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    old toby got a reaction from eliodoloro in Mountain of Fire   
    this last page has been amusing on many levels... 
     - that wandalf wouldn't take the bait and instead patronized them into a tantrum...
     - that someone would pick this place to come and be an internet tough guy...
     - and that the same someone would use the whole 'get off my lawn' rant and yet still be like, 'uh, anyone got, uh, a deck i could use to uh, beat mountain of fire?...  but one that uh, doesn't suck...
    you cant make this stuff up
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    old toby got a reaction from Wandalf the Gizzard in Mountain of Fire   
    this last page has been amusing on many levels... 
     - that wandalf wouldn't take the bait and instead patronized them into a tantrum...
     - that someone would pick this place to come and be an internet tough guy...
     - and that the same someone would use the whole 'get off my lawn' rant and yet still be like, 'uh, anyone got, uh, a deck i could use to uh, beat mountain of fire?...  but one that uh, doesn't suck...
    you cant make this stuff up
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    old toby reacted to Freeman in Mountain of Fire   
    I think the line about throwing that fits here is: "FOOL OF A TOOK!!! 
    Throw yourself in next time, and rid us of your stupidity!!" 
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    old toby reacted to Iranon in Scouring of the Shire   
    I would like "The Scouring of the Shire" to be, eventually, the final product released for this game, with the last player card in the pack being titled "Well, I'm Back."
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    old toby reacted to tripecac in Momentum   
    Okay, on the topic of momentum, I have a long-overdue update. 
    Over the past 6 years, I have been playing LotR LCG off and on, almost exclusively on OCTGN (though I continue to collect the cards). 
    Most of my progress was made during overseas trips (in 2014 and 2018) when I was limited to a laptop which couldn't play "real" video games .  During those trips I played LotR LCG on OCTGN, gradually progressing through the Mirkwood cycle.  Whenever I returned from those trips, however, I would go back to playing other games, and didn't really pick up LotR LCG again until my next overseas trip.  So, I often restarted with Passage through Mirkwood.
    However, in 2019 something changed.  I've been listening to new podcasts about LotR LCG, which keep me inspired.  And BGG is a great source of "reminders" about the game.  So, for whatever reason, a few months ago I started playing LotR LCG again, on weekend mornings.  My goal was one quest per week. 
    And guess what... I've stuck with it!  Playing once a week is frequent enough to keep the rules fresh in my head (which reduces overhead), but not frequent enough to feel like a "chore" or cause burnout.  It's a comfortable frequency.
    Right now I'm in the Dwarrowdelf cycle.  Yesterday I finished The Long Dark.  This is now the farthest I've ever gotten in LotR LCG!!!  After all these years, I am finally progressing into new content.  So, playing once a week has helped maintain momentum.
    However, there is another factor: I have created my first "good" deck (or rather, a pair of decks, since I play 2-handed): Dwarves!  Dain helps glue this deck together, and so far, several missions into the Khazad Dum/Dwarrowdelf quests, I haven't needed to rebuild my decks!  This also reduces the overhead of playing LotR, and gets rid of the most stressful part of the game for me, which is deck building (since I hate the process of removing cool cards from decks, and so many cards seem cool to me!).
    So, those 2 things have helped me maintain momentum for the longest period of time so far:
    1) playing once a week, and
    2) playing a "good" deck (which doesn't need to be tweaked between scenarios)
    Hopefully this update will help other people in similar situations find ways to establish their momentum too! 
    It feels great to be finally making progress in this game!
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    old toby got a reaction from Goldeneye007 in Boromir Alt Art   
    Goldeneye, 
    thats the one i got; 4/22.  I will stay on the lookout.  If i see another, ill buy it right away and contact you.  If you score one in the meantime, please report back on this thread so i dont get stuck with another!  Good luck!
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    old toby got a reaction from Goldeneye007 in Boromir Alt Art   
    goldeneye,
    while i can't help, i'm rooting for you.  i think we both started in this game around the same time last year, and we are similar in that we know what we want and are willing to pay for it.  i was searching for the same card, around the same time.  I've seen your posts on BGG as well.  drop lines wherever you can, cuz its free and the worst anyone can say is 'no.' 
    i set a few different searches on ebay.  I have 'lord of the rings card game,' 'lord of the rings lcg,' 'lotr lcg alt art,' and 'lotr lcg promo.' as saved searches and i check them 4-5 times a day.  a few months back one hit on ebay and i bought it within a hour or so of it being listed.  perhaps 3 months before there was another.  they don't come up often and when one does, it probably goes super quick.  patience and persistence is what paid off for me.  that and a lot of luck i suppose.  but you can find em on ebay, even if 99% of the time you look you won't find one.
    i admire your desire, and i'm hoping you pick one up.  i tracked down a 'hands upon the bow' playmat from a seller in the Ukraine.  paid a lot for it.  too much perhaps.  especially when another one came up on ebay for $15.  It was the first and only listing for that playmat I've seen in 8 months.  I bought it on general principle as well just to average down my buyer's remorse.  that ebay seller also listed four other older fellowship/game night mats and I bought those too just cuz.  that's how this game goes in terms of the rares.  you just have to keep at it.  and i mean you have to check more often than every other person who wants one! 
    lastly, if it were me, and it was 'get alt-art Boromir or die trying,' then this is what my 'i don't care what anyone thinks, i'm gonna either get the card or go down with the ship' plan:  the holders of these cards are most likely old school players.  the ones that make the decks we use to beat quests we can't beat, or answer the questions we have.  anyway, many of these folks are going to be at GenCon.  While it may be too late for this year, you might consider next year.  My plan would be to go with the express and perhaps lone purpose of asking every single person at the LOTR LCG sessions if they had one they would sell/trade.  Yeah, after a bit I'd be 'that guy' and i can imagine it might grate on some.  I'd be respectful, but I'd ask all the same.  I'm not really sure what else you can do.  Unless you take Durin's Father's advice and just art cow print it yourself.  Again, I'm hoping it works out.  Cuz I know you've been hunting one for a good while now...
    all the best,
    toby
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    old toby got a reaction from Finch204 in What did you do with Lotr LCG today?   
    Finch,
    thanks for sharing...  I'm new to the game and have made it through 'into the pit' and 'seventh level.'  I was going to try 'flight from moria' in the next few days and your report helps.  escape from dol goldur and return to mirkwood (last mirkwood cycle quest) I couldn't beat solo one hand.  if I lose flight from moria a bunch I now know to move on to redhorn gate until I can find someone to play two handed with and help me out...
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    old toby reacted to Finch204 in What did you do with Lotr LCG today?   
    Last Friday, I played the last Khazad-dum quest, Flight from Moria. I played 4 times, lost/conceded 4 times. Splendid!
    I am playing one handed solo with a tri-sphere Dwarf deck led by Bifur, Dain and Gimli.
    My first attempt at it, I drew a bad hand and still had a bad hand after a mulligan. During the first round I could not play any allies. I drew Chieftain of the Pit during staging. I did not have anything in my hand that could stop the Chieftain from attacking. Whether or not I block the attack, a hero will die anyway. And since the Nameless Fear is going to be sitting in the staging area, I felt like I could not win with 1 less hero, so I conceded.
    My second attempt at it, I also somewhat drew a bad hand and could not play allies during the first round. I drew Sudden Pitfall which means I would have lost Bifur or Gimli, so I conceded again.
    I do not remember how I lost my 3rd or 4th attempts, I just know that I didn't get past round 3 LOL. Either way, this Flight from Moria quest is tough and like Escape from Dol Guldur, is going to be very hard to beat playing one-handed solo.
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    old toby got a reaction from Finch204 in What did you do with Lotr LCG today?   
    1st post from a LOTR LCG noob...
    Session reports:
    11/23 - Played with 2 very experienced players last Friday night.  Had 2 quaint core set decks with a couple mirk cycle cards.  Couldn't draw steward with my lead/lore deck, couldn't get citadel plate with my spirit/tactics deck.  Was enlightening watching my two companions put out 97 cards on turn 1 planning phase while I gave the ole blackjack 'im sticking.'  They won the encounter despite me much like my wife drove her new car home to ask me what the smell was… and then I discovered the E brake on…  massing at osgiliath was even worse.  I was as useless as mammaries on a beorning.  Went home and kicked a puppy.  Still lots of fun!
    11/25 – afternoon.  Let my 8yr old little shaver have a go at conflict at the carrock.  Played 3 games.  Lost em all.  One he lost questing too fast.  One he lost questing too slow.  The last he threated out.  He had dispatched one troll and Gandalf was coming in to help finish off another.  Then he drew the brown lands in the questing phase and he couldn't get rid of the carrock active location.  We had a blast.  Will try again tonight.
    11/25 – late night.  Reworked my crappy decks.  Remade a lead/lore deck for my first foray into Khazad-Dum expansion quest 'into the pit.'  Tried to get creative.  This is another way of saying I don't really know what I'm doing but I know better than to drive with the E brake on.  Heroes were berevor, bifur, and gloin.  Drew steward in my opening hand and I was feeling fat n sassy for the first time in 7 games.  Drew sudden pitfall during the questing phase and bifur was gone.  Ugh.  Well, resource smoothing is so overrated… (?)  decided to keep at it, and my reward was drawing watchful eyes.  I'm hot with the draw.  Vegas Baby!  Two turns later, drew miner of the iron hills.  Got rid of watchful eyes (golly, are there no hills left to climb?).  brought out gildor and haldir.  Berevor, in a touching ESB carbonite scene moment, says to gildor, 'I love you,' and gildor, questing for 3 replies, 'I know.'  Guard of the citadel, daughter of the nimrodel, and faramir follow, and all of a sudden I'm questing!  2B has me put out a patrol leader.  That fat n sassy feeling hits again as I sneak attack Gandalf during the questing phase.  But like tommy boy with his dinner roll sale, I draw an enemy off the encounter deck and no damage.  Ugh.  Where's that puppy again?  I sacrifice guard of the citadel, raise my threat to 46, and read the quest card very carefully.  I interpret it to mean if I get 11 progress I move on, regardless of enemies (please correct me if im wrong!).  So I put Gandalf in regular way next turn and quest with every hero and ally I have.  If it doesn't work, I will lose.  It works, and I move on to 3B (I think).  Quest with everyone again and barely escape…  
    If this is TL:DR, or not interesting, let me know.  I don't post much anywhere on the net.  I am a-okay just lurking.  Really enjoy reading this board and others for help, tips, and inspiration.  Good luck to you all!
     
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    old toby got a reaction from Authraw in What did you do with Lotr LCG today?   
    1st post from a LOTR LCG noob...
    Session reports:
    11/23 - Played with 2 very experienced players last Friday night.  Had 2 quaint core set decks with a couple mirk cycle cards.  Couldn't draw steward with my lead/lore deck, couldn't get citadel plate with my spirit/tactics deck.  Was enlightening watching my two companions put out 97 cards on turn 1 planning phase while I gave the ole blackjack 'im sticking.'  They won the encounter despite me much like my wife drove her new car home to ask me what the smell was… and then I discovered the E brake on…  massing at osgiliath was even worse.  I was as useless as mammaries on a beorning.  Went home and kicked a puppy.  Still lots of fun!
    11/25 – afternoon.  Let my 8yr old little shaver have a go at conflict at the carrock.  Played 3 games.  Lost em all.  One he lost questing too fast.  One he lost questing too slow.  The last he threated out.  He had dispatched one troll and Gandalf was coming in to help finish off another.  Then he drew the brown lands in the questing phase and he couldn't get rid of the carrock active location.  We had a blast.  Will try again tonight.
    11/25 – late night.  Reworked my crappy decks.  Remade a lead/lore deck for my first foray into Khazad-Dum expansion quest 'into the pit.'  Tried to get creative.  This is another way of saying I don't really know what I'm doing but I know better than to drive with the E brake on.  Heroes were berevor, bifur, and gloin.  Drew steward in my opening hand and I was feeling fat n sassy for the first time in 7 games.  Drew sudden pitfall during the questing phase and bifur was gone.  Ugh.  Well, resource smoothing is so overrated… (?)  decided to keep at it, and my reward was drawing watchful eyes.  I'm hot with the draw.  Vegas Baby!  Two turns later, drew miner of the iron hills.  Got rid of watchful eyes (golly, are there no hills left to climb?).  brought out gildor and haldir.  Berevor, in a touching ESB carbonite scene moment, says to gildor, 'I love you,' and gildor, questing for 3 replies, 'I know.'  Guard of the citadel, daughter of the nimrodel, and faramir follow, and all of a sudden I'm questing!  2B has me put out a patrol leader.  That fat n sassy feeling hits again as I sneak attack Gandalf during the questing phase.  But like tommy boy with his dinner roll sale, I draw an enemy off the encounter deck and no damage.  Ugh.  Where's that puppy again?  I sacrifice guard of the citadel, raise my threat to 46, and read the quest card very carefully.  I interpret it to mean if I get 11 progress I move on, regardless of enemies (please correct me if im wrong!).  So I put Gandalf in regular way next turn and quest with every hero and ally I have.  If it doesn't work, I will lose.  It works, and I move on to 3B (I think).  Quest with everyone again and barely escape…  
    If this is TL:DR, or not interesting, let me know.  I don't post much anywhere on the net.  I am a-okay just lurking.  Really enjoy reading this board and others for help, tips, and inspiration.  Good luck to you all!
     
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    old toby got a reaction from TwiceBorn in What did you do with Lotr LCG today?   
    1st post from a LOTR LCG noob...
    Session reports:
    11/23 - Played with 2 very experienced players last Friday night.  Had 2 quaint core set decks with a couple mirk cycle cards.  Couldn't draw steward with my lead/lore deck, couldn't get citadel plate with my spirit/tactics deck.  Was enlightening watching my two companions put out 97 cards on turn 1 planning phase while I gave the ole blackjack 'im sticking.'  They won the encounter despite me much like my wife drove her new car home to ask me what the smell was… and then I discovered the E brake on…  massing at osgiliath was even worse.  I was as useless as mammaries on a beorning.  Went home and kicked a puppy.  Still lots of fun!
    11/25 – afternoon.  Let my 8yr old little shaver have a go at conflict at the carrock.  Played 3 games.  Lost em all.  One he lost questing too fast.  One he lost questing too slow.  The last he threated out.  He had dispatched one troll and Gandalf was coming in to help finish off another.  Then he drew the brown lands in the questing phase and he couldn't get rid of the carrock active location.  We had a blast.  Will try again tonight.
    11/25 – late night.  Reworked my crappy decks.  Remade a lead/lore deck for my first foray into Khazad-Dum expansion quest 'into the pit.'  Tried to get creative.  This is another way of saying I don't really know what I'm doing but I know better than to drive with the E brake on.  Heroes were berevor, bifur, and gloin.  Drew steward in my opening hand and I was feeling fat n sassy for the first time in 7 games.  Drew sudden pitfall during the questing phase and bifur was gone.  Ugh.  Well, resource smoothing is so overrated… (?)  decided to keep at it, and my reward was drawing watchful eyes.  I'm hot with the draw.  Vegas Baby!  Two turns later, drew miner of the iron hills.  Got rid of watchful eyes (golly, are there no hills left to climb?).  brought out gildor and haldir.  Berevor, in a touching ESB carbonite scene moment, says to gildor, 'I love you,' and gildor, questing for 3 replies, 'I know.'  Guard of the citadel, daughter of the nimrodel, and faramir follow, and all of a sudden I'm questing!  2B has me put out a patrol leader.  That fat n sassy feeling hits again as I sneak attack Gandalf during the questing phase.  But like tommy boy with his dinner roll sale, I draw an enemy off the encounter deck and no damage.  Ugh.  Where's that puppy again?  I sacrifice guard of the citadel, raise my threat to 46, and read the quest card very carefully.  I interpret it to mean if I get 11 progress I move on, regardless of enemies (please correct me if im wrong!).  So I put Gandalf in regular way next turn and quest with every hero and ally I have.  If it doesn't work, I will lose.  It works, and I move on to 3B (I think).  Quest with everyone again and barely escape…  
    If this is TL:DR, or not interesting, let me know.  I don't post much anywhere on the net.  I am a-okay just lurking.  Really enjoy reading this board and others for help, tips, and inspiration.  Good luck to you all!
     
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