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Stephen Teixeira
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I have had War of the Ring for about five years and in that time I have played one basic game which was very, very lacking and infact took longer to set up than to play and one full game that got bogged down by the FFG rule book.
I would really like to try the full game again but not using the FFG rule book as supplied (nor with errata pages) - can anyone point me in the direction of a reformated, easier to read and generally better rule book to use when learning the game?
(note I do not have the expansion just the standard game)
 
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Kevin Chapman
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Try the Collector's Edition Rulebook.
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There are a few minor differences. See this thread.
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Krieghund wrote:


80 pages of waffle and bloat, an FFG masterpiece.

I always found the original 22 page rules were more than sufficient.
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Halfinger wrote:
Krieghund wrote:


80 pages of waffle and bloat, an FFG masterpiece.

I always found the original 22 page rules were more than sufficient.

FFG didn't write them. Many of the extra pages deal with extra rules which were in the expansion, but not in the original, and others are simply illustrations. Comparing only the content from the original, I see the CE presentation as a substantial improvement, both in clarity and completeness.
 
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Maybe it is a matter of preference then. I prefer rules to be short and concise with no unnecessary repetition and easy to reference. I find FFG rule books far from this ideal and the CE rules are a prime example of this style, for me anyway.

I tend to play games infrequently as I rotate my collection. So I judge a rulebook by how easy it is to revise before a game. I find OCS easier for this than most FFG style rule books. They just seem to make a game a lot more complex than it actually is which I suspect puts a lot of people off. WotR is low complexity but looking at the rule book you would never guess that.
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