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Card Talk

312 EpisodesProduced by Dave walsh & Grant ThompsonWebsite

Dave Walsh, Grant Thompson and Ted Banach spend a few minutes each podcast discussing the cards from Lord of the Rings: The Card Game by Fantasy Flight Games.

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Common Cause

February 14th, 2024


This card loses a lot of luster when you read it. So, just don't read it!

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Thicket of Spears

January 31st, 2024


Is this a card that's not very good, or does it have some use that we are missing? Check out the blog! Become a patron!

Forest Snare

January 24th, 2024


The OG trap, before traps were a thing! Also, check out our Core Combo highlighting the Forest Snare and Son of Arnor

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Rain of Arrows

January 17th, 2024


What do you think of this card? We don't really like it much.

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Lorien Guide

January 10th, 2024


The Lorien Guide is an interesting card and it's place in the card pool is really not settled. Some love it, some don't. Where do you fall?

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Dwarven Axe

November 22nd, 2023


I can see myself using this card!!! (I never knew!)

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Miner of the Iron Hills

October 24th, 2023


The OG in condition removal... unless you are just going to cancel it outright. Then A Test of Will is the OG.

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Blade of Gondolin

October 11th, 2023


Pseudo questing attachment? Yes, please!

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A Light in the Dark

September 27th, 2023


A Light in the Dark? It seems more like a Dark in the Dark.

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Ever Vigilant

September 20th, 2023


Not so bad, even out of the Core Set.

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Will of the West

September 12th, 2023


The Will of the West is not quite the Will of the Best.

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Daughter of the Nimrodel

September 6th, 2023


All healing is good, right? Right? RIGHT??!?!?

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Ally Beorn

August 30th, 2023


This bear is one of the biggest impact allies in the core set!

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Silverlode Archer

August 22nd, 2023


If bland and over-costed was a card, this would be it.

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Veteran Axehand

July 26th, 2023


We say "Ice, Ice, Baby" because this is Vanilla Dwarf.

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Wandering Took

July 18th, 2023


What do you think of the Wandering Took?

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Son of Arnor

July 11th, 2023


Watch out everyone! The Son of Arnor is in the house! Along with whatever it.s going to pull into my play area!

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Stand and Fight

June 20th, 2023


One of the top five "X" cost cards in the game! And no one can argue with that.

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Blade Mastery

June 13th, 2023


The show holds the record for the least number of card overlays in the final edit, I think.

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Gandalf's Search

May 30th, 2023


What is there to say about this card? Well, you'll have to listen because we fill almost 40 minutes talking about this card.

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Henamarth Riversong

May 24th, 2023


Maybe the OG Silvan ally? Maybe still a good card in the game? Find out!

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Horn of Gondor

May 17th, 2023


When Gondor calls for aid, this is what they use. And when dwarfs call for aid, this is also what they use. As a matter of fact, most of the free peoples can use this to call for aid. And by aid, I mean resources.

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Hasty Stroke

May 9th, 2023


Wow! Almost 15 minutes into the show before we mention A Burning Brand. Not bad for a show on the OG shadow cancellation card.

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Guard of the Citadel

May 3rd, 2023


It's the Grizzly Bear of LOTR LCG. If you don't get the reference, check out the blog:

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Dunedain Message

April 25th, 2023


This is the event that everyone forgets about!

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Double Back

April 18th, 2023


All the episodes we've done and this is just the second side quest we've covered. We hope you enjoy!

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Raven-winged Helm

April 4th, 2023


We spend more time talking about heroes with sentinel and how to get sentinel on to heroes than we do about the actual attachment. It's relevent conversation, for sure!

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Sarn Ford Sentry

March 28th, 2023


She defends the Shire from the evils of the greater Middle-Earth.

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Host of the Galadhrim

December 27th, 2022


Happy Holidays from Card Talk!

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Tactics Ally Boromir

December 21st, 2022


This character might be a help to the hobbit archetype, but where else does he fit in? Take a listen.

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Galadriel Ally

December 7th, 2022


Oh Galadriel, the giver of gifts! Check out our latest review!


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Flame of Anor

November 23rd, 2022


Giving Brok Ironfist a legitimate purpose since 2014.

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The Hidden Way

November 16th, 2022


The Hidden Way. No, not that one! The player card. It's probably more toolbox-y than you think. Give it a shot!

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Revealed in Wrath

November 2nd, 2022


What do you do with a pesky enemy? Make them not so pesky! This card does have a deck building requirement to include, it's a low barrier. So, does this make it into your deck?

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Descendants of Kings

October 26th, 2022


Does this card meet everyone's expectations of a readying card in the Dunedain archetype?

Heir of Valandil

October 5th, 2022


This specific resource acceleration card helps by reducing the cost of all those Dunedain. Maybe it's useful. Maybe it's not. What do you think?

Dunedain Hunter

September 21st, 2022


A zero-cost ally doesn't sound expensive. But bringing him in at the cost of engaging an enemy is certainly a gamble.

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Hero Halbarad

September 6th, 2022


Now that the repackaged Angmar Awakens content is out, it's time to look at some of the Dunedain cards in the game. I knew this day would come!!

SPOILER: The Rings of Power on PRIME

September 1st, 2022


Ted and I were invited to attend the New York City premiere of the Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power and we have our complete rundown of the …

The Shirefolk

August 31st, 2022


An easy way to lower threat, if you play hobbits. Like, all hobbits!

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Halfling Determination

August 16th, 2022


This card is a good example of the buffs that Hobbits get in the game. Make's the archetype fun and increases it's power.

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Dwarven Tomb

August 9th, 2022


Here's a card that was popular, but we don't see it as often anymore. Maybe with the surge in new players, it'll get some new life.

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Hobbit Cloak

July 26th, 2022


A defense boost to Hobbits that doesn't take up a restricted slot? Yes, please!

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Fellowship of the Ring

July 19th, 2022


It's only our second Fellowship sphere card we've ever done.  And it's only me behind the microphone.  Hope you enjoy.


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Ally Quickbeam

July 13th, 2022


Arguably the best and definitely the strongest lore ally in the game. We love Quickbeam!

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Drinking Song

June 28th, 2022


What a great way to ring in the summer! Drinking song, that amazing 0 cost lore event that helps you get the cards you need in your deck.

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Tactics Pippin Ally

June 22nd, 2022


This card gives players an option for hobbit fellowship decks and another option when playing Tom Cotton. Only one of those we mention in the show.

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Honour Guard

June 16th, 2022


This card is pretty good in lots of decks. Does that make him a staple card in the game? I don't know if I'd go that far.

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Curious Brandybuck

May 31st, 2022


This card is a curious one for sure!

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Bill the Pony

May 24th, 2022


Join us for our conversation surrounding one of the top two pony-traited cards in the game.

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Guest Host Joe Holme AKA The Purple Wizard

May 18th, 2022


I invited Joe on the show several years ago and I am finally making good on that promise. In this episode we talk about the Leadership card, Reinforcements.

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The Great Hunt

May 11th, 2022


In this episode, Dave and Grant talk about the Great Hunt. It has its limitations, but it sure is fun to play when it hits the board!

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Guest Host Matthew Dempsey

April 26th, 2022


One of the hosts of the Progression Series and a quarter of the Grey Company Podcast, Matthew Dempsey makes good on his promise to come on the show. Today, we talk about Gwaihir, the Windlord himself.

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April 13th, 2022


A very good card in early card pools, especially for multiplayer. But how does the card hold up over time?

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Erebor Hammersmith

April 5th, 2022


One of the go-to cards in the core set. This craftsmen has great stats *and* a great ability. Those make this a pretty strong card, regardless of the …

Guest Host Tyler Parrott

March 29th, 2022

A HUGE thank you to Tyler for taking time out of his day to come on the show. He tells us all the inside information about the new Angmar Awakens …

Horseback Archer

March 22nd, 2022


It's Horseback Archer. Yeah, that's about it.

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Wrap-up of New Player February

March 15th, 2022


The guys review the past month (and a little into March) and all the stuff going on with Card Talk.

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Designer Caleb Grace Talks Revised Core Set

March 8th, 2022


Caleb joins us yet again to talk about the Revised Core Set. We even have a special guest at the end of the show. Interesting stuff! And did I hear that there may be a Gencon scenario? I hope he was serious!

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Designer Jeremy Zwirn Talks Revised Core Set

March 1st, 2022

This show has a little something for everyone. Whether you are a veteran of the game or you are a new player, you will likely find some really interesting content with this interview with Jeremy Zwirn.

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Deck Building, Part 2 (with the Revised Core Set)

February 26th, 2022


Dave and Matt Continue talking about deck building, specifically using the revised core set as the basis of the conversation.

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Deck Building (with the Revised Core Set)

February 23rd, 2022


Ever wonder what to you need to consider when building decks as a new player? Matt and Dave tackle deck building with a severely limited card pool …

The Refresh Phase and Tips, Tricks, and Reminders

February 18th, 2022


The final phase of the round is fairly straightforward. But we also discuss some things to keep in mind as you play the game.

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Combat Phase

February 16th, 2022


Maybe the most fun phase of the game. Join us as we talk about how the combat phase works and how certain cards, keywords and triggers play out in what is widely considered the most action packed phase of the game.

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The Travel and Encounter Phases

February 11th, 2022


These two phases of the game are pretty short but also require a bunch of discussion. Ted was actually surprised at how much there is to consider in the travel phase. But we still did both phases in …

Quest Phase

February 10th, 2022


NEW PLAYER FEBRUARY continues as we talk about the quest phase and all its implications for the game.

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Resource and Planning Phases

February 8th, 2022


We continue with our in-depth look at the phases of the game for NEW PLAYER FEBRUARY. Today we talk about both the resource phase and the planning phase. For card reviews and more details, check out our blog:

How To Set Up Your Game

February 4th, 2022



Need some in-depth analysis of how to set-up your game and some advice that you can bring to future games? Well, here we have it. Join Ted and Dave as they stepwise progress through the seven …

Introduction to New Player February

February 1st, 2022


NEW PLAYERS!!! This month is for you. In this episode, we answer the questions "What is LOTR LCG?" and "What is Card Talk?"

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ALeP Tactics Hero Glorfindel

January 25th, 2022


A long-extended party has given us a spoiler of Tactics Glorfindel from the 4th AP of their community made cycle, The Glittering Caves. To see the spoiler artcile, click here:

Smoke, and Think

January 19th, 2022


How many times do we say the word "pipe" in this show? Too many!

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Spare Pipe

January 14th, 2022


In this episode, we talk about a utility card released late in the game's life. It's pretty good, but just how good?

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Hero Bombur

December 28th, 2021


Merry Christmas from everyone here at Card Talk. Tolkien was a devout Catholic and while his work isn't allegorical, I would like to think that he …

Folco Boffin

December 21st, 2021


Oh Folco, does your art reflect how useful you are? Maybe.

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Leadership Hero Elfhelm

December 14th, 2021


Does anyone see Elfhelm and say, "Let's make a mount deck!"? Probably not many of us, but there are some use cases in multiplayer.

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Mirkwood Explorer

December 8th, 2021


In this episode the guys talk about a nonunique ally, the Mirkwood Explorer. What kind of surprises does this card have? Probably not many, but he's still good.

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Guest Host Jeremy Zwirn

December 1st, 2021


We got him! The designer of The Hunt for the Dreadnaught is here on Card Talk. Jeremy Zwirn talks to us about all the behind the scenes at FFG from his point of view including the revised core set. All this *and* we …


November 23rd, 2021


This card was recently overshadowed by the Messenger of the King contract, but has it lost all it's umph? Tune in here, or check out our written review over at the blog:

Ranger of Cardolan

November 17th, 2021


This week we discuss Ranger of Cardolan. This card is a lot of fun, but is it worth playing in a non-Dunedain deck? Check us out!   Interested …

Lore Anborn

November 9th, 2021


This week we return talking about another ally that could be used as an MOTK Hero. But, how vital is Anborn (like, really?) to a trap deck? Join us!


October 26th, 2021


In this episode we talk about the only unique ally that outlands has. We think he's stuck in an outlands deck, but we differ about how good he is in that deck.

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Ranger Bow

October 19th, 2021


In this episode a patron suggested that we talk about Ranger Bow. I hope after this show, they are still a patron!

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Con of the Rings 2021 Recap

October 12th, 2021


Say it ain't so! John (peaceandthought) is formally announcing his step back from the planning team. But, we have him here talking about Con of the Rings 2021 and all the great times had by all.


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Tactics Con Cards

September 28th, 2021


We finish off our series as we get ready to go to the Con this weekend. Join us as we discuss Tactics cards that make sense to bring to a con.

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Spirit Con Cards

September 21st, 2021


We continue our look at going to a Con. This week we focus on some selections from the spirit sphere and we explore the beauty of side quests for play at the con.

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Guest Host Eric Shell: ALEP Spoiler and Con of the Rings Convo

September 14th, 2021


It's not quite a spoiler since the AP was released last week, but today we take a look at Guided by Fate both here and at the blog

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Lore Con Cards

September 7th, 2021


In this episode we look at a few cards from the Lore sphere that you may want to consider bringing to a convention. These cards either see increased effectiveness, decreased cost to effect ratio, or improved playability …

Leadership Con Cards

August 31st, 2021


In this episode, we take a break from our normal one show, one card format and get ready for Con of the Rings in a few weeks by looking at the cards …


August 24th, 2021


In this episode, Meneldor takes flight. While Grant is not with us, Ted and I break down the card. At the end, we think this card is pretty good. What do you think?

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Repost: Leadership Merry

August 11th, 2021


Well, it seems the same bug was found when I uploaded the repost, so technically, this is a re-repost.  Hopefully this works!

Eagles of the Misty Mountains

August 4th, 2021


In this episode, the guys talk about how good the Eagles of the Misty Mountains were in the early game, but also how good they have stayed since their release.  Join the conversation!

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Hero Radagast

July 27th, 2021


In this episode, the guys talk about Radagast and his Staff.  The conversation ranges from playing the Istari without his staff to playing him in a not-so-creature-heavy deck.  Interesting stuff for sure!

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Guest Host Matt Kell AKA Kattattack22

July 20th, 2021


Matt has taken on the role of Blog Chief for Card Talk.  If you are looking for the written companion to our podcast, check out

Dawn Take You All

July 6th, 2021


It's safe to say that we all had differing opinions of this card. It seems best in multiplayer, at higher player counts, but are there other uses for …

Spoiler: Con of the Rings 2021

June 15th, 2021


Today we break from our usual format to discuss Con of the Rings with one of its organizers, John Rodgers, AKA Peace and Thought to preview what is likely to be one of the only (but of course the best) live gaming event …

Daeron's Runes

June 8th, 2021


Dave is just looking for someone to understand what he is saying. Maybe not even agree with him, but get his point of view. Are you that person?

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A Test of Will

June 1st, 2021


What is there really that can be said to do this card justice? It's pretty awesome.

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Last Stand

May 25th, 2021


I think it's safe to say that we don't really play this card, but like some other cards that we don't play, this card has a place in the card pool …

Leadership Eomer

May 18th, 2021


What I can tell you about this show is that a few of us rated him better than a 5 and one person rated him worse than a 5. Who was it? Why? Listen and find out!

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Grimbeorn the Old

May 11th, 2021


Despite audio challenges, we were able to get this show out about Grant's favorite card. He loves Grimbeorn, but is he worth the hype?

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Tactics Beregond

May 5th, 2021


This card was dubbed the best Hero Defender in the game. The guys take on the discussion and decide if we agree with that.

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Bywater Shirriff

April 27th, 2021


Today we talk about a non-unique ally in the game. It's a cheap tactics ally, but also a "normal" hobbit. There isn't much special about him except for his passive ability. But I wonder what the guys think?

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Envoy of Pelargir

April 20th, 2021


Oh Man... The audio "slipped" on this one. It seems that my track got pushed a little on top of Grant and Ted's. The Nazgul are really acting out …

Warden of Healing and Ioreth

April 7th, 2021


Despite audio issues, this week's episode is finally out and we culminate our series on healing cards in the game by doing a two card episode. These …

Ally Elrond

March 30th, 2021


As we draw this series on healing cards to a close, it's likely important for us to consider the best healer in all of Middle-Earth, Elrond. But, this episode we look at ally Elrond instead of the Hero. While we don't …

Magic Ring

March 23rd, 2021


While we are continuing our discussion of cards that heal, we are shifting to a few cards that only have an option to heal as one of many choices. Magic ring is one of those cards, and probably not used as often for …

Healing Herbs

March 9th, 2021


As we return to our regular format, we continue our series on healing cards with Healing Herbs.  This card seems mediocre at best, but is a nice …

Superlative Caleb

March 1st, 2021


Remember that our reason for doing Superlative February is to honor the game that is on hiatus and the best way we could do that is to have Caleb …

Superlative February - Show 12

February 26th, 2021


We are excited to bring you Superlative February. This show is part of our extravaganza month and boy.... is this our most ambitious one yet. So much to get out to the community. Not only is there a survey and shows, …

Superlative February - Show 11

February 24th, 2021


We are excited to bring you Superlative February. This show is part of our extravaganza month and boy.... is this our most ambitious one yet. So much to get out to the community. Not only is there a survey and shows, …

Superlative February - Show 10

February 22nd, 2021


We are excited to bring you Superlative February. This show is part of our extravaganza month and boy.... is this our most ambitious one yet. So much to get out to the community. Not only is there a survey and shows, …

Superlative February - Show 9

February 19th, 2021


We are excited to bring you Superlative February. This show is part of our extravaganza month and boy.... is this our most ambitious one yet. So much to get out to the community. Not only is there a survey and shows, …

Superlative February - Show 8

February 17th, 2021


We are excited to bring you Superlative February. This show is part of our extravaganza month and boy.... is this our most ambitious one yet. So much to get out to the community. Not only is there a survey and shows, …

Superlative February - Show 7

February 15th, 2021


We are excited to bring you Superlative February. This show is part of our extravaganza month and boy.... is this our most ambitious one yet. So much to get out to the community. Not only is there a survey and shows, …

Superlative February - Show 6

February 12th, 2021


We are excited to bring you Superlative February. This show is part of our extravaganza month and boy.... is this our most ambitious one yet. So much to get out to the community. Not only is there a survey and shows, …

Superlative February - Show 5

February 10th, 2021


We are excited to bring you Superlative February. This show is part of our extravaganza month and boy.... is this our most ambitious one yet. So much to get out to the community. Not only is there a survey and shows, …

Superlative February - Show 4

February 8th, 2021


We continue our month long extravaganza, Superlative February. Today we discuss the Leadership Sphere and its Heroes, among other things.

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Superlative February - Show 2

February 3rd, 2021


We are excited to bring you Superlative February. This show is part of our extravaganza month and boy.... is this our most ambitious one yet. So much to get out to the community. Not only is there a survey and shows, …

Superlative February - Show 1

February 1st, 2021


We are excited to bring you Superlative February. This show kicks off our extravaganza month and boy.... is this our most ambitious one yet. So much to get out to the community. Not only is there a survey and shows, but …

Beorn's Hospitality

January 27th, 2021


This core set card cost 5 and seems to not be used very much. We don't know about you, but we seem to always pass over this card when building a deck. Like ALWAYS pass over it.

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Lore of Imladris

January 19th, 2021


As we continue with the healing theme to open up January of 2021, we thought it would be fun to look back at a core set card. Is this card any good? …

Dunedain Remedy

January 11th, 2021


On this show, Ted and Dave talk about one of the only healing cards outside of the Lore Sphere. We feel that this card has some baggage from the community, but is it really warranted? Let us know!

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Self Preservation

January 4th, 2021


We are kicking off the new year with a series of shows that highlight healing in the game. What better way to start 2021 then discussions centered around what cards in the game heal you up.

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The End Comes

December 28th, 2020


As 2020 winds down, we are happy about one thing. The End Comes. This is actually the first show where we've highlighted more encounter cards than …

Stone of Elostirion

December 21st, 2020


This lore attachment may be one of the most versatile of the guarded cards. There are plenty of targets and there are plenty of ways to free it up, so that makes it very usable in many cases.

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Durin's Axe

December 15th, 2020


One of the final guarded (x) cards to be released, this card is a call back to the card from the Foundations of Stone Pack. It's a little different, …

Guest Host Eric Shell - A Long-expected Party

December 11th, 2020


A true spoiler! Card Talk is excited to let the community see this card - Open the Gates - and talk about it with one of the people behind the scenes that went in to its development.

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Thengel - A Long-extended Party

December 9th, 2020


This is the first of a few spoiler shows that the guys and I wanted to do to provide the community with some perspective on all the effort and …


December 7th, 2020


Need a way to ready a hero that isn't dependent on some other condition? Check out cram. A card that probably gets overlooked when building a deck, …

Peace, and Thought

November 24th, 2020


This 1 cost card comes with a hefty price to pay during the Refresh phase.  But the juice could be worth the squeeze.  What is your opinion? 

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Announcing Superlative February

November 18th, 2020


For New and Veteran Players Alike! Fill out the survey for a chance to win prizes in February!

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Guest Host Joe Hoffman

November 17th, 2020


What happens when a guy from the Facebook group talks to me about hobbits? He gets invited on the show to talk about cards. Thanks, Joe, for joining us and discussing my favorite archetype!

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Guest Host Justin Gieb

October 26th, 2020


Wow! Thanks Justin for being a Ready Teddy level patron. And, by donating to the show for even just one month at that level, you get the benefits of all the other patron levels.

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Guest Host Russ Lundgren

October 20th, 2020


Russ has been a long time patron of the show. He pledged at the Guard of the Citadel level, making him eligible for coming on the show to talk about any card he wants. Thanks, Russ, for being an awesome fan of the show!!

Card Talk's New Player Buying Guide

October 15th, 2020


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Spirit Bofur

October 13th, 2020


What more would you want from the Silvany-est dwarf that exists? Not much!

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Guest Host Vardaen (again!)

October 5th, 2020


Join us as we talk to our favorite Marvel Champions podcast host about Ghan-Buri-Ghan and the lore behind this card. Vardaen joined us one other time on the show and is a wealth of information about the game, the cards, …

Classic Card Talk: Gloin

September 28th, 2020


Apparently there was a glitch with one of our original episodes.  Enough fans have reached out and said they'd like to hear it makes for a good episode this week.  Plus, you can see how far along we've come.  This …

Waters of Nimrodel

September 14th, 2020


There are a bunch of cards that heal in this game. This card heals just about everything though. It's definitely unique, but is the card worth a deck slot, a side board slot, or just a binder spot? Tune in to here what …

Ring of Barahir

September 8th, 2020


In this episode, the guys talk about the Ring of Barahir, a true artifact's artifact. Some say that this card shouldn't see playing time, while …

Citadel Custodian

August 31st, 2020


This five cost leadership ally seems to be way overcosted until you read his game text. Then you realize that he can come into play for a discount. But does that discount make him playable? The guys discuss it on this …

Free to Choose

August 25th, 2020


The guys take on a more obscure card in the game, Free to Choose. It's a spirit card that reduces threat if your threat is raised by the encounter …

Farmer Maggot

August 18th, 2020


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Farmer Maggot. Sure he's got his shortcut to mushrooms, but what else? It seems that the guys are in agreement that he's good in …

Card Talk Live: Ered Mithrin Cycle

August 10th, 2020


Card Talk went live twice during LCG Con.  During this, the second episode, we talk about players favorite cards from the Ered Mithrin cycle.  We were excited to have two of our patrons on the show along with two other …

Card Talk Live: Shadows of Mirkwood Cycle

August 6th, 2020


This past weekend, Card Talk was pleased to go live with a full cast and 4 guests.  We all talked about favorite cards from the Core Set and Shadows …

Leadership Hero Faramir

July 28th, 2020


In this episode, the guys talk about the second son of Denethor. His leadership version seems awfully thematic, inspiring allies to continue the …


July 20th, 2020


Another classic card, this card seems to not see that playing time it may deserve. Even though Grant sits this one out, Dave and Ted seem to have no problem filling up the time talking about this spirit attachment.


July 13th, 2020


A lore hero from the core set, Beravor allows you to have consistent card draw. She also has the Dunedain and Ranger trait, for those keeping score. We spent a lot of time discussing other ways to get card draw beside …

SPOILER!!! Thorongil

July 10th, 2020


This card could change the way you build a few different types of decks. There are some pretty good targets for the card, too. Join us as we talk …

SPOILER!!! Spirit Aragorn

July 6th, 2020


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In this special spoiler episode, we talk about the newly spoiled and highly anticipated last hero of the game, Spirit Aragorn. As a spirit …

SPOILER!!! Bond of Friendship Contract

June 30th, 2020


SPOILER!!! The final pack of the Vengeance of Mordor cycle (and the game, for now) was announced yesterday. In it is the contract. It really gets the creative juices flowing about deck building and creation and how to …

Guest Hosts Bob and Chrissy

June 29th, 2020


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Tactics Hero Legolas

June 15th, 2020


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Ally Treebeard

June 8th, 2020


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In this episode the guys talk about one of the strognest allies in the game. No, literally, one of the strongest because he's a tree. That makes him really strong. But, …

Snowbourn Scout

June 1st, 2020


In this episode, we talk about an awesome... chump, the Snowbourn Scout. He's a 1 cost leadership hero that seems to take the brunt of the Hill …

SPOILER!!! Red Book of Westmarch

May 18th, 2020


The release of the fifth AP in the Vengeance of Mordor Cycle has been delayed. But, the last few cards were spoiled late last week.
In this episode the guys talk about The Red Book of Westmarch because it's a player …

Guest Hosts Shane and Bob

May 13th, 2020


In this episode we talk about an old card. We Are Not Idle came out in the second cycle, in the Shadow and Flame AP. Here we discuss how it's aged …

Round Table Discussion: Attack on Dol Guldur

May 6th, 2020


In this bonus episode of Card Talk, Grant and Dave spend time talking to Joseph, Mike, and Shane about their experiences playing epic multiplayer …

Valiant Sacrifice

May 4th, 2020


We harken back to the core set with a review of this card. While Ted is out to lunch, Dave and Grant talk about Valiant Sacrifice. This leadership card is a decent option in for card draw if you are looking for …

Power in the Earth

April 27th, 2020


Card Talk takes a a few minutes of your day to discuss the core set card Power in the Earth. It's not awesome by any stretch of the imagination, but …

Timely Aid

April 20th, 2020


In this episode of Card Talk the guys talk about a card that's been around for a while and has received new life in recent months with the release of the contracts. Please enjoy our show discussing Timely Aid.

Sarah McLeod Intros Rosie Cotton

April 13th, 2020


This is the audio of Sarah McLeod introing Rosie Cotton.

Chad G. and Christian S. Talk About Rosie Cotton

April 13th, 2020


Epic. That's all I really need to say about this show. We have two of the community's foremost experts on how to use Rosie Cotton on the show talking about, well, how to use her effectively. Most of the first 20 minutes …

Guest Host Steve Majka, AKA Vardaen

April 6th, 2020


In this show we spend a lot of time talking about Elwing's flight with Steven Majka. Most people would know him in the community as Vardaen. If you …

Unexpected Courage

March 23rd, 2020


In this episode of Card Talk, we discuss the core set staple, Unexpected Courage. It's a great card. You should join us in a thought experiment. Name …

Guest Host John Rogers 2

March 16th, 2020



Today we have John Rogers on the show making the first official announcement for Con of the Rings 2020.  He explains what's the same, what's new, and of course, what the quests will …

Guest Host Mark Chan

March 9th, 2020


Mark has an artist's eye and pays attention to detail. In this episode we talk to u/RiddermarkLord about all the alternate art he does and publishes on Reddit, free for the community to consume. He publishes all his …

Risk Some Light

March 2nd, 2020


Back from our Couples February content, we tackle this card from early in the game. The iconic scene in Fellowship is captured here in a thematic sense. Ted was the one who suggested the card so join us as we hear what …

Guest Hosts Caleb Grace and Matt Newman

February 28th, 2020


COUPLES FEBRUARY!!! We end our amazing month with the best couple in the game, Caleb and Matt. Both of these guys have been integral in the design of …

Guest Host Brandon

February 26th, 2020


COUPLES FEBRUARY!!! What month celebrating couples in the game would be complete without having Brandon come on the show and talk about his OTP, …

Spirit Theoden and Theodred

February 24th, 2020


COUPLES FEBRUARY!!! As our special month draws to a close, we have a couple that behaves very similarly to the way I am with my daughters. It's a father-child Valentine! Theodred and Theoden really work well together to …

Guest Host Ava Walsh

February 21st, 2020


COUPLES FEBRUARY!!! If we had a different episode name format for our show, this episode would definitely be called "Fart Talk." You'll figure out …

Spirit Legolas and Leadership Hero Gimli

February 19th, 2020


COUPLES FEBRUARY!!! We continue our special month with the original bromance from Tolkien's work. Here we talk specifically about Spirit Legolas and …

Guest Host Katie Muir

February 14th, 2020


COUPLES FEBRUARY!!! On this Valentine's Day, right in the middle of Couples February, we celebrate a couple that is very close to home, Grant and Katie. Katie has been on our show in the past, but only as a guest …

Guest Host Sarah and Jason

February 12th, 2020


COUPLES FEBRUARY!!! In this episode, we ask game playing couple Jason and Sarah to join us and talk about a card that they picked and play together, …

Smeagol and The One Ring

February 10th, 2020


Well, well, well. Probably the most lob-sided couple in the game. Smeagol spends the better part of 70 years trying to get his precious back in his …

Guest Host Chloe Walsh

February 7th, 2020


COUPLES FEBRUARY!!! In this episode, we truly have a guest host. Dave's youngest daughter, Chloe, takes the helm and pilots us through an episode of …

Guest Host Tolkien Road Podcast

February 5th, 2020


COUPLES FEBRUARY!!! A first for Card Talk. We reached out to The Tolkien Road podcast where John and Greta Carswell have been talking about Tolkien …

Hero Arwen Umdomiel and any Hero Aragorn

February 3rd, 2020


COUPLES FEBRUARY!!! Our inaugural episode this February kicks off with the quintessential couple in both the game and the legendarium. Regardless of which hero version of Aragorn you play with Hero Arwen Umdomiel, you …


January 27th, 2020


In this episode, Grant and Dave tackle the core set staple, Feint. This card is probably one of the best, and most simple, cards in the game. It's always effective and always is welcome when a player uses it. …


January 20th, 2020


In this episode Grant and Dave talk about the Leadership Hero Theodred. Back in the day, he was awesome, adding one resource to a questing hero's …


January 16th, 2020


COUPLES FEBRUARY!!! This February, join Card Talk as we discuss couples that are in the game and associated with LOTR LCG and Tolkien. We are excited …

SPOILER! Odo Proudfoot

January 13th, 2020


SPOILER ALERT! The next AP in the Vengeance of Mordor Cycle was just announced late last week. While there were so many amazing and useful cards that …


January 6th, 2020


We take a trip back to the core set in this episode. Join us as we talk about Eleanor, a hero that can cancel some treachery effects. She also has a low starting threat. But her stats are tough to work with. Maybe we …

Hero Treebeard

December 23rd, 2019


Welcome to our Christmas episode!  If you enjoy the audio episode, you may want to click over to the video just to see our "Christmas Cut" of this show.  Click here:

This week we discuss the …

Behind Strong Walls

December 16th, 2019


In this episode, still without Grant, we talk about the tactics event, Behind Strong Walls. This card is pretty good but limited to Gondor characters. And what is the better effect, the ready or the defense buff?

Gildor's Counsel

December 9th, 2019


In the episode, again, without Grant, the guys discuss Gildor's Counsel. This event is a crazy card to talk about because it only works in …

Strider's Path

December 2nd, 2019


In this episode, Ted and Dave talk about Strider's Path. This card was released at the very beginning of the game in the Hunt for Gollum AP. It's got …

Guest Host Caleb Grace 2

November 25th, 2019


Caleb returns to the show to talk about a contract, The Grey Wanderer. But, admittedly, this show is about so much more than just a contract. We talk about the cycle, some of the inspiration behind cards in the cycle. …

Explore Secret Ways

November 18th, 2019


Of all the player side quests in the card pool, we pick this one to do?! Explore Secret Ways isn't a powerhouse of a card, but it has it's place in …

SPOILER! Lore Saruman and Saruman's Staff

November 14th, 2019


The third adventure pack of the Vengeance of Mordor cycle is still months away, but a French article spoiled the Hero from it. Saruman. You heard …

Fortune or Fate

November 13th, 2019


A core set... staple... maybe? At the very least we are going back to the core set to talk about a card with a necessary mechanic, Hero recursion. Thank god it was included in the core set. But has the card aged well …

Guest Host Aaron Fishbaugh

November 4th, 2019


As one of the "behind the scenes" folks of Cardboard of the Rings and and an organizer of Con of the Rings, Aaron has cemented his importance in the …

Leadership Orcrist

October 28th, 2019


In this, the last Guarded (X) episode, we look at the ancient sword, Orcrist. These guarded attachments don't get much better than this, do they?

Con of the Rings Recap

October 23rd, 2019


Finally! The three of us get a moment to sit down after the Con of the Rings and talk about all the awesome things that we did and the amazing people we met.

The King's Return

October 21st, 2019


In this episode, we talk about the card that fetches guarded (x) attachments. Like many cards, there are good things and bad things about this card. What do you think we missed?

Lore Glamdring

October 14th, 2019


As our trip down Guarded (X) card lane continues, we talk about Glamdring, Gandalf's sword from the lengendarium. This is the Lore version of the weapon that gives the attached hero (or Gandalf) +2 attack strength. The …

Con of the Rings Designer Interview

October 11th, 2019


At Con of the Rings, I was fortunate enough to host a designer interview with both Caleb Grace and Matt Newman.  In this interview, we talk card design, abstractions, and about the infamous "break."  

Special thanks to …

Con of the Rings Participant Reflections

October 8th, 2019


This past weekend was Con of the Rings, a convention specifically designed for and organized by members of the Lord of the Rings Living Card Game Community.  In this episode we have on several participants that talk …

Necklace of Girion

September 30th, 2019


This week the guys talk about the Necklace of Girion. Yup, it's guarded. Yup, it's neutral. Yup, it costs 1. But do the benefits outweigh the guarded cons?

Guest Host Kristian Priisholm

September 23rd, 2019


What an awesome show!  Kristian joins us to talk about the Ring of Thror.  He takes us through the whole card, literally, as we discuss everything …

Mithril Shirt

September 16th, 2019


In this episode, we talk about the guarded (x) card, Mithril Shirt.  This attachment reduces damage dealt to a hero by 1.   It seems like a small …

Community Tales

September 12th, 2019


In this, albeit belated, episode of Community Tales, we talk about the now-famous poem from Reddit, our own show, and some other projects that are going on around the community.

The Arkenstone

September 9th, 2019


In a continuation of our series on guarded (x) cards, Grant and I take a look at the Arkenstone.  This 1 cost neutral attachment gives all unique characters an extra willpower.  This seems to fit very nicely into a …

Tactics Sting

August 26th, 2019


In this episode, Grant and Dave look at Sting, a guarded tactics attachment that goes on a hobbit hero.  This card seems like the perfect guarded attachment for Tactics Bilbo to target in the staging area, but he may …

Revisiting Tactics Hero Bilbo

August 19th, 2019


In this episode, Grant and Dave take a closer look at the new tactics hero Bilbo after using him for a little while.  The guys think he is still pretty good, but playing with him has given them new insight on just how …

Guest Host Derek Kamal

August 12th, 2019


In this episode, we talk to Derek Kamal, one of the hosts of the Grey Company Podcast. We spend the episode talking about small target, a spirit event from the Encounter at Amon Din adventure pack. I wonder what there …

Guest Host Matt Duckworth

August 5th, 2019


By popular demand!  We bring Matt on this episode of Card Talk to talk about a hero that he has been advocating for for years.  Hero Lore Faramir …

Community Tales July 2019 - GENCON EPISODE

August 5th, 2019


In our monthly trip around the community, we spend the whole episode talking about GenCon, the yearly gaming convention that happens in Indianapolis, …

Legacy of Numenor

July 22nd, 2019


In this episode, we get over our "Doomed Fear" pretty quickly as we talk about Legacy of Numenor, a 0 cost, doomed 4 (yup, F-O-U-R!) event.  It gives every hero in the game an extra resource. In essence, it skips a …


July 15th, 2019


In this episode we talk about Grima, a Lore Hero from the the Voice of Isengard box.  His ability is to give cards the doomed keyword, but reduce their cost by 1.  Is the trade off good?  Is it bad?  Is it ugly?  And …

Guest Host Ted Banach, Winner of the "Set Us Straight" Contest

July 8th, 2019


Have you ever heard something we've said and thought that we were so totally off base that you wanted to set us straight, or maybe even worse?  Join Grant and Dave as they have Ted Banach on the show where he discusses …

Leadership Hero Frodo

July 1st, 2019


SPOILER ALERT!  In this episode the guys take a look at the newest hero spoiled in the upcoming deluxe box, The Vengeance of Mordor.  Frodo is his name and threat reduction is his game. Join us for the discussion!

Community Tales - June 2019

July 1st, 2019


Join us as we look at some of the very best content that the LOTR LCG community is creating for the past month!

Fellowship Contract

June 20th, 2019


Spoiler Alert!  We take a bit longer than a few minutes to discuss this new card and its mechanics.  We also talk about its impact on deck building and the overall meta of the game.  And for fun, we tackle the idea of …


June 18th, 2019


In preparation for next week's episode with our guest, Ted, we spend some time talking about Gandalf's mount, Shadowfax. Well, he is considered a mount in the game, but he is more of a Horse-lord that allows Gandalf to …

Elrond's Counsel

June 10th, 2019


In this episode we take a look at a staple card from the Watcher in the Water, Elrond's Counsel.  That this card is 0 cost makes this card …

Around the Community May 2019

June 6th, 2019


Our monthly "travelogue" of content in the Lord of the Rings LCG community.  Here are the links to the content that we mention in the show:

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Tactics Hero Gimli

June 4th, 2019


In this episode, we harken back to a day when the core set was king... and Gimli was a boss.  This card is filled with nostalgia for many veterans and I don't think I'm spoiling anything for new players when I say how …

Fast Hitch

May 20th, 2019


In this episode, we talk about a knot. Yup, that's right, a knot. We'd love it if you chose to listen to what we have to say... or knot.  

Journey Along the Anduin

May 16th, 2019


In our next episode in our occasional series "Encounter Card Talk," we talk about the encounter set from the core set, Journey Along the Anduin.  This encounter set is small in terms of encounter cards, but does include …

Guest Host John Rogers, Con of the Rings

May 13th, 2019


In the episode, John Rogers, also known as Peace, and Thought throughout the community comes on the show to discuss The Con of the Rings.  It's a MUST LISTEN episode if you are attending The Con or want to know more …

Lore Pippin

May 6th, 2019


In our latest episode we talk about another "Black Riders" hobbit.  This hero is valuable in a hobbit deck and is a staple in the tri-sphere black …

Around the Community - April 2019

May 1st, 2019


This is our monthly look at what creators are doing in the LOTR LCG community.  Here are the links:

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Which Aragorn?

April 29th, 2019


In this episode, Card Talk takes a special look at the three "normal" Aragorn cards.  We explain each of the strengths and weaknesses of the cards.  At the end, instead of a ring rating, we rank these cards in order …

Brok Ironfist

April 22nd, 2019


Join us as we talk about arguably the worst card in the game. It was hard to find any redeeming value for this core set tragic almost hero.  But we had fun talking about him.

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Hero Fastred

April 15th, 2019


This spirit hero was released in the Black Serpent pack and has found a special home in Grant's Dunhere duck shoot deck. But is Dave sold on this …

Lure of Middle-Earth Recap with Dominik Schonleben

April 10th, 2019


The Lure of Middle-Earth is a gaming convention in Germany that focuses on Middle-Earth CCG and, of course, our favorite game, LOTR LCG.  Dominik is an organizer of the event and he joins us to talk about how AMAZING …

Around the Community, March 2019

April 7th, 2019


While still getting the Nazguls out of the software, Around the Community was delayed a bit.  The Nazguls are gone, but fortune smiles on us!  …

Hero Smeagol

April 4th, 2019


It's a spoiler, my precioussss!  I hopes they likes it. Hero Smeagol is here *gollum, gollum*

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Frodo's Intuition

April 2nd, 2019


In this episode we look at a card from the Fellowship Sphere, Frodo's Intuition. It is very good if you are using the standard Black Riders hobbit deck, but is it viable to play when none of your heroes are hobbits?  …

Guest Host Beorn (Dan Poage)

March 18th, 2019


We present to you everyone's favorite bear/Human skin changer: Beorn.  Dan is famous for his blog, and the search engine associated with it,  He is also one of the hosts of a …

Hero Elrond

March 11th, 2019


In this episode we talk about the Elrond Hero card from the Foundations of Stone adventure pack.  He has a few great tricks up his sleeve, but his threat cost is one of the highest in the game.  Is the juice worth the …

Guest Host Durin's Father (Daan Prins)

March 4th, 2019


In this episode we talk to the creator of, Daan Prins.  As an active member of both the facebook group and the COTR discord server, he seems to always be doing something for the game! He …

Around the Community - February 2019

March 1st, 2019


We take a trip around the LOTR LCG community and see what February had to offer.  Yes, we talk about our Silvan February, but the community was active.  Of special note was all the content that our friend, Samuel …

Quicker Than Sight

February 27th, 2019


SILVAN FEBRUARY!  A card in the Silvan archetype that cancels a shadow effect?!?!  Gotta have it... at least in a Silvan deck.  We aren't so sure about in any other type of deck though.

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Island Amid Perils

February 26th, 2019


SILVAN FEBRUARY!  In this episode we talk about another niche card that helps our slippery Silvan deck trigger, bouncing elves back into our hand.  When you play the deck, you'll see that even these events sometimes …

Feigned Voices

February 25th, 2019


SILVAN FEBRUARY!  This card is one of the powerhouse events in the deck! Not only does it power the "when enters play" mechanic that the Slippery …

The Tree People

February 23rd, 2019


SILVAN FEBRUARY! This lore event is vital to every Silvan deck that takes advantage of the "when enters play" mechanic that is so fun to play in the Slippery Silvan deck.  It seems, though, that is doesn't have much of …

The Elvenking

February 20th, 2019


SILVAN FEBRUARY!  We talk about the leadership attachment that gives a boost to the Slippery Silvan archetype.  The card obviously has uses in the …


February 19th, 2019


SILVAN FEBRUARY!  In this episode we talk about one of the three brothers from Lothlorien, Orophin.  His ability is great for the Silvan deck, but may not hit on all cylinders for other deck archetypes.

Decklist on …

Greenwood Archer

February 18th, 2019


SILVAN FEBRUARY!  The Greenwood archer came out in the last cycle, but you know that the ability must have been thought of for a Silvan deck that includes Thranduil.  Listen to what we have to say about the Greenwood …


February 16th, 2019


SILVAN FEBRUARY!  Galion makes an appearance in The Hobbit as the butler who gets drunk and allows the captured dwarfs to escape.  His card is a thematic home run and it also seems to feed the Slippery Silvan engine …

Galadhrim Weaver

February 15th, 2019


SILVAN FEBRUARY!  In this episode we talk about a craftsmen elf from Lorien, the Galadhrim Weaver who can only be used for questing.  While it's a great include in this deck, is it good for general purposes?

See the …

Galadhon Archer

February 14th, 2019


SILVAN FEBRUARY! This ally helps protect your board, especially in solo play. He deals direct damage to enemies NOT engaged with you, so that means …

Galadhrim Minstrel

February 12th, 2019


SILVAN FEBRUARY! The Galadhrim Minstrel is an ally that helps you dig out those events that you want oh so badly.  While in a regular deck this card …


February 11th, 2019


SILVAN FEBRUARY!  Here comes Thranduil, the newest card in our Slippery Silvan Deck. His combat action really sets him apart from other Silvan heroes …


February 8th, 2019


SILVAN FEBRUARY! Rumil, one of the three brothers on Lorien in this deck, takes on a life of his own.  The sub-theme for the Slippery Silvan deck is to bring out a bunch of ranged characters to pump up Rumil's …

Silvan Tracker

February 6th, 2019


SILVAN FEBRUARY!  In this episode we take on the Silvan Tracker, a lore ally that allows all silvans to heal whenever they ready.  This card is really the only healing a silvan deck, especially the Slippery Silvans, …

Naith Guide

February 5th, 2019


SILVAN FEBRUARY!  In this episode, we discuss the Naith Guide, a 2 cost leadership ally that makes a hero not exhaust to quest.  It's a pretty great ability especially in our Slippery Silvan deck.  

The decklist on …


February 4th, 2019


WELCOME TO SILVAN FEBRUARY!  We will be highlighting cards that run in our Slippery Silvan deck all this month and we are starting with Celeborn. This hero is a grease in the engine that helps make the silvans not so …

Around the Community by Card Talk

February 1st, 2019


Here's what was going on around the LOTR LCG community in January 2019.  Below is the table of contents and all the links to the community content we mention.

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Guest Host Dominik Schonleben

January 28th, 2019


The Lure of Middle Earth!  It's not just the draw that all Tolkien fans feel toward the realm he created.  It's an event that draws in over 100 Lord …

Guest Host Ian Martin

January 21st, 2019


We approached Ian about the opportunity to talk about a card on Card Talk and he chose (somewhat to our surprise!) Palantir.  This card ultimately …

Sauron's Reach

January 17th, 2019


In this episode of Encounter Card Talk, we take on one of the smaller encounter sets and arguably the easiest set of cards to manage in the whole …

Tactics Aragorn

January 14th, 2019


Why not take on the last of the Aragorns that have been released to this point?  We talked about Lore Aragorn last week with Mr. Underhill, and now we take on the tactics version.  He has the same stat line, but his …

Guest Host Mr. Underhill (Ryan Kelly)

January 7th, 2019


In this episode, we talk to Mr. Underhill whose current "Thematic Campaign" with Joseph Forster is hitting the community now.  We talk to him about …

Spirit Theoden

December 24th, 2018


Merry Christmas to all those who celebrate!  What better way to get in the spirit of the holiday season by talking about Spirit Theoden, who is …


December 20th, 2018


This encounter set seems to be filled with cards that new players could find intimidating.  Oh yeah, this is the set where they brought a hill …

Escort from Edoras

December 17th, 2018


This support character can quest for 4 and only costs 2 spirit. He may make some Rohan decks sing... but he probably can find places in other decks.  But the fact that he is one and done can be frustrating. Which side …

Guest Host Chris Stanford

December 10th, 2018


We'll give you three extra guesses who Chris picks to talk about in this episode, but at the end of the round, you'll have to get rid of all those …

Gaffer Gamgee

December 6th, 2018


In this episode, we talk about Sam Gamgee's dad, his ole Gaffer.  He is thematically a hit and seems to be an amazing card, especially with his …

Tactics Hero Bilbo

December 5th, 2018


NOTE: Bilbo's ability cannot be used against cards that are immune to player card effects. We were excited and didn't look up the rule!

This is our …

Tactics Eowyn

December 3rd, 2018


In this episode we talk about a very highly regarded card, Eowyn.  Her stat line is perfect for questing and her ability allows her to vanquish most enemies.  Oh yeah, and she's a tactics hero and that makes a huge …

Guest Host Caleb Grace

November 26th, 2018


In this, our extended version of the interview with Caleb, we hear some of more about the game developing process and more about the card that is obviously so near and dear to his heart!

Friend of Friends

November 19th, 2018


This card is a thematic homerun. It symbolizes the relationship that Sam and Frodo had while pushing ever closer to Mount Doom to destroy the one …

Guest Host Jon Meek

November 12th, 2018


While it makes total sense that we have audio issues for this podcast, it also makes sense that this was one of the most fun guest hosts we've had on the show.  Jon is the also known as ElectronJon from The Cardboard of …

Guest Host Samuel Shreeve

November 8th, 2018


In this episode, we talk with Samuel Shreeve, the creator of the White Tower blog.  Right now, he is in the process of his Agents of the White Council feature on that site where he plays a quest and then writes a …

Dunedain Mark

November 8th, 2018


In this video, we discuss the leadership attachment Dunedain Mark. This 1 cost card can help any number of heroes because it can be moved around the board. It's not restricted nor is it unique, but does that matter?

Guest Host Chad Garlinghouse

November 8th, 2018


Chad really loves a card. In this episode, he talks about all the tricks and toys and tales about his favorite card. You didn't think we would spoil …

Andrath Guardsman

November 8th, 2018


This leadership ally from the Mumakil adventure pack perked up our decks with his ability. He's not a bad chump blocker and he can nullify and attack …


November 8th, 2018


Dunhere. Core Set hero. Attacks the staging area. Oh my! That's a pretty cool trick he has. What do you think of this Rohan spirit hero?

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Ithilien Archer

November 8th, 2018


Sometimes you need a card to round out your deck. Is this the card for you?

Passage Through Mirkwood

November 8th, 2018


In this episode of Encounter Card Talk, we talk about the first scenario encounter set from the core set.  Passage through Mirkwood is like a tutorial scenario and is great fun, but it does contain some exciting cards. 

Lore Hero Denethor

November 8th, 2018


The actual Steward of Gondor makes his first appearance in Card Talk with his lore version from the core set. He's low threat and a stout defender. His ability? Weeeellllll.... what do you think?

Dol Guldur Orcs

November 8th, 2018


The second episode of Encounter Card Talk is where we talk about the Dol Guldur Orcs encounter card set. This set is a pretty diverse set of …

Hero Gandalf

November 8th, 2018


Since we have started an audio version of this podcast, this audio version is an extended version of our video podcast.  To see our videos, check out 

In this episode we talk about the …

Spiders of Mirkwood

November 8th, 2018


In this, our first Encounter Card Talk, we discuss the cards from the encounter card set Spiders of Mirkwood, a part of the core set.

Get to Know Your Host

November 2nd, 2018


In this, our 25th episode, we take time to get to know Grant Thom(p?)son, co-host of our lovely podcast. Take some time and hear what he has to say about the game, the cards, and life in general! Thanks, Grant, for …

Tactics Merry

November 2nd, 2018


Merry, from the Black Riders Saga Box, is a tactics hero with a 6 threat cost. We think he is universally great in a hobbit deck, but we're not sure …

Gondorian Spearman

November 2nd, 2018


The Gondorian spearman is a great card, time tested through all the expansions and still sees play today. What are your thoughts about this tactics gondor ally?

Hirluin the Fair

November 2nd, 2018


Oh outlands...*sigh* how you have allowed us to consider your potential for so long. Hirluin is the Leadership Hero that has the outlands trait. I'm not sure if we are impressed with this guy. Are you?

Send for Aid

November 2nd, 2018


This leadership side quest, you get an ally for the cost of questing through a 6 point detour. Is it worth it?

Guest Host Joseph Forster

November 2nd, 2018


We are excited to have Joseph Forster joining us.  He is one of the admins of the Facebook Group and has his own blog, Lord of the Rings Deck Tech.  He chose to surprise us with his pick of card.  Take a look and see …


October 31st, 2018


This card allows you to bring an ally into play, for the cost of 1 lore resource and an extra quest point on the active location. Is the juice worth the squeeze?

Rivendell Blade

October 31st, 2018


The Rivendell Blade is an attachment that doesn't boost your attack strength, like you'd think from a weapon, but rather lowers the enemies …

Derndingle Warrior

October 31st, 2018


An Ent designed to defend and can buff his way to a very good defense statistic. One of us thinks he's pretty cool... the other hasn't really used …

Leadership Hero Sam Gamgee

October 31st, 2018


In this episode of Card Talk we dissect just about every part of the Hero, Sam Gamgee. His hobbit trait is awesome, his response is totally cool and …


October 31st, 2018


Thalin is another core set dwarf, just hanging out being pretty cool. Similar to Gloin, but not that similar. Well, kinda similar... ok, you let us …

On the Doorstep Bilbo Baggins

October 31st, 2018


Our first repeat. In this episode we take a closer look at the Baggins sphere hero, Bilbo Baggins. This card probably will rank better than the lore version of Bilbo, but you never know

Steward of Gondor

October 31st, 2018


That staple leadership card... or is it? Join us as we talk about the Steward of Gondor.

Leadership Ally Faramir

October 31st, 2018


In this episode of Card Talk, we talk about everyone's second favorite captain of Gondor (even his father's!), Faramir. The leadership ally has a pretty awesome effect, but is that enough for us to give him just a few …

Citadel Plate

October 31st, 2018


In this episode, we talk about the original armor from the core set. How do you get past the hill troll in Journey Down the Anduin without the …

Spirit Eowyn

October 31st, 2018


In this episode, we look at Eowyn. The core spirit hero that is known for her questing ability, but can she do more? Guess we'll find out

Core Gandalf

October 31st, 2018


We take on Gandalf, the ally from the core set. We both think this guy is a powerhouse, but is he overpowered? Take a look.

Spirit Hero Glorfindel

October 31st, 2018


In this episode, we talk about the lowest threat hero in the game thus far, Glorfindel. We all see that he has huge upside potential, but are there any downsides? Watch and find out!   SHOW MORE        

Boots from Erebor

October 31st, 2018


In this episode of card talk, we take a closer look at a neutral attachment that can only be used on Dwarfs or Hobbits. It's our first non-hero card and we had a great time putting it together!

Leadership Aragorn

October 31st, 2018


In this episode Grant and I discuss one of the most popular heroes in the game, Aragorn. Here we talk about the first version of of Aragorn released …

Hero Gloin

October 31st, 2018


In this episode, we take an in-depth look at Gloin, the wise dwarf among the adventurers to Erebor.

Tactics Hero Boromir

October 30th, 2018


In this video, we talk about Boromir, the warrior from Gondor. He spent his whole life fighting the forces of Mordor. No wonder he was first released …

Lore Hero Bilbo

October 30th, 2018


In this episode, we talk about the Lore Hero version of Bilbo. It seems that Grant and I pretty much agree on him and all that he is to the game. Not sure if that's good or bad!        

Spirit Hero Frodo Baggins

October 30th, 2018


In this inaugural episode of Card Talk, Grant and I tackle one of the staples of Lord of the Rings canon, Frodo Baggins. This spirit hero is a great card all around, garnering 3 rings from me and 4 rings from Grant. …

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