I just want some opinions on that game because I'm thinking about getting started, but don't want to spend money on crap (if it is crap!)
I thought it was kinda sad.
I'm not sure about the new Lord of the Rings card
game, but at one point, the old Middle Earth: The
Wizards game was ranked almost equal to Magic in
many sources that we might in search for a better
term call as impartial as they get. I also know
of people who quit playing Magic in favour of
METW (Legend of the Five Rings is another such
The Lord of the Ring board game, or one of them,
I don't know how many there are, is rather good.
During the holidays, some of my closer friends
became heavily addicted to it.
I played the first incarnation of the game but I never got really into it. The reason for this is that I found noone who already played, oly some fellows who wanted to start with me. But, METW is horrible to start with, e.g. to leran from the rulebook. I can´t say that I enjoyed the few games I played but believe, that it has potential if you know a vetarean to help you out.
About the board games: One of them outright sucks but I can´t recall which either. I guess that "Hobbit" one is some good.
the old "middle earth: the wizards" was actually a really really good game. kinda like a more epic and tactical version of magic. sure it had the star wars syndrome (the rares and main characters usually being superior to the others), but one could put together an interesting deck from just a starter and some boosters nonetheless. it was played a lot here in sweden and swedes usually placed high in the world championships, which like Matti said made quite some people to give up on magic. i haven't tried the new LOTR game, but from what i heard it's much simpler (dare i say dumbed-down) than the old game. and i really hate that it has pictures from the movie instead of paintings...
Screenshots instead of paintings seriously suck,
even though the movie had visually mainly a positive
effect on me. Angus McBride all the way!
In any case, it seems that my friends came to
conclusion the board game isn't that great after
all. Too much highly specific interaction there
to make the game as a whole 'stand on its own'
or the game mechanics as a complete entity
interesting enough, they say. I guess their
earlier comments during holidays were simply
fascination of getting to try something new,
and it seems to have died down rather quickly.
Hmm. Seems like no one still hasn't given any
first hand experience comments about the new
Lord of the Rings card game yet. My my.
I play the Lord of the Rings card game. I'm the highest ranked player in Oregon, but that is saying nothing. lol. Just fun to say. Anways, the game is GREAT and I highly recommend it.
Please specifiy what is so great about it. I am looking for an alternative for magic, too. (And noone plays Battletech anymore, boo-hoo!)
play magic like netrunner = good.
Magic is still number one because it is most popular and has biggest card history.
(no lands, only action points, 3 each)
Yep, if anyone could give me more specific infos I'd be pleased too.
For me it's more a love of the story than a need of alternative game, since I'm a big fan of LoTR for a year now, but I have no money to waste.
The rulebook and starter deck contents are all available in PDF format at the Decipher web site for free download. You just have to read the rules and print out the proxies to begin making up your own mind about the game.
I've been playing for a little under 2 weeks and I find it to be rather enjoyable. It's somewhat similar to Star Wars (similar feel to it), but is somewhat simpler. As for not spending much money, so far I've only bought a starter and two packs (traded a little Magic, though) and I already have a pretty decent deck. Also, the game mechanics are interesting in that the interaction between players in nonstop (you do something on each players turn every time). Anyway, I reccommend at least giving it a go.