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First Age: The Fall of Nargothrond Released!

The time has finally arrived for the release of the fourth scenario in the Doom Mastered cycle! If you are not familiar with what this means, the Doom Mastered cycle is a series of player cards and quests that continues the custom First Age expansion I created based on the characters and events of the Silmarillion. In particular, the Doom Mastered cycle follows the tragic story of Turin Turambar.
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Spotlight Slapdash: Ravenhill Scout!

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Ravenhill-Scout

Well hello there!  You probably don’t know me, but my name is Ravenhill Scout.  Excuse me while I dust myself off.  I have been sitting in the back of your card binder for quite some time.  My neighbors Power in the Earth and Keen-eyed Took make for perfectly cordial conversation partners, but it does get dry chatting with the same people again and again.  Mr. Took has quite a lot to say about playmat texture, although I assure you he has relatively little experience.
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The Black Serpent: Hero Review

When The Black Serpent was first announced, it was teased that the pack would contain a brand new Spirit Rohan hero. This of course prompted a great deal of speculation within the community as to who this hero would be, with guesses ranging from Eometh (one of the FFG-created heroes from Middle-earth Quest) to a reskin of one of the Rohan heroes we already have. Ultimately, the new Rohan hero ended up being Fastred, a character that I did not see mentioned at all during the period of speculation. With good reason, as he is not one of the major characters in the text. However, this game has always thrived off of putting the spotlight on people and things in Middle-earth that were barely mentioned in The Lord of the Rings itself. Is that the case with this new Fastred hero? Or will he ultimately be a disappointment? Read on to find out!

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Beneath the Sands: Allies, Attachments, and Events Review

A den of spiders lurking in the darkness beneath a desert sounds like pure nightmare fuel. But thankfully last time out in our hero review of the Beneath the Sands Adventure Pack, Hirgon was exciting enough to distract me from thoughts of eight-legged freaks. Will the rest of the player cards be diverting enough to stave off my arachnophobia? Read on to find out!

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Introducing Teatime Tales!

Today, I’d like to announce a new video series of solo play sessions that I’ll be starting this week! This new series, entitled Teatime Tales, will take place on Twitch every Friday during lunchtime. That’s 12 p.m. Pacific time for those of you keeping track at home. I’ll sit down, pull out a deck I’ve been experimenting with recently and take it through its paces against a quest or two, time permitting. If you are interested in catching these streams live, please head to https://go.twitch.tv/talesftcards and follow the channel. If you’re not able to watch live, then the videos will be uploaded to the Tales youtube channel (follow the link to subscribe) shortly thereafter.
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Beneath the Sands: Hero Review

Are you scared of the dark? What about a darkness filled with gargantuan spiders eager to devour your party of human smoothies? Well, you’re in luck, because the Beneath the Sands adventure pack is a chance to come face-to-face with these fears. Of course, a new breed of challenges requires the arrival of a new hero, and this pack contains a real doozy. While Hirgon might not be the first name that jumps into your mind when remembering The Lord of the Rings, he might be one of the first that you remember when looking back at this cycle. Why is this new hero so memorable? Read on to find out!

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Quick Tales from the Cards Update!

Greetings all!

You may have noticed that posts here no longer come at you as fast and furious as they once did in those heady days when I would somehow crank out two to three articles per week. Lately, getting one post a month is a good month for me! I thought I’d address this fact rather than let the blog lapse into silence and feed any rumors of the impending demise of either Tales from the Cards or our beloved game.

No, I’m not going anywhere and have no plans to shutter the blog. What has happened is that I have shifted my attention heavily to some personal projects, including an original game design that I hope to be able to share with you all at some point. It’s rewarding work but the kind of project that takes up a ton of bandwidth. This combined with working on two podcasts, custom scenarios, and actually trying to find time to play all the games I love, including LOTR LCG, has meant that blog writing has been shifted somewhat down the totem pole of priority for me.

Still, I do plan to post when I can, as often as I can, including catching up with player card reviews, the buying guide, and the official TftC campaign! Thanks for reading, and the door is always open for those who want to get their own LOTR LCG articles published on Tales from the Cards as well (contact me at talesfromthecards@gmail.com). Take care!

-Ian-