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Vitas Povilaitis
United States
Waltham
Massachusetts
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10
Oct 2002*
Add the Suaron expansion, and you have a bemused Sauron player anticipating the players' plans because of their open discussion in front of him!
2002-10-23*
Ben Wright
United Kingdom
Bedworth
Warwickshire
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10
Jan 2003*
Fantastic variation on the core rules. Makes every game a grudge match. Still possible for the Fellowship to win even with a competent Sauron player, and the sheer quantity of actions available to the Fellowship ensure every game is interesting.
2003-01-28*
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Peter Wiles
South Africa
Pietermaritzburg
KwaZulu-Natal
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10
Mar 2008*
Fantastic game. This expansion makes it longer and complex, but if you're up for it, more fun as well. Played once along with just the base set, and 15 times along with Friends and Foes.
2008-03-11*
Jeremy Avery
Canada
Kamloops
British Columbia
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10
Nov 2014
* Played 5+ times. Adds a lot of challenge (how much should you talk about your cards with Sauron listening), options (should you work to delay the Black Riders), tension (I have to face an intelligent player instead of a faceless die?!). Before playing this I thought it was colossally overpriced. I don't think that anymore. This makes the game very rich indeed adding a new dimension to gameplay and the extra variety the game needs. Friends & Foes adds more meat to the game, this adds more flavor. Buy one or both. Incredible game system with incredible expansions. [f]

2013 Feb 23 - 41 - JEREMY vs David and Des
2014-02-23
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Dan Cavaliere
United States
Littleton
Colorado
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10
Jun 2010
Need to get that 2nd/3rd player to play this one someday!
2014-08-01
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Canada
Dartmouth
Nova Scotia
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10
Jan 2005*
Wow! Does it all well. Thematically this rounds out the storyline and gameplay with an eye to bettering the tension as well as the mechnics and balance. Knizia knows how to strike a balance between randomness and decision-making.
2005-01-09*
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Daniel Eig
United States
Huntington
New York
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10
Aug 2005*
Adds a whole new dynamic to the game - finally got to play and I loved it!
2005-08-17*
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Chris Farrell
United States
Cupertino
California
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10
Mar 2007*
The "black tiles" portion of the expansion makes the game *really* hard. Good for a challenge for very experienced players.
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Like this a lot after a handful of games. There is a fair amount of subtelty to the Sauron position, with strategic trade-offs. Interesting contrast, in that Sauron's position is almost completely strategic while the Fellowship's position is largely tactical. Haven't played either the combined game (I'd think the Fellowship would need every advantage, 5 players plus both bonus cards), or the "black" event tiles yet.
2011-01-21
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gRRRarrghggrsr*snarlr* I see, a full moon in your tea-leaves.
United States
Utah
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Apr 2008*
Mwuhahahaha, I shall haunt your every step, whittle away your morale, fill your souls with despair, and finally recover my PRECIOUS!
2008-04-27*
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Elijah Lau
Singapore
Singapore
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10
Dec 2006*
Brings a totally new dynamic to the game. There's still a cooperative element but now is a lot more challenging. AI is no match for human intelligence! Both sides are playing very different games and that keeps the game very fresh - can easily alternate between playing the Fellowship and Sauron in different games.
2006-12-31*
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Adam Shaw
United States
Portland
Oregon
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Oct 2010
It is so much better to have Sauron as an active player.
2010-10-24
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Alan How
United Kingdom
Bromley
Kent
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9
Sep 2002*
More permutations of components to juggle with will allow you to plan the difficulty of the game. You need to have played the basic game to be able to handle the changes, but after an easrly play (without the 23 extra events), we had a very exciting finish. Everyone found that having a bad guy in person added an edge to the game that was missing when he was only represented in the abstract.
2002-09-23*
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Chris Comeaux
United States
Birmingham
Alabama
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9
Nov 2009*
Certainly makes the game tougher - another way to lose, but no extra way to win. Giving Sauron a face personalizes the enemy. Recommended.
2009-11-12
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Will Burnham
United States
Ellicott City
Maryland
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Nov 2002*
Ups the ante even more on an already challenging game. The Lord of the Rings game and its expansions are favorites when our game group gets together. Also popular among the ladies in the group.
2002-11-21*
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Lev Koszegi
United States
Unspecified
Unspecified
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Dec 2002*
So far, we've played twice using the basic rules plus the Sauron expansion, and we loved it. It didn't make things more difficult for us, but it enhanced the thematic feeling, and Sauron is a much more exciting foe when he's run by a player.
2002-12-28*
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robbie rossi
United States
Unspecified
Unspecified
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Apr 2003*
The eye seek you and listens to you. In its mortal shape he is still deadlier. A worthy expansion of great game.
2003-04-05*
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Matthew M Monin
United States
Branford
Connecticut
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9
May 2003*
With Friends and Foes, the Sauron expansion makes the LotR game feel complete with multiple challenges for the Fellowship to keep track of and a sentient malevolence working against them.
2003-05-08*
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Chris Tannhauser
United States
San Diego
California
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9
May 2003*
We were so used to the cooperative nature of the main game that we were unprepared for the hatred and scorn directed toward the Sauron player. I personally felt "bad" when playing as Sauron, killing off my friends and essentially ending the game for them.

This expansion ROCKS!
2012-09-16
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Seamus Kleissler
United States
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
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Jan 2004*
Well, I loved the basic game and this makes it even better. The only drawback is that my wife always insists on playing Sauron (should I be worried about this?). A great game!
2004-01-05*
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Olav Müller
Germany
Düsseldorf
Deutschland
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9
Jan 2007*
A superb addition to the base game. The player posing as Sauron always sits right next to you and listens to every single plan that you devise. Very intriguing.
2007-01-06*
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Dave Coleman
United Kingdom
Worcester Park
LONDON
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9
Mar 2004*
Excellent but tough expansion. Teamwork and a very good understanding of the rules is absolutely vital.
2004-03-07*
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GodRob
United States
Unionville
Virginia
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9
Mar 2004*
Tough expansion to a great game. Combined with Friend & Foes creates numerous possibilities for each gaming session. Its only fault is putting a competitive element into a cooperative game system. Still a great addition.
2012-10-30
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Jim Leesch
United States
Buffalo Grove
Illinois
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9
Apr 2004*
This removes the solitaire aspect of the game and makes it a true contest between players. Granted all but one of them get to "gang up" on the last one, but it still improves the overall game, IMHO. It takes a solid game and makes it even more enjoyable.
2004-04-10*
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S. Copeland
United States
Houston
Texas
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9
Oct 2004*
Another excellent expansion for LotR!
2004-10-01*
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David Hunter
United Kingdom
Bexley
Kent
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9
Nov 2006*
Very tough to beat, and introduces a competitive element that some fans of the original may not like.
2006-11-07*
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Danny Holte
United States
Fullerton
California
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9
Mar 2005*
Makes the original game quite a bit tougher to win, that's for sure...
2005-03-19*
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Jack Alves
United States
Unspecified
Unspecified
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Mar 2005*
Excelent game. Before the hobbits could discuss what they wanted to do, now they must have caution because of SAURON.
2005-03-26*
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Mark Watson
Canada
Toronto
Ontario
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9
Apr 2005*
A great game. A very interesting, radical expansion while F&F is very linear and conservative. Amazingly it doesn't add almost any that much time to the game. Tough, but not impossible, and adds a tremendous amount of replay value.
2005-04-30*
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Ben Vincent
United States
Ridgefield
Washington
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9
Aug 2005*
Brutal!
2005-08-17*
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Stephen Sanders
United States
Henderson
Texas
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9
Jan 2013
The Sauron player is too good with the F&F expansion, but balanced without it. Neat expansion elements. Rating this a 9 for this expansion only with the basic game. Otherwise, rates a 5 with the F & F expanion as it seems almost impossible to win. UPDATE: This is the most balanced of the various combinations of expansions with the base game.
2013-01-06
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H.J. Haapakoski
Finland
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Unspecified
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Dec 2005*
12:15 on Sunday night... good for you.
2005-12-03*
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Wouter Cordewiner
Belgium
Gent (Zwijnaarde)
Oost-Vlaanderen
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9
Jul 2007*
The expansion adds rule complexity to the game, but the addition of a physical player being Sauron adds a whole new dynamic to the game that I personally like.
2007-07-27*
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Håkan König
Sweden
Linköping
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9
Jun 2007*
In a way this expansion breaks the intention of the original game, as the idea is to cooperate to acheive a common goal. This expansion let's one of the players sabotage the rest's efforts of destroying the ring. Still the game becomes even harder, and much more interesting this way, especially when played with F&F
2007-06-01*
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Jean-François Gagné
Canada
Montréal
Québec
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9
Apr 2006*
Fear Sauron! Definitely needs to be played more though.
2006-04-27*
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Pierre-Luc Thiffault
Canada
St-Laurent
Québec
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9
May 2015
Lord of the Rings - Sauron is the only expansion which I haven't tried yet. I played with Lord of the Rings - Friends & Foes.

*update*
Got the Battlefield expansion (shrinkwrap), so that too I haven't tried yet.

I would want to try Lord of the Rings - Sauron out eventually to see what happends when a player plays Sauron in during the game. Probably adds to the difficulty of the game I would imagine.
2010-08-13
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James Jesse
Australia
Mundaring
Western Australia
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9
Oct 2009*
Sold. This expasion adds alot to an already exellent game. A physical adversary really makes you sweat, and I haven't even tried with the extra evil tiles.
2008-07-05*
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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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Gary Jackson
New Zealand
Auckland
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9
Aug 2006*
enhances original - we tend to play with an "automated" non-player Sauron which works well with my 5 and 8 year old especially, avoiding someone having to play the dark fella.
2006-08-08*
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Tom Madden
United States
Saint Louis
Missouri
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9
Nov 2006*
More fun for this great game. There's a lot to keep track of when playing with this expansion AND the F&F expansion, but it's worth it. Everything is so much more difficult with a Sauron, though, that we never really expect to complete the quest. Instead we just shoot for higher scores.
2006-11-19*
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Alfred Das
Netherlands
's-Hertogenbosch
Noord-Brabant
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9
Feb 2010
LotR went from cooperative to confrontational.

Date: ~ 2003-10-20 Price: ~ € 25,- I bought this for my wife's birthday a year after the main game. We've been playing it a lot in combination with the F&F expansion. I've even made additonal rulesets for it, some based off other people's work. If there's interest I'll publish them.
2008-04-20*
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Sam Butler
United States
Fort Walton Beach
Florida
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9
Aug 2008*
Another wonderful expansion! This game is very wonderful, I am always willing to play. This can easily be played with 2 players.
2011-10-03
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Doug Adams
Australia
Oakleigh
Victoria
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9
Aug 2007*
The new expansion adds several "plug in and play" rules to the basic game. The Dark Events adds 23 nasty events to the tile bag, but allows players to reject events. There are also two new cards, The One Ring/Watchful Peace, to help the Fellowship. But the biggie is Sauron, who is now a player, gloating over two decks of cards, who kicks in whenever the black die is called for. Sauron also has a nibble at each hobbit before their turn begins. Excellent expansion, but Sauron/Dark Events do add an hour to the game.
2007-08-11*
Stokey Brown
United States
Gilbert
Arizona
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Aug 2011
Amazingly enough, the Sauron expansion doesn't alter the game balance dramatically--a feat only R. Knizia himself could have managed. This pretty much only gets played when we want to play LOTR and have 6 players, but it works astoundingly well. I've never tried it with fewer players, so maybe it makes more of an impact. Regardless, its existence has prevented me from having to play a wide assortment of inferior games.
2012-07-17
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Gerard Glaser
Germany
Nürnberg
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May 2009*
This expansion makes LotR much more interesting as a real opponent, but is only playable for 3 or more players
2007-10-12*
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Francois Petitclerc
Canada
Verdun
Quebec
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9
Nov 2007*
I always felt that the free wheeling and dealing by the Fellowship had to be mitigated with some house rules. Enter Sauron. The players now have serious cause for not speaking too freely about the cards they're holding and which strategy they will adopt. Excellent theme and perfect fun. Definitely different with the Eye now watching for real.
2007-11-17*
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Chris Shaffer
United States
Portland
OR
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9
Dec 2007*
Makes a fun game even better. It's more of a gamer's game now.
2007-12-07*
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Jacek Nowak
Poland
Warsaw
Unspecified
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9
Feb 2008*
In the first game (Sauron starting from 12, without the blue cards, 6 players, with Friends&Foes) we lost while still in Bree (in the middle of the main track). That was just a plain disaster. Nevertheless I can't wait to play again.
2008-02-02*
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Jeff Schaefer
United States
Hutchinson
Minnesota
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9
Mar 2008*
This adds so much in my eyes. I love having the Lidless Eye play against the Hobbits...and it takes away the complaint that you are just playing against mechanics.
2008-03-17*
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Bryce K. Nielsen
United States
Elk Ridge
Utah
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9
Apr 2008*
For those wanting a player to play against, this is a great expansion for LotR, making one player play as Sauron to defeat everyone else.
2009-02-26
Phil Sauer
United States
Willow Street
Pennsylvania
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9
May 2010
(See Lord of the Rings).
2010-06-14
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