Here is a brief summary of some of the latest news in the Lord of the Rings: The Card Game community.
The gentlemen over at the Cardboard of the Rings podcast just celebrated a major milestone with a giant community round table to commemorate their 50th episode. It was an honor to have a chance to join them and other fine members of the community, in a lively discussion of all aspects of the game. With such a great collection of blog writers, artists and community contributors there was some very insightful and interesting commentary. I definitely recommend that everyone check it out, if they haven’t already. Thanks to the Cardboard of the Rings crew and everyone who participated, for allowing me to join such a fun celebration.
Tales from the Cards has a great review of the four hobbit heroes from The Black Riders saga expansion. I actually had the chance to meet Ian in person at GenCon 2013 and together with Matthew of the Progression Series, the three of us played through the scenarios from that expansion. The scenarios are challenging but great fun.
Ian’s timing is perfect for this review, as Fantasy Flight just announced on Friday that The Black Riders is now available at local retailers (in the US). These Hobbit heroes bring with them a new deck archetype that centers around avoiding engagement then gaining stat bonuses and other beneficial effects from engaging enemies with higher engagement cost than your current threat. Hobbit hide and seek/bravery decks represent a new and interesting way to play the game and I encourage everyone to check out Ian’s review for a more in-depth look at these diminutive heroes.
Over at his blog, The Master of Lore has a great new article that is all about one of the most famous paths in all of the Wilderlands or Middle-Earth even: The Old Forest Road. Now this is a topic that is near to my heart and hearth, as the Old Forest Road passes right by the Carrock and my Hall.
Filled with art, maps and detailed descriptions, the article does a great job of tying all of the various threads about disparate locales into one cohesive narrative. I heartily encourage anyone interested in the history a mythology of Tolkien’s legendarium to check out this fine piece of writing.
Yesterday, September 22nd was the Birthday of Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, a day which has come to be known as Hobbit Day. Now these were two extraordinary Hobbits, and it is well and fine to celebrate their birthdays, but any day is a good day for mead and song and friendship, as far as this bear is concerned. How did you celebrate Hobbit Day? Leave your stories, recipes, or hang-over cures in the comments below.
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