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Rogue





Every year as autumn rolls in I get all nostalgic and my mind turns to the Lord of the Rings. I've literally never met an active player. I like the new support for the range and the consolidated branding. I'm just curious, how active are your communities, and is anyone in Chicago?
   
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Auspicious Aspiring Champion of Chaos




Here in Louisville we've been trying to get it active. We had an initial great burst with Battle Companies and about 12 active players but that has dropped to 2-3 active players now.

I'm not sure what it is about the game that keeps people off from it.

The two things I hear consistently are that the balance between good & evil is wonky (in battle companies I definitely agree, in the main game I don't see the balance as that horrible though I agree that if someone shows up with a legendary hero and you haven't prepared for that then you can be crushed in the list building phase like AOS or 40k) and that the want was for armies clashing, and SBG is kind of still a low model-count skirmish.

GW points don't bring balance. They exist purely for structure. You can get more balance from no points than you do from GW points. You however can get no structure in your game without points. 
   
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The balance os actually better than many notice. Ignore heroes you can’t deal with as much as possible and kill off the warriors so they can’t complete the objectives.

The game has become pretty popular round me, I’ve seen a lot more people playing it than I have previously. Of those I’ve spoken to that have played multiple editions, this is the best we’ve all played
   
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auticus wrote:
Here in Louisville we've been trying to get it active. We had an initial great burst with Battle Companies and about 12 active players but that has dropped to 2-3 active players now.

I'm not sure what it is about the game that keeps people off from it.

The two things I hear consistently are that the balance between good & evil is wonky (in battle companies I definitely agree, in the main game I don't see the balance as that horrible though I agree that if someone shows up with a legendary hero and you haven't prepared for that then you can be crushed in the list building phase like AOS or 40k) and that the want was for armies clashing, and SBG is kind of still a low model-count skirmish.


Balance isn't really wonky. If anything it's the sort of game where any list should be able to take on all comers. I run a bow free Mordor list using Morgul knights as harassment and it does well enough against good and evil lists. Even bow heavy Elves and Harad. And if someone is showing up with a legendary hero and crushing opponents, then the opponents aren't exploiting those single hero weaknesses enough. You'd be surprised how fast Aragorn, Boromir and others go down even by a lowly Moria goblin when you have them trapped properly. This game is most definitely not won in the list building stage.

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I see that most of the items on the GW web store are out of stock, and this doesn't seem to have changed in over a year. I can't figure out if they've underestimated demand or haven't put the mold and sprue back into production.
   
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A lot of stuff has been going in and out of stock for a number of reasons. A big chunk of stuff has been pulled for rebranding and will be back soon and a lot of stuff just due to the sudden surge in popularity. I've been on the mailing list for a few different items and almost all of them sell out within an hour or so of coming back into stock. Not a bad thing all things considered. Speaks well for the health of the game.
   
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Balance isn't really wonky. If anything it's the sort of game where any list should be able to take on all comers.


It takes some practice but I for the most part agree.

GW points don't bring balance. They exist purely for structure. You can get more balance from no points than you do from GW points. You however can get no structure in your game without points. 
   
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Veteran Knight Baron in a Crusader





Canada

We're really active here in Toronto! We've got a running league going with around 10 players! If you walk into the Lfgs, 5 times out of 10 there will be a person playing lotr.

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Richmond, VA

We have a growing community in Richmond, VA, USA - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1550656775233092/


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auticus wrote:
The two things I hear consistently are that the balance between good & evil is wonky (in battle companies I definitely agree, in the main game I don't see the balance as that horrible though I agree that if someone shows up with a legendary hero and you haven't prepared for that then you can be crushed in the list building phase like AOS or 40k) and that the want was for armies clashing, and SBG is kind of still a low model-count skirmish.


Weird, that's not a complaint I ever hear. Expensive heroes are so easily to neutralize that I usually never take them. You literally just avoid them and win the game through VP's.

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Louisville (KY)

 judgedoug wrote:
We have a growing community in Richmond, VA, USA - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1550656775233092/


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auticus wrote:
The two things I hear consistently are that the balance between good & evil is wonky (in battle companies I definitely agree, in the main game I don't see the balance as that horrible though I agree that if someone shows up with a legendary hero and you haven't prepared for that then you can be crushed in the list building phase like AOS or 40k) and that the want was for armies clashing, and SBG is kind of still a low model-count skirmish.


Weird, that's not a complaint I ever hear. Expensive heroes are so easily to neutralize that I usually never take them. You literally just avoid them and win the game through VP's.


Here in louisville we have only done a battle companies campaign where good ended up doing really well. My rangers ended up running far and away from the pack becoming neigh unstoppable even with the rerolls.

We as a community have never played the "real game" yet as battle companies was meant to ease people into the ruleset and allow them to build and paint their models. All of the local perceptions are based on the time spent with BC.

Right now I'm trying to get more people involved. On Saturday I tried to Herald in the new edition by having an a-historical battle of pelennor, but everyone bailed on me, so it was just me and Atticus running a small demo game.

I'm hoping people will turn out for a gondor at war campaign.

Right now I'm painting some more Harad and have some gondor warriors on order so that I can have both an evil and good force to allow interested parties to get involved without having an army of their own.

I plan to do an ithellien ambush event to generate more interest in the future.

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Glasgow, Scotland

A few of my friends were getting into Battle Companies, and I thought what the heck, like 5 or so models isn't that hard. Somewhere in the process I forgot that I was only supposed to be doing 5 and ended up building an army for a full game. Whoops.

The upshot is that I reached out to the local scene, and from what I can tell, ME SBG alive and well over here in Scotland. There's a local tournament next month with over 40 players playing, and regular meets for casual games.

I'm still mustering my forces, but I get the feeling that if I wanted a game, I could make something happen without too much effort.

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I'm playing the new release using the Pelennor fields set with a friend at my club.

I have to say, with the various changes here and there, it's probably my favourite wargame of all the ones I play at the moment.

Every game we've had has been a nail-biter and comes right down to the wire. That's something I've not really experienced in tabletop games for a very long time.

I play 40k a little bit, but my interest has died off lately, and Darklands by Mierce Miniatures. Darklands is also often down to the wire, but it's extremely crunchy (in a good way) however the rulebook has a mismatched index that makes learning very difficult.

By comparison the Middle Earth SBG is both easy to pickup, quick to play and seems to have tons of depth in it's way of playing.

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Central Valley, California

 Bloviator wrote:
Every year as autumn rolls in I get all nostalgic and my mind turns to the Lord of the Rings. I've literally never met an active player. I like the new support for the range and the consolidated branding. I'm just curious, how active are your communities, and is anyone in Chicago?


Will you be at adepticon next March? I could bring a battle company handful of figures and we could borrow some terrain for a few matches.

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Byron, Illinois USA

 Bloviator wrote:
...is anyone in Chicago?


My son and I are total noobs to table-top gaming and despite there being a big 40K presence around here, we both decided we liked the Lord of the Rings and we decided to go with the new release of Middle Earth Strategy Battle Game for our first game. However, we really don't know of anyone to play with yet, though we have been enjoying the game together.

We are in the Rockford, IL area. Are you in Chicago or the suburbs?
   
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I play in Springfield plaza in the nova area
   
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Springfield, CT?

We have a feldgling MESBG group in Albany NY.

I've won the last 2 games with my Rivendell force.

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Been Around the Block



USA

I'm trying to get some games going in Madison, WI if anyone is in the area!
   
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Rocmistro wrote:
Springfield, CT?

We have a feldgling MESBG group in Albany NY.

I've won the last 2 games with my Rivendell force.


Hope we see some of you guys at the Mythicos SBG tournament on Sunday!

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Lincoln, UK

We're having a mini tournament on the 15th. Casual, so everyone can learn the rules.
   
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I've recently gotten into LoTR . Love the rules. It seemed a bit quirky coming off many, many years of playing Warhammer but works pretty good in my opinion.
   
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South New Jersey

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