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  1. TwiceBorn


    I suspect a 2nd edition may see the light in the next 2 years or so. Amazon Prime developing a LotR TV series and spin-off for release around 2021 (https://www.digitaltrends.com/movies/amazon-lord-of-the-rings-series-news-cast/) would be the right time to reboot and get a new crop of players interested in playing the game. I'm sure the 60+ expansions for this game (not counting NM packs) deter many current would-be payers from getting into it, even if the back catalog were to be reprinted on a regular basis. I know that I wouldn't start collecting a game that would be as deep in expansions at the time of "discovery" as this one is. And new/shiny core sets always spark a fever in gamers (even if the cost is losing some longterm players along the way). Just my thoughts... and all that based on the assumption FFG does continue to develop new LCGs, which is a whole other question.
  2. TwiceBorn

    The newbies first experience

    I remember Escort From Edoras (x3) playing a key role in my victories.
  3. TwiceBorn

    The newbies first experience

    All I'm going to say is... Dawn Take You All.
  4. It's obviously possible to have really bad luck playing the Khazad-Dum quests, but I don't remember it being anywhere nearly as hard as Escape From Dol Guldur and Return to Mirkwood. Bad starting hands evidently don't help. As I recall (and I think it's been 3 years or so since I played Khazad-Dum/Dwarrowdelf), The Redhorn Gate was way harder than Flight From Moria.
  5. TwiceBorn

    Favourite Quest as of December 2018

    Good question. I'll leave it to someone who may have voted in this manner (i.e., not me) to answer, if they are so inclined.
  6. Absolutely love your narrative style... fun to read, I nearly laughed out loud at your self-deprecating honesty. Keep at it, and keep posting!
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    Favourite Quest as of December 2018

    Might simply be a result of more people having played Across the Ettenmoors and not Nibin-Dum? I decided not to vote on this pair precisely because I haven't played Nibin-Dum yet. What set is that in, anyway? Sands of Harad? Wilds of Rhovanion?
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    Worse than I Thought

    I have a feeling they may be preparing to reboot the game, to eliminate the deterrent that the current, massive product catalogue poses to many new players looking to enter the game.
  9. Just completed a 78-game, Battle of Carn Dum marathon (standard difficulty, progression-style, respecting latest errata for Love of Tales) that began on November 6. Six games were two-handed, lost them all. The remaining 72 games were straight solo, and I only won twice (maybe three times, but had a feeling I made errors in one game... so two it is). And I'll admit it, in three games, I gave myself my "perfect" 11-card starting hand (was mostly playing a Bilbo/Erestor/Mirlonde variant of Seastan's song deck), which resulted in one win , one loss, and one game aborted due to errors. The one win in that context felt dirty, but at least it reconfirmed that victory was possible... if the cards aligned. So in the end, only 1 victory when playing 100% by the rules. That's way worse than my straight solo 50-card Core set win ratio vs. Escape From Dol Guldur! The vast majority of games were lost within the first five rounds. What a soul-crushing quest. Glad I won (and the victory was epic and hard fought), but I don't know if I have the energy to go through this again to achieve a 2-handed progressive-style victory in standard mode.
  10. Really enjoyed this write-up, and wish I could have been there. What a great idea to boost interest (and FFG support?) in the game, even though I had no idea the event was even in the works. https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/news/2018/11/16/con-of-the-rings/ EDIT: Clearly, I haven't been paying attention to prior posts in the Player Community sub-forum.
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    A Couple Questions

    I was trying to keep things simple for a new player who probably has a limited card pool, but thanks for the clarifications/reminders, Dale and Amicus. Your rules fu is acknowledged and admired. ?
  12. Got repeatedly spanked playing The Battle of Carn Dum, 2-handed, progression-style, standard difficulty. Tried a bunch of different decks, but it took no time to figure out their weaknesses the hard way. ? Yes, I know I could look up successful deck combos, and no, I don't want any advice... I like figuring these things out myself. May have to set the quest aside for a few days, though, as it's seriously been distracting me from my work... it's all I can think about!
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    A Couple Questions

    The hero with Unexpected Courage cannot, however, attack the same enemy twice in the same phase. Defending multiple attacks from the same or different attackers is fine, though.
  14. Finished my progression-style run against The Treachery of Rhudaur today. As an additional handicap, I haven't been using any LotR Saga cards as part of my progression plays (I have all the saga boxes, but they're still in shrink-wrap and will remain so until I decide to play through the entire saga ? ). Ended up playing 22 games, 10 solo (Aragorn L/ Elrond/Glorfindel S), and 12 two-handed (Elrond/Mirlonde/Rossiel; Glorfindel S/Galadriel/Idraen). Won 33% of my straight solo games, 25% of my 2-handed games. Guess my decks weren't the most reliable (e.g., Galadriel struggling to find Nenya in several games, and Imladris Stargazers that just wouldn't turn up), but when the engines worked as intended, they were solid. I'm both apprehensive and excited to go against The Battle of Carn Dum next, given the reputation that AP has.