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Steve Oliver
United States
Alameda
California
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Dec 2001*
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Jason Greenwood
United States
Longmont
Colorado
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10
Aug 2002*
Adds to depth of the already great game.
2002-08-12*
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Edward Rodhouse
Switzerland
Geneva
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10
Dec 2002*
This makes Lord of the Rings. The Bree board can make things very difficult.
2002-12-02*
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Christopher Varney
United States
Murrieta
California
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10
Jan 2003*
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Jeff Hoffman
United States
Santa Clarita
California
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10
Feb 2003*
A great expansion to an already great game!
2003-02-03*
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David Hahn
United States
San Diego
California
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10
Feb 2003*
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Tom McGrady
Canada
Halifax
Nova Scotia
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10
Jan 2008*
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Jason Richards
United States
Old Town
Maine
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10
Mar 2003*
Owned
Dan Cwiklik
United States
Unspecified
Unspecified
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10
Apr 2003*
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Matthew M Monin
United States
Branford
Connecticut
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8/8 FREE, PROTECTED
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513ers Assemble!
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10
May 2003*
An excellent addition which accentuates the main game. It seems much more difficult to win with fewer players, where that wasn't such an issue originally. Also the Military Victory, although necessary dynamic-wise, is wholey unsatisfying. Still, excellent!
2003-05-08*
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Steve Vallée
United States
Bothell
Washington
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10
Jun 2003*
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Daniel Sprague
United States
Modesto
California
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10
Jul 2003*
I must say that I this expansion to the original board game is brilliant and fits very well and adds depth as well as many familiar faces to the game. A must have if you own the source game!!
2003-07-19*
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William Campbell
United States
Pacific Grove
California
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10
Jul 2003*
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Eric Raabe
United States
Green Bay
Wisconsin
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10
Sep 2003*
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Steven Christensen
United States
Unspecified
Unspecified
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10
Jan 2004*
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Dustin Martin
United States
Oconomowoc
Wisconsin
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This above all: To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.
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10
Dec 2013
The base game is made complete with this expansion. It seems as though the game was originally intended to have this as a part of it. I never play without this anymore.
2004-10-28*
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Dan Cavaliere
United States
Littleton
Colorado
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10
Jan 2009*
This is an excellent addition to the game and isn't too complex to add to the mix. I like the ability to skip the different scenarios they added as well as the new boards and cards.
2009-08-02
Owned
Australia
Adelaide
SA
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10
Aug 2008*
Essential.
2008-06-14*
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New Zealand
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10
Jan 2005*
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Petri Maaninen
Finland
Helsinki
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10
Jan 2005*
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Steve Bell
United States
Unspecified
Unspecified
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10
Jan 2005*
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Robert Hatchitt
United States
Cumming
Iowa
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Friends are enemies who have not attacked you yet...
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10
Mar 2005*
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Ron
United States
Unspecified
New Jersey
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10
Jun 2005*
Just a great game fun and looks awsome.
2005-06-16*
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Mike Oberly
United States
Columbus
Ohio
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10
Jul 2005*
Beautiful expansion, adding depth and difficulty to what was already a great game. The new boards are stunning, as well. Remarkable.
2005-07-27*
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Jay Lorch
United States
Bellevue
Washington
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10
Jul 2005*
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Daniel Eig
United States
Huntington
New York
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10
Aug 2005*
Lord of the Rings was already one of my favorite games. This makes it even better - tension is even more ramped up. First time playing my group just started all out squabbling on the last board - thats a sign the game is giving you tough decisions!
2005-08-17*
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Alexandre Leblanc
Canada
Longueuil
Québec
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10
Jul 2015
INCREDIBLE!!! Knizia surpassed himself by making an amazingly good game even better!

House rules level: 1/5 (A minor change to the victory by defeating foes)
2014-02-23
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Vincent Pardo
Belgium
Grand-Leez
Namur
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10
Dec 2005*
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Woody LaBar
United States
Pennsylvania
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10
Dec 2005*
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JESUS TORRES CASTRO
Spain
CÓRDOBA
Andalucía
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10
Mar 2006*
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Elijah Lau
Singapore
Singapore
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10
Apr 2007*
Excellent expansion for those who love the base game but are looking for a greater challenge. Continues the exciting shared tension of the cooperative game but also adds a greater challenge, particularly with the addition of the Foes. My only concern is whether it makes the game too difficult and puts people off LOTR. The Bree board, especially, is unnecessarily harsh.
2007-04-16*
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Marty Wißmath
Canada
Port Coquitlam
British Columbia
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10
Sep 2009*
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Mike Houser
United States
Bainbridge Island
Washington
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10
Dec 2006*
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Stokey Brown
United States
Gilbert
Arizona
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10
Jul 2007*
06/20/07 - Friends and Foes is the most successful expansion to any game I've seen. It seamlessly adds new choices and trade-offs to the game that work perfectly within the confines of LOTR's well-executed thematic boundaries. I believe F&F makes LOTR more difficult, which I like because it allows me to control the game's difficulty somewhat. The nice thing about F&F is that it does not supplant the base game's allure, allowing for a true choice as to how you want to approach LOTR rather than compelling you toward using it (usually, once available, expansions tend to get used exclusively when playing the base game). I cannot hold any game in higher esteem than LOTR, and F&F just adds to my sense of awe toward it.
2007-07-14*
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Matt Fullenwider
United States
Reno
Nevada
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10
Jan 2007*
...And this is what the original LotR was missing. This makes the whole system feel like a complete game. I love this one.
2007-01-11*
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Joshua Radke
United States
Maine
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10
Mar 2007*
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david karasick
United States
Gladwyne
Pennsylvania
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10
Mar 2007*
The tough get tougher! Mt. Doom or bust!
2007-03-26*
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Jason Levine
United States
Cartersville
Georgia
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10
Apr 2007*
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Brian B
United States
Leawood
Kansas
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10
Dec 2009*
I like it, more fighting! Buy it if you're a fan of the game just to get the Bree board- more theme and artwork.
2007-07-22*
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United States
Las Vegas
Nevada
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10
Oct 2007*
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Brian Schlichting
United States
Elk River
Minnesota
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Have you seen me?
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10
May 2009*
(25+ plays)

Expansion for Lord of the Rings.

This expansion is really the other third of the base game. It's great and absolutely essential and totally worth it. I have to wonder why they bothered to release it separately from the base game. Something to do with $ I suppose.
2009-05-17
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Luk
Belgium
Mechelen
n/a
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10
Oct 2010
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Peter Hein
Netherlands
Delft
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10
Feb 2008*
The expansion that makes LotR complete, IMO. I love the other two expansions as well, but this one is my favourite. The extra scenarios with the option to skip some of them and the constant influx of enemies makes the game much harder and even more replayable. Have still to beat Sauron with F&F, but I've enjoyed each of my losses tremendously. :-)
2008-02-11*
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Henri Salminen
Finland
Ruutana, Kangasala
Unspecified
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Feb 2008*
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Tommaso Franco
Italy
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Mar 2008*
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Tony Dehner
United States
Waterloo
Iowa
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10
Mar 2010
I may have been at least partially incorrect about this expansion. Before I get into that, here are my original, unedited comments:

"Takes an already hard game and makes it utterly brutal. There are some events on the new Scenario boards (especially Isengard) that are just a nightmare. The new Gandalf and character ability cards help, but not a lot: in one of our games, one of the newer players memorably exclaimed, 'Where the **** are the Friends?!?'

I'm not among those who say that LOTR is incomplete without Friends & Foes. However, if you more or less have the base game 'solved,' then this expansion will take care of that: the Foes make it impossible to plan for everything. I'm comfortable with a 9 for now."


Having now played and won a 3-player game, I don't know if it really is that much harder than the base game alone. It definitely adds many new challenges, but that's not necessarily the same thing. There are a couple of keys to winning a game of F&F (probably more, but here's what I can tell you now):

1) Be aggressive with the Foes. Using the occasional turn to kill a Foe for free isn't going to cut it. Be willing to take some hits in order to kill 1 or 2 on your turn if you can. And remember, you can kill Foes while on the main board (in between scenarios).
2) Skipping one or two scenario boards is essential. Make sure everyone knows ahead of time which boards can be skipped, and what needs to be done in order to achieve that. (Also make sure they know about the "Saruman's Forces" event on Isengard.)

A fantastic expansion to a classic game that ensures replayability for years to come. Remember to look for the Black Gate (or print it out here), which is an official, Reiner-designed addition that should effectively be considered errata.
2015-03-19
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Bryce K. Nielsen
United States
Elk Ridge
Utah
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10
Apr 2008*
Great expansion, grows the game without much complexity.
2009-02-26
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Matthew Baldwin
United States
Seattle
Washington
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10
May 2008*
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Wilko Fennema
Netherlands
Apeldoorn
Gelderland
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10
May 2009*
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Matt Baughman
United States
Moses Lake
Washington
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10
Mar 2013
My favorite game to play with my favorite gamers (my brothers)!
2013-04-23
Owned

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