, Dan. I envy.
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