|Can You Survive The Massing at Osgiliath?
The Massing at Osgiliath scenario for The Lord of the Rings is now on sale!
|The Lord of the Rings - Print on Demand | Published 21 September 2011|
“What of Cair Andros?” said the Prince. “That, too, must be held if Osgiliath is defended. Let us not forget the danger on our left. The Rohirrim may come, and they may not. But Faramir has told us of great strength drawing ever to the Black Gate. More than one host may issue from it, and strike for more than one passage.”
–The Return of the King
In The Massing at Osgiliath, players attempt to steer the heroes of Middle-earth past Orcish scouts, wargs, and Wainriders. They carry dire news which must get through to Minas Tirith: the war hosts of Mordor have taken Osgiliath and mass to march upon the White City!
A unique challenge
The Massing at Osgiliath originally ran at Gen Con Indy 2011 as a special event, allowing attendees to embark upon a unique and harrowing run from Mordor’s vanguard. Now, we’re making this special scenario for The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game available to the public through Print on Demand.
Scouts at the ruins of Osgiliath have made a terrifying discovery: Sauron has secretly maneuvered a large army onto Gondor’s doorstep and now threatens to overthrow it. Minas Tirith may fall unless a few brave heroes can cross the Anduin and carry warnings.
You assume the role of one of these brave messengers. The Massing at Osgiliath immerses you in the thrills and perils of Middle-earth with a four-part quest and complete encounter deck. You’ll have to make your way through vital locations on both sides of the Anduin, and fight hordes of new enemies, including the most terrifying foe at the Dark Lord’s disposal, the Witch-king of Angmar!
The hosts of Mordor have arrived
Order The Massing at Osgiliath from our webstore today to see for yourself why the men of Gondor trembled in the Witch-king’s presence!
Note: Due to variations in printing, cards from this Print on Demand scenario may differ subtly in appearance and texture from Core Set cards. For this reason, The Massing at Osgiliath features a wholly self-contained scenario, including a complete encounter deck built from a single encounter set.
The Lord of the Rings – Print on Demand scenarios are challenging standalone scenarios for The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game that originally ran as special events at Gen Con Indy. They immerse 1-4 players in the thrills and perils of Middle-earth as their heroes undertake daring quests that pit them against some of the deadliest villains in Middle-earth.
I think the PoD products are nice. While they don't have the "linen" finish that the "regular" cards do, I sleeve my cards and because of that, no one would even know the difference.
Gotta love the people who couldn't wait a month and bought this on eBay for a hundred bucks :)
The issue with a difference of quality between the cards is that some players would intentionally not sleeve their cards, so they could more easily gauge which card is on top of their deck. This might even influence shuffling, since you might be able to tell, at a glance, which card is a POD card. I'm probably overstating the issue, but it just introduces a troublesome meta-element into the game.
Additionally, LCGs seem to me to be the least likely candidate for POD. Each LCG is already getting a 60-card new content infusion every month, at the lower prices offered by full production.
I think additional POD content would turn me off of LCGs.
A print on demand service will always cost more per unit that a full scale production run. Mass producing a product is just cheaper than producing single units. PoD services are great for scenario based games and products that can't support full scale productions runs, but I still don't understand why one would push for them in LCGs that enjoy monthly support.
cant wait for my order to arrive :)
I dont get the price point. For the same price as a monthly expansion pack you get less cards and a lower quality to boot. if I wasnt such a completist I'd struggle to justify buying this
I almost missed the announcement due to the awkward icon not being Gandalf and thus not triggering the "OH! Lotr! GIEF!!!" response.
Nothing sleeving your deck would not fix and most serious card game players sleeve their decks.
Given the difference in card quality, I don't think any of the other LCGs could support PoD products. It's only the fact that the encounter deck is composed entirely of PoD cards that makes this format viable for Lord of the Rings.
Great to see LCG print-on-demand!
Now if only some arrangements can be made for other LCGs to have their own PoD releases! :D
I already ordered mine. I can't wait!
Also, the Witch King isn't worth any Victory Points? That's crazy.
Looks great! And insanely difficult too >_>;