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Lord of the Rings Lcg: The Black Riders Expansion [Toy]

Fantasy Flight Games
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20 Nov 2013 Lord of the Rings Lcg
The Black Riders Saga Expansion for The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game allows players to face new challenges in three scenarios drawn directly from the early chapters of The Fellowship of the Ring. Hide from Nazgûl, meet new Hobbits, and confront the lure of the One Ring! New Boon and Burden cards ensure your actions have consequences, while a new Easy Mode allows you to tailor the game to your individual play style and skill level

Product Features

  • Three new scenarios play independently or combine in Campaign Mode
  • Optional Easy Mode presents a new level of accessibility for casual players
  • Boon and Burden cards ensure your actions have consequences
  • Ages 14 +
  • 2 players

Product details

  • Toy
  • Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games; Gmc Crds edition (20 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161661708X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616617080
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 10.2 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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  • Warning: Not suitable for children under 36 months

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165 x cards

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Adding some great new player cards to the game not to mention the start of what could prove to be the best quest line FFG have given us. Hours of replay-ability means that I wont get bored of this. The cards included are very much Hobbit based and I can see Hobbit decks becoming very popular over the next year or so (so happy to see a Fatty Bolger hero card!). A great single player game that just gets even better with friends. Can't wait to see what they do with the rest of the Lord Of The Rings Saga!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Take a trip inside one of the best fantasy novels ever written 27 Oct 2013
By hilldargo - Published on Amazon.com
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Durability: 3.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 3.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The Black Riders is a Saga Expansion for The Lord of The Rings: The Card Game, which is a Living Card Game by Fantasy Flight Games. Inside the box you will find 3 new quests based upon Frodo and Co.'s adventures from the first half of The Fellowship of the Rings, as well as new player cards and 5 new heroes to build decks around. All of the new heroes are Hobbits, and we are given a bevy of player cards to help them on their journey from The Shire to Rivendell. Most of the player cards play off the Hobbit keyword, providing a lot of synergy for a trait that has otherwise seen very little from previous expansions, but that's not to say that there aren't cards that will be able to fit in other decks. One example of that is the card Elf-Stone, which is arguably the best card in the set. For one Lore resource, you can attach it to a location. Said location gets +1 quest point, and once it is explored, you can put any ally in your hand into play.

The quests themselves ooze with theme, and there are many times where you can feel the tenseness of what Frodo and Co. were going through, hiding from the Black Riders, fighting off the Witch King from Weathertop, and the race against time to save Frodo and escaping the Nazgul in the Flight to the Ford. You can tell the designers really care about the source material, which makes the quests all the more enjoyable.

The designers at FFG take feedback from fans of the game really well, and have introduced two new modes of play for the game. Campaign Mode is intended for those who wish to play all of the quests from the Lord of the Rings Saga Expansions with the same heroes, in order. Depending on what decisions you make during each quest, a Boon or a Burden is added to either your deck or the encounter deck for the rest of the campaign. I like the idea, as it makes seemingly small decisions have a huge effect on future quests, but it is hard to say how successful the execution of this idea will be until the last Saga Expansion. Although Easy Mode was introduced a few months ago, I am including this as a new mode because the cards are now officially marked as to what constitutes Standard Mode and Easy Mode.

Overall, this is a great addition to the game, and very deserving of the 5 stars I have given it. The designers have really set the bar high for the future expansions, and hopefully they stand up to that high standard.
NOTE: You need a copy of The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game Core Set to play this expansion.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great hobbit cards, mildly difficult & heavily themed ringwraith quests! 24 Mar 2014
By A. Lee - Published on Amazon.com
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I am one of those players who wasn't quite sure which expansions to get started with because there are so many...
I bought this one looking for some good player cards to keep and use for all other games I may play. This expansion overall provided good hobbit heroes and hobbit cards which are great for use in your other games (if you make a hobbit deck), and maybe like one card which could be used for non-hobbit decks.

I absolutely love the three nazgul quests in this expansion, because the theme is really good and you can just see scenes from either the movie or book happening right before your eyes. The unfortunate thing about this expansion is that because it is a saga expansion, its standalone gaming value is diminished. It's not one of those quests where I would just play one game. I would play this only if I was planning on playing all three, but that's just me. There are a good number of cards that add to the experience of the quests and effect how the next quest will be played... but are totally useless unless you are planning on playing the next quest. (And of course, when you finish quest three of the campaign you have no where to continue since the other expansion has yet to come out - but will in a couple weeks...) I haven't tried playing this as a non-campaign, but I would imagine it's not as good due to the 10-12 cards that really add amazing theme to the campaign.

Overall, I'm glad I bought it as a starter expansion. If you buy it just don't plan on gaining cards that really help out much with non hobbit decks!
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT EXPANSION 7 Feb 2014
By Mark Starr - Published on Amazon.com
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For those into LOR CCG this will be a welcome addition - and necessary for enjoyment of the game! The core is OK however you really need to get involved with a GOOD expansion set to get the full flavor of the game. Black Riders is one, the Hobbit another...just to imerse yourself into the novels. All are wonderful and I look forward to the next edition of this saga!

This is an edit from my original comments.. I think this is one of the MUST HAVE expansions to the game !!! It is fair but more importantly BALANCED ! You can have fun by youself (solo) or with others. The object of the whole series of FFG Living Card Games is not to win but rather have fun! This expansion set will literally provide years of entertainment.

Quest 1 (a)(b) is a piece of cake.. you will think you have the game licked UNTIL quest 2 ! Then you'll get yor butt kicked if not careful. Those Black Riders are everywhere and against some little Hobbits the end results can be quite interesting! Myy advive.. while tempting to use your cards to make progress in quest 1 (a) (b) I would suggest you hord any and everything (assets) to get ready for the on slaght in quest 2...you'll need them, and then some.

Why do I take the time to write this? Because I want new playeers to experience of turning off the TV, sitting alone or with others and enjoy something non-digital. Really my friends the whole series of LOR, FFG exercises your mind, takes some mental apptitude and NOT for children! You can say it's a hobby in it's own right just as it is.

Again.. FFG has produced a wonderful product, they support what they sell and like other LOR games I hope this one will arounnd for a VERY long time!
6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Saga box 27 Oct 2013
By NIKOLAOS PESMATZOGLOU - Published on Amazon.com
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I think this goes to be one of the best saga boxes FFG have ever released for this game. They player and encounter cards are great, the quests are difficult but not unbeatable and players can feel even the terror of being hunted by Nazguls ...

For those who like Living card game and especially the LoTR CG , it should be a definitely purchase
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its awsome! 27 Mar 2014
By Benjamin - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a fan of the movies and games, this is not vere much diffrent from that!
I do however find it iratable that it cant realy be played without core pack..
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