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Spotlight Slapdash: Dark Knowledge!

by on February 9, 2016

Local Man Uses Scry, Dumbfounded by Increased Game Length

Louisville, Kentucky – A new player of the Lord of the Rings Living Card Game (LCG) tried a deck which allegedly included scrying effects yesterday and was surprised when the game took longer than expected.

Barry Mazaro, 27, told local press that he was “flabbergasted” because his decision-making slowed to a crawl whenever he had advance knowledge about the encounter deck.

“On the advice of a friend I tried net-decking today,” Mazaro said, referring to the practice of using a complete deck published on an internet fan site, “but every round took at least 10 minutes.  By the time I was done with three rounds the ice had melted into my whiskey.”


Lord of the Rings LCG player Brian Mazaro is interviewed after a long game.

Mazaro says his deck included cards which allegedly offer scrying capabilities, such as Henamarth Riversong, Mithrandir’s Advice, and Dark Knowledge.  Cards with scrying effects afford a peek at upcoming encounter cards, and allow players to plan out their actions around this knowledge.

“I would see which cards were coming up during staging, and then plan out the rest of the turn then and there.  Dark Knowledge in particular hurt — the combat phase was the hardest to plan, because I had to make sure every character was used to maximal effect.”  Mazaro also acknowledged that he has a tendency to stack progress tokens in neat piles on quest cards, and play with his threat tracker flush with the table edge at all times.


Scry effects such as Dark Knowledge allegedly may increase the length of a round.

Mazaro, who plays solo with two decks, is one of a growing number of players who are trying out new types of decks that they found online, with unexpected results.  Last week a player from Boise, Idaho reported playing a deck posted by the infamous Lord of the Rings LCG podcast “Cardboard of the Rings,” and woke up three days later in a medical facility in New Mexico with assault charges filed against him and additional litigation pending (see Associated Press article here).

Mazaro estimates that his longest game took about three hours and has impacted his ability to function as a husband, a father of two, and in one instance has forced him to arrive late at his place of work.  He characterized the extended decision-making process brought on by scry effects as “undue mental stress,” and strongly suggested that he may seek compensation through legal action against Fantasy Flight Games (FFG), the developer of the Lord of the Rings LCG.  FFG did not return a request to comment.

While there is no existing precedent for damages awarded to a plaintiff as a result of participation in a card game, Mazaro remains hopeful that he can recover at least some of the time he has allegedly lost to scry effects.

“My marriage is failing, and when my children look at me they see only an anxious mess who can’t make decisions,” said Mazaro.  “I think I’m owed something.”  When asked how he would spend monies awarded to him in court, Mazaro replied somewhat enigmatically, “The Grey Havens.”


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  1. I like the style of this article, very entertaining read. I was trolled by the link though, I will say.

  2. Tophern permalink

    That made me chuckle. Thanks!!

  3. ChasmosaurusChris permalink

    Haha nice article. So true too. I used a scrying combat-lite hobbit deck against the first quest in the black riders saga box. Didn’t play the game for 3 weeks afterwards.

  4. Forget Spotlight Slapdash, call it Professional Trolling. 🙂

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