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Scott M.
United States
Winter Springs
Florida
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10
Jun 2013
Fantastic expansion for a fantastic game. Wont play without it
2013-06-16
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Alessio Serafini
United Kingdom
London
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10
Dec 2012
The price tag is questionable. The whole second edition operation reeks of opportunism. The indiscriminate recycling of old artwork further fueled my misgivings. And yet, this is arguably the ultimate version of this fantastic game in terms of game balance, diversity and scope. And since we are talking about my favourite game ever, turns out this little box contributes to the most engaging and intense gaming experience I ever went through.
2012-12-28
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David F
United States
Emeryville
California
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Luck in games, in measured doses, is the catalyst which enables shocking game-changers that you'll remember and talk about forever.
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Let the Lord of Chaos rule.
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10
Dec 2012
Like the 1ed expansion, more options here, often pulling out events from the card-deck to place them in front of you so you can control if/when to put something to play instead of drawing it early/late. The FP gets more toys here, but that's okay since I'm not convinced the FP is even with Shadow anyway. More importantly, the game is less luck-driven and decisions are tougher for the Free Peoples now (where before it rested on how early you could roll WotW and bring in Gandalf the White and Aragorn).

Where before, it was tough to decide whether to keep companions not named Gandalf in or separate them, it becomes even tougher now with Gandalf the Grey: Keeper of Narya added to the mix. Keep him, kill him or separate him? Either way, it's best to keep him around till you can replace his Keeper die with Elrond/Galadriel. But separating is an option now too, with Narya's instant-war being a huge draw.

The stars of the expansion, Keeper and Lesser Minion dice - 'half-dice' -- are a great idea to provide more options and trade-offs with the new characters instead of having them provide the bonus Action die earlier (since before they were charged as overpowered). The rules for their removal and negative effects are interesting, amounting to only keeping 1 Keeper die around at all times (but 2 Lesser Minion dice are okay), and hoping they stay around long enough after Gandalf the White and Witch-king (which is another consideration to delay Gandalf). It adds more game-time due to more actions, but it's justified for the decision complexity it provides.

FP gets Gandalf/Elrond/Galadriel, less luck-driven ways to obtain a 5th die (which is more important to the FP's starting 4 than the Shadow's starting 7) plus the leadership and abilities (including Combat Cards) to defend Lorien and Rivendell, and Smeagol as-is (but with new event cards to affect his effectiveness). Shadow counters with Balrog (near-shuts off the Moria route, more danger for the Fellowship early), alt-Witch-king plus ability to switch, Gothmog (so you can keep Chief of Ringwraiths plus Gothmog around instead of Black Captain until Gothmog's die is gone) and alt-Mouth (makes FPMV harder if it's not 4 VPs at once).

Might take a while to incorporate the variant FP characters, some of which allow the companions to start in their homeland. Alt-Strider and Strider is a toss-up since you won't know how the Hunt goes. Boromir, Gimli and Legolas are a lot tougher to think about due to their new Level 1 status. I suppose it makes the companions more interesting than interchangeable Gimli-Legolas-Boromir and Merry-Pippin.

5+5
2012-12-20
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Holman
United States
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
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10
Sep 2014
Deepens and extends the base game without bloating it.
2015-06-17
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Luke Heidebrecht
Canada
Saskatoon
Saskatchewan
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10
Dec 2012
An amazing expansion to an already amazing game! The elements of this are very well balanced and I am excited to explore the possibilities, which open up many more strategies to an already complex game!!!
2012-12-02
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Goh Wei Shyong
Malaysia
Kedah
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10
Jan 2013
This is an expansion for the epic War Of The Ring Second Edition. A must have.
2012-11-10
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Jay
United States
California
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10
Dec 2012
Lords of Middle-Earth: This expansion is great. It has well thought out additions that explore several plausible variants to the Lord of the Rings story. I especially enjoy choosing which companions to play and the ability to have companions begin the game outside the fellowship.

Lords of Middle Earth adds complexity, so I don't recommend playing it until you're familiar with the base game. Rather this expansion is designed for people who have thoroughly played the base game and have begun to fall into standard strategies. The first time that a game feels like a repeat of an earlier game, buy this expansion and give it a try--it can drastically shake up your game play.

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2014-02-02
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Michael McFall
United States
Manhattan
Kansas
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10
Nov 2014
Ares policy of limiting this to "one per customer" was one of the best things they have done.

I absolutely HATE seeing scalpers buying up games like this then selling them for outrageous prices on eBay.

It doesn't help the hobby, it's hurting it by discouraging potential new players with high prices.
2013-11-20
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Grant Johnson
United States
Cedar Park
Texas
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Well me known for eating cookie when me don't they shout
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Look! He try to throw loyal fans a curve!
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10
Jan 2014
Great supplement other o the game. Gives some neat choices without significantly deviating from the base gameplay or making the game too much longer.
2014-01-19
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Stefan Wuttig
Germany
Melsungen
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10
Mar 2013
No. 124 / 1000
2013-03-28
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Daniel Hsu
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10
Mar 2013
不賣。
2015-01-13
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Odd-Gunnar Wikmark
Norway
Kvaloysletta
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10
Sep 2013
Always in when I play WotR
2013-09-27
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Jonas Henriksson
Sweden
Stockholm
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10
Apr 2013
No. #68. Pure awesomeness!
2013-04-14
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Stefan Wuttig
Germany
Melsungen
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10
Jul 2014
No. 637 / 1000 (only 200 German versions available)
2013-06-07
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Ubergeek
United States
Camas
Washington
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Be Happy in your Game!
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I spent 100 Geek Gold and all I got was this lousy overtext message!
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10
May 2013
Rating for my deluxe limited edition #904 of 1000. Beautiful paint job and a set of spare cards as I have the retail version as well.
2013-05-20
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Andrew S
South Africa
Cape Town
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10
Nov 2013
Makes the best better.
2015-06-27
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Itamar Parann
Israel
Ramat Gan
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10
Feb 2014
The more I use this expansion, the more I appreciate it. It adds depth, choices and possible strategies. It makes a great game better and I won't play without it.
2014-02-23
Alexander Resch
Germany
Offenbach
Hessen
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10
Feb 2014
Makes the War of the Ring a perfect game. Can't imagine what could be better. A possibility to make the combats not that luck based? Nevermind, 10/10!
2014-02-02
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Ron Mansolilli

FPO
AE
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10
Mar 2014
Collector's edition.
2014-03-29
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Jesse Winslow
United States
Upland
California
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10
Jun 2014
NOT FOR TRADE.
2015-04-21
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Antti Y
Finland
Jyväskylä
Keski-Suomi
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10
Jun 2014
Excellent and surpricingly well balanced addon with lots of new features that work well together.
2014-06-03
Tarik Ay
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10
Feb 2015
Not yet tested.
2014-09-27
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Patrick S.
Germany
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10
Jan 2015
Makes an awesome Game even better.
2015-06-10
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Josh Lacey
United States
Portage
Michigan
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9.8
Dec 2013
Having read the rules the complexity this adds is far less then I had expected...which is a GOOD thing. Despite the buy, I was kind of nervous I would never want to play it...but it adds just a little spice without truly changing the overall game. I need to get to work on painting the minis so I can get them on the map!

Painted and played. Really it does add a little more depth to the game in terms of decision making etc. I really enjoyed the edition of the new "Lords" to the game.
2013-01-22
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Waterzero
Spain
Alcorcón
Madrid
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9.75
Feb 2013
Mejora bastante la experiencia del básico, sin complicarlo ni alargarlo demasiado en el tiempo. Sin ella, el básico me sabe a menos. Con la figura y carta promocional de Bárbol.
2013-05-12
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Andrew Poulter
United Kingdom
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9.5
Dec 2012
Have played a few games of this as a playtester and since launch and every one has been fun. More choices makes the game even more diverse. I was hoping for some of the other characters to feature (Theoden etc), otherwise it would be a 10.
2012-12-27
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Tomasz Siudziński
Poland
Wrocław
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9.5
May 2013
copy no. 104
More diversity is very welcome. These expansion adds a lot to the game re-playability and even more strategic choices.
Must have for fans.
2013-08-27
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Thomas Leitner
United States
Madison
Wisconsin
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9.5
Feb 2013
A great addition to a near-perfect game.
2013-02-13
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Chris Tham
United States
Tulsa
Oklahoma
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Best game ever!
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9.5
Feb 2015
Excellent expansion. I would consider it a must have for War of the Ring fans. Helps take a brilliant game to just about perfection.
2015-02-02
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Nate R
Canada
Ottawa
Ontario
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9.5
Apr 2014

Not necessary since the base game is so great, but as a big fan of the game and Lord Of The Rings fan this expansion really brings out the characters and theme. Makes my favorite game even greater.
2015-03-30
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Ralf Schemmann
Germany
Siegen
NRW
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9
Aug 2012
I was a playtester for this game and played several development versions extensively. A very neat addition to the base game.
2012-08-03
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Francisco Bustos
Chile
Santiago
Región Metropolitana
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9
Mar 2013
Wonderful expansion. Now, I can't play without it.
2013-09-25
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Clément CHAILLOU
France
CLAMART
Other (Non U.S.)
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9
Jan 2013
Bonne extension qui rajoute du chrome sans bouleverser le jeu.
2013-01-12
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Sean Chick (Formerly Paul O'Sullivan)
United States
New Orleans
Louisiana
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Fag an bealac! Riam nar druid ar sbarin lann! Erin go Bragh! Remember Ireland and Fontenoy!
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Well, I'm afraid it'll have to wait. Whatever it was, I'm sure it was better than my plan to get out of this by pretending to be mad. I mean, who would have noticed another madman round here?
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9
Mar 2014
A solid addition, made great by advanced use of the eleven rings and Elrond. New Fellowship cards are a bust though and still no Theoden.
2014-03-16
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Paul Wilthew
United Kingdom
Trowbridge
Wiltshire
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9
Oct 2014
Adds interesting options to the base game for experienced players and I prefer to play with it, but not essential for beginners.
2014-10-31
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Gabriele Tornar
Italy
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9
Oct 2012
Components look light, but add a lot of replay value and new strategies.
2012-10-27
Mark Sautman
United States
Evans
Georgia
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9
Jul 2015
Solid expansion.
2015-07-10
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Alexandre Trentini
Brazil
Curitiba
Paraná
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9
Nov 2013
Great expansion, adds some layers to the game, new characters that makes some new strategies in the game.

Comments on the complete review in portuguese here: http://curitibaludica.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/war-of-the-ri...
2014-06-27
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United States
Wichita
Kansas
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OverText is totally worth 100 units of imaginary, worthless currency
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What the Hell else am I supposed to do with GeekGold?
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9
Jul 2013
It's an interesting and eminently playable addition to the game, but it's not strictly necessary. The Balrog doesn't seem to be that useful, but I'm willing to be persuaded otherwise. Galadriel and Elrond are somewhat useful. Gandalf the Grey's alternate version makes the early split a tougher decision. Gothmog is a nice addition as a military leader. Alternate Witch-King seems useful in the hunt. The keeper dice are simple to integrate and not complex. Overall, it's a successful but not especially necessary addition. I'm perfectly happy to play with or without it.
2013-07-21
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glen.
United States
California
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9
Sep 2013
Genius expansion. A few more actions for the FP, few new minions, adds better/more of a fight in Elven Kingdoms. Subtle and perfect.
2013-09-11
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Robert Nicewander
United States
Chandler
Arizona
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9
Dec 2012
I haven't had a chance to play this yet (or the base game, for that matter), but the additional stuff here is well done and look like solid additions to the rules.
2014-07-19
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Ralf Schemmann
Germany
Siegen
NRW
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9
Jan 2013
I was a playtester for this game and played several development versions extensively. A very neat addition to the base game.
2013-01-05
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cromn cromn
Spain
Trujillo
Cáceres
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9
Dec 2014
No he jugado aún lo sufiente a la guerra del anillo como para añadirle la expansión.
2013-08-23
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Peter
Canada
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9
Mar 2015
Great Expansion!
2014-03-13
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Ada B
Romania
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9
Jul 2013
[DK] Adds some more flavour to an already brilliant game. Worth it
2015-04-28
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fuad akil
Indonesia
jakarta
jakarta
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9
Feb 2014
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2013-11-22
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Brady Alexander
United States
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9
Dec 2013
a must have expansion for the best board game in the world.
2014-01-01
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Bart Rabelo
Brazil
Niterói
Rio de Janeiro
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9
Jan 2014
With sleeves.
2014-01-10
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Charlotte M-R
Canada
Barrie
Ontario
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9
Jan 2015
Added some new interesting options; likely added permanently.
2015-01-29
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Drew Sheffer
United States
Richmond
Indiana
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9
Jul 2015
Simply the best LOTR game made.
2015-07-16
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