Thursday, November 07, 2013

#17: Lord of the Rings (Mark's 100 - 2012)

Lord of the Rings

Mark's Ranking
  • 2012: 17th
  • 2010: 15th
  • 2005: 33rd
  • appeared in all three lists
  • rank: 387
  • rating: 6.87
Print Status
  • in print (but only in a newer/stripped-down edition)
Why It's On The List
  • There had been cooperative games before this one... but Knizia broke the mold and created a sprawling (and gorgeous) cooperative masterpiece that reflects the tensions & storylines of the books in a highly abstracted way. And my wife likes it.
Tips & Tricks:
  • There are three expansions to the already meat-y base game...
  • Friends & Foes (which added Foes as well as two new "locations" - boards - to work through) - yes, it did make the game longer by almost half.
  • Sauron (which added several different ways to play the game, including a "one player - Sauron - versus everyone else" variant that works like a charm)
  • Battlefields (which added another board for each location... is highly abstract... and, to be completely, I've never actually played.)
  • Suggestion: don't combine the Friends & Foes and Sauron expansions - it's just too darn long.
  • I've played 50+ games of this... and will happily play it again if someone asks.


If you feel a need to catch up on my admittedly-aging Top 100 as of February 2012 list, you can check out:

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