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    Avatar photoIvan Sorensen

    For gaming in Middle Earth,what rules have you used OTHER than the GW ones?
    Skirmish or big battle?
    The known heroes or your own gits?

    (I should clarify, I adore the GW LOTR game, just curious what other people have done too)

    Avatar photoMike Headden

    I’ve used Warmaster to do big battle stuff from LotR.

    I’m slowly (very, very slowly!) creating a Haradrim Army based on the Lizardman Warmaster Army List. Mumakil instead of Stegadons, one of the Ring-Wraiths rather than a Slann Mage-Priest, armoured knightly types as Raptor Riders, Ogre/ Troll types instead of Kroxigors and so on.

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    Avatar photoAlex Bates

    I’ve only used the GW rules, but I haven’t done much LoTR gaming other than a brief flirtation with MERP in High School.

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    Avatar photoPiyan Glupak

    I have used Hordes of the Things, and to a lesser extent, DBA for massed battles.  I don’t know why, but on the whole I liked the feel of HotT better, although I tended not to use too many fantasy specific troop types.  For instance, if Gandalf didn’t do any major magic against the enemy army he didn’t count as a magician.  On the other hand, I have used the WADBAG house-rule ‘Brutes’ (permanently double-based warband for 3 points) for Ents.

    For skirmishes I have used my own skirmish set ‘Wilderland’.  (I believe that ‘Wilderland’ used to be on the free wargames rules site; it was certainly on my website when I had it.)

    Avatar photoRhoderic

    For skirmishes I have used my own skirmish set ‘Wilderland’. (I believe that ‘Wilderland’ used to be on the free wargames rules site; it was certainly on my website when I had it.)

    I haven’t heard of it before, but I just have to say, “Wilderland” is an excellent name for a Tolkien legendarium skirmish game 

    Avatar photoBlackhat

    I’ve had some good games using Kings of War and the lists that are free on the web…



    Avatar photoIvan Sorensen

    Piyan – I always liked HOTT better than DBx, felt a bit less “stuffy” maybe?

    Avatar photoPaul

    Ah, MERP. Many an hour was spent in high school consulting critical tables. MERP gets a bad rap about being complicated, but that is a really undeserved reputation. Always wanted to GM a raid on the tower of Cirith Ungol. ICE really did some fantastic supplements (Cirith Ungol and Angmar: Land of the Witch King were my favourites).

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    Avatar photoIvan Sorensen

    Yeah, MERP was awesome.
    From what I’ve read, it was the second best-selling game of its time (after D&D) but the way kids go on nowadays, you’d think it was literally written in Elvish.

    Avatar photoMartinR

    Back in the day,  the old Skytrex  Middle Earth rules (with the original Minifigs  figures)  and more recently ,  HoTT .  All the Armies were “historical” .

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    Avatar photoMaff Sparkes

    SELWG rules for me too and the minifigs. More rccently I’m thinkng Dragon Rampant.

    I never really tried HOTT though. And yes Wilderlands is a great LOTR title

    Avatar photocraig cartmell

    I have been using my own Blood Eagle rules which seem to suit the skirmish nature of many LotR encounters very well.

    For figures I am using the GW ones as I have a shed load of them (I bought them bed=fore I read the rules).

    I am looking to build a Chamber of Mazarbul set to use as a participation game at shows.

    Avatar photoMaff Sparkes

    Goes to show that a good range of rules work for LOTR. I think the key point is to get the ability of say aragorn and faramir to fight on when hope is gone and hold their force together in the face of darkness but for Boromir (and possibly Eomer) to simply go down fighting.

    The GW rules did that quite well I thought because tough as Aragorn was, he couldn’t be everywhere and while Boromir had a huge supply of might, sooner or later he’d run out of it……


    I have played GW LOTR for years. But often overlooked is the Hero Clix sets. In fact, the Hobbit sets even have campaign rules.http://heroclix.com/category/heroclix/lord-of-the-rings/

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    I love the Hobbit sets from the movies for HeroClix https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgameexpansion/155588/heroclix-hobbit-unexpected-journey

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    Avatar photoIvan Sorensen

    Maybe this is going to sound dumb, but I:

    A: Never knew there was a Clix Hobbit game
    B: Have never played a Clix game.

    What’s it play like?

    Avatar photoirishserb

    Actually, I’m kind of curious what rules I played myself.  The only LOTR games I’ve played, were a couple of role-playing games in the mid 1980s.  The games used a published set of RP rules (targeting LOTR, though may not have been meant exclusively for that), and though I was aware of them, I never saw them in our local stores.  The games I played used miniatures and involved a lot of skirmishing.  Anyone know what they might have been circa 1984-1986?

    Avatar photoIvan Sorensen

    If it was officially licensed, there was only MERP (Middle Earth Role Play) from ICE at that time.

    The next licensed game was the Decipher one and that’s post-films.

    However, that wasn’t really mini’s oriented, so could have been something else?

    Avatar photoBaz Baziah

    I have used ICE’s War Lore to play middle earth battles


    But have mainly used DBM rules with army lists from here


    I’m now looking to use Impetus rules for the same.


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