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Core Set and the Lost Realm exapansion

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I would advise a second core set with the Lost Realm box, and playing it on easy. (Without a second core set I imagen most later boxes to be very difficult.)

 

I think any box is good, as long as you have a second core set - and know about easy mode. Which is online available for old scenarios, too.

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I would advise a second core set with the Lost Realm box, and playing it on easy. (Without a second core set I imagen most later boxes to be very difficult.)

 

I think any box is good, as long as you have a second core set - and know about easy mode. Which is online available for old scenarios, too.

 

Not true regarding Easy Mode... Every quest has easy mode... You can see it here

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If you want to be up to date, I would rather go with the Treason of Saruman box : badass heroes, very good player cards and cool new quest mechanics. I thought that the Lost Realm quests were very fun and well done, but the player cards are a mixed bag; the box supports the Dunedain trait, but it,s a work in progress. The Saruman box supports (in part) the Rohan trait, which is already well implemented in the core set. And yes, if you can get a second core set, it's great advice, I think!

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I'd recommend Khazad-Dum and the Dwarrowdelf cycle first.  The Lost Realm quests are going to be really tough with just a core set or two.  The Dwarrowdelf cycle has a lot of great player cards and the quests are pretty good.

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Suggesting to buy another core set is a big expense I can't possibly recommend, unless maybe you have another enthusiastic friend wanting to also get into the game. I really felt like either the Khazad-Dum or the Voice of Isengard boxes and their cycles were pretty good. Both have fun player cards and fun quests that are totally doable without a huge card pool, and have the quests I enjoy revisiting most. The initial mirkwood cycle is a trade off: not all quests are fun to replay, but they are all comfortably beatable with good deck building, and the player cards can be seen as a kind of expanded core set, and also they don't require a big box for the cycle, only the core set.

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I second the notion against buying a 2nd Core Set.  It is not value for money.  Instead, buy 1 or 2 saga (The Black Riders and, maybe, The Road Darkens) or 1 deluxe expansion (maybe, Khazaddum) + 1 or 2 of its APs.

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If you want to be up to date, I would rather go with the Treason of Saruman box : badass heroes, very good player cards and cool new quest mechanics. I thought that the Lost Realm quests were very fun and well done, but the player cards are a mixed bag; the box supports the Dunedain trait, but it,s a work in progress. The Saruman box supports (in part) the Rohan trait, which is already well implemented in the core set. And yes, if you can get a second core set, it's great advice, I think!

I hope you mean Voice of Isengard! Treason of Saruman is a saga box and would be not only very difficult but also very unthematic and weird for someone who only has the core set.

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