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Peter Belocas
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Hi. I am toying with the idea of getting this game or not. How well does this game play with more that two players?

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David Boeren
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It's really a 2p game, I'd classify the 3-4p as being more like variants.

Officially, when you have additional players you split the sides into two.

3p: Shadow side is split into one player controlling the Sauron forces, the other controlling Isengard & Easterlings

4p: Free People's side is split into one player controlling Gondor & the Elves, the other controlling Rohan, Dwarves, and the North

Or, you can just let both player discuss what to do and run the whole side together.

It still works fine and is a good game either way.
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Peter Belocas
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From what I'm seeing elsewhere online this doesn't play that well with more than two players.
 
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David Ekberg
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We usually play it with 4 players but using normal 2-player rules and it works good that way, the two teams can argue and debate tactics and so on.
 
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I have played many times, with both 2, 3 and 4 players and enjoyed it very much with all those numbers.

I personally would highly recommend following the actual rules for 3-4 players, which mean that 2 sequential action dice cannot be used on the same faction. In the 4 player game, the Free Peoples are split into Gondor/Elves and Rohan/Dwarves/Northmen while the Shadow is split into Sauron and Isengard/Southrons. We find this tends to encourage more even use of all the factions versus the 2 player game and makes the game feel different.

If you love LOTR, you will love this game. Watching the storyline play out very differently each time is fascinating. I think the game would be far less interesting if you're not a big LOTR fan.
 
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