Ring Mail

If someone had told me when I first got the game that my investment in it would amount to €826.10, I would have told them they were insane, not only for the suggestion that I would have spent that much but for being the kind of saddo who would have access to such a ludicrously precise figure.

Yet here we are. I have spent €826.10 on the game and I am the saddo who has access to this ludicrously precise figure. Continue reading “Ring Mail”

Road to Rivendell: Planning

Card pool at the time of writing

So it is on the Road to Rivendell, the doom of our time will be decided. This quest was the genesis of the blog. Imagine coming back to it having not played it for years to run full-force into the mailed fist that is…well, originally I thought there was only one truly devastating treachery, but coming back to it now having not played it in year(s) I discover that particular treachery most definitely does not creep up on the party all by its lonesome. Continue reading “Road to Rivendell: Planning”

The Redhorn Gate: Refresh

There was a delightful post on BGG recently singing the virtues of Passage Through Mirkwood. As ‘Jason K’ notes:

Sometimes Chief Ufthak comes out; Sometimes it’s about Ungoliant and her spawn; sometimes those damn Hummerhorns strike at just the wrong time; and sometimes the Dol Guldur orcs savage your people in the quest. But they always combine in different, unexpected ways.

The sense that the encounter cards allow for a different experience every time is a facet of the game that I’ve appreciated for a long time, and Jason K does a great job articulating this. What’s more, the post comes out while I was experiencing a scenario that is a prime example of it.

Once again, I find myself regretfully concluding that I was playing a scenario wrong the first time round. Continue reading “The Redhorn Gate: Refresh”

The Redhorn Gate: Planning

Card pool at the time of writing

In the course of trying to bore lull my son to sleep over many nights in his formative years, I have had cause to read The Lord of the Rings to him word-for-word, as opposed to my usual reading style of sweeping over large wedges of text – almost like the way you are reading this now ahaha. It famously took him over a decade to write, and the transition from the Hobbit-like whimsy of the opening chapters, containing as it does a POV from a fox, to the ‘high style’ of the rest of the book is mostly a success. Alas, there are some desperately clunky passages in it, with the high style really struggling to cope with zooming into the characters, particularly the Frodo and Sam sections.

Where it really shines though is in the appendices. Continue reading “The Redhorn Gate: Planning”