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    camacazio reacted to midwestborn86 in core plus khazad dum expansion   
    Yep. You should use Thalin and 3 gondorian spearman to take you through the mines of moria. They will make those 2hp goblins no threat. If you get a surge of goblins while Thalin is questing, you can very efficiently use a 'Sneak Attack' with a 'Longbeard Orc Slayer' to clear the bad guys from the game for only one resource.
    I used 1 core set well into my time becoming a pro at this game. Feel free to use cards you don't use as stand ins for cards you need as there are not 3 of every card in the core game but deck building rules allow you to use 3 of each card. (there are 3x in all expansins though)
    Tales from the Cards, Hall of Beorn, and Cardboard of the Rings, as well as these forums all have good info but they'll tell you what everyone in here will. Buy in order. Don't worry so much about print on demand or nightmare decks yet. There are no player cards in those so, less value and you'll want a larger card pool to take on those hard quests anyway. What a lot of people recommend is playing through each pack in order and experience the card pool as it grows. That is the truemagic of this game. They did a very good job of expanding the power of cards horizontllay not verticlally. So you'll get more options but not godlike powers. Though sometimes an older quest will become easier as it didn't anticipate a certain strategy like a 'Hama Lock Deck'. There was a moderate power boost when dwarves came out and a moderate difficulty increase in the third cycle that followed the dwarves to match it but the game really has rounded out and come into its own and I'd say this latest fifth cycle is the best one yet.
    Generally every cycle of 6 quests has a fun but easy-moderate quest to jump into and have fun, 4 challenging quests and 1 that is rediculously hard or like a boss fight. (Not always inthat order though). Same goes for the 3 deluxe quests that start off a cycle like you will find in Kazadum And Core. One will be moderate and fun and introduce you to new concepts, one will be challengng, and finally one is very challenging. Most quests can give you such an ugly setup things can get horriffic on turn one even if you are using the newest cards. You could actually enjoy the core set for a long time as the first quest is a great learning quest that can still be punishingly hard with bad luck. The third quest is a real challenge. The second quest to this day remains one of my personal favorites, a fan favorite, and is an absolutely amazing "deck tester" because it hits you with a little of everything and is a very well rounded challenge without being overly annoying with "instant loss" cards that make you hate to love or love to hate the game.
    Currently I have one of everything made minus nightmare and print on demand encounter decks. That is going to be a whole different animal I will tackle after getting through everything else. I mainly play with one other player (or two handed if playing solitare). The game is most perfectly balanced at 2 players and you'll really never want two people playing the same spheres so 1 of everything will be enough cards foryou and a gaming partner. For a long time I was doing great with 1 core set and you can totally do that but I'm such a huge fan of the game I ended up getting 3 total core sets for maximum deck building options. Only do this if you really get into the game and find it for way under MSRP online like for 25 bucks like I did.
    Most cards in core are 2x cards but the rules let you use 3 of every card in your deck. So out of 3 core sets I essentially made two core sets (6 of everything) and gave the other to my gaming partner. The few cards that are 1x are useless except for a readying effect called Unexpected Courage and a resource generator called Horn of Gondor but those are easy to use stand in cards for.
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    camacazio got a reaction from Raven1015 in Star Trek as Lotr-esque LCG   
    I know this might sound crazy, but the best star trek-based game on any media I've played is this one:
    http://www.wixiban.com/ccg/skybox-sttcg.htm
    It let you craft your own missions to go on, with a mission, plot, and discovery, giving your opponent chances to play enemies or spatial anomalies or whatever to stop you along the way. I saw this thing in a bargain bin back in high school, we played it like 3 times and threw it out but I still think this was the best to staying true to the source material. You could have great missions like "The USS Enterprise proceeds to explore an uncharted region of space, despite an alien warning buoy..." when Wyatt Urp attacks Kirk!
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    camacazio got a reaction from SilvanBouncer in Star Trek as Lotr-esque LCG   
    What does one imagine when they think a co-op star trek game could work? Going on away-teams together to solve interplanetary disputes or fight klingons? The repeated problem with making a game for Star Trek is that while it can inspire ideas for strategic space games, like the Decipher ccg, the heart of what makes star trek great isn't the characters or any setting, it is the ideas and allegories through the characters. What I'm saying is that anyone with the same kind of love for Star Trek as we seem to see in this LOTR game will hit a wall with never making something that is true to the source, that makes any sense as a star trek game outside of pictures of big space boats.
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    camacazio reacted to legolas18 in Absolutely all orcs were evil?   
    Probably got tired of us.
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    camacazio got a reaction from Olorin93 in Absolutely all orcs were evil?   
    Oh, another thought, and then my coffee break is over:
     
    I don't remember if this little bit is in the book, but I did like Faramir's musing over a dead Haradrim over who he was, what his sense of duty was like, etc etc. Very nice touch for one the best characters.
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    camacazio got a reaction from danpoage in Absolutely all orcs were evil?   
    Ah! So it is probably correct to think in terms of fascism then, which was recent to the writing very relevant, but after the war when fascism had become a bad word. Very harsh, then, to judge the people under a fascist, as the orcs would not have a say in the political or military motives of their leaders. Poor things, when Aragorn approaches the black gate, the mouth of Sauron appears all like "well ok, we had some ups and downs, but before this war escalates further, let's talk it out ok?" Oh but no, they'd rather throw that ring in the mountain to destabilize the central government system and complete their brutal fight against he orcs once and for all. No room for resources to a people in a completely desolate region, free of natural resources, unless you count ash as a natural resource. Only room for prejudice in the hearts of these free men.
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    camacazio got a reaction from danpoage in Absolutely all orcs were evil?   
    Oh, another thought, and then my coffee break is over:
     
    I don't remember if this little bit is in the book, but I did like Faramir's musing over a dead Haradrim over who he was, what his sense of duty was like, etc etc. Very nice touch for one the best characters.
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    camacazio got a reaction from Raven1015 in Absolutely all orcs were evil?   
    Ah! So it is probably correct to think in terms of fascism then, which was recent to the writing very relevant, but after the war when fascism had become a bad word. Very harsh, then, to judge the people under a fascist, as the orcs would not have a say in the political or military motives of their leaders. Poor things, when Aragorn approaches the black gate, the mouth of Sauron appears all like "well ok, we had some ups and downs, but before this war escalates further, let's talk it out ok?" Oh but no, they'd rather throw that ring in the mountain to destabilize the central government system and complete their brutal fight against he orcs once and for all. No room for resources to a people in a completely desolate region, free of natural resources, unless you count ash as a natural resource. Only room for prejudice in the hearts of these free men.
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    camacazio got a reaction from Dain Ironfoot in How much do you read flavor text on cards while playing?   
    I sometimes read the flavor text on characters to figure out from where the heck they were pulled out from the books, usually they don't help out at all so I'm all like "well ok, thanks, you faceless piece of game mechanic, I WILL put you in my deck"
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    camacazio got a reaction from PsychoRocka in Druadan Forest in 4 players   
    That's just the kind of stereotyping and slander that has made an attempt at peaceful negotiations a total bloodbath time and again.
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    camacazio got a reaction from chuckles in Druadan Forest in 4 players   
    That's just the kind of stereotyping and slander that has made an attempt at peaceful negotiations a total bloodbath time and again.
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    camacazio got a reaction from Raven1015 in Druadan Forest in 4 players   
    That's just the kind of stereotyping and slander that has made an attempt at peaceful negotiations a total bloodbath time and again.
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    camacazio got a reaction from Raven1015 in Druadan Forest in 4 players   
    Well of COURSE Ancestral Clearing sucks, everything we know tells us that you shouldn't go stomping around somebody's ancestral clearing. This was thoroughly explored in Pet Cemetery Poltergeist, and we should know better by now.
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    camacazio got a reaction from HeavyKaragh in Escape from Dol Guldor (ONLY CORE SET CARDS) - PASS!!!   
    Ok, I think I get it now. I've been watching some of Don Rickles's, Jeffry Ross', insult comic sort of acts lately, not a style of humor I too often watch. We all experiment with certain kinds of humor at some point, and insult comedy is a difficult one to get right. But when you think in terms of very rough-cut insult jokes, you start to see that booored is experimenting with his own material, not being a troll. Problem with that kind of humor is that if your audience doesn't know that it's a bit, it sets a very different tone. Personally, I'm a big fan of satire; at least there, if a joke falls flat, I just seem like I had a boring opinion.
     
    I think a mark of a great game is when it is fun even when you lose, and that's totally true here. I find Dol Guldor a bit too painful to revisit that often, but I'd definitely bring leadership to go after it for the same reason Legoland said; gotta make up for that lost resource!
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    camacazio got a reaction from chuckles in The Road Darkens (Saga) News!   
    Gandalf as a hero is a terrible idea.
     
    I brought up Boromir myself a few pages back, but as the one hero. I guess an ally is more likely though. It's a bit too meta-game to build the saga box assuming the players have another Boromir hero, but the rest of us don't want a 3rd Boromir hero. Perhaps we are due for another alternate Pippin.
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    camacazio reacted to Raven1015 in The Road Darkens (Saga) News!   
    You guys are all wrong. Get ready for the hero version of Bill the Pony! 
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    camacazio got a reaction from booored in Hama traps   
    This is a nice direction you're taking. However, you might be surprised by how well master of the forge/Anborn/Hama works, it is very good at filling the hand and cycling those traps for basically a free feint. The song of wisdom is super pointless when you have Bifur; even if the minstrel has nothing to hand over, yes I agree, it is a great questing force so I guess I'd bail on the song for another asfoloth for safety's sake but still have the minstrel. Great feedback.
     
    Absolutely going with the spear of the mark, because I wanted to use it without Dunhere AND I'M STICKING TO IT
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    camacazio got a reaction from chuckles in Top ten most powerful middle earth characters (3rd age)   
    I'm pretty sure Legolas and Gimli were the two most powerful beings in the 3rd age. They were able to jump into absurd battles, which would doom any being including the Witch King, and come out feeling like they just had a day at the spa.
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    camacazio got a reaction from Scroll Lock in Hama traps   
    The idea here is that it is always nice to be able to cycle quick strike or feint from Hama, but if only he could make the best of that spear of the mark! The thought I had was to get ithilien pit out there, hit with Hama, and use Anborn to cycle the pit. Forth Eorlingas is in there too for a couple extra chances to hit from the staging area while threat is still low, which is the first time I've had success with the event. It isn't the most deadly approach, but it is fun, especially when you are able to cycle a pit and then kill something with Hama several turns in a row. It is a little weak on questing for solo, though.
     
    Hero (3)
    Bifur (KD) x1
    Mirlonde (TDF) x1
    Hama (TLD) x1
     
     
    Ally (25)
    Anborn (TBoG) x3
    Guthlaf (TBoG) x3
    Gleowine (Core) x2
    Gandalf (Core) x3
    Erebor Hammersmith (Core) x2
    Gildor Inglorion (THoEM) x2
    Haldir of Lorien (AJtR) x2
    Master of the Forge (SaF) x3
    Miner of the Iron Hills (Core) x2
    Henamarth Riversong (Core) x1
    Warden of Healing (TLD) x2
     
     
    Attachment (12)
    Ithilien Pit (EaAD) x3
    Poisoned Stakes (TBoG) x3
    Ranger Spikes (HON) x3
    Spear of the Mark (TMV) x3
     
     
    Event (13)
    Quick Strike (Core) x2
    Feint (Core) x2
    Forth Eorlingas! (TMV) x2
    Radagast's Cunning (Core) x2
    Secret Paths (Core) x2
    Strider's Path (THFG) x3
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    camacazio got a reaction from la1cajun in Hunt for Gollum   
    cardgamedb.com has my deck-builder and card search of choice, but I never tried any others so there you go.
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    camacazio got a reaction from Dain Ironfoot in Escape from Dol Guldor (ONLY CORE SET CARDS) - PASS!!!   
    Ok, I think I get it now. I've been watching some of Don Rickles's, Jeffry Ross', insult comic sort of acts lately, not a style of humor I too often watch. We all experiment with certain kinds of humor at some point, and insult comedy is a difficult one to get right. But when you think in terms of very rough-cut insult jokes, you start to see that booored is experimenting with his own material, not being a troll. Problem with that kind of humor is that if your audience doesn't know that it's a bit, it sets a very different tone. Personally, I'm a big fan of satire; at least there, if a joke falls flat, I just seem like I had a boring opinion.
     
    I think a mark of a great game is when it is fun even when you lose, and that's totally true here. I find Dol Guldor a bit too painful to revisit that often, but I'd definitely bring leadership to go after it for the same reason Legoland said; gotta make up for that lost resource!
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    camacazio got a reaction from danpoage in Escape from Dol Guldor (ONLY CORE SET CARDS) - PASS!!!   
    Ok, I think I get it now. I've been watching some of Don Rickles's, Jeffry Ross', insult comic sort of acts lately, not a style of humor I too often watch. We all experiment with certain kinds of humor at some point, and insult comedy is a difficult one to get right. But when you think in terms of very rough-cut insult jokes, you start to see that booored is experimenting with his own material, not being a troll. Problem with that kind of humor is that if your audience doesn't know that it's a bit, it sets a very different tone. Personally, I'm a big fan of satire; at least there, if a joke falls flat, I just seem like I had a boring opinion.
     
    I think a mark of a great game is when it is fun even when you lose, and that's totally true here. I find Dol Guldor a bit too painful to revisit that often, but I'd definitely bring leadership to go after it for the same reason Legoland said; gotta make up for that lost resource!
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    camacazio reacted to danpoage in Escape from Dol Guldor (ONLY CORE SET CARDS) - PASS!!!   
    I wonder, do you just constantly check the forums for every opportunity to piss in someone's beer?

    And no, your signature does not give you license to be a jerk. This is a community filled with so many cool people, and a few orcs. Thanks for being the exception that proves the rule.
     
    "People should not use a signature to rationalize their lack of consideration for others"
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    camacazio reacted to Legoland in Escape from Dol Guldor (ONLY CORE SET CARDS) - PASS!!!   
    Hey - I´m so excited and I need to show it
     
    After hours and hours I finally finished Dol Guldor just with the Core Set (2x Sets) Cards!
    I firts skipped the quest, thougt I won it with 2; 3 and 4 players and go on until I reached the last Quest of Khazad Dum. Here I decided not to go on until I managed the the unbelivable hard Dol Guldor with only the Core Cards. I tried endless times because I wouldn´t belive that it is unbeatable.
     
    This is how I managed it:
     
    I choose Leadership, because the are the only Sphere which can handle with the low resource, because it creates more by Steaward of Gondor. Also you can handle the first part with almost every mix of the two not caught heros. And finaly it has the best joker option Seak attacking Gandalf^^. I played with 30 cards (as the Core Set are) and try to hit and quest as fast and hard as I could. What means, if starthand has no Gandalf, Sneak attack nor Steward, give up
    I don´t know how oftend I lost. I didn´t count. But it´s for sure something like 1 out of 50^^. But now I can say: It´s not unbeatable, quite the contrary. To my surprise it was many times very close 
     
    It feals great to beat it ^^ Thought it´s more luck than everything else xD
     
    Did you beat that quest just with Core Cards? And yes with which Deck and points?
    I had 148 points (49 threat - just one wrong card and I had died - but I didn´t )
    as you can see at the Quest Log. I try to beat every Quest with every Sphere, so maybe somebody beat it with another sphere too?
     
    PS: Still grining
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    camacazio reacted to Mndela in The Road Darkens (Saga) News!   
    Lol, he seems Steven Seagal
     
        
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