Hey everyone! The Took is back for a bit. Let’s see how long I can keep this writing streak going. In an effort to keep things in balance I’m going to be writing more streamlined articles. In that same vein, I’m going to try something different here and let me know what you think on this.
Hey there! Secondhand Took here. It’s been awhile since my last post (getting close to a year now actually). There’s a lot I want to say, and a lot I’ll probably save for later. For now, let’s just get back on track (something I’m currently working on myself) and talk about that ol’ “Journey to Mordor” business.
The Black Serpent has been out for some weeks now. I’ve had the chance to get a few playthroughs under my belt a la my local gaming group (no two-handed solo runs yet). With one narrow victory and a handful of losses, I feel safe to share my opinion with you all. “What is it?” you may ask. Well, that’s why the Read More button is there 😛
It’s been about a month since I started getting back into exercise, or more specifically, running. In an effort to “gamify” my experience, I decided to compare my miles with that of Frodo’s Journey to Mordor – beginning the night he leaves Bag End and his eventual arrival to Mount Doom. Last time, I had just left Hobbiton behind as the lamps began to shine in the darkness, a peculiar fox just miles away. Since then, some more interesting characters have crossed my path.
Last month I covered Katy Grierson, a concept artist and illustrator who contributed many environment pieces for The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game. This month I shifted gears and wanted to point the spot-light on Owen William Weber. His realistic approach to painting fantastic elements have given us a smattering of allies, attachments, and enemies for Lord of the Rings. Most notably, however, you may recognize his work via the new Leadership Gimli Hero from The Sands of Harad Deluxe Expansion.
“But in the meantime what course am I to take?” said Frodo. “Towards danger; but not too rashly, nor too straight,” answered the wizard [Gandalf]. “If you want my advice, make for Rivendell. That journey should not prove too perilous, though the Road is less easy than it was, and it will grow worse as the year fails.”
Katy Grierson is a freelance illustrator and concept artist who has provided the art for a number of cards in the Lord of the Rings: The Card Game for quite awhile. Outside of Lord of the Rings, Katy Grierson has a diverse portfolio containing a variety of subjects for other IP’s and otherwise.
“The Broodmother Awaits You.” These foreboding words define Fantasy Flight Game’s newest Adventure Pack in the Haradrim Cycle: Beneath the Sands. I’ve had a chance to play the quest 3 times now (where did all this free time come from?). Is this quest a nail-biting, tension heavy “monster” quest akin to the Alien films, or is it another slogfest running rampant with locations?
Frodo is sitting on a stone bench. In his hands is a Red Book, The Red Book. The pages within tell the tale of a homely, little Hobbit who decided to run out the door without his handkerchief, going on an adventure that would not only change his life but create a lasting impression in the world around him for years to come. As Frodo sifts through these pages, a much older, weathered Bilbo, who’s adventure he has finally put to paper via The Red Book, says “But age, it seems, has finally caught up with me.”
…Or “Gimli, The Vigilant Guard.” Honestly, the second title didn’t really do it for me, but it does do a better job of giving a sense as to what the deck is all about. But then, so does the first title come to think of it. This deck sees the returning partnership of Beorn and Gimli (something I tried early on in my LoTR: LCG days). Instead of Denethor coming along for the ride, Mablung, Ranger of Ithilien sends this deck into Mono-Tactics territory, with some resources to boot! This deck is all about having fun, and taking chances, because you can take ’em, right?