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Encounter Card Set Reviews

Here are the Encounter Card Set Reviews in one place, where I analyze the cards that make up each encounter card set in the game. Currently, I’ve reviewed all sets from the Core Set, as well as The Hunt for Gollum:

Dol Guldur Orcshill troll

Sauron’s Reach


Spiders of Mirkwood

Journey Along the Anduin

Passage Through Mirkwood

Escape from Dol Guldur

The Hunt for Gollum

And here are the Encounter Card Set Reviews organized by the quests they appear in (I’ll keep updating this list as I release more reviews):

Passage Through MirkwoodSpiders of MirkwoodDol Guldur Orcs, and Passage Through Mirkwood

Journey Along the AnduinSauron’s ReachDol Guldur OrcsWilderlands, and Journey Along the Anduin

Escape from Dol GuldurSpiders of MirkwoodDol Guldur Orcs, and Escape from Dol Guldur

The Hunt for Gollum: The Hunt for Gollum, Journey Along the Anduin, and Sauron’s Reach

Conflict at the Carrock: Conflict at the Carrock, Journey Along the Anduin, and Wilderlands

A Journey to Rhosgobel: A Journey to Rhosgobel, Spiders of Mirkwood, and Dol Guldur Orcs

The Hills of Emyn Muil: The Hills of Emyn Muil, Dol Guldur Orcs, and Sauron’s Reach

The Dead Marshes: The Dead Marshes, Sauron’s Reach, and Wilderlands

Return to Mirkwood: Return to Mirkwood, Spiders of Mirkwood, and Wilderlands

Here is the newer breed of Encounter Card Set Reviews, where I tackle quests as a whole based on whim:

Into the Pit Nightmare


Elrond’s Counsel: Conflict at the Carrock

Elrond’s Counsel: Deck-building for Goblins #1

Elrond’s Counsel: A Journey to Rhosgobel

  1. Daniel permalink

    This was my favorite section, and is almost a year since the last update, any plans on doing the Conflict at the carrock review?


    • TalesfromtheCards permalink

      Hi Daniel! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed this section. When it came time to prioritize all the different articles and topics, I made a decision to put the encounter card set reviews on the back burner due to lower reader interest than the other topics. However, I personally enjoy writing them, and so there’s every possibility that I will pick them back up again at some point.

  2. Clint permalink

    Hey, really appreciate the articles, but a quick question. I’m a pretty new player, so I may be confused, but you mention that a Legolas/Blade of Gondolin combo can clear locations. The Legolas card says that you may place progress tokens on the *quest*, not the location. This counts for locations as well? Btw loving the site, glad I found it, thanks for all the great work.

    • TalesfromtheCards permalink

      Hi Clint. I’m glad you’re enjoying the site and thanks for the kind words! Although it doesn’t seem like it just based on the language, progress from Legolas/Blade of Gondolin does indeed go on the active location before the quest stage. In fact, progress must always be placed on the active location before the quest stage, unless an effect specifically says “(bypassing the active location)”. This was something that had to be cleared up in the official FAQ. Speaking of which, the FAQ is a handy resource if you haven’t looked at it yet, and it answers many common questions: Hope that helps!

      • Clint permalink

        Thanks, that clears things up. Still missing small rules and such, but your blog had cleared up much, particularly the “5 things I wish I knew when i started section”. I’ve went and gotten my wife addicted to this blog as well, and our understanding of the nuances has went up considerably. Thanks very much

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