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War of the Ring... One Player to Rule Them All?

Kevin L. Kitchens
United States
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Sometimes there is a game you just have to have. The theme you love, the ratings are so high. It's just a great game. Forget that it's not designed for solitaire, my preciousss. We has to haves it!

Such is the case with War of the Ring (Second Edition). Contrary to my age, I did not grow up on the Tolkien stories. In fact, in my high school it seemed the kids who carried around their scuffed up paperback copies of The Hobbit or the Lord of the Rings trilogy in my high school were also the kids wearing long green army jackets, listened to Rush, and hung out in the smoking area. And while I actually grew to like Rush before graduating, I never got an army jacket (just never did) and never got into smoking (just never would), it took until the late 1990s for me to actually read J.R.R.R.R.R.R. Tolkien's masterpiece.

It was then that I first heard of Peter Jackson's ambitious run at making them into movies and decided it would be something I'd read first and then share with my then young kids. Good memories for sure, both of the reading and then seeing each film on opening day, a couple of more times, and then watching the far better extended editions.

So Middle Earth is a setting I love, so it was only natural that I'd be drawn to this massive and long playing title. In spite of it being a two player. Worst comes to worst, I could play both sides, right?

I managed to pick up a complete nearly excellent condition copy for a song. Seems the owner's son had accidentally folded one of the gameboards the wrong direction and it snapped cleanly off. A little Black Linen Repair Tape and the board was almost as good as new. This was back in September, so now it's on the table.

Fortunately the desire to play this one solo does not lie only with me. I'll be using the solo/co-op ruleset created by

Thomas Henage
United States
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and found at his site my Dropbox: War of the Ring Solitaire v1.2

I'll post from time to time how this is going. Since I've never played the game two-player, I'm not really going to be able to compare and contrast, but will know if it's fun.

Have any of you used these rules? Played this solo with another variant or just playing both sides? Love to hear your thoughts on this one as well.
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