Show #19: Lord of the Rings Extravaganza

It is HERE! Our much-anticipated Lord of the Rings Extravaganza episode! Well...much-anticipated by US, anyway. As always, we start things off right on this "whole-number episode" opening up a Dusty Old Box, although in this case it is more accurately described as a Dusty Old THING.

After the Dusty Old Box segment, we launch into our LOTR Extravaganza, starting with a couple games from the early 1980s, then one from the mid-90s, and finishing off with a couple more recent releases. Our angle on this comparison is focused on how well we think each game embodies the LOTR theme. Our opinions range from one extreme to the other, so we hope you enjoy listening to what we think of them. We end this episode with a return of our segment "Mark's Personal Gaming Trivia", in which Mark describes an old gaming-group slang term that sounds so much more violent than it actually is.

We'd love to hear how your experiences compare with our opinions of these LOTR games, so please post a comment to this blog entry (at or, or send us an email at!

  • 00:00:00 Prelude
  • 00:01:44 Dusty Old Box
  • 00:10:21 Fellowship of the Ring
  • 00:20:26 The Lonely Mountain
  • 00:27:18 LOTR: The Search
  • 00:41:41 Reiner Knizia's LOTR
  • 00:50:41 War of the Ring
  • 01:13:08 Wrap-up and Conclusions
  • 01:14:46 Mark's Personal Gaming Trivia
  • 01:18:20 Signoff

Stay tuned for Show 19.5 --our session report on one of these LOTR games-- coming soon.

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