The World is Changing

So the big current news in The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game is of course what we got from the AMA with Andrew Navaro (FFG Head of Studio) on the 30th of August. I encourage people to actually watch the relevant section of the video for themselves, as it’s possible to get a rather different impression from seeing and hearing the way he says it than just reading a short summary.
Link timestamped at the relevant question: https://youtu.be/6VseOrN5B58?t=916
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The Line Unbroken – NC3: Nightmare Flight to the Ford

And we round out Nightmare Black Riders with Nightmare Flight to the Ford. In one respect oddly the Nightmare version of this quest can work out more normally than the standard version, though due to my hero lineup I’m going to be kind of just ploughing through much as I would in the standard version.
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The Line Unbroken – NC2: Nightmare Knife in the Dark

Continuing the Nightmare campaign, Nightmare Knife in the Dark. As I noted at the end of the Nightmare Shadow of the Past video, I’m skipping over The Old Forest and Fog on the Barrow Downs for this, partly because that is a way a lot of people will play a campaign so I can make the case of showing that, partly because I’ve already done those quests for The Line Unbroken and don’t need to do them again (as event quests of course there are no Nightmare versions of them), and partly because in the long run playing those quests just makes the campaign easier since it gives the chance to earn two additional boons in Old Bogey Stories and Ho! Tom Bombadil!, so skipping them seems in line with the general increased difficulty of Nightmare.
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The Line Unbroken – NC1: Nightmare Shadow of the Past

Alright, time for The Line Unbroken to return to Nightmare for a while. Specifically, it’s time for me to begin my Nightmare saga campaign with Nightmare Black Riders. I’ve been looking forward to this, because campaign mode is fun, though I have no special love for the Nightmare versions of the saga quests (nor much antipathy, I haven’t really played them yet). So let’s get into it.
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Deck Spring Cleaning: 8/15 – 4/16 Part 2

Obviously this is a follow-up to the last Deck Spring Cleaning post. In that, I looked over 6 decks I posted on this blog some time ago and updated them with some more recent cards. Having done so, the decks need to be tested again in their new forms to be sure I haven’t screwed them up. So this post is going to go through my process of testing the decks and trying to evaluate on the one hand how well the new additions work and on the other if any problems are created by the removal of other cards to make room for said new additions.
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The Line Unbroken – Dream-Chaser Wrap-Up

Well, having made it through the Dream-chaser cycle, plus the saga expansion and event quest which were released in the middle of it, it’s time for a wrap-up post. This cycle gave us a very interestingly varied selection of player cards, quests and stories to play around with, and on the whole I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it all.
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The Line Unbroken – G8: The Siege of Annuminas

In a lot of my thinking ahead about The Line Unbroken, pretty much up to the point where I was working on City of Corsairs, I kind of forgot that Siege of Annuminas existed. Which is strange since I’ve said a few times that it’s my favourite quest in the game – every time I question whether that’s actually true, but I can’t think of another quest I like better, provided I’m in the right mood for a bit of a challenge.
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The Line Unbroken – 60: City of Corsairs

So we come to City of Corsairs and the end of the Dream-Chaser cycle. It has been a fun trip, and in particular I think this cycle might be my favourite story we’ve had in this game. Certainly I’m on record as saying Sahir is the best villain we’ve had, a sentiment which I stand by, and he is obviously very significant to the storyline. Further to that point, of course this quest gives us our final boss fight with Sahir, and that also is something I love. This is a pretty great quest.
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Deck Spring Cleaning: 8/15 – 4/16, Part 1

When I repurposed Deck Spring Cleaning to focus on updating old decks, I intended to use that for other decks I’d posted on the blog as well as deck ideas I’d had before starting it. Apart from anything else it’s potentially useful to me to have additional reminders and incentives to update my decks. I never got around to doing it though, until recently someone on Facebook mentioned it as something they’d specifically like to see blogs do (specifically mentioning one of my decks). So let’s actually do this thing. Since updating decks doesn’t require as much effort as building them in the first place I’m going to do them in batches.
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The Line Unbroken – 59: A Storm on Cobas Haven

The Dream-Chaser cycle to my mind has a bit of a slump in the middle, both in difficulty and interest in the mechanics (others might disagree of course). But coming to the final two quests of the cycle we’re back to top quality and high difficulty. Storm on Cobas Haven and City of Corsairs are both outstanding quests.
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