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Kyle Collins
United States
Pampa
Texas
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10
Mar 2016
Bought a 2nd Edition board and upgrade kit. Stronghold miniatures from user: fubar awol.
2016-04-26
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Garth Hudson
United States
Florida
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7
Apr 2016
I actually won!!!! pretty fun but not great
2016-04-25
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Felix Wagner
Germany
Hamburg
Hamburg
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10
Apr 2016
I enjoy every round of this game. A very immersive two player game (there are rules for 3 or 4 players but it IS a two player game).

I still like the first edition even though a second one has come out. First edition has some flaws and I would have rated it around 8 if it wasn't for the expansion (Battles of the Third Age) which really smoothes out balancing issues.
2016-04-25
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Sean O'Connor
United States
Boulder Creek
California
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Jutta Scharlau
Germany
Münster
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2016-04-14
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Roberto Albanese
United States
Houston
TX
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I have a complete set of the figures that come with the game, but not the game itself.
2016-04-10
Ricardo Spinola
Portugal
Lisboa
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8
Apr 2016
This is THE game of the Lord of the Rings world. The mecanics are as simple as Risk concerning the war (rather dicy too, but it's always acceptable for a 2 player game, since no 3rd ou 4th player is waiting for the end of the battle); everything else is... lets say, acceptable if you are patient (after reading the awful rulebook and using the very good 2 page turn sequence/player aid available in BGG) and fits the theme well.
The only wargame with complex rules (more than hammer of scots) i play.
Not a 10 because of mathematicians' exaggerated complexity.Not a 9 because of length. A 8 because of theme; otherwise would not play!
2016-04-10
Owned
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Con cartas edición 2
2016-04-05
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Dicky P
United Kingdom
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7.6
Apr 2016
Classic - doesn't get to the table as much as it should and this causes the dlimenna whether to upgrade to v2.
2016-04-05
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Dennis David
Philippines
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9.5
Mar 2016
Awesome, thematic, epic game. Takes a long time to set up, takes a long time to explain, takes a long time getting used to the game... but it's all worth it.
2016-03-30
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Oliver Ludwig

Remetschwil
Schweiz
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I got this in exchange because a school friend destroyed my deluxe version of risk. Never played. The components look nice though.
2016-03-28
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Michel Ufen
Germany
Bremen
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2016-03-28
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jose carrion
Spain
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9
Jul 2012
si tuviera espacio ilimitado.. EDIT: al final cayó. Tras jugar 3 partidas, he cutremaquetado las cartas para upgradearlo a la 2ª ed sin comprar el kit. cutre..pero funcional.
Reedit: vendida finalmente , con las cartas de 2ª ed que pillé.

aun tengo una segunda copia, que estoy vendiendo al despiece
2016-03-25
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Norm Tardi
Canada
Calgary
Alberta
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Received in a trade, but it doesn't look to have been played often as the components are excellent (the rulebooks are a little beat up) and the box has only very minor wear.
2016-03-20
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Claus Jensen
Denmark
Stenlose
Sealand
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2nd editiion please? Or anniversary edition?
2016-03-20
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Mark Johnson
Canada
St.John's
Newfoundland
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“Brothers, oh brothers, my days here are done, the Dornishman’s taken my life, But what does it matter, for all men must die, and I’ve tasted the Dornishman’s wife!”
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"Oak and iron guard me well, or else I'm dead and doomed to hell." - Andal proverb.
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Oct 2012
In my comments for AGot I said it felt like Risk, however I feel this game feels more like Risk than AGoT does. Thankfully, it has a lot more going on in it than Risk which makes it so much better. Some of these mechanics include: cards having combat effects and board effects, managing the fellowship, the hunt for the ring, the political track, and siege combat. Overall, good, but a bear to setup. Also, I have a natural dislike of games that include unpainted miniatures instead of tokens/meeples. For a long 2-player game, I would rather Twilight Struggle. I haven't played it yet, but Through the Ages would also likely be a better 2-player long game for me. Those who like Ameritrash will probably love this. The second edition is better than the first.
2016-03-16
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János Zsohár
Hungary
Kaposvár
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9.5
Feb 2015
Érdekes játék ez!
Véletlenül vettem észre egy aukciós portálon, szemtelenül olcsón. Mindenképpen szerettem volna egy wargame-et, érdekelt, hogy tetszene-e, hát gyorsan lecsaptam rá.
Több mint 200 darab szép kidolgozású - főleg a főszereplők! - műanyag figura, hatalmas játéktábla (a második kiadás táblája kicsit átláthatóbb, de ezt is meg lehet szokni hamar).
A játékszabály tanulmányozása - és az eredeti formátumba szerkesztése! - legalább egy hétig tartott, nem nevezhető egyszerű játéknak a sok kis apróság miatt, de ebbe is hamar bele lehet jönni. De persze lehet, hogy csak kevés hasonló játékkal játszottam...
A játék azonban lenyűgözött! Valami hihetetlen profizmussal adja vissza a LoTR könyv élményét, nem véletlen az előkelő helye a Thematic rank-en is! Alapfelállásban a gonosz oldal annyival erősebb, hogy a wargame besorolás majdhogynem csak erre az oldalra érvényes. A szövetséges játékosnak nem sok esélye van így győzni, akárcsak az történetben kénytelen védeni magát és a harccal 'elterelni' a figyelmet Frodoékról, hogy a gyűrű megsemmisítésével megnyerhesse a játékot, ami szintén nem könnyű, érezni, hogy a nagy, vörösen izzó szem végig ott van rajtuk (gyűrűhajsza)! A karakterek megelevenednek, céljaik, sorsuk a könyv lapjairól egy az egyben került a játékba, de az eseménykártyák is ott és úgy használhatók fel, hogy a könyvhöz minél hűbb legyen a játék.
Számomra nagyon érdekes játékélményt nyújtott ez a játék - bár hossza és bonyolultsága miatt nem sűrűn kerül elő majd sajnos.
A játék után fiammal (gonosz oldal játékosa, természetesen) megnéztük a filmeket is. A játék alapján sok-sok részlet ismerős volt neki (bár ehhez a Knizia féle LoTR is hozzátett), de számomra is öröm volt felfedezni a sok hasonlóságot!
2016-03-15
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Austin King
Canada
Newfoundland
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8
Mar 2012
Upgrade Kit makes this 2nd edition.
2016-03-09
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Thomas
Germany
Frankfurt
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10
Aug 2010
50 EUR (incl. Expansion) - German
2016-03-05
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Ben Steer
United Kingdom
London
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9
Nov 2015
This may well be my favourite game - Like Twilight Imperium, you come away from the game with unique stories and a sense of drama.
Not perfect though - the miniatures are ridiculously hard to distinguish and, perhaps inevitable with a game of this scope, it can be quite easy to forget little rules here and there.
2016-03-03
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Ben Roberts
United Kingdom
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
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Mar 2009*
Quite nearly the greatest game ever.
2016-03-02
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Jason Daly
United States
Pasadena
California
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2016-03-01
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don mkel
Germany
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2016-02-26
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Derek White

California
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Jul 2013
This is an absolutely brilliant game mechanically speaking, and anyone who loves dudes on a map and/or Lord of the Rings themed games should absolutely have this one in their collection.

That being said, the miniatures are often hard to tell apart, and the iconography on the board makes the scoring areas frustratingly difficult to identify. Buy this game, but buy the 2nd edition version. It cleans up a lot of the artistic problems.
2016-02-14
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Reinhard S.
Germany
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Feb 2016
A must-have for Gamers and Tolkien fans.
2016-02-14
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Griffin Brunk
United States
Indiana
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Played a 1-2 times. Everything is in Good - Very Good condition. Slight bending on some miniatures' spears, but that's because they are a soft plastic.
2016-02-11
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Andres Cervantes
Sweden
Stockholm
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8
Feb 2016
Wow, I'm not an area control guy, but this game is just so interesting, thematic, crunchy, really impressive. It's a game I hope to play at least once a year, maybe more if I can set the time.
2016-02-06
Toni Salonen
Finland
Rauma
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Boo!
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9
Feb 2016
+ very thematic
- long setup time
- units looks same, needs painting
- areas are too small, units don't fit there
2016-02-05
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Nick Greuel
Sri Lanka
Dulles
VA
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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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10
Jul 2015
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2016-01-26
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Eddy Hoareau
France
Miramas
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Nov 2004*
Lionel
2016-01-25
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Ian Gill
United Kingdom
Mansfield
Nottinghamshire
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Jan 2012
Long 2 player War
2016-01-25
Owned
Joshua Riese
United States
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2016-01-24
Owned
Stephen Norfor
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2016-01-24
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C B
United States
Twin Cities
Minnesota
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This game looks really good, just haven't found someone to play it with.
2016-01-19
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sean johnson
United States
Edinburgh
Indiana
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8.5
Feb 2016
This game captures the theme so well. It tells a complete lord of the rings story. On top of the great narrative it also has compelling mechanics.
2016-01-18
Pete Martyn
United States
Guilford
VT
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9
Jan 2016
Runs real long so far, but an incredible sense of immersion and narrative. I need to start playing earlier in the evening.

Edit: Rating bumped. The time flies by and I'm mesmerized from start to finish. The balancing act between the ringbearers and the military struggle is always agonizing and I feel like every game I play of this is a close one. Really, really captures the feel of the source material -- defiant stands against overwhelming odds, darkness everywhere, a palpable sense that time is running out. Beautiful.
2016-01-18
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Dave Schleicher
United States
GOLDEN VALLEY
MN
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2-4, 180 minutes
2016-01-18
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Eric Metz
Germany
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8
Jan 2016
A bit heavy as one needs to keep track of many things at once, but once you have mastered it, the game brings tons of pleasure, especially to Tolkin fans.
2016-01-16
Michael Lind
United States
North Chesterfield
Virginia
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Really, Mom, I was just sittin' here mindin' my own business!
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7
Jan 2016
Great cooperative game
2016-01-15
Phil Triest
Australia
Inner West Sydney
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Jul 2015
Risk but way longer and stuck in a world I got over many years ago.
2016-01-12
Fabian Kurek
Germany
Mülheim an der Ruhr
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10
Apr 2015
In my oppinion it's the most theme-based Lotr board game.

You play along the whole trilogy.

At most points the game gives you the best possibilities for a win when you play conform to the storyline but you can choose for yourself if you want to try a different path (if you play your cards right you can change history ).

Very strategical game and very balanced between the forces of evil and good.

Best to be played with two players!
2016-01-10
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Brian C
United States
Lansing
Michigan
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Oct 2014
The Good: 1) Has clever mechanics that represent the flight of the ring bearer. 2) Does a good job at touching on many of the major events that take place in the books, and yet still allows the players to forge their own path.

The Bad: Has less depth than I would have prefered. If it were a bit less Risk-like in the way it handled its units, even without a true solitaire mode this game would easily be in my top 3.

The Bottomline: Highly recommended for Lord of the Rings fans, and really shines when both players are well familiar with the setting.
2016-01-10
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Kimi Martinikkainen
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Great game! So much minis, cool dice, huge map, real Middle-Earth experience.
There are fan made solo rules,
but they are quite complicated.
Unfortunately I don't have second edition (better map, bigger cards, some rules changes), but it's quite expensive so I don't think that I will ever buy 2e.
2016-01-08
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Marco Fenici
Italy
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9
Jul 2015
9 - Terrific game experience, you really feel like being within the Lord of the Rings! This game is a bit heavy for my tastes, though. We never ended a match below 6 hours of play, and this is a limit for me.
2016-01-05
I play with electricity! Insomniaman
United States
Ocala
Florida
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Dec 2015
Clunky rules and gameplay! Straight up Ameri-trash
2015-12-31
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Nicholas Stoppiello
United States
Port Jefferson Station
New York
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Missing a few Hunt tokens. Not in a playable state.
2015-12-30
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Winfried Heep
Germany
Wesseling
Northrhine-Westfalia
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1. Ed. Besitz unklar, aber 2.Ed. klar
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2015-12-30
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Mark J.
United States
Texas
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Dec 2015
Rates lower than second edition because of the hard to read cards and board.
2015-12-26
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Ian Sta Ana
United States
Redmond
Washington
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Dec 2015
Gave to JC
2015-12-16
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Chris G
United States
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
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Dec 2015
Is it more than the sum of its parts? The parts themselves aren't that interesting: battles, die rolls aplenty... perhaps I'm learning that there are levels of Ameritrash that I find just a tad too outdated and this game might verge on it.
2015-12-14

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