Lord of the Rings:LCG - reviews and general thoughts

It all started with accepting 100 plays challenge and pledging to comment each play. Soon my thoughts outgrew the BGG comment format and also FFG's forum. I decided to post them in a form of a blog here. In time I got rid of session reports and replaced them with expansions reviews. Enjoy.
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Polish version of LOTR:LCG - current status + future of the game in general

Wojtek Wojcik
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Kraków(Cracow)
Malopolska
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Polish version - current status
Polish publisher of LOTR:LCG, Galakta, announced that it will continue to publish all the expansions for at least the next year (after which they will asses the sales and decide where to go from there). All big box expansions (deluxe + saga) will be published in a regular way at the same time when FFG. Adventure Packs will be published in a POD format i.e. the same way that Gen Con/Nightmare scenarios are printed in English. Galata is also planning to reprint some of out-of-stock APs in this format. POD expansions are at this moment delayed with respect to English version but Galakta already announced that they will try to close in the gap.

So this all a great news for us and most of Polish players are very happy with this solution. One grain of salt in all of this is that expansions are now more expensive (both regular and POD). Again most of the players are ok with this as we treat the increased price as our contribution to keep the game alive in Polish. Initially I was a worried that this will kill the game for the new players (as it was already very expensive for PL standards) but I think that second hand market is saving the day here. Some players drop out and sell their collections so new players are able to buy old expansions cheaper and continue to purchase the new expansions.

POD Quality and future of the game
I have to say that when this plan to move forward was announced I was a bit hesitant. I had only experience with very old POD content (first printing of Massing at Osgiliath) and I considered quality of those cards very poor. Luckily FFG made a lot of progress. The new expansion in POD format are much better. Even if paper is slightly off the difference is marginal and I am ok to mix POD and regular cards in one deck as it is very hard without side by side inspection to distinguish them. I am not totally satisfied with the print it self (image quality for some reason seems much lower) but if FFG continues to improve in this way I should be happy in no time .

One interesting note comes from "Polish" solution to the players worldwide: even if in the future FFG decides to stop publishing the game they can still provide us with new content by printing scenarios in POD format. I am not sure if this would be a good enough reason for FFG to keep the LOTR license but I am optimistic. Even if FFG's will be forced/decides to close the game ... we already see fantastic and huge in scope fan-created content and with POD quality raising ... the game might "live for a long time to come".

Happy gaming and happy Easter (for all that celebrate it).
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