Autumn over at the CotR Discord announced in the fine Hobbit birthday tradition that she will give away an alternate art set of Across the Ettenmoors. You can enter the drawing via this entry form. A lucky community member will be randomly drawn sometime next week.
Update Nov. 25, 2021
Autumn announced the winner and it is Discord user Zoomiewoop!
She also shared the images for the alt art encounter set if anyone wants to print their own copy.
Sorry everyone no review this week. The Podcast is taking the week off. I’d get a one of the reviews submitted as part of the last contest, but I’ve been under the weather the last couple of days. There will be 2 playthrough posts on Thursday. Please check back then!
It’s been a long time coming and a year in planning, but Card Talk was able to hand out its 2021 swag to folks at Con of the Rings this weekend. If you weren’t at the Con, you can expect to get Swag soon as I start sending it out. Domestic patrons’ swag (to the US) will go out first, then international deliveries afterward. I am hoping to have everyone’s swag sent by the week’s end. But before I get to far into the reveal, I have to thank the patrons of Card Talk. Without their generosity, it would be very hard to continually provide content. If you ever thought of becoming a patron, please visit HERE. There are several levels for you to choose from and we like to give out swag to all levels.
The idea for this year’s swag came from the communities love of alternate art cards. But, I also wanted to make sure that I honor the game and the developers by giving out something that everyone has access to, and I wanted to make sure it wasn’t done before. Enter Journey Along the Anduin.
This is only one of three quests that I can guarantee every member of the community has played and owns. Also, with iconic enemies like the Hill Troll and Chieftain Ufthak, maybe an update was warranted. Lastly, it’s a quest that I play multiple times a year to deck test so having a copy of the scenario that is prebuilt makes all the sense in the world to me. To see a video of the cards, click HERE.
This whole thing would not have been possible without the hard work of a member of the community, Maarten. When he originally signed on to the job, I’m sure he didn’t know all that would go into it. He did all the graphic art “stuff” for the deck. He created the frames from 2-Player starter so that we could get expanded art into the game. He took all the art I found and put it on the card. He added all the text. He did not complain. He is a champion. Thank you, Maarten.
There are a few details that must get a shout out as well. First, I wanted this set to have its own encounter symbol. I reached out to Amy Alyse Kell and she was able to come up with “Podcasting Gollum” to use as the encounter set icon. And I love it. I loved it so much that I decided to use it on this years poker chip. And, I have decided to make the poker chip the Card Talk “thing” for patrons who contribute at the Citadel Custodian level. The chip will be different every year. And I always like to give folks at least a little token of appreciation for their contribution to Card Talk.
I also wanted a back to the card that screams encounter set. The traditional Card Talk logo is to bright and familiar to be used as an encounter card balk. Of course, the official card backs from FFG are copyrighted so they couldn’t be used. Fortunately, Amy was able to design a card back for us as well. The card back turned out sharp and provided the exact tone that the cards need to have as encounter cards.
So. it is with great humility and a sense of pride that I present our patrons with this swag. Thank you!
Hello everyone, just a quick announcement. Instead of a card review this week and written playthrough Dave and I will be posting reflections and recaps of Con of the Rings and Can’t of the Rings, respectively. Dave’s reflections will be available Tuesday Oct. 5th. My recap of Can’t of the Rings will take the place of the written playthrough on Thursday the 7th.
The Card Talk Blog is proud to announce its first contest! We’re giving a lucky community member a physical copy of the fan made deluxe, Children of Eorl. Also, everyone that participates will receive a custom token similar to those received by Card Talk’s Citadel Custodian patrons.
How to Enter
Sorry the contest is closed!
How long does the ring rating and reasoning for it need to be?
3-5 sentences or 75-100 words is recommended, but there is no minimum length. As long as a person provides rating of 1 – 10 and at least 1 reason is given for it, they’ll be entered in the contest. That said, longer and more well written entries can be considered for inclusion in future card reviews on the blog (with submitter’s consent).
How long do I have to enter?
The contest will end on September 20, 2021 at noon CST.
This is to allow sufficient shipping time the cards could arrive before Con of the Rings 2021.
How do I know if I’ve won or lost?
The winner will be contacted via the email address provided in the contest form.
An announcement will also be made on the blog after September 20th.
Are there any restrictions on who can enter?
The only restriction is the regular Card Talk podcast hosts are not eligible for entry. Otherwise, it is open to anyone worldwide. Current Card Talk Blog contributors as of August 23rd (not me) are automatically entered in the contest.
What if I want to write a full review for publication on the blog but can’t do so before September 20th?
Submit your ring rating to be entered in the contest at least. The contest form will allow you to edit your entry later if you can submit it by the 20th.
You can also contact us at cardtalk2018(at)gmail.com, the Card Talk Facebook page, or Patreon.
Card Talk proudly announces a companion blog to its premiere video and audio podcast! The blog will feature written card reviews to accompany the podcast episodes. It also can be your Card Talk hub with links to each episodes, playthrough, interviews, and events. Many are already linked on the site with more being added all the time.
Live Trivia Event
Today at 4 pm EST / 8 pm GMT there will be a trivia livestream. It will feature community members competing for a pile of LOTR LCG prizes. Come watch and cheer on your fellow players!
Guides and Upcoming Posts
The site has Dave’s New Player Guide and Grant’s Keyword Guide available right now. The first card review will be released here on Tuesday simultaneously with the new Card Talk episode. I will also be posting written playthroughs every Wednesday and Friday. While the site doesn’t much content yet, we will be ramping up before long. We also have a couple community contributors working on card reviews for cards already featured on the podcast. Stay tuned in the weeks ahead for those as well!