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Peter K. Hubig
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Hey, what do you guys think? Aren't those bustlike miniatures disturbing the atmosphere of the game?
The game itself really picks up what I always wanted to play and in a different form found in ICEs "Fellowship of the Ring".
That sucked from a totally failed graphic approach (besides the horrible rules/rulebook)but "Hunt for the Ring" seems like doing a mistake on it's own:
The design of the miniatures/playing pieces. Was Frodo pursued by a "coned" upper half of sword-swinging ghost or weren't it fearful black riders: terrible wraiths on dreaded horses?
Has Gandalf been a cut-in-half Ian McKellen or was he the "Grey Wanderer" which to me implies he had at least two legs.

Hopefully the designers read this and all your comments and may change the miniatures design before release of the game.

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pkh1 wrote:
Hey, what do you guys think? Aren't those bustlike miniatures disturbing the atmosphere of the game?
The game itself really picks up what I always wanted to play and in a different form found in ICEs "Fellowship of the Ring".
That sucked from a totally failed graphic approach (besides the horrible rules/rulebook)but "Hunt for the Ring" seems like doing a mistake on it's own:
The design of the miniatures/playing pieces. Was Frodo pursued by a "coned" upper half of sword-swinging ghost or weren't it fearful black riders: terrible wraiths on dreaded horses?
Has Gandalf been a cut-in-half Ian McKellen or was he the "Grey Wanderer" which to me implies he had at least two legs.

Hopefully the designers read this and all your comments and may change the miniatures design before release of the game.

Like to read your comments!


I sort of know what you mean. But really, I don't mind. I guess the pieces can be a bit larger this way without falling over or taking up huge amounts of space on the board. Which is fine in my book. Also, some painting which basically makes the base less pronounced compared to the bust might do wonders.

So I really don't see this as a problem, let alone a deal-breaker.
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Shrug, I don't mind. And just to let you know where I am coming from, I don't think ICE's FOTR had a "totally failed graphic approach".

I am not saying components don't matter when it comes to theme, but to me they're a tiny part of it.
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I quite like them.
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I think they make a nice change to most games, you get more detail as without having to create a very large piece.
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I really like the playing pieces. I found them very striking, and they're what drew me in, initially, to find out more about the game. They give it a unique look, a more interesting aesthetic than a game with "just more miniatures" - by being half-pawns and half-minis, they show a wonderful marriage between art and functionality.
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I'll just use my WotR minis
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I was thinking the same...I'm not a big fan. They seem "cartoony" and not fitting with the art on the box.

I would be willing to overlook that if the game play is good, though.
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I don't think they are concept or prototype models, but the actual final ones, so if you are not happy with the design probably there are some excellent mounted Nazgul from Games Workshop you could substitute, not to mention Frodo and Gandalf.

My reaction to the first photos of the game pieces was "well, that's an interesting and original approach" and I've pretty much been there ever since.

I didn't much like the Frodo and Sam mini for the Fellowship in WotR at first, but then it grew on me.
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Rafamir wrote:
I don't think they are concept or prototype models, but the actual final ones, so if you are not happy with the design probably there are some excellent mounted Nazgul from Games Workshop you could substitute, not to mention Frodo and Gandalf.

My reaction to the first photos of the game pieces was "well, that's an interesting and original approach" and I've pretty much been there ever since.

I didn't much like the Frodo and Sam mini for the Fellowship in WotR at first, but then it grew on me.


This. It's interesting and different, and I've got enough LotR figures I can sub in if they don't end up working for me.
 
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Okay, so I'm absolutly in the minorityblush
Don't get me wrong: I'm eagerly awaiting this game and as somebody mentiones above, the miniatures will not be a dealbreaker in any way.

Was just thinking about more flavourish ones; I see from the few pics that they perfectly fit the circles on the board so there is the aspect of functionality very strong.

Games Workshops minis are fine and I have plenty of them but I think especially the Black Riders bases are too big.

At least it's too early to tell if and especially how to substitute the minis; hopefully we get the game on the table THIS year!thumbsup
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I would also prefer complete miniatures.
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Sorry, I don't like them, too. It will not stop me from buying this game, however. I just want to play a serious set of LOTR games in a chain: Battle of the Five Armies, Hunt for the Ring and War of the Ring, so I would like the design to be more in-the-wotr-line. But if others really do like it then my voice of minority shouldn't be taken into account since I can still reuse some of the WOTR figures instead (unless Frodo and Sam have to be split - then there's a problem - Bilbo from BOTFA will not do it alone, maybe with Dain's help...).
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I like them.. just a bit different than anything I've seen and also seem to suit the game.
 
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While I personally don't see a problem in using busts, their bases could've been shorter and in different colours like in Relic or Sky Traders.
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improove wrote:
I just want to play a serious set of LOTR games in a chain: Battle of the Five Armies, Hunt for the Ring and War of the Ring


You left out step 2, Middle Earth Quest!
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I love the miniatures. They look very elegant and I hope they keep them.
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[q="jens_hoppe"]Shrug, I don't mind. And just to let you know where I am coming from, I don't think ICE's FOTR had a "totally failed graphic approach".

I actually really like ICE's FOTR and have three copies. For 1983 that was great.
 
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I had three immediate thoughts after reading the description and looking at the few pictures here on the 'geek.
1) I love hidden movement.. this sounds neat!
2) Hidden movement through the randomness of cards!?!?!? WTF?
3) OH GOD THOSE MINIS... I hope they aren't the final design... At least give them clear bases..
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they look awful
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I agree with OP. These miniatures simply don't look good.
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Busts are ok. I prefer mniatures but busts work. But I agree with you. This chapter should be sacry and dark. The map in particular is beautifull, but doesn't work! It should be night! It should be eerie!

Make it a scary experience!
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Malefacus wrote:
This chapter should be sacry and dark.

I agree.
And I repeat, more than I view the miniatures, less it likes me.
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It almost seems as though they deliberately chose the least attractive game pieces they could come up with for this game. Perhaps their thought was to be so distinctive in piece presentation that the "style" would set the game apart from other Middle-Earth titles.

I prefer to distinguish games by how, and how well, they play, not what they look like (though I do like games with evocative graphics). I hope this one plays well, but good reports and reviews are the only things that would persuade me to buy a copy; in my eyes, it's just too homely to commend itself.
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Late to the party, but I just wanted to add that I think they look great, but I wish that they were the same color as the standees. I don't paint minis, but I'd consider painting these because they'd look much better if they were solid-coloured.
 
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