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  1. This thread has motivated me to try two-handed solo out. Gonna give it a go this weekend.
  2. The zero willpower issue is only a danger for questing characters, so it doesn't necessarily have to dictate your deck. Just don't quest with anyone with 1 willpower in stage 3! I found Ancestral Knowledge and Northern Tracker useful cards in this scenario. Also, Miner of the Iron Hills is a must (to remove Freezing Cold). Getting some progress on Caradhras ahead of stage 3 (Snowbourn Scout and/or Northern Tracker) really helps, as it can easily cause location lock. It's a really great scenario, enjoyed it a lot.
  3. Yeah I feel you regarding the theme. With this deluxe I really tried to stick 100% to dwarfs but with the cards available (progression) it's really tough. I'm wary of making it so tough on myself that I'll lose interest. Theme-wise you could at least imagine some humans/elves (Spearman or Runner) coming along on the quest perhaps. I draw the line at using things like eagles inside Moria. I think KD is a bit weird theme-wise, in general. If you're being strict then you wouldn't be allowed to use any of The Fellowship characters (except maybe Gandalf?) here - according to the books/movies. Having read about the other deluxe sets it sounds like KD is a deluxe that stands alone in this sense (which is a relief). I do wonder when they made this deluxe if they had any idea they would be making more - as sometimes it doesn't feel this is the case. The 2nd scenario in this deluxe feels almost exactly like the troll scene from the book/movie - which is both great (I really enjoyed it) but also a bit weird (as it's not supposed to?).
  4. I play one-handed solo exclusively. Not tried 2 handed yet. Multiplayer isn't really an option for me as I don't know anybody else who would be interested in playing. I have all the cards but playing through progression style (up to the Heirs of Numenor cycle). In my opnion, there is no "better" way to play solo, it's about finding what works for you. As I see it with one-handed: - scenarios on the whole are a bit tougher - miss out on using some card traits (sentinal and ranged) - miss out on the greater synergy playing with 2 decks would bring - each scenario usually requires deck building - having multi scenario decks (i.e. one deck to rule them all) will be easier once I have access to more cards I guess - relatively quick to set up a game (this is quite important one for me, as finding time to play is usually tough) - less cards/combinations to manage in your head as you play - I find I don't use Tactics cards much Apart from the odd quest (i.e. Escape from Dol Guldur, Return to Mirkwood) I've found them all to be enjoyable as a solo player so far. I'm planning to go back to some quests after finishing progression and playing two-handed. I quite like the idea that once I've played through all the quests I will still have this whole two-handed approach to look forward to (which in theory should prolong the life-span of the game).
  5. It's an enemy heavy scenario. I found that Thalin + Gondorian Spearman works really well. Lots of 2hp enemies, Thalin takes 1hp off when they are revealed then the Spearman finishes them off when defending. It's actually a great way to avoid their shadow cards too. Mirkwood Runner is also great for taking down 2hp enemies too. Having Dain also makes Thalin quest for 2 instead of 1 👍
  6. I just got a whole load of stock notifications for Chaos Cards.
  7. I've been playing progression. Started the game just over 6 months ago. What I've found really enjoyable is to listen to Cardboard of the Rings podcast as I go. They review the player and encounter cards for every deluxe and AP, discuss the quests etc. It's really fun. Highly recommended.
  8. Nice! Didn't notice the designated page. On a side note, it looks like the Dwarrowdelf APs are in stock there (finally). The Steward's Fear too. Kind of regret shelling out £40 for it on ebay last week now
  9. https://www.boardgamegeek.com/wiki/page/LotR:LCG_Releases_by_Date
  10. As an exclusively solo player I do find it frustrating that there are traits/cards that are only relevant in multiplayer. I really like your use of sentinel. Definitely going to try and incorporate this into my games.
  11. The Road Darkens at Game Worlds & Games Lore too
  12. Grey Havens deluxe has come into stock at Board Game Extras and Chaos Cards 👍
  13. I'm playing progression solo and it sounds like I'm just ahead of you. I just finished the third scenario in KD and about to move onto Redhorn Gate. I decided to go thematic and go mainly with dwarf themed decks. It's also an excuse to use most of the new cards and really start to try out Dain's synergy (which was fun - but I expect more fun once we get even more allies after the Hobbit saga). The first scenario Into The Pit is very unforgiving and tougher than it's official rating (imo). The Seventh Level is also much tougher than it's rating - it's also got a great flavour of the Moria scene from the Felllowship movie. I struggled with this scenario initially until I happened upon a Thalin + Gondorian Spearman combo. There are quite a lot of 1hp and 2hp orcs in here. With Thalin hitting anything that comes out of the encounter deck and then Gondorian Spearman hitting anything that attacks him - you can kill quite a lot of enemies before they even attack you. Flight From Moria, really enjoyed this one. Has a great mechanic with the Nameless Fear and a similar mechanic with multiple/random cards like final stage of Passage Through Mirkwood (which I also enjoyed). But SO many treacheries. Thalin + GS came in useful here too. Bifur's ability makes him a great splash hero for Lore. Haven't used Dwalin much yet. I found Frodo a useful hero in KD. Overall, I've definitely played much more tactics than in the previous cycle. I'd go as far to say Tactics cards are not feasible in Shadows of Mirkwood when playing solo - so being able to legitimately play them was really fun and a welcome change.
  14. I don't believe it was ever designed with solo play in mind. It can be beaten if you try and rush through as fast as you can and hope that Attercop doesn't appear. But this sucks as a strategy and delivers a very poor solo player experience. I'm a reasonably new player but don't believe this scenario is worth the heart ache (I'm hoping not to experience many more like it in the future). I'm also playing solo progression style and almost through Khazad Dum. Take the player cards (there are a few good ones), and move on to KD would be my advice.
  15. Getting hold of old cards is a real struggle. As someone has (almost) managed to get all sagas/expansions/adventure packs over the last 6-12 months, I thought this might be a useful resource for any other UK based players out there. In no particular order: https://www.bgextras.co.uk/lord-of-the-rings-lcg-s13.htm https://www.waylandgames.co.uk/30-lord-of-the-rings-card-game https://elementgames.co.uk/card-games-board-games-and-more/card-games/lord-of-the-rings-card-game https://leisuregames.com/collections/board-card-games/game_lord-of-the-rings-lcg https://www.board-game.co.uk/?s=lord+of+the+rings&search_id=1&post_type=product https://gameworlds.uk/Lord-of-the-Rings-the-Card-Game https://www.chaoscards.co.uk/search/other-card-games-c638/lord-of-the-rings-lcg-c535/lord-of-the-rings https://www.pegasushobbiesandgames.com/card-games-lord-of-the-rings-card-game.irc https://thirstymeeples.co.uk/search?type=product&q=lord*+of*+the*+rings* https://www.gamesquest.co.uk/games/living-card-games/lord-of-the-rings/ http://www.lostarkgames.com/index.php?main_page=advanced_search_result&search_in_description=1&keyword=lord+of+the+rings https://www.darksphere.co.uk/c.php?c=1748 https://www.gameslore.com/acatalog/ https://www.darksphere.co.uk/c.php?c=1748Games_Lord_Of_The_Rings_LCG_374.html https://www.magicmadhouse.co.uk/search/lord-of-the-rings https://sanctuarygamingcentre.co.uk/product-category/card-games/lord-of-the-rings-the-card-game/ https://www.beaniegames.co.uk/search?q=lord+of+the+rings https://www.totalcards.net/tabletop-games/living-card-games/lord-of-the-rings Please feel free to reply to this thread with any other suggestions which others might find useful 👍
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