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Jeff Kuhn
United States
Garner
North Carolina
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10
Apr 2007*
This is a beautiful and high quality game. It is simple, plays fast, and has a high degree of player interaction which keeps all players in the game the whole time. While it doesn't necessarily follow the books, this game manages to deliver an enjoyable narrative that could hardly be more evocative of Tolkien's world. The game is fairly well balanced, and the expansion seems to further the balance.


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Added notes on the BotTA expansion to that game's page. I would say ultimately that game balance is better without the expansion elements. Better yet, just go with the second edition.
2015-08-04
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Michael Weaver
United States
Maryland
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10
Apr 2015
Near Perfect game. Amazing theme that feels natural with the mechanics. Elegant and clean game-play with lots of strategy, tension, fun, and even room for roleplay give the great interlock between theme and mechanics. Does a wonderful job of simulating everything that is Lord of the Rings. This game should have been called "Lord of the Rings" and Lord of the Rings the board game should have been called "Journey to Mount Doom" or something because this has all things war of the ring wonderfully simulated in a single game whereas LOTR the game focuses just on the journey of the hobbits. If you buy just one LOTR game or just one board game, make it this one. It's great even if you don't like LOTR. Everything from design to art to components to feel to originality in mechanics to the sense of urgency all the way to the climax--all of it is beautifully crafted.

We now have the second edition upgrade kit in addition to the Lords of Middle Earth expansion which largely overlaps with the expansion of the first game with a few ommissions and improvements. We've had the very difficult task of including the second edition upgrades with the expansion as well as elements from the first edition expansion that are not redundant with the new expansion (such as the ents or siege weapons). It was clunky at first but now I feel it makes the game that much richer though some of those first edition expansion components/mechanics such as ents, corsairs, and siege weapons are not used as much since they're less useful (probably why they were left out Lords of Middle Earth) still, thematically, it's nice that they're now available to us in case the situation calls for them.

I currently have second edition upgrade kit, lords of middle earth and soon warriors of middle earth.
2015-08-02
Owned
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 kind of a limit for me.
2015-07-27
United States
San Antonio
Texas
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9
Oct 2013
I'm terrible at this excellent game. The best theme implementation in a wargame ever!
2015-07-24
Owned
Matthew Vantries
United States
Woodbury
Minnesota
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9.2
Nov 2013
Probably the greatest dudes-on-a-map game ever made! It feels very LotR-y but without being scripted.
After every game I play of it, I start thinking of strategies to use the next time I play.
2015-07-17
Owned
Kevin Ciantar
Malta
Fgura
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6.5
Jul 2015
Intricate mechanics weigh down the game. Luck dominates strategy. As getting the right cards at the right time and rolling the actions you need for the turn or actually getting the hits you need for success, can all get in the way of careful planning.

A strong theme and the sense of doom, can be felt while playing. Components and artwork are of a high quality (although the text is a bit small on the cards). Really shines as a 2-player game.
2015-07-16
Owned
Guy Vandille
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9
Jul 2015
Magnificent epic evocation of the battle for Middle Earth.
2015-07-11
Owned
Mattias Elfström
Sweden
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8
Feb 2014
Nice, well written rules and great graphics and components. High excitement and rich on theme, but a bit on the fiddly side. Plays best with two players. Very similar to, but much better than the SPI War of the Ring from 1977.

All models painted.
2015-07-08
Owned
Brian C
United States
Lansing
Michigan
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8
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.

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, this game would have been an easy 9+ rating.

The Bottomline: Highly recommended for Lord of the Rings fans, and really shines when both players are well familiar with the setting.
2015-07-03
Owned
Paul Barrett
United Kingdom
Hexham
Northumberland
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2015-06-27
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Han van Oostende
Netherlands
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7.9
Jun 2015
The good:
- Great theme
- Great mechanics, i love how the fellowship plays out.
- Nice set pieces, the dice and figures are beautiful

The not so great:
- It's a very long game, being a new parent I unfortunately don't have that many opportunities to schedule a day for a game like this.
But when I do... it's awesome!

The bad:
- I'm finding it hard to spot all the locations and regions on the map, it's just so much.
- I'm finding it hard to distinguish the different races and I don't like painting my games.
2015-06-25
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Richard Diosi
Canada
Newcastle
Ontario
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8.5
Oct 2007*
Have 2nd ed upgrade kit for larger sized cards
2015-06-23
Owned
James Harrison
United Kingdom
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8
Jun 2015
Beast of a game - great if you have the time to experience it.
2015-06-18
Owned
Kris Ardianto
Indonesia
DKI Jakarta - Jakarta Utara
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9.5
Aug 2011
I love Lords of The Ring and this really suitable for the fan. A monster game with huge table space and lots of minis, very thematic. But too bad it's 2 players only (though you can play it with 4).
Not enough play time for me to get this monster into the table, but I still keep it in my collection because one reason, because it is WORTH IT!
2015-06-17
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Steve Rogers
United States
Hoboken
New Jersey
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2015-06-15
Owned
Rob Plantikow
United States
Evansville
Wisconsin
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Apr 2014
Have solo played this twice, and loved it, but need to play a real person at some point. Played it once with Evan, but it was rushed and we didn't finish.
2015-06-08
Owned
Max Schmalzried
United States
Dubuque
Iowa
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With upgrade kit.
2015-06-03
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AJ Berry
United States
Minnesota
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In short, this game does it all for me. Theme, art, strategy, game mechanics are simply the best. Has held up over time.
2015-06-02
Owned
Based upon my poor understanding of history, science, and ethics...
United States
North Pole
Alaska
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May 2015
Expectations were set low, most hyped games are all hype and no game IMO. I was very pleased and surprised. This is a good game.
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I did bring it down a point after playing for the first time in 10 years. A little too much chrome. A more streamlined game would have been much better.
2015-05-31
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Henry Allen
United States
Longwood
FLORIDA
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9
Jan 2013
It's a bit rules heavy and lengthy but it is worth it. This game is an epic battle that does an amazing job of bringing the world of Middle Earth to life and putting you in control. Besides fantastic integration of theme and epic feel this game also shines because it keeps you thinking and engaged from start to finish.

There is now a second edition available with minor rules tweaks and updates for balance and clarity. That's now my preferred version.
2015-05-30
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Tom Lehmann
United States
Palo Alto
California
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May 2015
An overly long, detailed, and somewhat "risk-like" version of Lord of the Rings. The ring-bearer is mostly disconnected from the battle stuff, the politics of rousing the west against the forces of Sauron is just a matter of time, and the combat system isn't that interesting.

It's an example of check-the-box design, where most events in the trilogy get an event card somewhere with flavor text. That's not the same as recreating the essential tensions of the book: Can the west be roused in time? Can Sauron be distracted from the ring-bearer's quest?
2015-05-26
Ron Dobyns
United States
The Woods
California
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Un-punched and figures are MiB. The deck of cards has been unwrapped but is in great condition.
2015-05-26
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James P
United States
Hattiesburg
Mississippi
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Very good condition. Light wear on event cards. All else like new.
2015-05-26
Owned
For Trade
septimus septem
Greece
Karditsa
Karditsa
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10
Dec 2013
You need a lot of space,time,imagination,energy,and you 'll get a lot of fun!
2015-05-22
Owned
Leon Stansfield
Austria
Lower Austria
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9
May 2015
played more than 50 times
2015-05-18
Owned
Steve Bak
United Kingdom
Alfreton
Derbyshire
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Bought but not yet used
2015-05-17
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Andre Oliveira
Brazil
Sao Paulo
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8.5
Oct 2014
The best thematic game out there. Brilliant mechanics. And it never felt unbalanced.
Really cool how it really recreates the dynamics of the movie trilogy.

If possible, get your minis painted. It enhances the experience twofold.
2015-05-14
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Dominik Baerenzung
Germany
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May 2015
someting for long nights....but for me the best Game in this theme
2015-05-11
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David Siskin
United States
Playa Del Rey
California
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9
May 2015
Very fun asymmetrical wargame. My one complaint is that the text on the cards is WAY too small! Time to learn your Middle Earth geography.

Got the 2nd. ed now and the cards are MUCH better! Thanks for that. Still one of my favorite wargames!
2015-05-10
Owned
Roi espino
Spain
Vigo
Pontevedra
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May 2015
Un bueno juego que ademas cuenta muy bien lo que ocurre en la obra de Tolkien.

Quizas mi problema es no haberlo jugado antes. A dia de hoy me gusta pero como no le hago ascos a jugar cosas mas complejas no me acaba de llenar como a otros.
2015-05-10
Jerome Pare
Canada
St-Hubert
Quebec
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May 2015
Very cool theme and components, but a very long set-up and a very long play time. In the end, I never really had that much fun playing.
2015-05-09
Francesco Pelagatti
Italy
Parma
Pr
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9
Jan 2010*
Mansardato
2015-05-09
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Nick R. Nielsen-Doss
United States
Gansevoort
New York
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10
Nov 2014
Added 2nd Edition upgrade.
Wish I could play this more often! Looking forward to playing all the expansions. (That are setting there on the shelf.ugh )
2015-05-06
Owned
Tony Dixon
New Zealand
Picton
Marlborough
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Feb 2008*


2015-05-05
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James Drury
Canada
Longueuil
Quebec
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-People's Choice: 75/100
2015-05-05
Elias Nummelin
Finland
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7.5
May 2015
Big bonus for being playable two player game. Most of time players know what will be decisive factor halfway of game, and end is way too long.
2015-05-04
Owned
Sean Franco
United States
Hammond
Louisiana
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7.5
May 2015
There's a lot happening for this game, and I respect everything it set out to do. Theme-wise, it has come second only to Confrontation for Tolkien games. The action dice system is one of the best parts; every other dice mechanic it has (read: combat) is what kills this game. Bah. Still, a good time and a better spectator sport.
2015-05-03
Ada B
Romania
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10
Oct 2013
[DK] An epic battle for Middle Earth in a parallel universe... Best two player game I've ever tried, especially if you are a LotR fan. Good mechanics which fit the story surprisingly well. The only problem is that you need about 1h for the setup and 4h for playing it...
[Later edit] Setup+play=3h
[Even later edit] If at first I though gameplay is long... Wait until you see how long it takes to paint all the miniatures
2015-04-28
Owned
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Pascal Antoine
Belgium
Floriffoux
Namur
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Apr 2015
Much too randomness for my taste: The chain of events of the original story is completely lost here!
2015-04-27
chris 34
Greece
Corinth
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Jan 2015
have parts ,all except of the board !
If some one has it please PM me
2015-04-26
Owned
SpellenClub Overspel SpellenClub Overspel
Belgium
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Cédric
2015-04-22
Owned
Joanna Griebel
United States
Los Angeles
CA
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10
Jan 2012
Fantastic game!

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70/4/4=4.38
2015-04-20
Owned
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Johannes Herweg
Germany
Frankfurt am Main
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Sold the miniatures to arcroyal in MArch 2015.
Given away game parts to Intourette via European Chain of Generosity in April 2015.
2015-04-17
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Jorge Rodriguez
Spain
Madrid
Madrid
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Jan 2011
Muy buena estado (Ingles) Madrid España
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2015-04-14
Owned
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Roel van Tiel
Netherlands
Nijmegen
Gelderland
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9
Mar 2011
Best 2 player Wargame on the market.

Was astonished when it came out, still thrilled to set it up. Two downsides: play time is not suited to midweek evenings (~3 hours+) and setting up adds another 45 min to this. Keeps it from being a 10.
2015-04-12
Owned
Stefan Brown
United States
Glade Spring
Virginia
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Apr 2015
Godawful rulebook. I sat down to try it, and 4 hours later still didn't know how to play.
2015-04-11
Owned
Wontae Baek
South Korea
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Jun 2015
69,000 KRW(2008)
불여우님에게 중고구매
한글화완료
도색완료(2015)
2015-04-11
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Andre Johannes
Germany
Merzig
Saarland
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2-4 Spieler, Spielzeit ca. 180 Minuten
2015-04-07
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Johan Anglemark
Sweden
Storvreta
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Never played.
2015-04-01
Dan Cavaliere
United States
Littleton
Colorado
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Jun 2013
The more I play it the better it stands as one of the best in the LOTR series. Much better than the old SPI version although that one has some unique qualities of it's own.
2015-03-27
Owned

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