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@noccus- i live near Carlisle, the country you are talking about is beautiful (though carlisle certainly is not)....i feel sorry for the roman soliders garrisoned there during the winter ;)

 

@klaymen_sk - thanks for posting :)

rich

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I throw myself into the fury:

 

My name is Matt.  I live in Iowa, USA, which is mostly known for its corn and soybean, but trust me there is a bit more than that going on here.  I work as an Electrical Engineer and spend my days playing with antennas.

 

I discovered Tolkien in 1997.  I was walking through the SciFi/Fantasy section of my local bookstore and I saw this huge, thick book (the whole trilogy in one). On the cover was this glorious city (Minas Tirith). I read the back of the book and knew I had to have it.  But, alas, I was an 8th grader with no money.  I saved up (rather, I probably begged my mom for the money) and bought the book. I am so happy I read it before the movies.  I hold my original imaginative visions of the book dear to my heart: The Flight to the Ford especially.  My mind did that scene so much better than Peter Jackson :)

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thanks for posting - i know exactly what you mean about holding imaginative memories close to your heart - the beauty of literature compared to film

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@noccus- i live near Carlisle, the country you are talking about is beautiful (though carlisle certainly is not)....i feel sorry for the roman soliders garrisoned there during the winter ;)

 

rich

I came over the North Sea at the time by ferry from Rotterdam, and landed in Hull.

As I said, it was 15 something years ago, but I must say I was quite shocked by the amount of abandoned buildings.

It really felt like a ghost-town. Then we took the train north to Newcastle and loved it. Great nightlife!

Then along the way some quiet little villages (I only remember Haltwhistle by name now) which where nice when hiking east.

Hang on....Greenwhich? Greenwood-something? Other town. Met a lot of friendly & helpful people!

Anyway, when we got to Carlisle, I must confess, I was amazed by the....eh....low social class, to say it nicely.

I hope I don't offend you Rich, but it felt quite poor, ugly (as you say it still is) & industrial.

We were ill at ease at the pubs at night, as not just one time locals tried to pick a fight...

Tho this was in the late 90's and things may certainly have changed since then.

Anyhow, this was just 1 minor thing on a great trip!

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haha - not offended at all. i dont particularly fit in where i live....in an area which is 'traditional' (again to put it nicely) and i am ....er...not so traditional in my beliefs or ethics (again to put it nicely.)  ;)

 

not that everyone up north is like that of course, but carlisle is a spectacular example of a place where you dont want to be drinking after dark.....if you had only gone another 30 miles west you would have reached the beautiful lake district, which would have made up for carlisle

 

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Hey there everyone,

 

My name is Pat... I live in Canada... Ottawa to be exact... I love Tolkien and his wonderful world... I started gaming when I was 8, playing D&D and any board game I could get my hands on... I play games with a bunch of friends every week... we play Descent, Smallworld, Blood Bowl Team Manger and many more... when we all (5 of us) can't get together we usually play LotR which none of us really mind of course... LotR LCG is my favorite game by far... I love the theme and cooperative nature to the game... I scour this forum probably every day for Ideas... Thanks to everyone posting there decks/ ideas...

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Hello! My name is Charles, and I currently live in Washington, D.C. My first foray into Tolkien was the Rankin/Bass versions of The Hobbit and The Return of the King. I had not (and apart from The Hobbit still have not) read any of the books, although I did see The Lord of the Rings movies and thought them to be alright. To be honest, I kind of didn't have too much of an interest in Tolkien, perhaps because the setting for the most part has been emulated so much up to this point in other mediums. However, I have, and still love the giant eagles. Can't go wrong with those!

 

However, I did pick this game up because I love cooperative or solo-play games, and I learned that yes, you could play as the eagles. So I started into it! Oddly enough, through this game, I now have a new-found appreciation with Tolkien and his work, from talking and reading and listening to people talk about this game in relation to his work. And to top it off, I just love the variety of deck ideas and combinations that have arisen over these past few cycles, which is really nice. I have to say, this is a really nice community, and I hope it says as supportive as I have seen it!

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Thought I'd post as no one else seems to be from England. I live in Gloucester in SW England and have been playing the game for just over a year. I am a fan of all things Middle Earth and play Lotro (Eldar server), collect Games Workshop models and enjoy the books and films. This is the only card game I play simply because of the Tolkien theme and really enjoy it even though its flippin hard!!!

In real life I work for a health products company as a Qualified Person and my other interests are fishing, rugby and music - most types of music, mainly indie and definitely not rap.

In the game I have yet to get Heirs of Numenor but recently got Black Riders and enjoy the thematic feel of the first quest (not tried the others). I generally play solo now my son has gone to University as I can't persuade the wife to have a go, but will play two player when he's back during the loooong holidays these students get! :)

Player such as Richsabre really make the game more enjoyable and I regularly peruse the forums to check whats occurring and clarify some grey areas in the rules.

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thanks Migwald :) ...there are a few more UK players here, though i dont think they have posted for a while.

rich

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I think I might have posted in that thread glaurung mentioned, but to keep up the British side I'll go again :)

I'm Mark, from Wrexham in N Wales (quite a bit of Tolkienesque country we've got here, too!) This was kinda my first LCG, I bought it after enjoying Rune Age so much so wanted to see what else FFG had in the way of card games. This and Warhammer launched the obsession, anyway. I can't quite remember now, it was either HfG or JtR that was the current pack when I jumped aboard. I've been enjoying the ride ever since, despite a small rift in my LotR romance around the time of the Dwarrowdelf, when it seemed to be impossible to enjoy this game in a casual way.

I have a massive collection of games, but when I'm not rolling dice and such I'm usually at work on my own open university degree (or, y'know, at work). I've recently embarked on 'year two', which has suddenly become a lot more gruelling than the first year stuff, and has left distressingly little time for gaming. I mean, I've had Blood of Gondor for over a week now but have yet to break it out! The course, in case you're all wondering, is History with Classical Studies :)

I'm somewhat obsessed with history, and like to go off around the country as often as possible visiting ruins and the like - I actually did Hadrian's Wall myself two years back! I am a big fan of opera, too - my nickname spalanzani is a character from Offenbach's Tales of Hoffmann, which I know you're deeply fascinated to know! As should be evident by now, I like to ramble inanely, too...

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thanks for posting spalanzni- didnt know i had a fellow OU student here :) . i am about half way through yr 2 also, its certainly a different pace from yr 1 though its not too bad. i am currently awaiting my astronomy exam results..... :wacko:

rich

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Back in the 90's friend introduced me to Tolkien's work on a very strange way. He was reading a parts from the books to me, and at the same time he drew sketches on a piece of paper. I don't have to explain how awesome that was... In years to come, he moved to Italy because he was accepted to some Art academy there and I've heard he did some design and artwork for Blizzard...

In 2007-2008 I've played MetW in local gaming club and at the same time I was collecting some Space Marines and Confrontation miniatures during my studies in Belgrade. Warhammer Invasion kept my atention for about 2 years. Now, I am playing LotR LCG mostly alone and when I have some free time. Still stucked on the Core Set though.

Finaly, I am from Serbia. I work as a high school teacher in my town on the north of the country.

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@richsabre - No, I have yet to venture north of Oxford! Other than that, I've only been to London, Stratford-upon-Avon and Bath. I would love to visit the north some time. The rivers and hilly landscape looks absoutely beautiful!

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Martyn here.

 

Dutch, but living in Scotland with wife and three kids. I'm a medical scientist by profession, a mountain biker, metal head and failed musician by hobby. 

 

I have a long history of Tolkien cardgaming starting with Middle Earth CCG, the most fantastic game ever, in the early 1990s. For a while I edited the Middle Earth Card of the Day for that game under the nick Fram Frumgarson. I also played the Decipher movie game but did not really like it - mainly because MECCG was such a hard act to follow.

 

I have played the LCG from the start, always solo as I know of no other players and I wouldn't be able to commit to regular meet-ups anyway what with life getting in the way.

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Craig here,

 

I'm from Auckland, New Zealand, married and have two daughters. Job wise i'm an sales analyst and I'm quite new to this type of card game.

 

Started playing when I released I needed a break from excessive amounts of screen time (work & PC gaming). 

 

Loving that this game is Lord of Rings based, solo & Co-Op, has amazing art work and that I've generally found this game quite challenging (though much less of late... especially looking at you Amon Din!). 

 

I almost stopped playing before getting Heirs of Numenor as the initial reports, I read, seemed to make the game sound so ridiculously hard that it wasn't worth it... in practice I think they are some of my favorite quests... and I finally had a reason to field lots of tactics Hero's.

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Hi everyone,

 

I am Scott, 34, I live in South London, UK and have been married for 5 1/2 years.

 

I work as an IT Systems Manager for charitable/religious organization.  I have a Master's Degree in Astrophysics (great that you are studying it too Richard!)

 

In my spare time I run, gym, movies, video games, read...  I'm a huge fan and collector of David Bowie's music.  I even fronted a David Bowie tribute band for 4 years.  I also song-write and play guitar, and occasionally play my own stuff live.

 

I got heavily into this game when it first came out and was on these boards a lot.  I sort of burned out with it though and stopped playing for nearly a year.  The last pack I bought was 'Shadow and Flame'.  I've now got interested again, and am rediscovering and enjoying the game again.  

 

I'm a thematic player and always build themed decks.  I'm making sure this time to take my games slowly and think about the story as I go along - and I'm no longer keeping score!

 

I've got some catching up to do with expansions.  I hope to get the Heirs of Numenor set soon and I've stuck the Hobbit expansions on my Christmas list!  :)

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Hi,

 

I'm Carlos Matos, i live in Portugal and i'm single.

 

I am a Solicitor and work on my own. Sometimes i teach in my area.

 

 

When i knew the game i entered heavily on it and i have all the packs and Massing. I would like to have the others PoD but they never got on sale.

 

 

I am a newbie at deckbuilding not being very thematic, although i like some thematic decks that are around but am a very regular player, with at least a game per day.

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I'm just now getting around to posting on this because I can definitely be considered a new player since I first got into the Lord of the Rings LCG in July.

 

My name is Casey and I currently live in Southwest Missouri but will be moving to Bloomington, Indiana next Fall to begin my education as an optometrist at the Indiana University School of Optometry.  (I'm also hoping to go to Gen Con for the first time now since I'll be less than an hour away from Indianapolis!)  

I have been a huge fan of all things Tolkien since middle school when I first watched the Fellowship of the Ring on VHS at a friend's house.  Since then, I have acquired a considerable collection of action figures as well as all the LEGO sets that have come out, but I hadn't gotten into the LCG... yet.  However, on July 7th of this year (my birthday) the same friend who I watched the Fellowship of the Ring with over 10 years ago bought me the core set.  

 

I had never played an LCG before and heck, my experience with board and card games in general was pretty minimal (I mostly played LotR Risk and Ticket to Ride with friends - and that's about it.)  So, picking up the gameplay and structure of the game took a decent learning curve, but I was absolutely hooked before too long.  I dove right in and starting ordering expansions and adventure packs right off the bat and before long I had the whole collection (I'm still apologizing to my bank account!)

 

Now, even though I'm still a busy student finishing up my Bachelors of Science in Biology, I love playing when I get a chance.  Perhaps the best thing about this game is the fact that it is single player, which allows me to play whenever I want and not just when I'm with people who are willing to play (I'm still trying to convince my fiancée to give it a go though - I lost her when I brought up hit points and attack damage!)   At any rate, I anxiously look forward to the future of the game and can't wait to get my hands on the Voice of Isengard expansion!

 

P.S.  This online community of fellow players has been extremely helpful and fun to interact with over the past few months, an attribute that is rare among most online internet forums.

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