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khaine
27-10-2008, 07:33 PM
hey guys, i have been thinking of starting to play lotr and i am really interested in it, i bought the mines of moria set the other week and have played the scenarios a few times and had a lot of fun in doing so, so my question is really to see what it would be like at larger battles using armies from the source books, is it as enjoyable as the starter scenarios and is it popular enough that i could go down my local gw and find someone for a game like i would with 40k or fantasy??

kharn the betrayer
27-10-2008, 08:12 PM
Lotr has a really bad rep, now I freely admit that I have played the game. However it has little support at most of the GW shops theses days. Many gamers see it as a kiddy's game and /or responsable for the demise of specalist games.

I say Custard to that it is a good skirmish game, in fact at lower points it is more tactical than both 40k and Fantasy. However it really does not lend itself to large battles. I would buy it the models are nice and the background good.

Again there is a however, I would not expect to see too many people play it at your local GW. Of course I am just basing all this from personal experience, my local has very few games of Lotr thats not beginners and at last years scottish conflict they had to convert some of the LOTR's tables to 40k because there wasnt enough people playing.

But on the plus side the minis are cheap and the rules are good...

Hoped this helped....

Marticus
28-10-2008, 12:13 PM
i agree with kharn, it is a good game, but there are not many playing it regularly at my store, apart from the kids in the beginer games. i like the system and the models but it does have a bad rep which is unfortunate. i say go for it! :) i rarely get to play it but when i do i love it

Silver
28-10-2008, 02:35 PM
It's not so much about the bad REP but rather the annoying rule/combat system that is going to ruin your fun especially at large games.

Because squads are non existent, you'll have to resolve the attacks of every single one of your unit onto every single one of the enemy "guy A shoots at guy B, guy C attacks guy D etc. etc. Now imagine all of your 50 guys doing this every turn onto all 50 enemy guys" (instead of squad A shoots on squad B)....so it tends to get really long and boring.

And it really gets worse when half your troops are decimated because then each and every one of your models has to take a leadership test...one after the other. Every turn. Ouch!

-Silver

Marticus
28-10-2008, 02:51 PM
fair point silver, in big battles it can get a tad long winded... for the small skirmish games its mainly used in its a good set of rules i think, i love the way u can jump gaps, climb, swim, lay down, crawl and so on its got some nice touchs.

Jasfmpgh
28-10-2008, 04:28 PM
I've never played lotr myself, The fact that they made the models a different scale than warhammer just bothered the crap out of me. But if your looking for a fun small scale battle with a fantasy type setting. Have you tried out Mordhiem? A few friends of mine started playing it last summer, and we had a fun campaign that lasted all summer. Plus you don't have to buy anything new to play if you already play warhammer fantasy.

Marticus
28-10-2008, 04:33 PM
ahh yes Mordheim... now thats gooodd big big fan of it :)

Eodred
29-10-2008, 04:29 PM
There are more mordheim players than lotr players, atleast here.
lotr is a fun game in smaller scale than fantasy, the rules are less complicated but more involved, ie no modifiers, just as silver says model A vs model B rather than unit A vs unit B but that can add to it rather than take away.
You wont find many players at a store but if you can get a mate involved you're well away :)
Hope this helps
E

Your Conscience
30-10-2008, 11:56 AM
I agree with wat has been said above i personally have played LOTR but i never really likede it. In small games it is really good but when you get to bigger points games it is really borning and pointless IMO. Also i think that it is easier to cheat in said game and if you have a special character aka aragon you are more likely to win most fights easily becuase they are all seperate combats and therefore you can just keep declaring heroic moves and im using a might point to wn the fight and if you dnt keep track of them they your opponenet might "forget" they have used a point of might. Finally most of the LOTR players are children as well where i am from and i despise LOTR because of what it has done to the specialist gamesbring back BB into the stores!

Carrelio
01-11-2008, 12:59 AM
If I were you, I'd actually buy two small forces, maybe 1 or 2 boxed sets of different armies. This way, you almost aways have competition. Just walk into your local games workshop and ask, who wants to play LOTR? Someone is bound to say sure, and because you've got the two armies, you'll always have an opponent.

This is just what I would do, other people might think it was a bit weird...?

Eodred
01-11-2008, 03:08 AM
If I were you, I'd actually buy two small forces, maybe 1 or 2 boxed sets of different armies. This way, you almost aways have competition. Just walk into your local games workshop and ask, who wants to play LOTR? Someone is bound to say sure, and because you've got the two armies, you'll always have an opponent.

This is just what I would do, other people might think it was a bit weird...?


No its not weird, I always did that, and always got a game till people stopped playing me :(
Tis good advice, its a shame that they don't sell the TT boxed set anymore, it gave you 2 useable armies, ahwell.
My advice is two armies of points heavy plastic models, those are the cheapest to do :)
For example Rohan and Isengard, both don't need as many models to form a game sized army as say Minas Tirth or Harad.
I would say if you're going to get two armies get 1 good and 1 evil, it fits in much better with the background and even the play style :)
Hope this helps
E

Marticus
01-11-2008, 11:03 AM
the advice of e is wise..... the sets for lotr are cheaper and u get more moneys worth then the other game systems. and rohan are great :)