Card Talk Blog’s 1st Anniversary!

July marks the first anniversary of the blog! My first card review, Followed, premiered on July 13th. Since then we’ve had over 14,000 visitors and 32,000 views. Thank you everyone that has visited and take the time to read some card reviews or written playthroughs. In celebration of this milestone, there will be extra content every weekday this month. There will be extra card reviews from community members and written playthroughs. The playthroughs will continue my saga of playing the cycle quests in The Against the Shadow cycle and maybe even getting into Ringmaker. Thanks again everyone for making this blog a success and I hope you continue to enjoy it!

Card Talk Interviews with Caleb Grace and Tyler Parrot Available en Español

Las Cartas de Poder podcast has translated Card Talk’s most recent designer interviews into Spanish! You can find their podcast here. See below for links to translated interviews.

¡Las Cartas de Poder podcast ha traducido al español las entrevistas más recientes con diseñadores de Card Talk! Puedes encontrar su podcast aquí. Vea a continuación los enlaces a las entrevistas traducidas.

New Player February Extraganza!

Card Talk every year in February features a particular topic and special content. This year in honor the revised core set it is New Player February. The podcast will feature a series of episodes on deckbuilding for those just jumping into the game with revised core set. The blog will be reviewing core set cards already reviewed on the podcast on Tuesdays. We’ll also have extra special content including a series of posts on core set combos and card reviews from community members! Check early and often for all the special posts!

Autumn’s Across the Ettenmoors Alt Art Encounter Set Giveaway

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.

Disclaimer: This is not a Card Talk giveaway or contest. Autumn is doing this out of her own generosity. This is solely to help spread the word.


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.

This is what the chip looks like with “Podcasting Gollum.” Amazing!
A picture of the card backs. They are gorgeous!!!

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!

Upcoming Posts Oct 5th & 7th

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.

Rate a Card to Win Some Cards Contest!

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), the Card Talk Facebook page, or Patreon.

Contest Form