RingsDB is Too Good
After 5 years, we finally have an excellent site for deckbuilding and sharing. RingsDB has taken the community by storm. Most people would see this as a clear sign of the health of the community – a promise for a better future. They’re wrong. The arrival of RingsDB is the last good thing before everything falls apart.
The Saga Expansions are Nearly Complete
We have 4 of the 6 saga expansions already released with one more on the way in the next few months. The scenarios are only getting more exciting, and we have yet to see the climatic battles of Pelennor Fields and Cormallen, not to mention the final destruction of the One Ring! Still, rather than see this as the culmination of an epic tale I recognize it for what it truly is: the end of everything. Just like the events of the The Lord of the Rings brought a close to the Third Age, the Saga expansions will be the end to this fine game.
Three Elven Rings is All We Need
With the release of Narya in The Grey Havens, we finally have a player card for each of the Elven Rings of Power. With the rings released, there are no cards left to release. The game is done, we can all go home.
The Game’s Popularity Only Grows
The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game remains one of FFG’s best-selling products. From its inception the game has been a near-constant presence on the Board Game Geek The Hotness list. Our local Austin LotR group has been growing again and has been going strong for years. I and other blog-writers in the community continue to receive correspondence from new players who have found the game, and love it just as we do. Still, this is all a sure sign that FFG will discontinue the game at any minute. It’s the only logical thing for them to do with such a popular game.
Seastan Literally Broke the Game
This is why we can’t have nice things, Chris. As some of you may know, Chris (aka Seastan) has a penchant for making decks that bend – or in some cases break – the balance of the game. Most players appreciated his creative designs and innovative take on under-utilized cards. Few saw his decks as the threat that they were. His decks have not only broken the game, but they have broken the designer’s will to continue making it. Any day now, FFG will announce that Caleb and Matt are on indefinite leave, a well-earned sabbatical on which they can recover from the psychic damage inflicted by Seastan’s deck designs. Thanks for nothing, Seastan!
The Discord Channel is a Hit
The new discord channel that Cardboard of the Rings started is bringing the community together on a level of that none of the forums ever could. Players from around the world are sharing their thoughts on the meta-game, strategies for the latest quests, deckbuilding tips, and creating a friendly environment. It’s too bad that this welcoming community of like-minded people as about to disperse. Just like gravity, the evidence that the game is dying is incontrovertible. It’s best that we all just accept it and prepare to move on to better games.
Still No FFG News Updates
Here it is, the first day of April, and we still don’t have any news about the game on the FFG website. Do they think we’re stupid? It’s as plain as day to anyone who is paying attention that the game has been cancelled and they just don’t have the heart to break the news to the players. I for one hope that they tell us soon, while there’s still time for us to sell all of our cards and become Magic players.