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Daniel Eig
United States
Huntington
New York
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10
May 2007*
Another great expansion - that ratchets up the challenges, while offering new rewards (new cards, rewards for defeating foes on the battlefield). So far have 1 play (4 player) with basic set this expansion.
2007-05-21*
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Kelly Bass
United States
Venice
California
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10
Jul 2007*
Rated relating to the fact that'd I'd always use this expansion if playing the original. Seems to really add a lot of choices, which is exactly what is needed. The benefits of defeating an enemy open up a lot of possibilites. If you like the base game and/or F&F, definitely get this.
2007-07-11*
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Jim Harvey
United States
Portland
Oregon
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10
Dec 2007*
Lord of the Rings: 8
w/ Friends and Foes expansion: 9
w/ Friends and Foes + Battlefields expansions: 10
2009-12-27
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Jon W
United States
Aurora
CO
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10
Nov 2011
What I love here is how it creates a new kind of decision matrix for the game. Instead of just draining a resource or two, you have to sort out priorities and risks, and look downstream. It creates some tangled permutations, which is great, and different from the base game or F&F.

On the downside, it's a bit pricey, I guess, but worse is that the thematic integration is basically non-existent, and needn't have been: the description mentions the Chamber of Mazarbul; why not label it on the battlefield?

But I think the biggest issue, and it really is unfortunate, is the overall game balance and integration of all the expansions. It's just so woolly at this point that I despair of ever figuring out what starting level actually works properly. That's not a property of this expansion, which I think is actually the best standalone, but of the series as a whole.
2010-06-29
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Marty Wißmath
Canada
Port Coquitlam
British Columbia
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10
Sep 2009*
Completes the Lord of the Rings set and makes it a truly epic experience.
2009-11-29
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R. O. Schaefer
Germany
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10
Jan 2009*
seems to be the best of the expansions. You always wanted the whole fellowship to be active in the game.
2012-03-07
Dan Cavaliere
United States
Littleton
Colorado
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10
Dec 2009*
Not as impossible to beat as the Sauron expansion but tough to win. Another great expansion to a great game!
2013-10-29
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Thomas Cauet
France
Paris
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9.5
Apr 2012
Nicely integrated in the game. The best expansion of the 3 for me (if you play only one): it drives the game far away for its linear scheme and enhance the cooperative aspect (think all together to a solution to this crisis). I will not play without it now!
The only drawback is the abstract side (and the lack of sentences for background on the boards). Additionnal cards for Sauron and the battlefields could have been great too...
2012-04-21
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Matthew M Monin
United States
Branford
Connecticut
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9
Jan 2009*
Rating based on how it affects the base game.

Battlefields is great. Love the triggers. Love the increased decision tree. This one has the increased tension of Sauron mixed with the control of F&F. This could very well be my favorite of the three - time will tell.
2007-03-07*
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Sam Butler
United States
Fort Walton Beach
Florida
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9
Aug 2008*
This adds quite a bit. It may be slightly too random for some, but I enjoy having to vary my strategy on the fly. Going into the first game, I thought I had a reasonable strategy, but it runs out seemingly straightforward ideas are not necessarily the best, it would appear. This expansion is compatible with all others, or can work standalone. (Although it may be suicide to try all three expansions at once!) My initial impression is that this expansion is very hard, although it is probably like the other expansions (Sauron in particular) in that it requires a shift in strategy.
2007-03-01*
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Chris Tannhauser
United States
San Diego
California
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9
Oct 2007*
The best expansion for a great game. Finally, after two other expansions, you get to assemble the Fellowship entire. As has been stated ad nauseam elswhere, the battlefields are abstract flowcharts, a fact that bothered me at first—but all doubt fled as we commenced play. We played two games back-to-back and I didn't even notice. It felt very much like arraying troops for battle. Shouts of "Get Aragorn on the left flank," and "We need Gandalf in there NOW!" were common. Cries of triumph erupted from the group when an enemy was supposed to be activated but was already dead or hemmed in by the warrior heroes of the Fellowship. Likewise, the first time the Balrog turned up in Moria we crapped our pants.

What at first appears to be a Power Point presentation on the logic flow of an abstraction of a "battle" mechanic concept actually turns out to be the other five members of the Fellowship coming to the rescue, leading to real feelings of elation and dread as they give their all to delay the forces of darkness long enough to let the Hobbits run for their lives.

Highly recommended.

For more info try my session report:

In Which a Gaggle of Hobbits Snack Their Way to Mordor...
2014-12-08
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Chris Farrell
United States
Cupertino
California
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9
Jun 2014
UPDATE: I may have sold this expansion somewhat short in my comments below. I'm looking out to try it again sometime.
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UPDATE: I've taken my rating down to a 7. I like the tension the new expansion gives the game, and I think it makes for some more tough trade-offs, and I'm glad to own it. But it's just so themeless, or even badly-themed at times (unusual for a Knizia game - he may sometimes give us weak or thin themes, but almost never does he deliver themes that are actively *bad*). Some boards with some more lively or evocative art would have helped a lot. It's still fun, but easily the weakest of the Lord of the Rings expansions, in my opinion.
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After one play ... I dunno. It was nice because it added another layer of difficulty to the game, more and tough decisions to make. I can't really give it less than an 8 just because the base game is so good. But of all the expansions, this one seems the most abstract, the least thematically interesting. Maybe it'll grow on me, but for the first time through, playing the battleboards seems more like working out flowcharts than adventuring in Middle Earth.

Again, I still like it, because I think it adds a lot of decision-making depth to the core game, and helps to bring that palpable fear to the table again after so many run-throughs of the basic game. But Lord of the Rings and the first two expansions were so good thematically, it's a shame that Battlefields seems less tight in that respect. For example, the battleboard that corresponds to Shelob's Lair is the Pellanor Fields; the pieces you use on that board are Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, and Boromir. But Boromir was of course dead at that point, and Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli played only minor roles there, with the heroes of that battle being Theoden, Eowyn, Eomer, and Gandalf. Plus, many of the Pellanor Fields events are on the Mordor board, not Shelob's Lair (timewise, the battle does correspond more to the Mordor board - Frodo and Sam noticed the stars and the clearing of the skies, which corresponded to the Ride of the Rohirrim, while hiding in a hole in Mordor). All these thematic inconsistencies are a bummer, especially given the attention to detail in the base game and the expansions; but it could have been forgiven, or at least significantly mitigated, if at the very least some more visually interesting battleboards had been provided. As it is, the battleboards are too generic, and the foe tokens are often too murky to identify.
2011-01-21
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Clint Walker
United States
Mattoon
Illinois
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9
Jun 2008*
Less fussy than the Friends and Foes expansion, this essentially adds a "mini-game" that takes place at the end of a player's turn, where collected tiles activate bad guys who roam according to movement arrows around a seperate battle board, causing havoc depending on what spaces they land on. It's up to the active player to spend resources to activate good guys who will stand in the way. Keeping this job limited to the active player keep this moving quickly, and the fact that you can't even put the ring on to save yourself is pretty harsh medicine. Thankfully, they included a "place hero" step in the second half of a player's turn to help ease the card drain. At first glance, I thought this was going to make the game impossible, but after trying it a few times, I've realized it's actually a bit less daunting than Friends and Foes, since here you can at least see where the bad guys are going to go next, at least giving you a chance to prepare. Can't wait to try them all together now.
2008-06-05*
Håkan König
Sweden
Linköping
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9
Jan 2008*
This is by far the hardest addition to the base game. We tried it together with F&F and didn't get out of Bree before Sauron killed us. A second play went better, but I (Frodo) died in Helm's deep and my wife (Sam) couldn't stop Sauron from getting the Ring somewhere down in Shelob's Lair. Only on the fourth play we finally got all the rules right and that in itself meant that we survived into Mordor. Nowhere near destroying the ring though.
2008-01-15*
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Jeff Aaronson
United States
Rochester
New York
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9
Aug 2008*
Will only trade all together.
2010-02-17
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Stokey Brown
United States
Gilbert
Arizona
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9
Jun 2010
Well, as I'm sure you've heard before, this expansion does break with the theme a bit, but it's actually pretty good and, in classic LOTR form, expands on the game's choices nicely without exactly adding to the difficulty.
2008-05-26*
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♫ Eric Herman ♫
United States
West Richland
Washington
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9
Nov 2008*
I love the challenge and unique type of gameplay this adds to the base game. My favorite of the three LOTR expansions.
2008-10-06*
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Alfred Das
Netherlands
's-Hertogenbosch
Noord-Brabant
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8.5
Feb 2010
Observations:

To me it doesn't feel at all like a "flowchart" (here's that term again!) but rather like a tactical representation in a war-room. Excellent! The term 'Battlefields' was a spot on choice.

In my opinion, full colour artwork as a background would not be functional at all. The monochromatic background makes the tokens stand-out and improves the readability and thus the ease of analysis. I wouldn't want a game to be spoiled by overlooking a token.

I would have liked the inclusion of more enemy-tokens though. For instance 2 sets per scenario which are drafted before play.
2009-12-16
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Jeremy Brown
United States
Gorham
Maine
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8.5
Nov 2009*
I think this is the best expansion of them all.
2008-09-02*
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Matt Connellan
United States
Avondale
Arizona
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8.5
Jan 2012
Excellent expansion that puts many more decisions at your feet every turn. Monitoring the battle boards may not be for everyone, but they certainly ratchet up the tension.
2012-01-27
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Javier Bravo
Spain
Guadalajara
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8.5
Jul 2012
A great expansion that make the game a little bit different and better.
2012-07-06
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Adam Frandsen
United States
Salt Lake City
UT
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8.5
Sep 2014
Interesting, and very difficult at times!
2014-07-14
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Andi Hub
Germany
Frankfurt
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8.5
Jan 2015
Very good expansion, which enhances the base game. It makes the game really harder, though. I do not know how this game manages it, but although the "battle fields" are purely abstract, I still get the feeling of enemies approaching and causing harm, if not one of the heros fights them.
2015-01-02
Collin
United States
California
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8
Mar 2007*
Still familiarizing myself with it, but based on my first play I would probably recommend it more for long-time fans of the game who are desperate for a refreshed experience of it. Newbie hobbits can probably go ahead and hold off on this one for a bit. (Go with Friends & Foes first)
2007-03-01*
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Katie Bell
United States
Glen Burnie
Maryland
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8
Oct 2008*
Played 1 time.
Last Played on October 16, 2008

This is an interesting addition. It makes card usage even more of a difficult decision, and adds to the difficutly of the game.
2007-03-05*
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