Category Archives: Game Variant

Nightmare Escape from Umbar

Editors Note: This is a Custom Nightmare version of Escape from Umbar, designed and created by KaiserWilly. He is a friend of the Hall who started playing in 2017. He was the runner-up in the competitve tournament at Con of … Continue reading

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Bear Draft v5 at Lure of Middle-earth 2019

In less than a week, I will pack my bags and head out from the Hall on an adventure. I’m heading to Castle Stahleck for the Lure of Middle-earth 2019 Convention. If I’m going to travel half way around the … Continue reading

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Making Every Card Count

Editor’s Note: This article is brought to you by a guest writer named Ulrik. I’d like to thank him for contributing this article about suggested changes to balance the early card pool. Imagine this: when deck building for your upcoming … Continue reading

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Bear Draft v4 at Con of the Rings 2018

The online world can be alienating. We interact with others through text and emojis – the lingua franca of the 21st century internet. Perhaps the occasional photo gives us some context but we are largely disconnecting from those with whom … Continue reading

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Poll Results: Your preferred play style

The fall is a busy time for a bear, what with preparing for hibernation and all, but I’ve finally had a chance to poke my head up and do some housecleaning around the hall. Our last poll asked players about … Continue reading

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Bear Draft v3: Havens

The sheer volume of media based upon, or at least loosely inspired by, Tolkien’s writing is impressive. It speaks to the depth and detail of Tolkien’s world that there can be so many different, not to mention excellent, interpretations of … Continue reading

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Game Variant: Wandering Kinsfolk

Where now are the Dunedain, Elessar, Elessar? Where do thy kinsfolk wander afar? Near is the hour when the lost should come forth, And the Grey Company ride from the North. But dark is the path appointed to thee: The … Continue reading

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