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Mike Giro
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I've heard it said in a few articles about this game that it plays very much like Knizia's Lord of the Rings. Is it true enough that there is no point to picking up both games?
 
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Christopher Hinsz
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They're different enough that you should try both of them. I find that I greatly prefer LoTR to SoC, but I know there are a fair number of people that put themselves in the opposing camp.

I feel that there's more down time in SoC and that it doesn't scale as smoothly with different numbers of players. Others feel that LoTR is too linear and can be 'solved' with one 'correct' strategy.

I'd say try out SoC with someone else's copy. If that's not an option, I'd probably hold off getting SoC until you're bored with LoTR.
 
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I think they're quite different (apart being both cooperative games, of course ).

I strongly prefer SOC to LotR, but both are quite good games (to like more one or the other is just a matter of personal tastes).
SoC is less linear (thus more different each time; i.e. greater "reply value"), always "tense" (while sometimes luck will make you win or lose LotR whatever you do) and has the really intriguing "Traitor" rule.

If you like cooperative games, I'd suggest you to buy both, they're probably the best of their genre currently available.

Have fun!
 
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I enjoy both games, but the one I come back to more often is SoC. The challenges and decisions in the game just seem more interesting to me.

Also, I've found that non-gamers and casual gamers don't warm up to LotR as easily. It might be the linear nature of the game, the repetitiveness of each location, or the highly abstract card play. Whatever it is, I've seen several people turn away from LotR, but I have yet to see someone refuse a session of SoC.

Both games are worth playing, but based on my experience, if you're going to be playing with non-gamer type people, try SoC first.
 
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Matthew M
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Ah...this can of worms

I agree with what has already been said - they are alike in that they are cooperative but comparisons end there. My preference is LotR. Unlike Luca, I find LotR to be less linear and more tense than Shadows.

SOC is best played as a light social game IMO (thus its greater appeal to non-gamers), whereas LotR puts more emphasis on planning and decision making.

-MMM
 
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Ilja Preuß
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Luke the Flaming wrote:

If you like cooperative games, I'd suggest you to buy both, they're probably the best of their genre currently available.


Yes, it doesn't hurt to have them both - they are really different enough.

If you like cooperative games, I'd also advice to take a look at Arkham Horror - it's the current favorite of my gaming group.
 
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Ryan Olson
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Another good co-op game is Vanished Planet.

I have played all 4 games suggested in this thread, and must say all are fun, but radically different experiences. You can't go wrong with any of them .
 
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