The Game All Tolkien Fans Have Been Dreaming About

I don't know if there are two phrases that gamers love more than "Collector's Edition" and "Anniversary Edition". Ask any Axis & Allies fan about the Anniversary Edition that was released around Christmas of 2008 and they'll get this wistful and glow-y look about them, or in some cases they'll get a frustrated and angered look and you'll know that they missed out. Ask Euro Game fans about the Collector's Treasure Chest Edition of Settlers of Catan, and the drool will start to pour from all corners; it's certainly a site to behold. Most of the time these are the kind of games that only really serious collectors and those with some serious expendable income will even consider taking home with them, but they are the kinds of games that everyone who loves board games of any kind wishes was part of their home collection.

This game is no different. Not to be confused with the Strategy Game released by SPI in 1977, this War of the Ring is from Fantasy Flight Games and has been a staple of Tolkien fans and War Game connesuirs since it's release in 2004. It's currently ranked the 16th best overall game on and is, perhaps more interestingly, the 7th best War Game on Boardgamegeek. This reissue of the game is massive, really massive ... I mean the original game was massive, this is ... Enormous. It speaks for itself, in several languages, and with an intimidating baritone/bass the likes of James Earl Jones. This is a serious game. 

Fantasy Flight Games has gone out of their way to make a truly gorgeous product. The announced contents are enough to make other games cower in the corner and wish they could be War of the Rings Collector's Edition when they grow up. It reads as such:

- Gorgeously painted wooden and resin box expertly crafted to resemble an ancient elven tome. Its cover adorned with elvish calligraphy.
- Individual velvet-lined compartments, which accommodate the game’s many components.
- 246 exquisitely hand-painted miniatures (including a special Gollum figure previously only available through promotions, and a never-before-seen Nazgûl figure).
- An updated game board, 25% larger than that of the standard edition.
- Revised, larger, and easier to read game cards.
- All-new art by John Howe as well as elvish calligraphy by Daniel Reeve and David Salo.
- An embroidered velvet bag to use for drawing Hunt tiles.
- Specially-molded marbled dice and updated tokens.
- An updated 80-page rulebook, faux leather-bound, featuring a gold-embossed title, and several full page, full color illustrations by John Howe.

That's a murderer's row of features if I've ever seen one.

Now why would I tell you about all of this? Why would I aggravate your salivary gland so brazenly? Well, it's because we have two of them at the Saint Charles store ... Yeah, you heard me right. And it's only $500.00 ... That tax return is looking mighty good right about now if I you know what I'm saying.

It occurs to me that all these words from me are good and all, but perhaps all you really needed to see was this:


"Do You Guys Carry Games Workshop?" "Yes, Yes We Do!"

It's been a few months now that all of our stores have carried Games Workshop again and we still get the regular question: "Do you guys carry Games Workshop anymore?", and an even more regular occurrence is when someone comes into the store and says "You guys carry GW again?!?!". But, yes we do all carry a wide assortment of GW products again and we are going to make sure that the stock on our shelves stays fresh and updated with regularity as well as making sure that we always have the kind of things in stock that you'd need to get a brand new army off the ground. 

And all the Fantasy Shop Locations will be buying used Games Workshop Miniatures and we will be beginning a "Spare Bits" program at the Saint Charles Store. At any of the four Fantasy Shop locations you will be able to trade in your old Games Workshop Miniatures for Cash or Store Credit. Plastic Miniatures will be bought for 25 Cents a piece and Pewter Miniatures will be bought for 50 Cents a piece with larger miniatures like Tanks/Dreadnoughts/Giants and whatnot being bought for $1-$2 depending on the miniature. Those are the cash prices for the miniatures though if you want Store Credit for the miniatures you can get 30% more for your minis. And coming very soon we will have a random bits program at the Saint Charles Store! That's right there will be boxes of random bits that you can pick through and get 25 Cents a piece. But if you're looking to get rid of old beat up minis or spare bits that have been cluttering up your miniatures case, then come on in!