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  1. Just got my notification that my pre-order from FFG is shipping now! Woohoo! Seems like this has gotta be one of the fastest turn-arounds between cycles that we've seen. Also, for me personally, this will be the first time I've been able to play a cycle as it is releasing since Angmar Awakened...Double woohoo!
  2. I haven't played a dwarf deck for several years, so take my impression with a grain of salt. I think it is less a matter that dwarves haven't kept up and more that back during the earlier cycles dwarves were one of the few defined archetypes that were powerful. Since then Outlands, Dunedain, Noldor, Silvan, Dale, Rohan, Gondor and Hobbits have all become strong deck types and have caught up with strong dwarf decks. TL;DR Dwarves are still good, but now other deck types are equally strong.
  3. Saw on the Arkham Horror forums that the Gen-Con event had been posted and decided to go looking to see if the LOTR one had as well. It has!! Looks like they are continuing along with the idea of different competitive modes. https://www.gencon.com/events/160478
  4. Quick heads up about jumping into TFA next....It is generally regarded as the most difficult campaign so far. It is my favorite in theme though so I'd still say go for it. I am doing an Ursula/Leo campaign right now through TFA that has performed pretty well so far...though I am just about to start Boundary Beyond.... so that could definitely change!!
  5. I am a net-decking, true solo, easy mode aficionado, so definitely have a certain bias. That said, I think every quest in the game (including nightmare versions) has been beaten at every player count and with multiple deck types. If you want to stick it out and continue to refine your deck and tactics against a specific quest, rest assured that they are all beatable (maybe not a word?). It really just depends on how much effort/how many attempts you are willing to put into a specific quest and what you are looking to get out of the game...Playing for a challenge? Keep tweaking and trying again! Looking for a fun way to experience an adventure in Middle Earth? Go for easy mode! Either is legit and fun as long as it lines up with what you want out of the game. Cheers!
  6. Currently, I've got player cards (unsleeved) stored in my old LOTR LCG core box with an inset. I sort by class, asset/event/skill, alphabetical. Neutrals and weaknesses are their own sections. Encounter sets go into 300 count generic cardboxes until the "Return to..." box is released. Not the prettiest solutions, but functional and affordable.
  7. While I certainly hope it isn't the last cycle, I have always thought that the last cycle would take place in Mordor. Interesting times ahead...
  8. That is exactly what I meant! I could have probably stated that a bit more clearly....Thanks for the reference!
  9. I have seen a few folks online mention that hints have been dropped about possible new products to turn the already established cycles in to Sagas, but haven't seen any reference to this in any official capacity...Is it something that has been hinted at by Caleb (tweets, discord, FB, etc.) or just supposition? Would be really cool if it was a legit thing.... Thanks!
  10. Thank you for making this and updating it! It is a great community resource!
  11. I've always thought that the final cycle being set in Mordor would be a fitting end, but I also like JonG's idea of finishing in the Grey Havens so that we could go into the West...maybe the last quest card of the last quest? (I haven't played though the sagas yet so don't tell me if this is how they end). I also like many of the other ideas expressed....a product that could turn current cycles into saga-type adventures would be really cool, Scouring is a no-brainer, a more light-hearted cycle in the Shire sounds great, as does Forodwaith (which I had to look up). Really, the truth is that I want to see as much more of Middle Earth through the lens of this game as I can.
  12. I've also gone color coded binders for player cards. Binders are then organized by card type (Hero, Ally, Attachment, Event) and then alphabetically. Encounter cards are stored in a Hobby Lobby case with the BT insert (vertical). I have each deluxe + cycle stored in a section (rather than a division for each encounter set), but am still out of room now (with the Sagas and most of the PODs in the case). I am pretty happy with the binders for player cards and the binders are big enough to keep accommodating cards for a fair while yet. I'll need a new solution for encounter cards soon though....I kinda like the idea that Orcstalker showed above with each cycle in a box...could decorate the ends nicely...hmmm.
  13. They are totally separate fictions, so no worries playing them in any order or playing one and not the other. I do not have painted figures...would love them, but I definitely don't have the skill/patience to do it!
  14. Sorry for the late reply! Was in the car all day.... I think they are both great games and have tried them both with my kids. Stuffed Fables is lighter on rules than Mice and Mystics. Personally, we are working on a family Stuffed Fables playthrough first, then tackling M&M. Hope you and your girls enjoy them! One other idea about LOTR...my kids can't quite sit through a game without getting bored, but both of them have really enjoyed building decks around themes they like (eagles and ents for my son, anll female chars for my daughter). Might be a fun, exercise for you and your daughters.
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