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Lilac and gooseberries … in Quenya

lilac-and-gooseberries-in-quenyaLilac and gooseberries.

NEW sentence translated into Quenya!

(Requested by Evelien Valgaeren and answered in 99 hours with HUGE Tengwar Fonts perfect for tattoos through Tattoo Q101)

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Lilac and gooseberries is the 605th sentence translated into Quenya…

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Thane and goddess Arashu … in Quenya

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By grace given me by the goddess Arashu, I bid her divine protection to you,

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Thane @ Mass Effect 3

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By grace given me by the goddess Arashu, I bid her divine protection to you, is the 467th famous quote translated into Quenya…

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Thane saying I love you … in Quenya

I love you If all else whispers back into the tide know this for fact in QuenyaI love you. If all else whispers back into the tide, know this for fact.

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I love you. If all else whispers back into the tide, know this for fact is the 443rd famous quote translated into Quenya…

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Losing is fun … in Quenya

Losing is fun in QuenyaLosing is fun.

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Losing is fun is the 567th sentence translated into Quenya…

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Tengwar Sudoku Solved!

It’s solved! The last post of 2013 brought you a puzzle, a quite hard challenge I must say, based on a Japanese popular puzzle called Sudoku. If you have no idea of what it is (depending on where you are in the world you may not have heard about it), check the introduction in the post mentioned here.

Also, if you’re new to Quenya101 and you’re reading about this “Tengwar Sudoku” for the first time, why not trying to solve it? Well, of course, if you’re up to the challenge! (i.e. I DARE you!)  😀

The original Tengwar Sudoku puzzle.

The original Tengwar Sudoku puzzle.

So here it is, check your answers and progress if you applied to the task:

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Hell yeah!!! Confusing as hell to the eyes, perfectly built for the mind’s pleasure! Sudoku is definitely awesome!

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Tengwar Sudoku

It’s been a long while since we had our last puzzle, so I came up with this idea and it quite hits the same itch scratched by Tengwar Kanji developed by Quenya101 here. Therefore, I present you….Tengwar SUDOKU!

But what is Sudoku?

250px-Sudoku-by-L2G-20050714.svgSudoku is a Japanese puzzle where logic and combinatorial number placement takes a major role. Usually, the standard Sudoku features numbers (1 to 9) and you gotta place them correctly inside the major squares, columns and lines without repeating them.

It’s not hard, but of course there are different levels you can play and some of them have so many possibilities, you’ll definitely have a hard time filling those little squares.  As you may realize, this puzzle is perfect not only with numbers but letters as well (which makes them a bit harder I think…but it’s just a matter of symbols) and Sudoku is the best puzzle we could get to exercise our Tengwar Kanji writing!

In our Sudoku, you’ll have 4×4 areas where 16 Tengwar Kanjis will be filled. Are you up to this challenge? Put your skills to the test and have fun during this vacation with Tengwar Sudoku!

Tengwar Sudoku

 

Don’t despair! Believe me…this is an easy one! You can send your answers to Quenya101 mail and the answer key will be given when we’re back in February! Enjoy the puzzle!

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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!

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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.

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A quest in our Middle-Earth

Top 10 LotR board games continues taking up from the previous parts (#10#9#8 #7#6 & #5) and now we got a very juicy game in our 4th place. It’s “symbolically” a bronze medal (you’ll understand that later when our top 10 is finished). And the game is:

#4

Middle-Earth Quest

(2009)

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Middle-earth Quest takes place approximately ten years after Bilbo Baggins leaves the Shire, and several years before Frodo leaves Bag End on his journey leading to the destruction of the One Ring. Thus, Middle Earth Quest will take place in a time of growing darkness. Players will take control of characters such as a Gondorian Captain, a Rider from the Westfold, or numerous other character types. Not only will characters be able to experience new adventure in Middle Earth, but we will carefully seek to tie in the experience with the massive amounts of lore and story that takes place around the edges of the central THE LORD OF THE RINGS storyline.

Middle-earth Quest is a game of adventure and conflict set in the time leading up to the creation of the Fellowship. One player will adopt the mantle of Sauron and do his best to spread his evil influence across the lands. Up to three players become heroes and will do their best to foil Sauron’s foul plots, and rally the peoples of Middle-earth to their side.

This is absolutely a must-have if you enjoy long and deep board games. It’s a pretty large one (and as the legend goes “the larger the board game, the deeper and cooler it is”). I saw just once people playing it, never had to chance to sit down and battle for any quest in Middle-Earth, but in the future I’m gonna surely buy this big one!

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Confront!

This is the 5th part of our Top 10 LotR Board Games. We’re halfway there! You can check the previous posts here:  #10#9#8 #7 & #6. What have we got here in 5th place? Competition, guts, blood and confrontation:

#5

Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation

(2002)

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Stratego-like game themed around Lord of the Rings. Players each control a force of 9 characters (light vs. dark) whose identities are hidden from their opponent at the beginning of the game. Combat is resolved by playing special cards.

Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation has also been the object of an extended edition (see Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation (Deluxe Edition)) comprising the original characters and a full set of new characters.

Well, Stratego is a hallmark board game and there’s few to say about this LotR game as it’s all based on Stratego. In my opinion, the addition of those special cards may bring a richer flavor to the confrontation which would be too much of the same stuff if this game were to be created without them.

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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!

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