Path Less Traveled

Due to the amount of time between print runs, it can be impossible for new players to buy expansions in release order. But The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game has a lot of content to choose from; is it really necessary to play each expansion in order? New players often find themselves wanting to buy expansions based on current availability, or even to cherry-pick expansions based on the player cards.

But which new expansions would make a good second purchase after the Core Set? Are modern quests too hard with a small card pool?

I answer these sorts of questions in Path Less Traveled by playing some of the newer quests as if I were starting out fresh, with nothing but a single Core Set and a modern expansion.

Read more about the structure and purpose of the series here.

Paths I’ve traveled so far

The Black Riders

The Takeaway: My #1 recommendation for players playing out of order. Moderate difficulty curve, powerful and versatile player cards.

The Lost Realm

The Takeaway: Great for players looking for a big challenge, but most players will want to purchase more expansions before taking this one on.

The Grey Havens

The Takeaway: Great for players who enjoy nuance and combos. The difficulty curve is fine, but the player cards and quests can both be complex, especially for new players.

The Sands of Harad