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The Progression Series returns! Join co-hosts Mitch and Matthew as we evaluate the player cards of The Watcher in the Water. Do share your own opinion and experiences with these cards in the comments, and until next time - take care!
 

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On 8/23/2017 at 8:27 AM, farealh said:

My favorite YouTube series! I know both of you don't have as much time, but I'd love to see episodes coming out faster. Maybe a Patreon campaign could provide you with the necessary funds to free up some more time? ;)

I sincerely wish that Matthew and I were able to produce new episodes far more frequently, but unfortunately, it just doesn't seem possible at the moment for us to do much more than maintain our currently glacial pace of release.

While neither of us have any intent to abandon this project, Matthew consistently works well over 40 hours per week, is often required to travel for his job, and he has several hobbies outside of LOTR LCG, some of which happen to be rather time-consuming. Plus, he's a member of The Grey Company podcast, has a reasonably active social life, and on occasion even seizes the opportunity to meet up with friends to play cards at his local game store.

Relative to him, I happen to have far more available free time, but I'm also in the process of figuring out how to finally establish a financially stable, independent existence. Years ago, I earned a Master's degree in mental health counseling, but after spending quite some time in the profession, nationwide budget cuts meant a huge number of layoffs, and as a result, that career path essentially closed for me. Now, I'm once again freshly graduated from college, but to my shock and dismay, I was rejected by everywhere that I applied to intern - an endeavor necessary prior to my becoming a career dietitian.

So, at the moment, I'm trying to figure out what to do next with my life, and to be entirely frank, I'm not always feeling in a good enough mood to produce enjoyable videos, even if Matthew happens to have some free time crop up unexpectedly. Add in that I no longer live alone, and thus have to contend with noise pollution courtesy of housemates, their dogs, and even the occasional kid visiting them... I'm sure that you get the picture.

I earnestly hope that in time, he and I are able to pick up our pace of production dramatically - but for the moment, I appreciate your (and everyone else's) patience. Thank you for your support! And for what it's worth, I do hope that you continue to enjoy each new episode in our series. Though our output is low, I do treasure the opportunity to keep making these dorky videos, and hearing that people in this community such as yourself seem to enjoy them so much - it's very flattering. Thank you for encouraging me to continue sharing my passion and enthusiasm for all things LOTR LCG!

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10 minutes ago, mewmartigan said:

I'm another one that definitely enjoys the videos you guys produce and even though I know its coming, I smile every time Gandalf comes out. Hope things pick up for you a bit in the new career path!

Yeah! Sneak Attack + Gandalf is my favorite part of every video! :D <3

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The Progression Series returns! Today, Matthew and I face one of Middle-earth’s ancient evils. Will we be strangled and drowned, or instead dine upon Tolkien calamari?
 
I hope you enjoy us playing The Watcher in the Water, and encourage you to share your best and worst memories of this quest in the comments. Thanks for watching, and until next time – take care!
 

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The Progression Series is back! Today we check out the player cards of The Long Dark, and evaluate the Tactics hero Hama. Do us a favor by sharing your own thoughts on these cards in the comments, and until next time – take care!

The Long Dark Player Card Review - LOTR LCG Evaluation Series Episode 16

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18 hours ago, TheHiveTyrant said:

The Progression Series is back! Today we check out the player cards of The Long Dark, and evaluate the Tactics hero Hama. Do us a favor by sharing your own thoughts on these cards in the comments, and until next time – take care!

The Long Dark Player Card Review - LOTR LCG Evaluation Series Episode 16

Hmm... Old cards analysis, like Grima, have been done to death... I think that you should stick to more recent packs or analyse nightmare decks... Only my suggestion... I do appreciate all the work you guys put into this, don't want to sound like a wimpy son of a bitsh.

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19 hours ago, TheHiveTyrant said:

The Progression Series is back! Today we check out the player cards of The Long Dark, and evaluate the Tactics hero Hama. Do us a favor by sharing your own thoughts on these cards in the comments, and until next time – take care!

The Long Dark Player Card Review - LOTR LCG Evaluation Series Episode 16

Welcome back! Perfect timing - I just caught up on the series, so a new episode is great news. I like these old player card reviews - especially when you bring in the allusions to cards in the modern card pool.

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14 hours ago, Lecitadin said:

Hmm... Old cards analysis, like Grima, have been done to death... I think that you should stick to more recent packs or analyse nightmare decks... Only my suggestion... I do appreciate all the work you guys put into this, don't want to sound like a wimpy son of a bitsh.

While I do appreciate your feedback, shifting focus to exclusively covering modern expansions and nightmare scenarios doesn't quite align with my vision for the Progression Series. Though my approach may not be ideal for everyone, all I can say is that my goal is to eventually cover everything. In the process of doing so, I hope that at least some aspect of these videos will appeal to most LOTR LCG players, but in any case, I'll certainly endeavor to keep this series progressing. Who knows - perhaps there may come a day when Matthew and I do manage to catch up to the latest content that this card game has to offer.

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13 hours ago, TheHiveTyrant said:

Perhaps there may come a day when Matthew and I do manage to catch up to the latest content that this card game has to offer.

Thanks for your kind response, sir. I was referring, in part, to the fact that the first progression series already contains videos of early quest and card analysis that you could have skipped and picked up where you left. :)

Anyways, your videos are always well done, keep up such quality work!

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22 hours ago, Dain Ironfoot said:

too late! ;)

Gotta love when Lecitadin kindly offers his own opinion and gets called a son of a bitsh...at least Mitch gave a mature intellectual response:)

@TheHiveTyrant @Dain Ironfoot Looking forward to your continuation of the Progression series!  Amidst the common hate, I do enjoy The Long Dark and hopefully you guys get a solid playthrough of it.

Best wishes

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3 hours ago, Lecitadin said:

Thanks for your kind response, sir. I was referring, in part, to the fact that the first progression series already contains videos of early quest and card analysis that you could have skipped and picked up where you left. :)

Anyways, your videos are always well done, keep up such quality work!

The decision not to continue the original series, but rather, to start over, is definitely a controversial one. There are a great many reasons that I decided to do so, but chief among them is that I consider the quality at the beginning of the old series to be rather poor. Many mistakes were made, my thought process was less logical then, and I've since significantly improved as a player. Plus, over the years I have grown woefully out of practice at LOTR LCG, drifted away from the community, and stopped paying attention to the game until relatively recently - in fact, to this day, the modern card pool remains essentially an unknown to me.

Now though, as I perceive myself to be older, wiser, and a more capable player than ever I once was, I've been enjoying re-learning how to play the game, and have been delighted to share my experiences with the community while doing so. I dream of someday being able to chronicle and cover the entire catalogue of this card game's litany of expansions, and am pleased to take any willing to come with me on my journey. While my approach may not be for everyone, I do appreciate the community's patience, and look forward to continuing to work on this series!

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3 hours ago, Khamul The Easterling said:

Gotta love when Lecitadin kindly offers his own opinion and gets called a son of a bitsh...at least Mitch gave a mature intellectual response:)

hey now...I all did was agree with what he called himself! no name calling here! ;)

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20 hours ago, Dain Ironfoot said:

hey now...I all did was agree with what he called himself! no name calling here! ;)

Mouha! Yep, I called myself SOAB because sometimes that's what I am! :rolleyes:

22 hours ago, TheHiveTyrant said:

There are a great many reasons that I decided to do so, but chief among them is that I consider the quality at the beginning of the old series to be rather poor. Many mistakes were made, my thought process was less logical then, and I've since significantly improved as a player.


Now though, as I perceive myself to be older, wiser, and a more capable player than ever I once was, I've been enjoying re-learning how to play the game, and have been delighted to share my experiences with the community while doing so. 

Well... Wise words from a wise player! I see your point. ;)

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The Progression Series is back! Today, Mitch and Matthew tackle The Long Dark. Will we find ourselves foiled by Locate Tests, or breeze through the worst of the Dwarrowdelf cycle?
 
Share your own experiences with this quest in the comments, and thanks to anyone out there for watching!
 
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