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Hello,

What expansions should I get first for primarily solo play (single fist- although not opposed to trying double fisted). I understand some expansions may require more powerful heroes or cards. The Khazad-dûm expansion looks cool but not sure if it will be too tough solo with just the core set.

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Start with the first adventure pack. The designers have done a pretty good job of spreading out the card value between adventure packs and deluxe expansions.

Be warned the core quests will be tough to beat single handed solo. A mono-sphere core tactics deck will not quest very well. Without spoiling anything, one of the core quests is nearly impossible to complete single handed as well.
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Just go hard and buy everything.
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Tales from the cards' new player's buying guide always comes in handy.
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Khazad-dum was the first expansion I bought and I enjoyed it a lot. Sure, it will pose some challenges if you only own the Core Set but it also comes with enough good Dwarf cards to be doable. I would say go for it!
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I play this game solo with one deck, and I think there are only about three or four scenarios that are just not enjoyable solo. Everything else is fine, and a truly awesome Middle Earth experience! Some of the packs might have less-than-useful player cards, of course, and the Against the Shadow cycle introduced a lot for mono-sphere decks that you likely won't be using in a solo deck, but those quests are truly awesome and well worth getting.

Everything about this game has got something to offer the solo player, which is one of its major draws in my opinion, so the question shouldn't just be "what to get", but "what to get first". Eventually, I'm pretty sure you'll want to have the whole damn lot!
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+1 on the Tale from the Cards buyer's guide.

I personally enjoyed starting with The Black Riders saga expansion. Hobbits, yo.
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I play entirely solo. I would highly recommend getting Black Riders first and then Road Darkens. They each give recommended decks that only need the core set. Also, you can play campaign mode which is awesome. I would suggest using easy mode, but you can bump up to normal and still win.
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I started by getting the first cycle of adventure packs. I found that if I bought the adventure packs in cycles, I could pull out all the player cards and build decks. Then I worked through the quests one at a time.

My understanding is that's how each cycle was playtested, so it's a good approach if you can afford to buy 6 adventure packs at once.

I think I bought Khazad Dum and the first Hobbit saga next. They would also make a good first purchase as a pair - because, between them, they have a lot of good dwarf cards.

Black Riders is great fun, and makes a great hobbit deck - but really benefits from all the eagle cards in the first cycle. Hobbit/eagle decks are fun! The second cycle of adventure packs is also really good, but requires Khazad Dum to play any of the quests.
 
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Khazad-dum was my first purchase after the core set and it worked out really well for me. I think I played for at least one year with just those two purchases. Then I just started getting the adventure packs in order. I'm up to having all of the first two cycles now and there is a ton of gaming for me with those cards. The buyers guide from Tales from the Cards website really goes through all the available packs and expansions well and explains the merits of each choice. Whatever you decide, I hope you continue to enjoy this great game!
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I'm in the same position as the OP. Will probably play this almost exclusively solo. In that case, is a second core a waste? I would really rather spend money on new cards than on a second core (although I understand that a second core is almost required for coop games).
 
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@BlueSwan

I've always mainly played solo and my first purchase after the core set was a second core set. It rounds out your deck building options so I wouldn't say it was a waste. I really wanted 3 copies of Sneak Attack, Test of Will, Feint, Protector of Lorien and Hasty Stroke.
There are better cards out there now due to the sheer size of the card pool, but some of those core set cards I list above are still regulars in my decks.

In answer to the OP, I went down the route of buying the AP's in order, but I also agree that a fast way to get a good strong deck going would be The Black Riders and following a Hobbit theme.
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BlueSwan wrote:
I'm in the same position as the OP. Will probably play this almost exclusively solo. In that case, is a second core a waste? I would really rather spend money on new cards than on a second core (although I understand that a second core is almost required for coop games).


Another option, especially if you'll be playing mostly solo, is playing via CardWarden. The advantage is that even if you have only one of a certain card, you can still add three copies to a deck. Also, you can play on an airplane. The downside: it requires playing digitally rather than with the cards in hand. Also, you'll need an ipad, a scanner and the time it takes to scan all the cards. Maybe not the ideal option, but an option nonetheless. It's also a well-constructed app and a great way to take the game with you.

Here's a link to a forum thread about the app: http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1014722/ios-how-do-you-use-c...

And here's a pic of the developer playing a game. Note that he's using the mini-card view. You can switch between this and a larger view.

[ImageID=http://boardgamegeek.com/image/1661550/imakegames]

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Nate_001 wrote:
BlueSwan wrote:
I'm in the same position as the OP. Will probably play this almost exclusively solo. In that case, is a second core a waste? I would really rather spend money on new cards than on a second core (although I understand that a second core is almost required for coop games).


Another option, especially if you'll be playing mostly solo, is playing via CardWarden. The advantage is that even if you have only one of a certain card, you can still add three copies to a deck. Also, you can play on an airplane. The downside: it requires playing digitally rather than with the cards in hand. Also, you'll need an ipad, a scanner and the time it takes to scan all the cards. Maybe not the ideal option, but an option nonetheless. It's also a well-constructed app and a great way to take the game with you.

Here's a link to a forum thread about the app: http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1014722/ios-how-do-you-use-c...

And here's a pic of the developer playing a game. Note that he's using the mini-card view. You can switch between this and a larger view.

[ImageID=http://boardgamegeek.com/image/1661550/imakegames]


Thank you for the suggestion, but as I have pretty severe tendonitis in both my wrists, I try to avoid any kind of computer gaming at the moment. Also, I just generally prefer playing with real cards.
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BlueSwan wrote:
I'm in the same position as the OP. Will probably play this almost exclusively solo. In that case, is a second core a waste? I would really rather spend money on new cards than on a second core (although I understand that a second core is almost required for coop games).
a second core is not a waste, but i would probably buy other expansion packs first.

the box expansions include quite a lot of player cards and 3 quests each. a lot of bang for your buck if you will. you'll invariably want to continue the questline though, so if you really don't want to be tempted:

alternatively, the Saga expansions that follow the books have 3 quests with quite a few encounter cards to keep them interesting (less player cards though). each box comes with a recommended deck to use that only utilises cards from one core set and the box itself.
they're designed to complement just one core box and do a pretty good job of it imo. if i were to limit myself to core + a few other things, i'd probably just go for the saga expansions.

hope this helps
 
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I would not get a second core set. A second core set doesn't actually give you that many useful cards, and although it gives you a 2nd copy of some good 1-ofs and a 3rd copy of some 2-ofs from the core set, these cards can very easily be proxied. Moreover, each core set comes with a set of encounter cards, which you won't need more than one set of (so half the cards you'd be paying for would be useless). As a core set is around $35-40 CAN, I wouldn't recommend that you get a second core set. Also, since you're playing on your own, proxying is not a big problem and it's a lot easier to do in LOTR than in Netrunner or Conquest.

Also, a second core is definitely not required even for coop games, unless you want to delve into 3- or 4-player -- I play coop with my boyfriend and we've never needed a second core set. I would definitely recommend that you spend money on new packs/cards instead.
 
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dr00 wrote:
BlueSwan wrote:
I'm in the same position as the OP. Will probably play this almost exclusively solo. In that case, is a second core a waste? I would really rather spend money on new cards than on a second core (although I understand that a second core is almost required for coop games).
a second core is not a waste, but i would probably buy other expansion packs first.

the box expansions include quite a lot of player cards and 3 quests each. a lot of bang for your buck if you will. you'll invariably want to continue the questline though, so if you really don't want to be tempted:

alternatively, the Saga expansions that follow the books have 3 quests with quite a few encounter cards to keep them interesting (less player cards though). each box comes with a recommended deck to use that only utilises cards from one core set and the box itself.
they're designed to complement just one core box and do a pretty good job of it imo. if i were to limit myself to core + a few other things, i'd probably just go for the saga expansions.

hope this helps

Yeah, I'm probably leaning towards just getting the core set and one or two deluxe expansions or saga expansions. It will depend a bit on what the store has in stock, as I'm going to a store that has a 20% sale tomorrow.
 
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