the new LOTR boar game out now in the US.. have anybody tried it yet?

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Postby Chryssi » Thu May 31, 2001 4:16 pm

well have you ? i have never played any game of middle earth, i am a newbie! then i saw this.. should i consider to buy it or is it crap?
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Postby Ostadan » Sun Jun 03, 2001 9:21 am

This game was designed by Reiner Knizia, who has been responsible for some of the best and most popular "German"-style games. "German" games (not all of which are from Germany) are family-type games with excellent quality components, play time between 30 minutes and about two hours, and rules that are sometimes somewhat more complex than Monopoly or Risk, but not much. Lord of the Rings is for 2-5 players, can be played by ten-year olds (although I think a group composed entirely of ten year olds might have some problems with it), and takes about 90 minutes. Most people enjoy it thoroughly.<BR><BR>It is unusual in that it is a _cooperative_ game: 2-5 players (representing the Hobbits; Fatty Bolger is the fifth Hobbit if needed) attempt to pot the Ring at Mount Doom before they are overcome by the forces of Sauron. They win or lose as a group, not as individuals, and it is common for players to sacrifice themselves out of the game to help the Ring-bearer finish the job; that player still shares in the win.<BR><BR>Unlike many Knizia games in which the "theme" is sort of a painted-on afterthought (in "Titan the Arena", a fantasy arena-combat theme was attached to what had been a horse-racing game), here the Lord of the Rings setting and theme is closely tied to the mechanics of the game. Throw in artwork by John Howe, and you have a winner.<BR><BR>http://kumquat.com/cgi-kumquat/funagain/11254 contains a detailed review. They have very good prices at Funagain, and a wide selection of interesting boardgames you may not have heard of (I am a customer, and do not work for Funagain).<BR><BR>
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Postby Weigraf » Sun Jun 03, 2001 3:07 pm

The game is great! It took about 4 or 5 times before we could beat it. It's a real challenge and there's ways to make it even harder.<BR>But I'm sure it's funner with 5 players instead of 2. The game is quick too. Not like a 6 hour Risk game.
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Postby Idril » Sat Jun 23, 2001 5:42 pm

My oldest son got it for Father's Day and we played it with 5 players (2 of us were teamed with an 11 & 12 year old). It was a very interesting game with lots of to do. Once we figured out how to play it! LOL We played it only once and it is IMHO worth the money. I hope to get the money to get it soon. And Good Luck in finding a copy as we have heard (hear in Seattle) that it is a pre-order only and that they can't keep copies in stock. (Says alot for the craze!) <BR><BR>The art work is beautifully done and adds to the game and I loved reading up on the cards. I can't imagine playing the game with only two players though and younger players would have trouble I think. All in all a good board game!
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Postby nazgulgirl » Sat Jun 23, 2001 8:04 pm

I actually have never heard of this new game. What is it called? Ya'll make it sound pretty fun. Let's see if I an find it in any stores (probably not)! <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0>
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Postby Arthedainian » Mon Jun 25, 2001 12:42 pm

I saw it at a store and was going to get it, but thought to look for reviews and such first. Sounds like a buy!<BR><BR><a target=new href="http://kumquat.com/cgi-kumquat/funagain/11254">http://kumquat.com/cgi-kumquat/funagain/11254</a>
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Postby nazgulgirl » Thu Jun 28, 2001 12:45 pm

Since the reviews were so good I looked the game up on amazon.com, and sure enough they had it. If anyone can't find it at a local store it's $35 dollars on amazon.com. It still hasn't arrived but I hope it will soon, it sounds fun.
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Postby austinallen » Sat Jul 14, 2001 12:06 pm

It sounds awsome <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif"border=0> <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif"border=0> <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif"border=0>
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Postby Fatty » Wed Jul 18, 2001 7:16 am

A friend of mine saw this game at a Target department store.<BR><BR>The entire key to winning the game is the event tiles. I've played this game more than thirty times, with all combinations of players from 2 to 5. It's just as difficult no matter how many players you have!<BR><BR>With two players, you have fewer cards. BUT you rarely have to worry about the life force tokens. There's plenty to spare. You can grab what you need and race to the finish of each board. It's also easier to get multiples of 5 shields to call Gandalf.<BR><BR>With three players, you have have more cards and you get all of the cards at Rivendell and Lothlorien. You usually have to complete all of the side tracks to get all of the necessary life force tokens. You still have plenty of shields to go around.<BR><BR>With four players, you have even more cards. It's impossible to get enough life force tokens for everyone on each board. Shields are scattered between the four players and it's difficult paying the shield costs for certain events and Gandalf.<BR><BR>With five players, you have plenty of cards. Even if you complete all of the side tracks for each scenario, you'll be moving the corruption track. The shields are too spread out, so calling Gandalf is extremely difficult. Each player has to make some hard choices every turn for the team to win.<BR><BR>Not that I have much to say about this GREATEST of games. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><BR><BR>
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