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Kevin B. Smith
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Rhand wrote:
Just picked this edition up in shrink for $9.00. Is this version still playable, or has the game evolved considerably since then?

As far as I know, there were no versions released that had issues. FFG later changed just a couple things (aside from component design), but both are arguably good or bad changes, depending on your perspective. They changed the mix of card symbols EDIT: symbols/colors, and they now tell you distribute all 12 elven cards, rather than different numbers for different player counts.

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I can't speak to the new edition but there is nothing unplayable about the original. I have it and love it. I think the components in the original are generally regarded as better.
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Thanks, guys--really appreciate the responses. Most of my gaming time is spent on historical war games, but the Tolkien theme has pulled me in this direction recently. This all started with LOTR:The Confrontation. I'm also reading the rules for WOTR 2nd ed and hoping to play it soon.
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The nice thing about the older editions is that they are compatible with the existing expansions, which is not the case with the most recent FFG Silver Line edition, which changed the components, changed the cards considerably in terms of terminology and color, and shrunk everything down to a much smaller size.
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jpat wrote:
The nice thing about the older editions is that they are compatible with the existing expansions, which is not the case with the most recent FFG Silver Line edition, which changed the components, changed the cards considerably in terms of terminology and color, and shrunk everything down to a much smaller size.


Absolutely. If you like this game, you'll want the Friends & Foes expansion, at the least! The FFG version does not have expansions.

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Also, the components are cooler. You gotta love that Sauron figure! sauron

As far as I'm concerned, you bought the best edition.

War of the Ring is an amazing game and if you like war games, this will be a great experience.
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Pedrator wrote:
Also, the components are cooler. You gotta love that Sauron figure! sauron


Funny you should mention that, because I had a real epiphany when I saw that figure in the game components pics last week. I always wondered what that strange dark icon was mingled in with the other emoticons.

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