We’ve recently marked our third anniversary here at Master of Lore! My first post titled “Greetings and Goals” was published on February 11, 2013. I remember that I had just begun playing this game in earnest during Christmas of 2012 and was catching up to the rest of the community. Heirs of Númenor had been recently released and “The Steward’s Fear” was on the boat. It was the first scenario that I was able to anticipate along with rest of the community and it remains my favorite adventure pack to this day.
Much has changed since this blog started. The community has grown immensely, as have the online resources for enjoying the game. I’ve dabbled in producing a few of these myself – trying out some of my own video playthroughs, making custom dividers for storing my cards, and creating an interactive atlas (which I’m quite fond of and would love to keep working on some day). The blog has taken on an amazing co-author, Derek aka “Shipprekk” of the Grey Company, and while we’ve found time to write more “Hasty Strokes” than full feature articles in the past year, our passion for Tolkien and this game remains undiminished.
The biggest change for me since this blog began, however, has been a personal one. I was married on May 30, 2015! Regular readers who have been wondering why I hardly posted anything for over a year may now have some idea as to what I have been up to. Being a husband is now my life’s primary adventure! Keeping up with my LOTR hobby has become a side quest, often left untouched in the staging area while I keep making progress on the more exciting main journey. Indeed, the days of writing meticulously researched articles with more words than years of the First Age are likely behind me.
That said, you will notice that I have begun making somewhat regular posts again this month. These maintain my original goal of introducing the lore and deeper themes of Tolkien’s work, showcasing artwork portraying Middle-earth, and commenting on thematic play of the LOTR LCG. They will simply be shorter. Perhaps some readers will even find this to be a welcome change!
And so as we celebrate our third anniversary at Master of Lore, I want to offer my sincerest thanks to all of my readers and commenters, Derek, and the whole LOTR LCG fan community for being such a wonderful fellowship. May our road go ever on and on. And as always, happy questing!