After this long absence and some hectic War of the Ring playing I have made the following conclusions:
First. This is the first time I play anything outside the usual games and outside the cope of D&D. So my oppinion might not be that informed:
The Game (WotR)is wonderful! We (me and me Brother) actually spend the whole long weekend on the thing. It's a joy to play except for the bloody units that are sometimes way too much for the small territory spaces....
Boring? No. And I say again NO. I love the whole ring bearer strategy. The units are wonderful and begs a good artistic hand with a brush
. The gameplay is light hearted but deep enough to hook you.
It took me and my brother pretty much a whole day to get our heads around WotR... but it was definately worth it. First few games we messed up big-time - actually pretty funny.
You have to read that manual Carefully. It's all there, but you have to read, read again and cross reference.
Theres quite a bit of luck involved but it keeps the game very eventful and entertaining. I don't mind.
I dunno how some people figure the thing out in 4 hours but whatever their method, we had a blast through our 8 hours.
All in all, a Terrific Game!