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Middle Earth QuestMIDDLE-EARTH QUEST kind of came out of nowhere. When it was announced last year around the time that the WORLD OF WARCRAFT ADVENTURE BOARD GAME came out, I was already well into railing against boring, repetitive adventure games and the thought of yet another Tolkien-themed game wasn't exactly something I was anticipating with excitement.

But here it is then, the best game of 2009 reviewed at Cracked LCD. MEQ is yet another masterfully designed and executed highline FFG title with a Corey Konieczka design credit. Between STARCRAFT, BSG, and now MEQ I think Mr. Konieczka has demonstrated that we do not have to be playing and designing the same games we've been experiencing for the past 25 years- we can go new places and do new things, even in worlds that we've been before.

Yes, I got this game for free, they sent it to me. And no, it doesn't matter if I paid $200 for it, it'd still be the same incredible game.


MIDDLE-EARTH QUEST Michael BarnesFollow Michael Barnes Follow Michael Barnes Message Michael Barnes



Sometime in the early 1980s, MichaelBarnes’ parents thought it would be a good idea to buy him a board game to keep him busy with some friends during one of those high-pressure, “free” timeshare vacations. It turned out to be a terrible idea, because the game was TSR’s Dungeon! - and the rest, as they say, is history. Michael has been involved with writing professionally about games since 2002, when he busked for store credit writing for Boulder Games’ newsletter. He has written for a number of international hobby gaming periodicals and popular Web sites. From 2004-2008, he was the co-owner of Atlanta Game Factory, a brick-and-mortar retail store. He is currently the co-founder of FortressAT.com and Nohighscores.com as well as the Editor-in-Chief of Miniature Market’s Review Corner feature. He is married with two childen and when he’s not playing some kind of game he enjoys stockpiling trivial information about music, comics and film.

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