I may have said before that that one of my favourite games of all time is War of the Ring, and yet it’s not often I get an opportunity to get this beast on a table and immerse myself in all its crackly thematic goodness. However, every time I do, it’s an event that makes me wish I had the time to play it more often and explore its strategies and subtleties. The hours fly by, but I flounder about like a blind fish in Gollum’s slippery hands trying to sucessfully exploit all the rules crammed into my head. Luckily, my usual opponent is Will, who is equally inept—so we manage to cancel each other out somewhat in that respect.
Well, that probably doesn’t strike you as the ideal subject for an entertaining fifteen-minute video. I’ll let you be the judge, should you wish to view this actual play session—condensed from the original four-plus hours of course—between my gaming buddy Will and I during his recent visit to the shores of
Middle-earth New Zealand.
Witness the highs! The lows! The rules errors! The general sense of clueless blundering about! Well, it may not be a master class in how to play this classic game, but it does show you how much fun can be had.
Why not share your War of the Ring experiences in the comments below. Do you find it difficult to recall the rules after a break? Are my reference sheets useful? Or are you an experienced, confident player with armies, companions and time-tested ingenious strategies at your effortless command? Tell us all about your adventures conquering—or saving—Middle-earth!