The Digital LCG One Week In

Derek here. I posted these on the Steam forums for FFI and thought I’d post them here as well for those interested. What do y’all think about the video game adaptation so far?

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I post now my thoughts on early access so far after a week of play. While I’ve only logged about as many hours as some of you did on day one, I thought it important chime in on behalf of the casual/tabletop-experienced/super-handsome crowd. This is mostly just anecdotes; not a lot of bugs to report or specific card changes to suggest. My issues lie mostly with UI/UX. It feels quite clunky compared to other digital card games, but I’ll get into that later.

Tl;dr I love it so far and think it captures the vibe of the tabletop, despite a few minor issues.

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64 – Book Club XXII – Debate at the Gate

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Dan, Derek and Matthew discuss the new digital Living Card Game and spend some time cracking into The Last Debate and The Black Gate Opens, as we finish book 5 in our book club!

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63 – Book Club XXI – Pyres & Healing

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Dan, Derek, and Ian keep the book club chugging along as we have a look at the aftermath of the great battle: The Pyre of Denethor and The Houses of Healing are coming up!

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Vardaen: “Lossarnach Carrier is based on the idea of a market and merchant traveling around Gondor. “

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Vardaen: “Instead of just another feint like card this one stops EVERYONE from fighting, both the good guys and the bad guys. However because Gandalf has to take time away from the front gate (and the Witch King) troubles are happening elsewhere, hence the Doom. Leadership because while tactics would seem to make sense, its really the power of Gandalf’s presence that stops the bloodshed not his combat prowess.”

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Vardaen: “Medicine More Than Tears is something based on Pippin’s actions to try and save Faramir from Denethor.”

 

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Philip says: “Estel Edain”

“I love the image of Aragorn as the Renewer. Aragorn’s popular legitimacy comes from the fulfillment of folk wisdom, which provides a glimpse of the unseen Author of this tale (like at the end of The Hobbit, when the rivers of Lake-town run with gold, and Gandalf asks why the prophecies should not prove true). I wanted a card that reflected both physical and a deeper healing. I thought Spirit was the best sphere for a Renewer attachment, and the non-healing effects all fit well in Spirit.”

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62 – Book Club XX – To Battle!

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The full Grey Company (!!) takes on The Siege of Gondor, The Ride of the Rohirrim, and The Battle of the Pelennor Fields! We talk bravery, World Wars, and cards.

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We didn’t get to talk about them on the show, but here are some awesome custom cards with commentary by Phil:

Grimbold led one of the first three éoreds during the charge of the Rohirrim, together with Éomer and Elfhelm. He is the only man of Rohan mentioned in the list of the dead at the end of Chapter 6, before the song of the Mounds of Mundburg. In the song, he is the only rider of Rohan, except for King Théoden, who is given a description: doughty, meaning fearless. Unfinished Tales recounts how he fought in both battles of the Fords of Isen, where he fought off those who had mortally wounded Theodred and delayed Saruman’s advance into Rohan. After successfully retreating with most of his men, he was sent by Gandalf to join Erkenbrand, so he may have participated in the charge at the end of the Battle of the Hornburg. I’m confident that he’s the most significant Rohan character from LotR to have not yet appeared in hero form. My version of Grimbold has two willpower because the ally version has two willpower. His ability is inspired by his bold counterattack when he saw Theodred near death.

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Húrin the Tall, Warden of the Keys, participated in the sortie from Minas Tirith during the Battle of the Pelennor Fields. He is mentioned together with Prince Imrahil, Hirluin, and Forlong as coming to the aid of Éomer, who was surrounded by enemies. He was left in command of the men of Gondor in Minas Tirith when Aragorn and Imrahil marched to the Black Gate and Faramir was in the Houses of Healing, and together with Faramir he led the procession at King Elessar’s coronation. I wanted him to synergize with Gondor’s focus on resources, and, based on his flavour text, to boost Gondor allies. Like Heir of Mardil, he can lead players to make interesting decisions about when to use Steward of Gondor (or cards like Errand Rider or Wealth of Gondor).

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Much of The Siege of Gondor is focused on the fencing match of wills between Gandalf and Denethor. I wanted to give Gandalf a counterpart to Steward of Gondor, since he tells Denethor “I also am a steward” (in chapter 1). The focus on new traits fits with Gandalf going to many places to encourage the various free peoples to prepare for war, and fits with the mission of the Istari as described in Appendix B: they “were messengers sent to contest the power of Sauron, and to unite all those who had the will to resist him.”Steward-of-Hope-Front-Face

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61 – Book Club XIX – Minas Tirith

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Dan, Derek, and special guest John (Peace & Thought) talk the first three chapters of Return of the King! We also get into some exclusive news about Con of the Rings. Derek has microphone issues (sorry)!

Custom Cards from the Secondhand Took:

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60 – Book Club XVIII – Shelob

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Dan, Derek, and Ian continue the book club! This time we finish up Two Towers, discussing Journey to the Cross-roads, The Stairs of Cirith-Ungol, Shelob’s Lair, and the Choices of Master Samwise.

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