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Should the expansions be purchased/added in a particular order?
Marina del Rey
They do not need to be purchased in any order, no. Except that if you pick up any Darrowdelf cycle Packs, you do need the Khazad Dum expansion.
However, for each 6-pack "cycle", there is a loose storyline weaving them together, so if you were to end up buying a whole cycle, it makes the most sense to pick them up in order. Furthermore, the Player Cards included across a 6 pack cycle typically synergize well with each other.
You could, alternatively, choose to jump right to the deluxe Khazad Dum expansion. If you were to pick just one expansion, this one would give you the most bang for your buck, since there are 3 quests, a bunch of player cards, and a heap of encounter decks. And as I mentioned before, if you're interested in any of the Adventure Packs from the Darrowdelf cycle, you will need Khazad Dum in order to play them.
If you really wanted to pick and choose your Adventure Packs, you could find card listings for each pack, and cherry pick the ones whose player cards interest you the most. Though most every pack has a couple of gems in it. So don't be surprised if you end up collecting a whole cycle.
- Last edited Sat Aug 11, 2012 6:43 am (Total Number of Edits: 2)
- Posted Sat Aug 11, 2012 6:41 am
Depends what you're looking for. If you care about the game's overarching story, then you should buy the packs in the order in which they were released. Each pack adds another chapter to the narrative, so it won't really make sense if you purchase them out of order.
If you just want the most powerful cards, then the latter half of the Dwarrowdelf cycle is a good place to start (especially Foundations of Stone/Shadow and Flame, since those will give you the seeds for a pretty solid Noldor deck). In general, the Dwarrowdelf player cards are better than those in the Shadows of Mirkwood cycle, but you'll need Shadows if you're interested in an Eagle deck.
Regardless of your play style, the Khazad-dum expansion is a great purchase. It's especially nice if you like Dwarves (though if Gimli's kin are your favorites, you should be sure to pick up Return to Mirkwood and its awesome hero, Dain Ironfoot). You'll also need K-d and its encounter sets if you want to play any of the Dwarrowdelf scenarios.
Here's a list of expansions in order of release:
-Shadows of Mirkwood cycle-
1. The Hunt for Gollum
2. Conflict at the Carrock
3. A Journey to Rhosgobel
4. The Hills of Emyn Muil
5. The Dead Marshes
6. Return to Mirkwood
-Khazad-dum boxed expansion (need this if you want to play any of the Dwarrowdelf quests)-
1. The Redhorn Gate
2. Road to Rivendell
3. The Watcher in the Water
4. The Long Dark
5. Foundations of Stone
6. Shadow and Flame
Hope that gives you enough to make an informed decision.