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Andrea Angiolino
Italy
Rome
European Union
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10
Oct 2012
A maserpiece, again.
2012-10-05
Ken Campbell
United States
Falls Church
Virginia
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10
Jul 2014
Incredibly well-themed series of mechanics added to a wargame that makes one feel like he or she is playing through the books and the appendices. Entertaining, different from play to play, and asymmetric. Possibility of highly variable approaches to game as a whole. Great components, even in this non-huge wooden box-version.
2012-10-28
Owned
Ken B.
United States
Fayetteville
Tennessee (TN)
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10
Oct 2012
2015-06-29
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Kweku
United States
Oakland
California
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10
Oct 2012
Best Epic Game Award

I love two player games. I love epic games. I love games with diverse strategies and multiple paths to victory. I love games with random elements such as cards or die rolls to change the experience every time and add a dash of drama and unpredicitability. I love beautiful games that take pride in their components. And most of all, I love highly asymmetric games.

We have a winner!

P.S. If you want a great example of how you can take a setting and a theme and build a game around it, and not only have every facet of the gameplay remind you of that setting and theme, while still achieving masterful gameplay that actually stands completely on its own... start here. There's no give-and-take or compromise, this is both the most thematic game and perhaps the best game (depending on what metric I'm using) that I've ever played

P.P.S. Lords of Middle Earth rocks too.

(5 Design + 5 Enjoyment)
2013-04-17
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Tamás Novák
Hungary
Budapest
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10
Oct 2012
My No1 LOTR game.
Playing it needs a lot of time but it deserves it.
Sometimes I can get my wife to play with me.
2013-07-05
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Marcus Navarro
United States
Greeley
Colorado
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10
Oct 2012
This game is a must buy!
2012-10-05
Owned
Jay
United States
California
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10
Oct 2012
War of the Ring is a rare combination of great theme with great mechanics that work with the theme.

Allow me to give a sampling of the decisions in a round of War of the Ring. The core mechanic is the action dice that you roll every round. The dice tell you what you can do this round, and since you only have at most 10 dice it might seem like you don't have that many options. In truth, there are many possibilities (and this can paralyze newer players). For example, suppose you rolled 3 army results. Those dice must be used to mobilize armies on the board, but there are so many choices on where to move. Are you going to use those dice to reinforce/assault the men in Minas Tirith? The men of Gondor are strong, but conquering Gondor puts the Shadow half-way to victory. Or should you help/attack the elves of Lothlorien? It's a single stronghold, but shadow control of Lothlorien is an ideal staging area for moving in many directions and if you take it early you can hopefully interfere with the Fellowship movement. Should you wait until the end of the round when your opponent is committed to a strategy or should you perform your moves immediately before your opponent has time to adjust his strategy? And what about your newly drawn Rohan-based action cards, are these powerful enough to switch your attention to the horse lords? Meanwhile, what about your opponent? Should you set the pace of the game through aggression or should you only react to their actions? These aren't easy decisions, but they are fun.

Behind the military deployment is the Fellowship progression which acts as a game clock which the players partially control. The variable game clock is clever game design, and it's seamlessly integrated into the theme. So well is the theme integrated into this game that you don't even think of it as a game mechanism, but rather as the Fellowship marching towards Mordor. If you can imagine the Witch-King proclaiming "Do you not know Death when you see it?" as he smashes Rivendell to put the Shadow within an inch of victory while the Free Peoples hurry the Fellowship through Mordor as they throw caution to the wind, then you should try this game.

Second Edition
The 2nd edition is better than the first edition every way. Well, to be super picky, the new dice decreased in quality. But this game is top-notch in every other way.
2013-02-20
Ralf Schemmann
Germany
Siegen
NRW
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10
Oct 2012
The Second Edition is even better than the first, but since the ratings don't allow an 11, it must remain at 10.
2012-10-05
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Paul

Wisconsin
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10
Oct 2012
Not sure I know of a game that so accurately captures the theme of the source material. So many ways to implement strategy/win makes it a terrific game.
2012-10-21
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Scott M.
United States
Winter Springs
Florida
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10
Oct 2012
Rating based on WOW factor. This game is deep and somewhat complicated. The anxiety of watching the fellowship dwindle as they advance is fantastic.
Best lord of the Rings grand scale war-game ever made to date. Better than 1st edition from FFG.
2012-10-05
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Dan Freedman
United States
Apex
North Carolina
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10
Oct 2012
Perfected what few flaws the game had. Bigger cards, smaller Nazgul. And a nicer board with VP tracking + Army boxes. They also nerfed a strong strategy by changing initial placement a bit. I'd been clamoring for this awhile so I was especially glad to see it get put in.

They also put in timings on the cards and clarified wording.

All great stuff. If you were on the fence before, you should be clearly in the "buy it camp" now.
2012-10-05
Nick Greuel
United States
Camp Lejeune
North Carolina
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10
Jul 2015
From 2012 BGG Secret Santa
2015-03-15
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Trent Copp
Canada
Toronto
Ontario
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10
Oct 2012
Greatest game-really does justice to its theme
2013-01-30
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luispe
Spain
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10
Oct 2012
1-0
2012-10-05
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Bill Ou
Taiwan
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10
Dec 2012
雖然這是典型的Ameritrash,但是我愛吃垃圾食物也是個魔戒迷,要我如何不愛它
2013-02-22
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Nevin Ball
United States
Dallas
Texas
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10
Nov 2012
Improves upon one of my favorite games. Epic.
2012-11-18
Preordered
Mark Chaplin
United Kingdom
Nottingham
Ice-choked tower, Mondavia, Nanglangka.
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10
Oct 2012
Features almost everything I want in a LoTR strategic-level wargame.

Far, far superior to LoTR:Risk, which this is a distant relative.

I'd have preferred Galadriel and Shelob to have more of a starring role, but at least they are included.

The Fellowship rules are a little tricky to get your head around, we have found. Also, the faction tokens are almost useless as a quick means of determining political stance, unless you've played the game many times - they are just all such obscure designs. Still, that's just whiny talk. This is a SUPERB game.

Oct 2012 UPDATE: Lords of Middle-Earth solves the Galadriel issue, and promo Treebeard is a cool addition.
2013-12-30
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Andrew Poulter
United Kingdom
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10
Oct 2012
The best got better.
2012-10-06
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Edgars Zakis
Latvia
Riga
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10
Sep 2013
Yup, that's final. After several great plays, the last one being as tense and dramatic as a game can be, this has become a 10 and I feel it will remain there for a while.
2013-09-30
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Tagore Nakornchai
United Kingdom
Fulham
London
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10
Oct 2012
2nd Edition seems like a more balanced and pretter version of 1st edition. It also gets rid of some Map inaccuracies (Anorien is not part of Rohan!), and adds some variety to the game.
2012-12-29
Owned
steva fields
United States
vancouver
Washington
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10
Oct 2012
One of the best games to tell a story as you play. Will take some time to understand the game in depth, but well worth the time.
2012-10-06
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Francisco Bustos
Chile
Santiago
Región Metropolitana
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10
Oct 2012
It captures The Lord of the Rings feel in a magnificent strategy game. It's inmersive, tense and requiere focus in many relevant decisions. It's worth every single penny.
2012-10-06
Owned
Lowell Drake
United States
Meridian
Idaho
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10
Mar 2014
Second ed improved several things over the first. The board, for one thing, looks better. (think about it - the first ed board looked like Italy - brown) For me, the best change was in the size of the cards. I can read these now.
2013-07-14
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Ricardo Viera
Spain
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10
Aug 2015
+LORDS OF THE MIDDLE EARTH
+TREEBEARD PROMO
2012-12-29
Owned
Grant Johnson
United States
Cedar Park
Texas
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10
Oct 2012
Extremely happy with the minor tweaks made here. The first edition was excellent, but this makes it even better.
2012-10-07
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Holman
United States
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
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10
Aug 2013
Wonderful integration of meaningful game mechanics with the world and characters of the books.

If you told me that someone would publish a strategy game based on LOTR, I would have expected either a generic "lite" wargame or a thin reskinning of other systems. Instead, we have something that feels richly true to the story while allowing thoughtful divergence from it.

This is the boardgame equivalent of Peter Jackson's film trilogy: not what Tolkien would have written, but nevertheless a great realization of his vision in a new medium.
2015-06-17
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another geek
Switzerland
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10
Oct 2012
great game with many possibilities and better than the first edition
2012-10-08
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Roy Cannaday
United States
North Carolina
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10
Oct 2012
The best 2 player game I have ever played! Tons of fun and I love the theme in this game! Really makes for some Tense moments and deep strategy!
2012-10-08
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Jeff Kuhn
United States
Garner
North Carolina
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10
Oct 2012
Possibly better than 1e, need to see how the 2e expansions shake out but it is definitely more streamlined than 1e + expansion. Could be a significantly different game after the planned expansions. Definitely like the components a lot more, for that alone it is worth the purchase.

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Update: 2e is definitely better than 1e plus expansions. However, to be fair, the small tweaks can of course easily be added back to 1e. I still like the components better!
2015-08-04
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Ryan DeLano
United States
West Valley City
Utah
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10
Oct 2012
Owned
M. Freeman
United States
Mooresville
North Carolina
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10
Nov 2014
This game is just awesome. One of the best two player games out there.
2014-11-10
Owned
Jim Hansen
United States
Seattle
Washington
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10
Oct 2012
Every time I play I love this game more. The LotR theme oozes from every card, the asymmetric game play is perfectly balanced, and while the dice rolling adds an element of luck to the game the way you spend your action dice is immensely strategic. Hands down the best 2 player board game I have played.
2014-01-24
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steve templeton
United Kingdom
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10
Feb 2014
excellent theme driven wargame - 5 star components awesome game for 2 best ! and 3 players
2012-11-26
Owned
Stephen Meyers
United States
Frederick
Maryland
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10
Oct 2013
GenCon 2013 w/ Middle Earth exp & Treebeard promo 90
2013-09-04
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Robert Nicewander
United States
Chandler
Arizona
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10
Oct 2012
I don't agree with spinning off the second edition in its own entry, but this game is a pure 10.

Components, theme, mechanics; all are top notch and this game is one of the very best in my collection.
2012-10-16
Owned
Michael Sosa
United States
Newark
Delaware
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10
Oct 2012
I sold my first edition copy to get this one. I like the new map and the rule changes which seems to have balanced the base game. The 1st edition is still a great game, but skilled players will eventually find it is unbalanced and will need to add the expansion. 1st edition with expansion is a solid 10, I would never turn a game down! This new edition looks nicer, has Nazgul that don't topple over, and looks to be made even more interesting with future expansions from Ares.
2012-11-03
Owned
joe garcia
United States
san antonio
TX: TEXAS
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10
Oct 2012
Great game! love the unique dice gameplay. Very thematic. A must for Lord of the Rings fans and wargamers. Feels faster paced than other war games played. Never going back to risk after this. Never liked risk actually. Anyways play this game! I love the attack of the trent cards It feels like a massacring lost cause for the non shadow races, but i put my faith in the fellowship!

For beginners always start as orcs, and do not hesitate to attack from the beginning! Use them hordes! The more time the humans have, the more of an advantage the orcs lose if they are not slaughtering.
2015-02-16
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Luke Heidebrecht
Canada
Saskatoon
Saskatchewan
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10
Oct 2012
The definitive Lord of the Rings game. This game seems to capture the tension and theme of the story so perfectly and carries the players along on a continuously unfolding narrative. Wonderful mechanics, well balanced, and very thematic.
2012-12-02
Owned
我爱桌面游戏像老鼠爱大米
Spain
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10
Jul 2013
Un clásico de esos cuyo nombre hace enmudecer el auditorio, uno de los principales pilares de la fantasía, la épica y la diversión en el cosmos de los juegos de mesa. La Ilíada de los juegos de tablero y figuritas.
2013-11-03
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Imran Mohamad Daud
Malaysia
Bahau
Negeri Sembilan
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10
Oct 2012
Now I know why the game rated so high! You can easily lost track of time playing this, as if you are one of the fellowship themselves (or Sauron & co., if you like)!
2013-06-25
Owned
Brenton
United States
North Attleboro
Massachusetts
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10
Oct 2012
Love this game but don't get to play it nearly enough. Thematically this is a brilliant game for LOTR fans.
2014-06-20
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Dariusz M
Poland
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10
Oct 2012
No1. in my collection
2013-05-29
Owned
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Tom Hancock
United States
Charleston
West Virginia
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10
Oct 2012
I rated the first edition a 10 and this edition improves on some very minor issues. Please see my comments for the other game
2012-10-25
Ludger W.
Germany
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10
Oct 2012
This game just blew me away
2012-10-28
Owned
Aaron Bartholomew
United States
Vallejo
California
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10
Jul 2015
Sleeved....unplayed....been dying to play this but haven't had the time to sit and figure out the rules....or find someone willing to learn them with me yet.
2013-06-05
Owned
Eric Walkingshaw
United States
Corvallis
Oregon
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10
Oct 2012
First edition was a truly great game and this improves on it in every way. Clearer map, better starting positions (only one small tweak, but it makes a difference), clearer hunt and card resolution rules, more interesting and balanced cards. Well done.
2012-10-29
David F
United States
Emeryville
California
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Let the Lord of Chaos rule.
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10
Oct 2012
Rule differences from 1ed here.

Minimal changes to 1ed rules for game-balance purposes, and to weed out some 'weird' strategies that bend the rules. I find that they do help, but it can still be swing-y for the FP, basically equating to whether and how long you can maintain 6 action dice for. I'd say the balance (and this looked in line with the ladder last I checked) is probably like 52-48 Shadow now (as opposed to 55-45).

Also, the Mordor declaration and 1-Eye requirement reek of 'artificial' house rules, and don't feel very natural.

Favorite 2-player Long
2014-02-12
Shawn Ervin
United States
Hudson
Ohio
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Feb 2013
Rules Copied
2013-02-13
Owned
Darin Shaw
United States
Waxhaw
North Carolina
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10
Aug 2013
After three plays, I am very impressed by the balance and how close it has been. Each side plays so differently that it makes the replayability high, especially with the cards. Granted there is a lot of luck with the dice, but I think it balances out well with everything else. A terrific game.
2012-12-11
Owned
Tom Rosen
United States
Arlington
Virginia
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Nov 2012
Received as gift: Christmas 2011
2012-11-04
Owned

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