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Gabriele Tornar
Italy
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10
Aug 2004*
I knew the game from playtesting and loved the gameplay, now that I had a chance to see the actual components, and they match the quality of the design, I think that the perfect score is well deserved (except maybe the lobster orcs, but this is really trivial in comparison to the quality of the figures!)
2004-08-30*
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Massimiliano Rizzi
Italy
Bergamo
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10
Sep 2004*
I rarely give such a high score, but this is an absolutely gorgeous game, in every aspect! I'll say this straight: you either love or hate it. Obviously, I love it!
2004-09-13*
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Francesco Nalini
Italy
Noventa Padovana
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10
Sep 2004*
Slightly complicated and long, but that's what you should expect from a truly epic game. And truly epic it is: strictly adherent to the atmosphere and background of the book, yet extremely flexible in what can happen; elegant and original mechanics; simply gorgeous components; huge replaiability; tense gameplay. The rules are well written IMO, I learned them by heart with 2 readings. The rate could change with more playings, at the moment I can say this is the game I've been waiting for a lifetime, a really immersive game experience.
2004-09-14*
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Andrea Valla
Italy
Ancona
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10
Sep 2004*
This game is very funny, the components are wonderful and it perfectly creates the mood of the book. Really good
2004-09-18*
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Leone Fenzi
Italy
Genova
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10
Jan 2012
Masterpiece
Better played 1 vs 1 in my opinion; excellent 2 vs 2 as well
2012-01-08
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Judd Jensen
United States
Belgrade
Montana
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10
Oct 2004*
Wow... I look at my game and I'm amazed at both its beauty and attention to detail. The game captures the spirit and strategy of the war and journey of the fellowship better than anything else I've ever seen or imagined. That said, it is very complex and may scare the faint hearted away. For me... let the games begin.
2004-10-01*
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eric barnes
United States
Atlanta
Georgia
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10
Oct 2004*
This is one of those rare "epic" battle games that really captures the spirit of the LoTR. The game definitely has a learning curve to it! Be warned when first playing. But once you get over the ambiguous rules, this game quenches you appetite for an intense war game! The game is a heated battle till the very end!
2004-10-06*
Shawn Shelton
United States
Unspecified
Texas
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10
Oct 2004*
Excellent! High quality components. Interesting Fellowship mechanics, especially when compared to the SPI game from 1977. Oozes with Tolkien greatness. If your a Tolkien fan and a gamer this is a must have. They got this one right.
2004-10-07*
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Ubergeek
United States
Camas
Washington
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10
Oct 2004*
There are many Lord of the Rings and Tolkien games out there (I should know since I have nearly all of them). But until something better comes along, this is the one to rule them all.
2004-10-07*
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Sam Butler
United States
Fort Walton Beach
Florida
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10
May 2013
WOW! I do prefer playing with the expansion.
2011-08-31
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Robert Kuster
Canada
Calgary
Alberta
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10
Oct 2009*
First impressions, wow thats alot of game. Rules look interesting, will update after playing.
First game was long, 4 players trying to figure out the different elements
of the game. Overall impression was very good but need to play many more times.
After an excellent 2 player game I raised my rating to 10. It is just such a thought provoking game with endless possiblities. After the game I just kept thinking about it and analizing how everything played out. I could play this game everyday. After 22 plays, still find this one of the best 2 player strategy games I have ever played and the expansion makes the experience even better.
2004-10-17*
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Maurizio Bertuzzi
Italy
Milano
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10
Oct 2004*
The best game of WOTR ever made
2004-10-18*
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Andrea Angiolino
Italy
Rome
European Union
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10
Oct 2004*
Played with all rules. Ignored rules for 3/4 players: I prefer it in two teams. Great components, a lot of chrome. Easier to play than you could think just reading the rules: they are rational and fit well with each other. Easier as far as mechanics are concerned: but the strategic challenge is quite deep...
2004-10-22*
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Philipp Klarmann
Germany
Bad Schönborn
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10
Oct 2004*
Fantastic game.
2004-10-25*
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Michael Hall
United States
Acworth
Georgia
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10
Oct 2004*
This is the best LotR game I have played. Some component issues could have been better (ie card font). However, the game is strategic and tactical with a wide variety of options driven by the clever combination of action dice and cards that creates a new 'story' every time you play. Definitely a wargame with replay value.
2004-10-25*
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Slyvanian Frog
United States
Lakeville
Minnesota
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10
Oct 2008*
This game really seems to have the right blend of detail and playability in a relatively short period of time (3-4 hours). The rich theme makes it quite enjoyable as well.
2010-10-10
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Moritz Eggert
Germany
Munich/Germany
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10
Nov 2004*
I'm somehow embarassed to say that this really IS as good as the hype. Probably the best "Lord of the Rings" game to date, an instant classic.
2004-11-04*
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Robert Schelchshorn
Germany
Schlüsselfeld
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10
Nov 2004*
A really great game!
2004-11-04*
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Tookson
United States
Los Angeles
California
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10
Nov 2004*
Alas, must join in the chorus and sing the praises of this remarkable game. This design took imagination; and really captures mine as well. Great potential for an expansion, but it doesn't NEED one. The miniatures are amazing. Whoever sculpted the minis is the Michaelangelo of gaming minis! If you're having problems w/ balance/leaning for the minis, just use hot water to straighten them and then put in refrigerator for a few minutes.
2004-11-06*
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Micke Andersson
Sweden
Stockholm
Stockholm
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10
Nov 2004*
Fascinating game. Really captures the audience. Takes a gamers effort to learn the rules though - they're not complicated and flow nicely, but there are a lot of them for the first game.
2004-11-07*
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Robert Hafemeister
Germany
Berlin
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10
Nov 2004*
JUST AWESOME!!! I have never played a game like it before. I am a huge LOTR fan and also love playing boardgames, and finally I own the one game that perfectly satisfies both desires! This one will be played very often!
2004-11-08*
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H.J. Haapakoski
Finland
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10
Nov 2004*
... our last guest is here to perform a song from their latest album 'My Precious'. Please welcome Frodo and the Nazguls! Oh, and the game? It's neat (in a crying out loud and suffused with tears kind of way).
2004-11-09*
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Homer S.
Germany
Dortmund
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10
Nov 2004*
If you wanna FEEL the ring-story just play this game ... perfect!
2004-11-13*
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Alessandro Bordin
Italy
Padova
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10
Nov 2004*
A true masterpiece!
2004-11-24*
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Eugenio C.
Spain
Madrid
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10
Dec 2004*
Really an authentic "all time classic".
2004-12-01*
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Brandon Johnson
United States
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Oregon
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10
Dec 2004*
Simply AWESOME!
2004-12-11*
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The Dude
United States
Mesa
Arizona
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10
Apr 2009*
This is one of my favorite game of all time. My first play was marred by rule look-ups and players with AP. We even tried to use the four player variant, which I would never attempt again. On subsequent plays, the rules have become intuitive, and they fit the theme flawlessly. There is not a game out there that I think brings out the theme better. While I have not won a single game, I would love to play this again and again.
2010-03-07
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Robert Rossineux
France
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10
Jan 2005*
it seems carefully balanced, the flavour it's tipical LotR, excellent miniatures, for now scores 10, i'll play it a little more and let you know if it changes
2005-01-07*
Mikko Kokko
Finland
Imatra
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10
Aug 2011
I just love this one. And funny thing is that i'm not Tolkien fanatic.

After 6 years and 300 games game still is solid gold to me, althougt we have some house rules applied.
2011-08-18
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Kin Lok Leung
United States
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10
Jan 2005*
OUTSTANDING! Even i haven't watched the whole movie/novel, i still enjoy the game.
2005-01-15*
Jake Veen
Netherlands
Heemskerk (Amsterdam)
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10
Jan 2005*
W.O.W...absolutly magnificent!! after you mastered the rules its a SUPER game!!
2005-01-16*
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Fabrizio Andreasi Bassi
Italy
Forli
Italy
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10
Jan 2005*
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Nathan Johnson
United States
Bellevue
Washington
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10
Jan 2005*
Absolutely perfect.
2005-01-18*
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Alex Rockwell
United States
Hillsboro
Oregon
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10
Jan 2005*
One game to rule them all, one game to find them. One game to bring them all and in the darkness bind them!

This game is truly preciousssss.....

It is as good as the hype, that is, the hype is well deserved.

Replaces Game of Thrones as my favorite wargame. I love the vast range of possible strategies...

2005-01-25*
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Ian Gill
United Kingdom
Mansfield
Nottinghamshire
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10
Jan 2012
Its hard to be objective about this game in comparison to others simply because it is a representation of such a loved story. For me, the game allows me to fight the War of the Ring from both sides and it works very well. Therefore it has to rate at the very top of my list.
2011-04-08
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Bruce Sturrock
United Kingdom
Bradford
West Yorkshire
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10
Feb 2005*
There are some problems - confusing rule book, ambiguous card interpretations, drunken Nazgul - but these are all outweighed by the sheer scale of a game that allows you in many ways to rewrite Tolkien while sticking to the theme.
2005-02-01*
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Ronald Coleman
United States
Unspecified
Florida
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10
Feb 2005*
excellent components
good mechanics
extremely balanced
it lasts more than 180 minutes, but the longer the better!

2005-02-08*
Chris Foster
Australia
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Victoria
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10
Oct 2008*
Best game ever.
2005-02-08*
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Kevin Teague
Canada
Vancouver
British Columbia
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10
Feb 2005*
An awesome 2 player war game. Games
always feel tense and come down to the
wire at the end. Play time has been
between 4 hours and 9 hours - but even the longer games have been enjoyable the whole way through.
2005-02-14*
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Tim Heureux
France
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Unspecified
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10
Mar 2005*
very fun to play due to the great components, and clever mechanics which both recreate the flavour of m-e
2005-03-02*
loic COULET
France
Toulouse
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10
Mar 2005*
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2005-03-02*
David Coutts
Australia
Melbourne
Victoria
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10
Mar 2005*
Love it. Minor criticisms - just a bit too long, and Saruman deserves to have his own independent victory conditions.
2005-03-02*
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Grant Johnson
United States
Cedar Park
Texas
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10
Sep 2006*
The best marriage of theme and mechanics I've ever witnessed. Just wonderful!
2010-07-11
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monsieur retuono
France
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10
Mar 2005*
Just my preferred game ever. Can't wait the extension.
2005-03-18*
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Andreas Hucht
Germany
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10
Mar 2005*
Makes you feel being a part of the story - excellent!!!
2005-03-28*
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Krystian Stefanski
Poland
Olsztyn
Warminsko-mazurskie
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10
Apr 2005*
I simply LOVE this game!
Awesome design...
Awesome replayability rate..
Awesome theme...
GREAT
2005-04-06*
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Adam B
United Kingdom
cheshire
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10
Apr 2005*
Now if we could just kidnap the designers and get them to produce a Star Wars game.....
2005-04-15*
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Anselmo Diaz
United Kingdom
Crawley
West Sussex
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10
Apr 2005*
Beautiful and beautifully crafted game. All master Tolkien's fans will love it, as will anyone who likes boardgames.(Just Tolkien's fans maybe even more). Excellent components, miniatures prefectly detailed(except Boromir's horn missing), nice rules and that feeling of playing something truly epic. 100% recommended.
2005-04-17*
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Robert Osvalds
United States
Chicago
Illinois
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10
Jul 2013
This game does an excellent job of translating the literature into a compelling strategic boardgame. The mechanics are brilliant, the production is top-of-the-line, and the flavor is rich. LotR fans will not be disappointed! It's a $60 game that is actually WORTH $60.
2005-04-18*
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Matthew M Monin
United States
Branford
Connecticut
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10
Oct 2010
It's long, the board is too big yet many of the regions are too small, the pieces need to be distinguished better, and it is altogether pretty fun!

Upgraded to a 10, but that's mainly for the Collector's Edition, which makes the game much more playable from a logistics standpoint and includes the expansion.
2010-06-30
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