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Fun LOTR theme with a Quarriors game mechanic
on June 24, 2015
If you like Quarriors, dice games in general, and Lord of the Rings then this game is right up your alley. If you are unfamiliar with Quarriors then this game has a fairly steep learning curve. If you are familiar with Quarriors then you will understand the basic game mechanics but still need to learn about 2/3 of the differing game mechanics and nuances.
I myself am a big fan of Quarriors and own all expansions so I thought this would be a fun twist. I do recommend the game but should point out several pros and cons.
-Uses basic Quarriors game mechanics, so if you are familiar with the Quarriors series you already know about 1/3 of the rules
-Co-op with an ending human winner. There are many co-op games hitting the shelves these days which I feel is great, but this is the first that I have encountered where it is both co-op but also competitive between the human players at the same time.
-Lord of the Rings... Enough said.
-A lot of randomness between the artifacts and characters which will be used each time you play. You will likely never play the same combination of cards twice.
-Overall high quality game items. The only caveat which is also true for the Quarriors games is the paint on the dice can be a bit off. However, each die has each face shown on its corresponding card so there is always a reference if needed.
-Jumbled rule book makes reading and understanding the rules a bit complicated
-There are a lot of phases for each turn and it can be easy to go out of sequence or forget a step. It helps on the player mats that the steps are paraphrased but several phases have extra fine details which are easy to overlook.
-Steep learning curve, especially if you have never played Quarriors
Overall I feel if you like dice games and LoTR the pros of the game outweigh the cons. So far I have never played a game in an hour or less so if you are looking for a fast game this is probably not going to be it. If you are looking to have a good time with friends or family and have some time to kill this is a great option.