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P Sullivan
United States
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Michigan
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Apr 2004*
One of the funnest games I have ever played. I love the co-op play mechanics...
2004-04-22*
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Sebastian Sohn
United States
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CA
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Oct 2008*
Power Corrupts

How do you test one's character? Give him or her, a little power and watch how people change. Play this game with your friends and see how their issues come to the surface. Lord of the Rings is a fascinating experiment in human behavior.

Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely
--Lord Acton 1887

Knizia was able to capture that Tolkien theme into a most brilliant board game mechanism of a corruption chart.

I am not sure if there is any game out there that teaches people to be selfless and be wary of power. This is a masterpiece that for me is even higher than Sid Meier's Civilization, in the educational perspective.

This game is like Sid Meier's Civilization to me, a fun game that is also highly educational. Like Sid Meier's Civilization, people will play Knizia's Lord of the Rings for fun and not realize that they are learning something.

BTW
For those interested in game design, the Lord of The Rings was one of case studies in a game design book.

Rules of Play: Game Design Fundamentals
Katie Salen and Eric Zimmerman
0-262-24045-9

A FAQ and details about the game is here, presented by one of Knizia's playtesters:
http://freespace.virgin.net/chris.lawson/rk/lotr/index.htm

This plays like video game that has been "ported" to cardboard.

Truly unique in many ways.
2007-03-20*
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Shane Hoopfer
Canada
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Alberta
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Oct 2011
I don't know if my group has played a new game, and immediately after losing wanting to play the game again.
Great Game!
2011-07-31
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Forrest Bower
United States
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May 2013
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Jay Loomis
United States
Kirkland
Washington
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Sep 2002*
This is an original and engaging game that is too often maligned because of the unusual mechanics. Obviously, cooperative games are different than traditional games -- this doesn't mean you should dismiss them on principle. I have played this game many times with groups of 3-5 and every session has been great fun. There is lots of interaction with the other players as you develop a strategy for clearing each board. The best part is, beating the game is hard and feels like a real accomplishment. When you do beat it everybody wins!
2002-09-24*
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Jeremy K.
United States
Aurora
Illinois
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Nov 2003*
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Andre Machado
Portugal
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Jun 2004*
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James Atlas
United States
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Kevin Brewer
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Mar 2008*
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Oct 2009*
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Julian Rostirolla
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Jul 2010
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Matti Saarenketo
Finland
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Every Wednesday at 16:00 in the library.
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Aug 2010
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Michail Giannis
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Mark Kolenski
United States
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7.5
Nov 2008*
Well, I never really owned it, but I had it on extended loan ...
2005-05-16*
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Leonardo Vieira
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Feb 2008*
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Arturos Rubio Candela
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Nov 2012
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Jordan Hillis
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Rodrigo Oliveira
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May 2010
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Henrik Schunk
Germany
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Jun 2011
My own vision of Tolkien's opus is way more gritty and darker than this game. That being said, I also dislike the game in here, it kind of plays itself, there is minimum strategy and too much luck, as compared to the similar competitive Beowulf.

EDIT: Played it again with a nice group and more than 2 players and enjoyed it much more. Still a bit too luck based and limited in terms of control for me. Nice theme though.
2011-04-24
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I have the German version and would like to have the English version instead at some point.
2006-07-07*
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Matthew Seidl
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