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Community Deck Spotlight: Now It’s Time For…Deorwine?

Art by Jian Guo

Art by Jian Guo

RingsDB has been an amazing addition to the community, allowing for the painless sharing and building of decks. People have flocked to it quickly and it has grown into a robust repository of decks for the game. The one downside is that sometimes interesting and valuable decks slip through the cracks, and community members with an existing reputation or platform have a natural leg up in getting their decks noticed. To combat that tendency a bit, as well as to encourage myself to look through the decks on RingsDB a bit more, I am going to periodically do a Community Deck Spotlight, where I pick out one deck to briefly highlight. Since the idea is to bring attention to those decks that might otherwise be missed, there are a few things to keep in mind: Read more…

The Thing in the Depths: Allies Review

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Glowwyrm returns with his review of the allies of The Thing in the Depths! – Ian

Glowwyrm here to take a look at the allies from the Thing in the Depths adventure pack.  Before the cycle started, the developers promised strong, unique allies in this cycle, and man have they delivered. Flight of the Stormcaller brought us one of the strongest allies in the game in spirit Glorfindel, a bunch of strong Noldor allies, and an interesting dwarf.  The ally love continues in this adventure pack, as each sphere gets a new ally to try out.

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The Thing in the Depths: Hero Review

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The Thing in the Depths is a fantastic re-imagining of The Watcher in the Water as a battle against a fearsome sea monster. What really makes the quest memorable is the way in which it transitions between a desperate fight against the corsairs of the Stormcaller to uniting with those corsairs to take on the titular foe. So far, the Dream-chaser cycle has been amazing in terms of the scenarios, so let’s begin our look at the player cards of this particular Adventure Pack as well, beginning with a brand new FFG-created hero: Lanwyn.

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The Grey Havens: Events Review

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This one is a bit out of order, but what the heck, it’s all the same in the end, right? Enjoy Glowwyrm’s take on the events of The Grey Havens deluxe expansion!  -Ian

If you’re looking for new and interesting, then look no further than the events in this box.  We’ve never had player cards that work quite like this, and I like that Matt and Caleb keep innovating with new concepts.  As with the allies review, I wanted to offer a few introductory thoughts before I dug into each individual card.

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Flight of the Stormcaller: Attachments and Events Review

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The attachments and events of Flight of the Stormcaller fill a variety of holes in the card pool. There isn’t necessarily a unifying theme beyond some specific support for Leadership Denethor. Everyone’s favorite steward definitely has plenty of toys to play with here. But there is also a smattering of love shown for secrecy, direct damage, shadow cancellation and more. Perhaps most interesting is the brand new card type that includes not only a primary effect but also a secondary effect that can be triggered by the players as a group spending resources of a different sphere. This is a new frontier for the game and one that is most welcome as it encourages cooperation and leads to some interesting decisions in multiplayer, while also providing new deck building possibilities for solo players.
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Quests Revisited: The Watcher in the Water

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Thomas N. returns with the next installment of his Quests Revisited series. Enjoy! -Ian

Arwen safely made it to Imladris after journeying over Caradhras and along the Road to Rivendell. Now that she is back, Elrond sends our heroes back to Moria to investigate what killed Balin and company. But first, they must pass through Doors of Durin and survive its guardian.
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Flight of the Stormcaller: Hero and Allies Review

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Flight of the Stormcaller is a fantastic Adventure Pack. The quest itself re-introduces the sailing mechanics from The Grey Havens, but dramatically increases the stakes this time. Instead of simply having to worry about navigating your own ship, this time you have to also focus on catching up with your adversary, the dreaded Captain Sahir, and his fearsome first mate, Na’asiyah. It’s not too dramatic to say that this scenario is already one of my all-time favorites. The player cards in this pack also make an impressive splash to kick off this cycle, providing support for the Gondor and Noldor traits, among others. In order to catch up a bit to the released content, I’ll be combining the hero and ally reviews here.
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