I played Castle Daerion agaisnt 4 heroes and got my ass handed to me, even with Palamon failing his recruiting roll for like 10 turns out of 15.
Here's a little premises:
-The heroes had what imho is the perfect group. Wildlander Jain, Runemaster Tahra (with Exploding Rune of course), Spiritspeaker Ashrian and Knight Syndrael (again of course with Defend...and Defense Training)
-We used the FAQ
-This was the last quest of Act I before the Interlude, and the heroes had won all, getting nice equipment in the process as well, in particular Jain with Helm Greatbow and Mana Weave and Syndrael with Chainmail and Shield of the Dark God
-In Encounter 1 I managed to kill 2 villagers, then they were all in the cabin permanently huddled to the knight
So, right from the start I knew I couldn't block the stairway because it's silly to huddle monster with a Runemaster in the party. Syndrael used her Feat to have her and Ashrian run right in the throne room, and Ashrian stunned the Ettins. Tahra and Jain stayed a little behind and went to town on my flesh moulders. Ser Palamon moved far enough (with the FAQ he can do it) to get out of range of anything but the zombies, which proved ineffective against 2 grey defence die. I could only play a Dash on the master Ettin to get a blow in and that was that.
On the second turn I already knew I lost. The ettins were completely wiped out in one turn, and Alric's health was halved. Syndrael was hugging Palamon the whole time and the rest of the group positioned so that I couldn't make optimal use of Overpower. On my third turn, I had Alric at 1 health remaining and the map clear of monsters, except the master I could respawn every turn. They took their time to leisurely search tokens and even explore a secret room.
So that is that for the most difficult quest of Act I. Maybe if I won First Blood and could choose it as the first quest. Maybe if the heroes weren't smart enough to spend their first single XP on Shared Pain, Defend and Exploding Rune. Maybe if Palamon couldn't move and/or he had his original defense. Maybe if Ashrian wasn't there. Maybe.
What's your opinion on Castle Daerion post-FAQ, as both heroes and Overlords?
Edited by No Hero, 29 October 2013 - 11:01 AM.