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  1. Felswrath

    Roster of characters

    William is an extremely common name for stone trolls!
  2. Felswrath

    Guess the New Cycle

    Nice catch, @dalestephenson!
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    Guess the New Cycle

    I've been thinking about it, and I don't think that the Blue Wizards, Alatar and Palando are as unlikely to show up with those names as we've assumed. The game has strayed from their license for the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit more than we may think. I can site two examples. The first is fairly well known: Khamul the Easterling. Now he was a pretty small deal in the game ( a single enemy in a Nightmare Deck) and came from a pretty well known History of Middle Earth book: The Unfinished Tales. Yet still it shows a stray from what we understood to be allowed by the license. However, there is one name that is even more significant. I just completed the Dream Chaser Cycle yesterday and was looking at it. I decided I wanted to know exactly where Cobas Haven was located(I correctly guessed between Dol Amroth and Anfalas.). So I looked up at my wall map of Middle Earth and there's no Cobas Haven in Gondor. I look in my encyclopedia of Middle Earth which details all the names used in the Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion: nothing. I google the name, and the article from Tolkien Gateway comes up. It turns out that the name comes from The War of the Ring from the History of the Lord of the Rings series. Here we have not a single card from a nightmare deck, but an entire adventure pack set in a location whose name not only doesn't appear in what we understand to be FFG's licensed materials, but also appears in the title of that Adventure Pack! All of a sudden, having a couple of Wizards who appear in the Unfinished Tales doesn't strike me as so far fetched.
  4. I was skeptical at first, but I think this might be able to work. My main issue with the idea is that I think it would be too risky of a move for the normal line, but I think I have a solution: PoD. Imagine this: The Fall of Osgiliath (cost $20 US) includes 80 cards. 2 Tactics (or equivilent) heroes: 1 orc warrior, 1 Haradrim soldier 2 Leadership (or equivilent) heroes: 1 orc lieutenant, 1 Easterling captain 18 player cards of each color above listed 3 quest cards: 1A and 1B Secure the Eastern Shore; 2A The Crossing 2B Assaulting the Harbor 3A and 3B Storming the Western Quarter (At the resolve of 1B, the players are instructed to progress to a random 2A quest card.) 37 Forces of the West Cards (1 set of 32 cards that are used through out, and 1 set of 5 cards that is shuffled into the deck at stage 2) The Fall of Osgiliath Reinforcement Pack (cost $15 US) includes 60 cards. 3 Lore (or equivilent) heroes: 1 nazgul, 1 morgul sorceror, 1 Haradrim mage 1 Tactics hero: Easterling Warrior 1 Leadership hero: Orc Scout 21 Lore Player cards 3 Tactics player cards 3 Leadership player cards 6 Neutral Player Cards 2 2A Quest cards 2 sets of 5 Forces of the West cards to be shuffled into the deck at stage 2 Things that are different: - Minimum deck size is 30 cards and your discard pile is shuffled if you run out of cards. - Maximum number of heroes is 2. - Heroes belonging to the first player receive 2 resources instead of 1. - A heightened emphasis on trying to take the first player token in order to gain the benefits that are incumbent with it.
  5. I've thought of this as well. The primary issue is that it would likely have to be stand alone. As such, FFG likely could not afford to give us a core at $40. And I don't know how many existing players would like to buy a $50-$60 stand alone box.
  6. I love this piece so much! Minas Morgul looks gorgeous, I love the representation of Frodo (I think far too often the Frodo art is influenced too much by Elijah Wood)! And then there's Gollum who has clearly been hitting the gym. Now we know where he was when he disappeared in Ithilien!
  7. Felswrath

    Guess the New Cycle

    So to my understanding, there are essentially 5 regions of Middle Earth that we have not had campaigns in (or at least very little exposure to). So my wonder is what heroes would correspond to them? 1: North Western Middle Earth (Shire, Tower Hills, Ered Luin, etc.): This box could certainly get us Gildor and I could see a Red Noldor hero, a Hobbit hero, a Dunedain hero, and even possibly a dwarf hero. (Hobbit is probably most likely, though there is certainly a desire for another Red Noldor hero. 2: Rhun: People want the Blue Wizards, but it's left to be said whether or not FFG will get the rights to name them. We could possibly see Thorin Stonehelm here, though, and another Dale hero would probably be welcome. 3: Mordor: Saruman perhaps, maybe Blue Aragorn, or a new Frodo? 4: Rohan: There is desire for a Green Rohan hero other than Grima, but I honestly think, FFG is avoiding this color for Rohan for the most part. A red or purple Rohan hero could be useful. Maybe even a new Gandalf who can search the top 5 cards of your deck for an attachment to play on him (color match not needed). 5: Western Gondor: We likely won't get much more for Outlands, but there are plenty of characters from this region who could be represented in the game as Gondor.
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    Guess the New Cycle

    Also, Hobbits could be like Ents and Rohan who have their cards scattered all around as opposed to having dedicated sets. (Voice of Isengard kind of is, but it's honestly pretty Isengard heavy as opposed to being the Rohon Box.)
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    Guess the New Cycle

    I would like to see Rhun, but I think the Shire, Blue Mountains, Tower Hills area is more likely. I'm honestly not an expert on the release schedule (I came into the game about halfway through Harad), but I did look up the announcements and releases in that area. The last AP for Harad was announced in January 2017. It was released in December of that year. Wild if Rhovanion was announced in early December 2017 only a couple of weeks before The Crossings of Poros. So it could conceivably be quite some time before we learn about the next cycle. I wouldn't guess any sooner than GenCon. But that's just me. I make no claims of being an expert.
  10. Felswrath

    Roster of characters

    For the Outlands uniques, they could also simply not have the Outlands trait and just have Gondor. However, they could have abilities that are beneficial wiithin an outlands deck. Ex. Resolve only if this character is active. When a unique ally leaves play, you may search the top 5 cards of your draw deck for a nonunique Ally, and add that ally to your hand. Edit: Shuffle your deck. This would also encourage using more uniques in Outland Decks.
  11. I was playing objectiveless (passing initiative), and it was my turn to begin the round with initiative. I had successfully double arched a Victory 2 (that had also double arched me) with a Pelta. I launch a bunch of squadrons and completely strip it of shields and chip the hull down to 3 remaining of the 10 (it's carrying Motti). I'm on an ensured crash course, so I only need 2 damage from the attacks. First roll: 2 blues, 2 reds. Result: 2 blue accuracies, 2 red blanks Second roll 1 blue, 1 red. Result: 1 blue accuracy, 1 red blank. The Vic fires on my Pelts which has full shields and only 1 damage card from the collision, I'm destroyed.
  12. Felswrath

    The Fate of Wilderland

    @DurinVoronwe. That strikes me as a little too high in terms of threat generation. Combined with Gandalf, that's 29 starting threat with a guaranteed 3 threat increase at the end of each round. That means (barring card effects that increase or decrease threat) that you will only have 7 rounds to complete most scenarios. Add to the picture that you will only have two heroes, this strikes me as a very hard duo to justify. That could just be me though. I love the encounter deck mechanic though. I could see increasing his cost by 2 or 3 threat, dropping the automatic threat increase, and adding to his line that at the end of the quest phase if the top card of the encounter deck has a shadow effect, he does not exhaust to defend. I don't know if this would be overpowered or not though.
  13. Felswrath

    The Fate of Wilderland

    So now that we have an Istari with a sphere, what do you think Hero Saruman would be? Tactics I'd say is right out. Lore seems like the perfect sphere for Istari, but Radagast has that sphere already, so I think that decreases the chances. Leadership could make sense as he is the head of the Istari and the White Council. Spirit could potentially work as well, but I think the fact that he will likely raise threat like his ally card will rule this out as Spirit is great at threat reduction. Neural could still work too.
  14. I'm looking to start a game up in the next couple of months. I've got people from all around and was wondering what is the best platform to use. I initially just thought of FaceTime or Skype or something along those lines, but that doesn't allow for a map. What is the best system for online play?
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    Expansions...

    I agree that I don't think this game should or will have tons of expansions. That said, I could very easily see one or two that allow for 5-6 players plus more characters and purchasable items (blasters, ships, etc.).
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