The First Age Cometh
It’s been a relatively slow week in TftC terms, which happens when that pesky old thing, work, interrupts my flow. Never fear though, there’s always plenty of articles brewing, and next week should see a brand new Card Spotlight focusing on Keeping Count, the latest edition of the Encounter Card Set Review, and more. For today though, I wanted to announce my latest custom project. Creating Into Fangorn was a thoroughly enjoyable process, if grueling, and I’m fairly happy with the result, although there are certainly things I would change if I did it all over again. Since then, I’ve been plotting and planning, and have decided to take on a long-term project that will require incredible amounts of work, but should be highly rewarding to create and hopefully to play.
I’d like to share with you my tentatively titled project, First Age, which will allow players to undertake adventures in Middle-Earth when legendary figures such as Feanor, Beren, Luthien, Finrod, and Earendil walked the land. Of course, mighty heroes require worthy adversaries, meaning that Glaurung, father of dragons, Gothmog, captain of the Balrogs, and Carcaroth, the great wolf, will all make an appearance. Gameplay will be essentially the same as with the normal game, but there will be new scenarios, new encounter sets, and new player cards. There will be some added mechanics, however, to represent the different world of the First Age. For example, one of the central themes of this time period was the constant attempts by Morgoth to spread lies and turn allies against each other. Thus, a corruption mechanic will be present in all the First Age scenarios, threatening your heroes and allies not just with death but with the possiblity that they may turn to evil purposes.
Obviously, this is a massive undertaking, and it will be quite awhile before the final product sees the light of day. However, with the likelihood that official scenarios set in this time period will never be realized (because of licensing issues), custom productions such as this one will be the only game in town. If anyone is interested in collaborating on this project, let me know! I’ll also need tons of play-testers later on. Until then, enjoy your weekend!