Newbie: Which Books?

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Newbie: Which Books?

Post by Jonathan » Sat Dec 16, 2006 3:57 am

Which books are recommended for a newbie with a few Challenge decks?  I have 3333 (Wizards Companion), but not the Players Guide (3334), the maps (3338), the Casual Companion (3340) or the Mastering Middle Earth.  Are any of those worth hunting down before just dinking around for a while?


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Post by Sauron_the_Great » Sat Dec 16, 2006 11:33 am

If you can get your hands on "Mastering Middle-Earth", grab it. Although it mentions only the The Wizards, The Dragons and Dark Minions, it's quite useful for learning the basic game mechanisms...such as: which sites to use, which hazard-deck works best with a given resource-deck. It also features a huge list of sample decks, which are built around a given theme.

The Player's Guide is useful, if you just need to quick research what a specific card  is not that useful, since it only refers to The Wizards with a coming expansion "The Dragons", so do not expect to many tricks which will still work nowadays. Also, it doesn't have any errata in it, (like Thorough Search...)

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Post by Jonathan » Sat Dec 16, 2006 9:14 pm

Thank you.  I am a bit unclear on the contents of the Challenge decks.  Do they include Dark Minions or Dragon cards?  If not, does that mean only the companion and the players guide will be useful?

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Post by ordagnir » Sat Dec 16, 2006 10:18 pm

the challenge-decks contains cards from all sets (save balrog). The guide book will therefore not cover all the cards. But you will get details and tips of use (perhaps a bit obsolate) for many of the cards.
I also think "Mastering Middle-Earth" is the one of the mentioned books that is worth chasing.

Best option in my opinion to get into the game is to find someone who can teach you the game IRL or simply play and learn and hang around here for tips and ideas, and not hesitate to ask.


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Post by Gwaihir » Sun Dec 17, 2006 12:52 pm

Welcome to, Jonathan :). I've never actually read Mastering Middle-earth (just browsed a bit), so I can't really speak about that one. Beside that, I'd personally go for (way) more cards first, starting with the remaining challenge decks. IMHO having more cards opens the game up way more than any book can do for you.

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Post by Jonathan » Mon Dec 18, 2006 4:37 am

Thanks to everyone.  I got the 10 Challenge Deck box, so it might take a while to get through them & understand the game before I start deckbuilding.  I'm in Seattle, if people are looking for newbies to beat up on.

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