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Q101 Harvest Collection

…is ready to the reaping!

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You reap what you sow and here is what the new harvest has brought to us all in this 1 Yávië! Take a look at these new fruits and let’s prepare ourselves for the winter that is coming… (Yes, Starks…I’m talking to you!)

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War is what it will be!

It’s gone! It’s done!

With those words of relief, Frodo conclude the task that was appointed to him. We also conclude our top 10 LotR Board Games right now, with the #1 board game of all time! All other games you can see here: #10#9#8 #7#6#5#4,  #3 & #2, but no place for 2nd places, right here right now, we got GOLD we got:

#1

War of the Ring (Second Edition)

(2012)

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As its predecessor…

In War of the Ring, one player takes control of the Free Peoples (FP), the other player controls Shadow Armies (SA).

Initially, the Free People Nations are reluctant to take arms against Sauron, so they must be attacked by Sauron or persuaded by Gandalf or other Companions, before they start to fight properly: this is represented by the Political Track, which shows if a Nation is ready to fight in the War of the Ring or not.

The game can be won by a military victory, if Sauron conquers a certain number of Free People cities and strongholds or vice versa. But the true hope of the Free Peoples lies with the quest of the Ringbearer: while the armies clash across Middle Earth, the Fellowship of the Ring is trying to get secretly to Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring. Sauron is not aware of the real intention of his enemies but is looking across Middle Earth for the precious Ring, so that the Fellowship is going to face numerous dangers, represented by the rules of The Hunt for the Ring. But the Companions can spur the Free Peoples to the fight against Sauron, so the Free People player must balance the need to protect the Ringbearer from harm, against the attempt to raise a proper defense against the armies of the Shadow, so that they do not overrun Middle Earth before the Ringbearer completes his quest.

Each game turn revolves around the roll of Action Dice: each die corresponds to an action that a player can do during a turn. Depending on the face rolled on each die, different actions are possible (moving armies, characters, recruiting troops, advancing a Political Track).

Action dice can also be used to draw or play Event Cards. Event Cards are played to represent specific events from the story (or events which could possibly have happened) which cannot be portrayed through normal game-play. Each Event Card can also create an unexpected turn in the game, allowing special actions or altering the course of a battle.

This one is surely the ultimate experience one might expect when playing a game about Lord of the Rings. As I recently watched a Dice Tower Top 10 list (by the way wherein this kind of post was inspired) Sam Healey said: “War of the Ring IS The Lord of the Rings” in board game format.

I hope you enjoyed Quenya101 top 10 LotR board game and perhaps it’ll serve you like a guide for the next time you wanna acquire some tabletop fun!

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War is what it is!

And here’s is the Silver Medal of our Top 10 LotR Board Games. You can check other games elected at #10#9#8 #7#6#5#4 & #3. The game below has already been reviewed here, and it’s no big surprise is #2 in the list. (Why not the #1? You’ll see…)

#2

War of the Ring

(2004)

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In War of the Ring, one player takes control of the Free Peoples (FP), the other player controls Shadow Armies (SA).

Initially, the Free People Nations are reluctant to take arms against Sauron, so they must be attacked by Sauron or persuaded by Gandalf or other Companions, before they start to fight properly: this is represented by the Political Track, which shows if a Nation is ready to fight in the War of the Ring or not.

The game can be won by a military victory, if Sauron conquers a certain number of Free People cities and strongholds or vice-versa. But the true hope of the Free Peoples lies with the quest of the Ringbearer: while the armies clash across Middle Earth, the Fellowship of the Ring is trying to get secretly to Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring. Sauron is not aware of the real intention of his enemies but is looking across Middle Earth for the precious Ring, so that the Fellowship is going to face numerous dangers, represented by the rules of The Hunt for the Ring. But the Companions can spur the Free Peoples to the fight against Sauron, so the Free People player must balance the need to protect the Ringbearer from harm, against the attempt to raise a proper defense against the armies of the Shadow, so that they do not overrun Middle Earth before the Ringbearer completes his quest.

Each game turn revolves around the roll of Action Dice: each die corresponds to an action that a player can do during a turn. Depending on the face rolled on each die, different actions are possible (moving armies, characters, recruiting troops, advancing a Political Track).

Action dice can also be used to draw or play Event Cards. Event Cards are played to represent specific events from the story (or events that could possibly have happened) that cannot be portrayed through normal gameplay. Each Event Card can also create an unexpected turn in the game, allowing special actions or altering the course of a battle.

This is certainly the apple of my eye. A lovely long board game not designed for faint hearts. If you got a free day (and I really mean a whole day), grab your sit and a friend and play this little fellow! You’ll relive all the experiences you read and watched. You’ll be in Middle-Earth!

To be continued…

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The definite co-op card game!

Let’s not forget about our Top 10 LotR Board Games! We have already had A LOT so far (#10#9#8 #7#6#5 & #4) and now it’s time for our bronze medal. Grab your lembas, let’s journey together and fight against the perils we’ll find ahead in:

#3

The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game

(2011)

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The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game is a cooperative adventure game in which the players attempt to complete a scenario, each with three heroes of their choice and a deck of allies, events and attachments to support them. Each round, players send their heroes and allies to quest or to fight with enemies that engage them. However, as the heroes and allies exhaust after questing, defending, or attacking, the players’ options are typically insufficient to deal with everything at once. Therefore, players need to determine whether it is more urgent to quest and make progress in the scenario while the enemy forces gain power, or to take down enemies while making no progress, not knowing what will come next.

The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game is the base game of a Living Card Game for which new adventure packs are released monthly. The base game contains three scenarios, twelve famous characters from the works of J.R.R. Tolkien (including Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Denethor and Eowyn), and four pre-constructed player decks. Players can either use one of these decks or construct their own deck to increase their chances to be succesful in the more challenging scenarios. The monthly adventure packs contain a new scenario, a new hero, and new player cards to be used in their deck. The base game is for 1-2 players, but with an additional base game the scenarios can be played with up to four players.

Although this game is set in Tolkien’s Middle Earth, the scenarios do not represent scenes from the books, but rather take place in the seventeen years from Bilbo’s birthday until Frodo’s departure from the Shire.

The scenarios from saga-expansions do represent scenes from the books. Saga-expansions will form the Campaign Mode so that you can play all the saga quests that deal with the trilogy (+ Hobbit) together in one marathon campaign.

 

Awesome game, awesome company and I got a friend of mine who has it. The co-op style may be a turn off for the most competitive people, but I enjoy it all the same and the theme makes it a better cookie to taste.

To be continued…

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Why destroying the Ring when you can trade it?

Resuming our top 10 LotR Board Games (we already had #10, #9, #8 & #7), let’s head to the next one on the list and now we got:

#6

Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game

(2001)

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A tradeable card game covering the events of the Lord of the Rings movies. Frodo and his companions journey from Bag End to the destruction of the Ring at Mount Doom. The coverage of the cards is largely loyal to the movies, but it does take some of its lore from the book, and make references to certain atmospheres within the book. Some card sets, such as the Expanded Middle Earth Draft collection, have actors playing roles that were not seen in the movie, replete with costume. This allows for Tom Bombadil and Ghan Buri Ghan (among others) to be considered part of the card game. Nonetheless, they are rare, and typically you feel as if you are playing the movie rather than the book.

The game will be fairly familiar to veteran CCG players with a couple of important exceptions: firstly, combat is magic-like in execution but more incremental in resolution: each “lost” combat results in only a wound, not elimination as in Magic, L5R, Star Wars, or most other CCGs. Each character can suffer a limited number of wounds before being eliminated, but this “health” rating is also expended for card special actions – there is no “tapping”. Also importantly, this is not a “draw one” game but a “hand-filling” game, which results in a very different dynamic. Lastly, like ICEs Middle-Earth CCG that came before, cards are either “hero” or “shadow” cards; when you play Free Peoples cards in your turn, you effectively pay their cost in Twilight Points to your opponent, who then turns around and uses those points to play Shadow Cards to attack you.

As a final comment, Decipher finally saw the light and put a 4-card cap on every card during deck building (and this includes variations; so there is an Aragorn: Ranger of the North and an Aragorn: King in Exile; you can only have total of 4 combined). Additionally, there is a much more sane rarity distribution than previous Decipher products (many – in fact most – familiar characters are common or uncommon, or at least have common or uncommon variations that are no less powerful than the rare versions).

This game “ended” when Decipher ran into financial difficulties and let the license expire. The following sets were released:

1 Fellowship of the Ring
2 Mines of Moria
3 Realms of the Elf-Lords
4 The Two Towers
5 Battle of Helm’s Deep
6 Ents of Fangorn
7 Return of the King
8 Siege of Gondor
9 Reflections
10 Mount Doom
11 Shadows (Starting with this Set, Minion Cultures were re-formatted)
12 Black Rider
13 Bloodlines
14 Expanded Middle Earth
15 The Hunters
16 Wraith Collection
17 Rise of Saruman
18 Treachery and Deceit
19 Ages’ End

I have some of those cards but never set my mind to play them. When I got them, I just did for collection purpose. I’m not that TCG kind of guy. I like card games, but those TCG money sinks which grab you by the pocket….nahhhh, not my taste!

to be continued…

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Top 10 Lord of the Rings Board Games starts!

Recently I started to dedicate myself to this old hobby I got (tabletop games) and I’ve been watching regularly the Dice Tower videos  created by Tom Vasel. There, he reviews board games, presents new stuff that are coming up and ranks them differently according to a specific theme. I’m no Tom Vasel,  just a die-hard fan, but even though I propose here the making of OUR Top 10 Board Games! Of course, Lord of the Rings thematic top 10!

I didn’t play all of the board games I’m gonna present here, so I cannot review them. The rank is based in Boardgamegeek database (which is HUGE) where people vote and rank their favorite games. So, in a way, it’s a qualified rank of board games we’re gonna end up getting here.

To start it all, today we have:

#10

The Lord of the Rings Dice Building Game

(2013)

 

Lord of the Rings Dice Building Game

 

Dice-building comes to Middle-earth! In The Lord of the Rings Dice Building Game, which uses the dice-building game engine from Quarriors, players lead an army of brave men, wise elves, battle-hardened dwarves, and even the short-statured but stout-hearted hobbits – represented by custom dice – to stand between Sauron and his armies of orcs, goblins, trolls and ringwraiths as they scour the land to find The One Ring.

Gain glory for your people as you work together to defeat Sauron and save Middle-earth!

A must-have for dice lovers with plenty of them while adding cards and specific powers to the table. It’s a very well game design brought by Quarriors! system.

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Valar Poker

Poker_FaceCzysteMaybe you’re not a lover of playing cards, but one must recognize playing cards are the most famous and common card game there is out there and it’s been around for a long time now. There are countless regional variants of different games, different ways to play them with different amount of cards, but from Alaska to New Zealand, from Vladivostok to Easter Island people know and play Poker which is worldwidely spread, analyzed and written about. Recently I bought some well adorned playing cards from the Bicycle Alchemy 77 & Anne Strokes collection and by mere chance I stumbled upon a creation of Gerwell which introduces the Valar & Maiar to the Poker game.

Alchemy

Alchemy

Anne Strokes

Anne Strokes

Gerwell’s playing cards art (shown below) is lovely, giving the Valar & others an unique style. If you collect playing cards, play them a lot and love the game, this is an interesting item to acquire (printing or something like that). I’ll consider that eventually!

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The only detail I would change in this set of playing cards is…..Tengwar! (Of course…you know, it’s me!) It wouldn’t be practical but it’d be damn cool to have Poker cards with number written in Quenya and perhaps custom tengwar for the JQK cards. I can’t think of custom Tolkien-related suits but it must not be hard to come up with some. Silmarilli could be used instead of Diamonds, Two Trees instead of Clubs…wait! It seems I can think of some custom suits! 🙂

Anyway here the images which Gerwell used to create the Valar Poker cards:

Praise belongs to Gerwell! If you want more info about this Valar Poker cards, check his Tumblr!!!

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