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David F
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In LoME Designer Diary 9, there is this excerpt:

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In the basic game, unless you’re doing a Strider Sprint (which in 2nd Edition is not as good an option as it was before), you want Aragorn in play as soon as possible.


I'll bite: why is Strider Sprint weaker than before? Seems like no difference to me?
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I'm thinking the alternate Witch King design probably does well against a Strider sprint- he shows up the moment the fellowship gets revealed, and then teleports on top of them every time they move.
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The mandatory eye dice placed in hunt box if the fellowship moved the previous turn (introduced in 2nd ed)?
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The reasons mentioned are all good, plus there are some more I can think of - for example, the risk that Smeagol shows up (hampering Strider's ability) and the fact that the Shadow can actually play Gandalf the White denial, leaving the FP stuck with 4 dice...

Overall, 2nd Edition was already designed with the idea of making the "extreme" strategies (Strider Sprint, Shadow Blitz) - which are not very thematic - a little less appealing than before, and LOME takes a further step into the same direction.

You can still play those strategies, but they are not rewarding as they used to be in 1st edition.
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