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Of Dale and Its People

Please enjoy another lore-focused article from guest writer Vardaen! -Ian

Of the Founding of Dale

Dale from the One Ring RPG

With the arrival of our Wilds of Rhovanion box, we have seen a sudden bloom of “Dale Decks” and characters with the Dale trait. While the name of Dale is familiar to anyone who has read the books, what do we really know about Dale and its people?

During the time period of our beloved game, Dale has been rebuilt from rubble after its desolation by Smaug. Located in the north east of the Middle-earth map, Dale is nestled in the arms of the Lonely Mountain. A reader’s first introduction to Dale comes in the Hobbit, during the time of its long destruction.

There the river [Celduin, or River Running], after winding a wide loop over the valley of Dale, turned from the Mountain on its road to the Lake, flowing swift and noisily. Its bank was bare and rocky, tall and steep above the stream; and gazing out from it over the narrow water, foaming and splashing among many boulders, they could see in the wide valley shadowed by the Mountain’s arms the grey ruins of ancient houses, towers, and walls.
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The Black Serpent: Allies, Attachments, and Events Review


Raiding a camp full of enemy Haradrim doesn’t seem like the safest course of action if you’re looking to live a nice, long life. Still, when push comes to shove and innocent lives are at stake, our heroes are left with little choice in The Black Serpent Adventure Pack. But if they’re going to be successful in this daring raid, they’re going to need some reinforcements. Do the player cards in this pack provide the aid that is needed? Or will they leave the heroes of Middle-earth bringing a butter knife to a sword party? Read on to find out!

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Radagast the Brown’s Guide to the Kelvar of Wilderland

Enjoy this new entry by guest writer Vardaen! -Ian


“Radagast is, of course, a worthy Wizard, a master of shapes and changes of hue; and he has much lore of herbs and beasts, and birds are especially his friends.”

LotR, FotR, Book Two, II – The Council of Elrond
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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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