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David Reeves
United States
Georgetown
TX
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Nov 2012
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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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Justin
United States
Atlanta
Georgia
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One-Nil to the Arsenal!
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And it's Arsenal, Arsenal FC, We're by far the greatest team, The world has ever seen....
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10
Aug 2013
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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
Owned
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Alessandro Bordin
Italy
Padova
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10
Oct 2012
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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
J.D. WELLS
France
Thoiry
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10
Oct 2012
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Wes Ware
United States
Prairieville
Louisiana
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10
Oct 2012
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Peter K. Hubig
Germany
bei Aschaffenburg
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10
Oct 2012
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Tim Frankovich
United States
Unspecified
Texas
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Aug 2013
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Jay
United States
California
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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
John Weier
United States
Huntsville
Alabama
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10
Oct 2012
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Salty Skwib
United States
San Miguel
California
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Should I eat the Cuttlefish and Asparagus or the Vanilla Paste?
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10
Sep 2014
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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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Lee Shelton

Charlotte
North Carolina
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10
Oct 2012
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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
Owned
Mike Wene
United States
Unspecified
Michigan
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10
Oct 2012
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S H
United States
Merrillville
Indiana
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10
May 2013
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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
Owned
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
Randy Stclair
United States
Hurst
Texas
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10
Feb 2015
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Andrei Palmer
United States
Crofton
Maryland
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Very Playous
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Barefoot United
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10
Oct 2012
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Nick Greuel
United States
Camp Lejeune
North Carolina
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“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." -John 3:16
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"Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned." -Mark 16:16
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Jul 2015
From 2012 BGG Secret Santa
2015-03-15
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Alex Martinez
Spain
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10
Oct 2012
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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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Ernie
United States
Indiana
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Oct 2012
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Bill Plumley
United States
Sun Prairie
Wisconsin
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Oct 2012
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luispe
Spain
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Oct 2012
1-0
2012-10-05
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Matt Uhrich
United States
Dillsburg
Pennsylvania
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Jan 2013
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Bill Ou
Taiwan
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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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Jeremy Laverty
Canada
Scarborough
Ontario
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Oct 2012
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za nouge
Australia
Kew
Victoria
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Oct 2012
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Jake Stringfellow
Australia
Newcastle
NSW
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Feb 2013
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James Mustafa
Indonesia
Tangerang Selatan
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Dec 2014
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Nevin Ball
United States
Dallas
Texas
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That tickles!
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10
Nov 2012
Improves upon one of my favorite games. Epic.
2012-11-18
Preordered
Kristofer Bengtsson
Sweden
Kävlinge
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War of the Ring: Official FAQ Master! Webmaster of www.warofthering.eu
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- This is My Hour!
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10
Oct 2012
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Christian Heikampf
Germany
40215 Düsseldorf
NRW
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Oct 2012
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Eirik Johnsbråten
Norway
Notodden
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10
Aug 2014
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Jeannis Leist
Germany
Goettingen
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Oct 2012
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Mark Chaplin
United Kingdom
Nottingham
Ice-choked tower, Mondavia, Nanglangka.
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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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Detlef Dölling
Germany
Nordrhein-Westfalen
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Oct 2012
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Andrew Poulter
United Kingdom
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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
Owned
Tagore Nakornchai
United Kingdom
Fulham
London
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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
Jason Craddock
United States
Grand Prairie
Texas
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10
Feb 2015
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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
Owned
Doug Epperson
United States
Frederick
MD
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10
Jul 2015
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