First Impressions: The Black Serpent

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 😛

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Proudfeet (Part 2): A Black Rider Appears

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.

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Art in the LOTR: LCG – Owen William Weber

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.

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Proudfeet – My Journey to Mordor

“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.”

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First Impressions: Beneath the Sands

“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?

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Good Morning: Or, Channeling My Inner Bilbo

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.”

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