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Matt Tonks
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So my work colleague that I've been playing LotR LCG every week is getting more and more interested in the expansions. He asked how the expansions tie into the LotR timeline or stories...

I know the Saga expansions are meant to follow the tales in the Hobbit, Fellowship, Two Towers and Return of the King.

But what about the cycles such as Khazad-dum or The Lost Realm, for example? Does anyone more knowledgeable than me have any idea?
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Kārlis Jēriņš
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The stories told in the core and non-Saga expansions are supposed to take place during the 17 years between Bilbo's 111th birthday and Frodo leaving the Shire.
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Greg Darcy
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According to the books, there is a 17 year gap between the Birthday Party and Frodo leaving the Shire. This gap is not apparent in the movie.
The Adventure packs are intended to slot into this period.

Of course there are discrepancies. Depending on how much they trouble you, you may decide not to play certain cards.
e.g. Eowyn would have been a toddler at the start of this period.
Why is Denethor roaming the wilds? He should be in Gondor ruling the city.
I could go on.
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Hedyn Brand
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[q="GregDarcy"]Eowyn would have been a toddler at the start of this period.[/]
Nah, she lied about her age. She's just one of those people who look great at any age. Aragorn lived till he was over 200, didn't he? Some of the people of Middle-Earth are quite long-lived. As far as I can tell, proximity to elves lengthens their lifespans, while elves shorten theirs through close proximity to other races

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Why is Denethor roaming the wilds?

And why are Bilbo and Frodo roaming the same wilds, guided by four elves? It makes no sense! Next they'll be escorting Chewbacca, not Gollum.

There is probably a timeline of sorts, and some of the standalone scenarios could happen at any time, even after the big events. Who knows how many adventuring parties Gandalf recruited over the years, right?
 
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Danwarr
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GregDarcy wrote:
Why is Denethor roaming the wilds? He should be in Gondor ruling the city.


One potential way to explain characters like Denethor, Galadriel, Celeborn etc is that playing them is less representative of them actively being on that quest or encounter, but actually influencing it using their various underlings, rings of power, or something similar.
 
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Vincenzo Beretta
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The basic storyline of this game starts with: "Denethor, Eowyn and Glorfindel enter Mirkwood..." laugh
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The fantasy Tale of Years variant includes a "recommended" play order for following a linear timeline.
Obviously, some of the dates are speculation.


https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1214867/tale-years-mega-cam...
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