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  • Adam Kenney

    Nice Review! I picked this up at PAX Prime this year with a couple of expansions. I generally like a game that I can just pick up and play, but with this one I definitely enjoy taking the time to build the decks. They really have done a great job making the deck-building feel exciting and accessible. The first few times I played the way they recommend, with the 30 cards, and I was a bit overwhelmed by the difficulty, but once I started building my decks, the game became a fun and engaging challenge. And a perfectly timed Gandalf is such a satisfying play. The theme leaps off the cards. And the art is super – as Jen can attest. I really recommend this game, especially for LotR fans.

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  • sanmasensei

    Go Jen Go !!

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  • Watch It Played

    Jen's "Pffffft" is pure gold. Love Jen's off camera input!

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  • Tierbandiger

    You guys are adorable.

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  • Lior Kiperman

    Good review. I prefer Middle Earth Quest since it's more epic, but both games deliver a very different game experience.

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  • Felipe Ricardo Machado

    About the time thing… It's important to say that each adventure has its own length…
    The 1st one of the Core usually takes me no more than 20~30min to beat… But the 3rd one really takes more time…

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  • Calo Lee Candame

    The storytelling got a lot better since Heirs of Numenor. Now you get about 1/2 pages of story to read before and after completing the quest. Quests themselves still feel fresh, the designers of this game are still managing to get new twists into the mechanics. I love coops and this is by far my favourite, excellent deckbuilding, great mechanics and amazing theming and artwork.

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  • winterplum

    The game has been elevated simply because Jen was moved to enhance the review with her take. I agree that this game definitely captures the fantasy feel of adventuring the world of Tolkien. I also agree it takes some time getting accustomed to the whole thing and how it works together, but by golly I am rewarded with a terrific Tokien experience. I have only played 2-player, and we only had the core to begin with, (we have since purchased the other packs), but of the 'investments' we have put into this game, I do not feel let down with it's return.  Howard Shore's movie score playing in the background is elemental. Good Review!

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  • Brian Blackwell

    It's true; this game is not light in any regard, but it does start to even out with more experience. As stated, the true richness of the game comes through when you add the expansions. You don't have to buy everything, but a single small box expansion isn't going to cut it either, as they only add 1 hero and 3 new player cards from each sphere. Most of the cards in these expansions are dedicated to the new missions — which is great — but plan to buy the whole cycle (6 small expansions) if you're interested in putting together your own decks. That being said, the core set does not feel like it's lacking until you've played it for a while and you want to branch out. Definitely buy the core set alone first and see where the game takes you before deepening your investment.

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  • Arya1999

    Best. Final thoughts. Ever.

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  • randomfleming

    Shots fired!!! 🙂

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  • Mifoi123

    The "Oh snap!" moment was priceless! lol
    You are such a cute couple! 🙂
    Thank you for all the videos you are making for us! <3

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  • nircMD

    i've found that many of FFG's games suffer from this "many little rules" problem. which is why their games usually end up on bottom of new games that i need to learn/ play.

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  • lecitadin69

    Came alive for me when I played with Easy mode. Less frustrating, much more fun!

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  • TheGrooves

    Between this one and Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, which one would you choose?

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  • GrimAhren

    Here's my addendum for this video: The game is fun. Buy it on Amazon, try it for two weeks, if you still don't enjoy it then return it to amazon. You'll get most of your money back (they deduct the cost of shipping the item back to them from the money they give you back.)

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  • Matt Butler

    One other thing I would point out about this game after recently getting into it: The third quest in the core set is SIGNIFICANTLY harder than the others in the set.

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  • Some Stuff

    I hope one day Will Jenn join You,
     Rahdo : )

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  • NatarisX

    Love the banter with Jen. Great video. Thinking of getting this.

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  • viper1vols

    Wait did you not finish this game? You drop Gandalf and didn't play out that turn? I feel cheated )

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  • Mark AM M

    love the reviews. love the husband wife interactions! cheers

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  • Julie LeBouthillier

    If you only have the core set, limit yourself to 30-35 cards decks TOPS. That solves the problem. The 50 cards decks are for when you get the expansions.

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  • Tennethums1

    It’s a lot like MtG for me in the sense that it took quite a long long time to really understand it. I spent MONTHS learning MtG to the point I felt I really understood the phases and the resolution of cards, etc. This game is very similar and it’s good you mention the “investment” necessary. But I think like MtG it’s turning out to be one of the greatest games I’ve ever experienced. You’re just gonna have to invest the time (and money) to work your way through subtle rules questions as they arise through your first umpteen playthroughs. But once you break through that you’re gonna have a blast!

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