One Collector's Edition To Rule Them All
Steve and I managed to sneak in a game of War of the Ring today around the excruciating Texas win over OU. It was a military slugfest, with the Free People's giving as good as they got for a while. Finally, the hobbits ascended the last step on Mount Doom, looked over the edge...and shuddered as The Shire and Edoras fell in quick succession to give the Shadow a military victory. The game came down to both sides being one move away from a win, but my Fellowship was revealed one step away from victory with the last tile draw, meaning they needed two moves--a hide and then a move--to dunk the Ring, and that was all the opening Steve needed to claim Edoras before the hobbits could make their last move.
Steve (and I think Jon, too?) has the amazing ability to know the starting setup without looking at the rulebook. (Me, I spent all game trying to differentiate between Rohan and Gondor, referring to their armies as "the ones with the little shields and the ones with the big shields," never being certain which was which.) So as we opened my WotR set for the first time and set it up, Steve figured out instantly that I was short one regular orc figure. No big deal--I've written to FFG before about missing or messed up pieces and they've always fixed it quickly and without question.
As I prepared to email FFG, I went on BGG to figure out if the piece has a name that I need to refer to so I could request a new one. As I did so, I came across this:
War of the Ring Collector's Edition Pre-orders (official)
Only 299.99 (don't call it 300) Euros. That's 450 in American smackeroos! Only 2000 copies will be made. Only 1000 will be available this year and only 400 in the US (through Fantasy Flight). I don't really know what to say about this...other than I can't wait to see this thing when you get it, Ben. (I know Joe Fling will get one, right Joe?)
Speaking of Ben (I know...you're thinking "Who is this Ben person?"), sorry about your Golden Domers. We were rooting hard for a ND win over USC. But at least your team didn't lose twice.