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Ubergeek
United States
Camas
Washington
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Be Happy in your Game!
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I spent 100 Geek Gold and all I got was this lousy overtext message!
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10
Mar 2010
One game to rule them all. My rating for the standard edition is a "10". I now have my hands on this version and it's everything I'd hoped for.
2010-03-12
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Mike M
United States
Pisgah Forest
North Carolina
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129/420
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10
Feb 2010
Owned
Kristofer Bengtsson
Sweden
Kävlinge
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War of the Ring: Official FAQ Master! Webmaster of www.warofthering.eu
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- This is My Hour!
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10
Oct 2009*
I was one of the playtesters for the main game and its expansion. When it became time for Nexus to do the Collector's Edition I was assigned to rewrite the rules.

It is a game with unlimited replayability. I believe this game will satisfy all Tolkien fanatics as well as those just wanting a fun game.

Check out this page for more info:
http://www.warofthering.eu
2010-04-09
Owned
James Hook
United States
Neverland
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Where's the carpet, Smee?
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Death is the only adventure you have left!
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10
Mar 2010
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Chris Long
United States
State College
Pennsylvania
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You know, like, for realsies.
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Vaughn had always been a good student, but now it seemed as though he mastered his lessons too quickly.
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10
Mar 2010
Looks so beautiful.
2010-03-02
Owned
Craig Rose
United States
Walnut Creek
California
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10
Nov 2009*
My favorite game is now my most prized game as well. The Collector's Edition is truly unparalleled. I can't say enough how impressed I am with it. I would set up my original copy just to admire it, doing the same with the CE is captivating. This will be equally played and put on display.
2010-03-02
Owned
Joe McKinley
United States
San Jose
California
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When I heard the learn’d astronomer; When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me; When I was shown the charts and the diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them; When I, sitting, heard the astronomer, where he he lectured with
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much applause in the lecture-room, How soon, unaccountable, I became tired and sick; Till rising and gliding out, I wander’d off by myself, In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time, Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars. W.W.
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10
Oct 2009*
Owned
Kevin Wojtaszczyk
United States
New York
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10
Oct 2009*
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Eric Walkingshaw
United States
Corvallis
Oregon
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10
May 2010
I think I must have waited longer and with more anxious anticipation and trepidation than anybody for this game. I'm a huge Lord of the Rings nut who didn't find out about War of the Ring (the original) until the Fall of 2007 when I saw it in my local game store. I had little money at the time, so it's price was too high to justify taking home with me right then and there. After reading some reviews on BGG, it sounded so incredibly awesome that I knew I had to have it regardless of the price. But there were also some rumors of a collector's edition... Better wait and see how that turns out, I thought.

Over the next year, I fell increasingly in love with War of the Ring, though I had never even played it! I read just about every War of the Ring article on BGG and read the rules multiple times. I hung on every scrap of Collector's Edition news as if my livelihood depended on it. When the Collector's Edition doubt crept in, I considered just breaking down and getting the original, but I'd already waited so long!

Nearly another full year passed with little CE news, despite my checking almost every day. If it's possible to have a favorite game that one has never played, War of the Ring was mine. Every time I had a little extra money, I would hope desperately it's release would be announced, and every time my bank account ran low I would dread it. What if I missed out after waiting so long?

Finally, it was announced. For $400. I don't know what I was expecting--something closer to $250 maybe, but when the time came to plop down $400 suddenly I began to seriously question the sanity of all of this. I mean, I had never even played this game! I had read pages and pages and pages about it, but still, I had never played it! It took 24 hours and the support of my wife to finally pull the trigger, but I did. Interminable months later, the game arrived.

If you've made it this far, it should now be clear how unfair and ridiculous were my expectations for both the game and the quality of War of the Ring Collector's Edition. But it met and exceeded them all. The production quality is through the roof: the minis are absolutely outstanding, the board is beautiful (I love the new colors and the layout is significantly improved), the cards are functional and gorgeous, and the box, while a bit unwieldy, is lavish as hell.

The game itself is all I hoped it would be and more. My biggest concern going in was that games would play out too similarly, but this is not the case at all. Thanks to the event cards, action dice, and sheer strategic diversity, every game is very different and exciting. We've had Dunlendings overrun the Shire, Elves besieging Moria, Ents liberating Helm's Deep, and Orcs in every Elven stronghold. Each game is a story in itself, and the options seem limitless.

The action dice system works great, especially if viewed as an enabling rather than a constraining mechanism. It's true that they "limit" your options, but that's where the strategy and creativity come in: building something awesome out of what you're given, and seeing the opportunity in the dice and cards to do something great.

My love of this game is certainly partly a reflection of my love of the books. But only partly, because the game itself and the quality of the Collector's Edition are spectacular.
2011-08-05
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Benjamin Pachner
Germany
Aßlar
Hessen
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10
Aug 2014
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Michael Johann
United States
Los Angeles
California
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10
Apr 2011
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Kris J
United States
Seattle
Washington
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. . . or just let me nibble your soul . . . .
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Electra Bellum. Electra Gloriosum.
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10
Nov 2012
Owned
Gary Libby
United States
Middletown
Rhode Island
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10
Jul 2012
Perfection. Pure, simple perfection.
2012-07-21
Owned
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Robert Kuster
Canada
Calgary
Alberta
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10
Jun 2010
Finally got my copy after waiting for the local store to get their order in. So far it looks great, the box is not in the greatest shape with some small damage and the game boards have some creases and dents in the mating corners. I am kind of complaining because of the costs, would like it to be next to perfect but just glad I got one. Looking forward to playing it very soon.

Played our first game and was fantastic. Makes a huge difference all painted, bigger cards, larger board and better rulebook. Can't wait till the next game.
2010-06-19
Owned
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Scott Muldoon (silentdibs)
United States
Astoria
New York
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10
Mar 2010
Unbelievably gorgeous version of a game I already loved. Usability issues with the original map and cards are gone. Figures are great and work well with the other components. All the strategy and tension of the original shines through clearer than ever. I do not regret a single dollar of my purchase.
2010-04-28
Owned
Germany
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10
Apr 2010
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Want To Play
Pat Braun
Germany
Konstanz
Baden-Württemberg
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10
Oct 2009*
#1 in Germany... yeah!
2009-10-27
Owned
Thierry Camprubi
France
Amanvillers
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Mage Knight est excellentissime !! > Mage Knight is a blast !!
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Mon rêve ?...Pouvoir enfin jouer à WotR > My dream?... for heaven's sake, play WotR
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10
Oct 2009*
Truly amazing. A piece of art with no doubts.
2009-10-27
Owned
Want To Play
Kevin Chapman
United States
Powhatan
Virginia
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Axis & Allies Developer and Playtester; War of the Ring Editor and Playtester
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10
Mar 2010
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John Hooper
United States
Dickerson
Maryland
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10
Jun 2010
Wow! Online photos of the painted minis don't begin to do them justice. Very happily surprised at the excellent paint jobs!
2010-05-27
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Want To Play
Wes Ware
United States
Prairieville
Louisiana
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10
Jan 2010*
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Raber Jr.
United States
Warsaw
Indiana
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We can stay inside and play games, I don't know...
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10
May 2010
One game to rule them all...
2010-05-08
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Michael McFall
United States
Manhattan
Kansas
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10
May 2010
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Paul Sacco
United States
Texas
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Sauron was not of mortal flesh, he could never again appear fair to the eyes of Men, yet his spirit arose & returned to Mordor. There he dwelt, dark & silent, until he wrought a new guise, an image of malice & hatred made visible; the Eye of Sauron.
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One moment only it stared out as from some great window immeasurably high there stabbed a flame of red, the flicker of a piercing Eye. The Eye was not turned on them, it gazed north but Frodo at that dreadful glimpse fell as one stricken mortally.
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10
Mar 2010
My Precioussss....
2010-03-04
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Mike Helba
United States
Huntsville
Alabama
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10
Nov 2010
I rated the original game a 10. That's a REAL 10, raised from a 9 after many plays and years of consideration. How could I not rate the Collector's Edition just as high?
2010-11-12
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Hristo Filipov
Bulgaria
Sofia
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10
Feb 2011
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Andrea Angiolino
Italy
Rome
European Union
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10
Oct 2009*
Utterly fantastic.
2009-10-28
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Angus Chu
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
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10
Mar 2010
The first one in Hong Kong to get this gem ?
very nice game and i love the wooden box...
2010-03-03
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Jeffrey Speer
United States
Fargo
North Dakota
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Gravity Falls
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Remember, reality is an illusion, the universe is a hologram, buy gold, bye!
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10
Mar 2010
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I sold all of my Talisman: 2nd Edition game expansions and figures for this. I came out ahead, even with the cost of the game. Win/win!
2010-03-22
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Tom Hancock
United States
Charleston
West Virginia
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10
Apr 2010
I rate this a 10, just like the original game. This one has awesome bits and the expansion stuff.
2010-04-06
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Josh
Canada
Cambridge
Ontario
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“Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.” -Bukowski
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“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” -Friedrich Nietzsche
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10
May 2010
WHOA!!!! You see the photos, which look pretty amazing, and you read the endless rave reviews and comments, but you really don't know how truly incredible this game is until you have the tactile experience of seeing and handling it in person. I had actually decided that I would never spend over $400 on a board game. And then I saw pictures of the new board. Now that I have the game in my possession and can see the quality of the physical production (what a box!!), I realize that $400 is an absolute bargain for this game. (Thank God for cheap Chinese labour!) Sure, even as a beginner painter I could have done a better job on the figures' paint job, but it would have taken me months and months to do so. For a mass-produced game, the painting is decent and when viewed from a normal playing distance (as opposed to right in front of my nose), the figures look downright stunning. The best part about this edition is that it corrects every single concern I had with the original game, including the aesthetic concerns with the original, muddy-looking brown board. Yes, it would have been nice if they had got everything right with the first edition of the game so that I didn't have to spend all this money, but I certainly don't regret owning this game. In fact, for me it is now a perfect board game and, after all these years, it has earned my first 10/10 rating! Game design: 5/5 Personal enjoyment: 5/5 Total: 10/10!!
2010-05-26
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David Kuznick
United States
Arlington
Massachusetts
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10
May 2010
One of my favorite games ever got one of the most lavish productions ever.
2010-05-28
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Mike Smith
United Kingdom
Wargrave
Berkshire
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10
Nov 2010
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Stefan Wuttig
Germany
Melsungen
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10
Nov 2009*
Incl. the 2 limited figures
2010-09-04
Owned
Angeral Peng
Taiwan
Taipei City
Wenshan District
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To conceal one's fame and ability
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10
May 2010
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Eric Johnson
United States
Cottage Grove
Oregon
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10
May 2010
Gaming: STUNNING!
2010-05-13
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Michael Fralish
United States
Yorktown Heights
New York
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10
Jan 2011
The absolute pinnacle of board game production and design. Stunning. Gorgeous. Massive. Oh, the game is pretty darn good too. One of the greatest games ever invented and certainly the game with the most thematic linking of subject matter and mechanics. This game plays like an epic story. The production is flawless and the second edition board is a true upgrade in terms of usability. I would play this anytime with anyone.
2013-12-30
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England
Hertfordshire
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Aug 2011
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magic gecko
Australia
Melbin Oz
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10
Nov 2009*
Thomas Laursen
Denmark
Aalborg
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Dec 2010
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Bogdan Alexandru Barbu
Romania
Bucuresti
Bucuresti
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Nov 2009*
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Brian Thomas
United States
Langhorne
Pennsylvania
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"I will take love wherever I find it, and offer it to everyone who will take it. Seek knowledge from those wiser, and teach those who wish to learn." -Duane Allman
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10
Oct 2010
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Danjell Elgebrandt
Sweden
Solna
Sweden
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10
Mar 2010
Simply amazing in every way. This is not an expensive game, it is an underpriced piece of art.
2010-03-10
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Ernie
United States
Indiana
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Mar 2010
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Kevin Duffy
United States
Phoenixville
Pennsylvania
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Mr Worf.....Fire!
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10
Nov 2010
Awesome, worth every penny.
2010-05-22
Owned
Sascha Werner
Germany
Felsberg
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10
Dec 2009*
Incl. the 2 limited figures
2010-11-07
Owned
David Mclachlan
New Zealand
Featherston
Wairarapa
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10
May 2010
I ordered this for the my Birthday it arrived 2 months before and I did not open it until the big day....... and man was it worth it. Fantastic pieces and the size of the board and cards are great. Next phase is too play it. This is now my new bench mark for a "10". I have number 561
2010-06-26
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Gonzalo de Antonio
Spain
Pozuelo de Alarcon
Madrid
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Mar 2010
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Preordered
Bulwa X
Poland
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10
Nov 2009*
Yosuke Nakamura
Japan
Asahi-ku
Osaka
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10
Nov 2009*
Preordered

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