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My friends and I have gotten interested in playing LotR, but we don't know where to start.
Other than the rulebook are any of the books necessary to play the game?
I also read somewhere that the new rulebook doesn't list stats for as many models as it used to, is this a problem?
Basically we'd like to know the best way to go about starting to play the game. I've read that the game system is easy to learn, but it seems like getting into the game isn't as straightfoward as something like warhammer, which we currently play. Any help/advice will be greatly appreciated, thanks.
First off welcome to LOTR, hope you like the game as much as I do.
The main Rulebook is the only must-have purchase other than models. It lists pretty much all the main armies, along with stats and points.
The source books aren't necessarily needed, treat them as you would an Army book or Codex, if you play the force mentioned in the source book then it's a great purchase for you.
The only other book I highly recommend getting is the Legions of Middle Earth. It lists every army, which armies they can ally with and has the tournament rules along with a model max chart and bow limit chart.
Welcome to game.
Stunted Merc pretty much nailed it.
You need the rulebook and minis at the minimum. Next would be Legions as it allows for Warhammer type battles, then the Sourcebooks as they have rules and info for some units and Characters not in the rulebook since they are newer creations.