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    I agree with the poster about giant spider and dungeon crawl type quests, these always go down well with me. I have a list of my own favourite quests based on the quest not the player cards, and grouped into type on my website > http://crusadersgames.co.uk/board-games/lord-of-the-rings-lcg/ Currently i really enjoy replaying Lost In Mirkwood & Return to Mirkwood, Seventh Level, Redhorn Gate, Treachery of Rhudaur - there are many good ones around though !
  2. What has happened to these items - i put in on pre-order from a UK store so long ago now and still no real details on dates or printing that i can see, unless i have missed the obvious ?
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    Angmar Awakened Cycle in stock

    yes - i mostly order from chaos cards or magicmadhouse myself
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    Angmar Awakened Cycle in stock

    i will wait - the uk does get its stock if your are patient enough - but it does not last long before its gone
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    Angmar Awakened Cycle in stock

    Excellent news about the cycle - i can soon pick off the final two missing packs from this cycle now in the UK (glad i waited and didnt pay silly prices for dread realm) - slowly but surely we will get the missing ones, my precious ...
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    Heirs of Numenor: Dethroned

    I play solo one deck, i do of course tweak my deck for a quest but i am not overly keen on having to specifically build a whole deck again to beat a scenario. Heirs of Numenor did not end up as one of my more favoured box sets overall, but it was better than i expected and i only bought it last year. Peril in Pelargir - well, i decided in the end that this is one of my least favourite quests of all time. I just got frustrated trying to win, and every time i felt like i was getting somewhere another nightmare card would undo me. Also the theme was a little boring to me. I can certainly see why this one is considered too hard. Into Ithilien - the easiest one in the box to me, tough yes but i was able to build a deck to cope ok and beat it from time to time. The rangers popping up is one of my favourite mechanics in the game. So an A+ from me as i like this quest a lot. Siege of Cair Andros - came across to me as a similar but harder Battle of Five Armies with Orcs instead of Goblins, which thematically makes sense for it to be harder. I enjoy it, but it is a quest i beat rarely. I generally do not mind losing multiple times if i genuinely feel i do have a chance for it all to come together soon in a great victory. I never got that feeling from Peril but i did for the other two. In the end i judge less by difficulty and more by did i enjoy the story, theme and did i want to keep trying the same quest over again > My box set views.
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    Journey UP the Anduin (WoR) help

    i have been playing this a lot solo and do not feel that i have ever come close to beating it - its got everything stacked up with multiple ways of adding enemies, nasty treachery and one or two really bad locations too, where is the respite. most quests i do end up beating it eventually but this one is for me proving to be tougher than most others i have recently tried
  8. Well i do have the two expansions required and now ordered Belthir off the back of this release - so hopefully others will also buy expansion content to play it which will boost sales and FFG will do well from it. They need to keep their stock levels up though. Maybe we will get an undead campaign or trollfens one later as well. A Bilehall campaign would be awesome.
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    Worse than I Thought

    Lots of interesting thoughts - the fact that print runs both of new releases and older packs sell out quick tends to suggest the game is popular enough to keep supporting - so maybe there is hope yet for a continuation. What would be really annoying is if the game is effectively cancelled with no more chances to get some of the older packs or cycles skipped. I have loads of content with over 74 quests if i include a couple of pre-orders and exclude nightmare ones > Crusaders Games but i would like to know if the end is near and ask that a final print of all packs is done so that we can blitz the missing ones. It is probably my only real concern about the game ending given many of us i am sure have enough content to last us. That said however i have had a lot of excitement around the latest cycle. I see me keeping this game forever, and eventually in retirement i will have a lot more time to spend going through all the quests again.
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    HELP! This game seems hard!

    You are building your own fantasy adventure story, two heroes sacrificed themselves for the benefit of others, and the goal was achieved. You won in my book, however there is room for improvement to try and defeat with all heroes intact. I always tell my own story as i play which helps make it fun win or lose really.
  11. I have played Woodland Realm both co-op and solo but i mainly play solo games - for me it is just the kind of thing i wanted, i love the Mirkwood core set scenario and this enables me to play it again with some new and some familiar cards but with new encounter wording, and it is a bit tougher too. Then i can effectively build my own adventure challenge or just go really random from a larger pool set. I think it is really fun and can't wait to add Wizards Quest to my set. Spiders and Orc's are one of my adventure favourite themes though so that helps a lot. I think it adds a lot of variety to quests as you can tailor your adventure to some degree. Woodland Realm is one of my highest rated adventures > http://crusadersgames.co.uk/board-games/lord-of-the-rings-lcg/
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    Just...just (sigh) REPRINT!

    i would be pretty upset if they change the deluxe boxes to a new style - i am a bit OCD about having a matching set of boxes on my shelf. Thankfully i do have all the cycle deluxe boxes released so far as i managed to fill some gaps this year. I do not imagine the plastic packaged ones will change but the saga ones would be a concern. I do think FFG should be more open about their release schedules - this is a collectable game and we should be advised if re-prints are / are not happening or if boxes are changing - it is an integral part of planning what to buy and when.
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    Low availability of LotR cards??

    Back on topic - i went looking for a couple of packs this week and was soundly surprised by how low the UK stock actually is - i could not find Steward's Fear, Thing in the Depths or Dread Realm anywhere unless i forked out over twice the price and Flight of the Stormcaller was also hard to find, and all my missing saga boxes not available either. It has to be said that with the launch of the digital version i would have expected a print run and stock to be high to pick up the demand from those who try the game and then wanting the physical experience. FFG miss a trick in my book by stocking up so slowly. Not much is even in their latest printing runs either - very sad, and a long wait ahead for me i feel, i made a big mistake holding off buying all in one bulk order two or three months ago !
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    Low availability of LotR cards??

    Managed to play a lot of Heirs of Numenor box this weekend and came away a little disappointed initially. It seemed to me at least that these quests solo are for more specific player deck designs rather than something you can play around with. Peril in Pelargir i never even got through stage 1 once, let alone complete the quest - this has the most annoying shadow effects ever and was frankly an unenjoyable quest, everything i do not like about a quest design to be honest - it feels like it is just there to frustrate you at every turn. Thankfully into Ithilien was better and i liked the rangers support idea. I did not win this either until a day or two later, but tweaking my deck and getting some ranger help was successful eventually and the theme makes me want to play it. Reading forums suggest tactics decks are the way to go. I am still not a fan where you have to go to very specific decks to be able to survive. Hopefully the cycle will eventually improve my thoughts of this series, but the deluxe box itself is only ranking just above the hobbits at the moment. It may just be my current mindset and hopefully it will grow on me a bit more over time. Lord of the Rings Webpage
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    Low availability of LotR cards??

    Thanks JonG i enjoyed reading your post. I agree with your assessments as well, my order is very fluid and i change it often when i re-try scenarios, my blog is just some helpful pointers really. Just to elaborate my thoughts a little... i was inspired to re-write the blog page a little too . Mirkwood - is higher from me than expected i think because i really love Mirkwood and spiders as a theme and also i really like Journey along the Anduin - these two quests lift the cycle when included in the assessment and i agree the cycle itself is not the greatest but then i do actually really like playing Rhosgobel, Emyn Muir and Return to Mirkwood. It also gains extra marks as a game newcomer probably needs to go here early on to get cards for future cycles. Dreamchaser - this is my marmite set as i am not particularly interested in the sailing theme, it does not really 'float my boat' hence i have not really bought many of the cycle packs yet. That said i did quite enjoy Voyage of Belegaer as a different experience, and I want to get Flight of the Stormcaller but cannot find it at a reasonable price. Then we have the island explorations which are some of my most favourite quests in the game. This set could easily jump up given time as i have not really explored the sailing ones properly, and on reflection may move above Haradrim in the long run. Heirs of Numenor - is not really ranked yet as i am just about to start playing it - Stewards Fear is on my list but is not in stock in most places. Voice of Isengard - i still do not really take to the deluxe box itself, the quests just lack interest to me although Fords of Isen is ok. I just do not like the time mechanic much, i suppose i do not like being penalised for taking time to build my board. The cycle is better though with Tharbad, Three Trials and Nin-In-Eilph all good ones. I have Belegost which is soooo hard to solo but after i tweaked the rules its one of my favourites. I have just bought Massing at Osgiliath when i finally found one at a reasonable price and will likely play this weekend so we will see. The others, i want Stone of Erech, Fog on Barrow Downs and Old Forest but at minimum £25+ for each pack in the UK it is hard to get them at the moment. I keep looking though for a bargain, and the rest of the stand alone's i may never get and i do not feel overly excited by them - we will have to see. What i do find is that i can go back to some quests and find i like them much more than i thought so nothing is definitive. I do not know if you saw my other individual quest list blog page which has many more thoughts about the quests i like to solo play ... My Favourite LOTR Individual Quests