Please help me determine the correct way to play the Source of Sickness quest. The only critical point of contention was the following:
When a plague worm is reinforced, does the overlord receive 2 fatigue tokens?
Under "Infestation" the rules read "Place 2 fatigue tokens in the overlord's play area for each infested villager discarded."
Under "Reinforcements" the rules read "At the start of each overlord turn, he may discard an infested villager not being carried to place a minion plague worm in an empty adjacent space."
Thus a literal reading of the rules seems to indicate a "yes."
1.) If a plague worm is killed by the heroes, the overlord will immediately receive 2 fatigue tokens at the beginning of her next turn. As
a.) the heroes cannot remove any infested villagers until they happen upon the Mending Talisman
b.) there are 5 infested villagers
c.) the overlord needs 10 fatigue tokens to win
this circumstance leads to effectively untouchable plague worms. All the heroes can do is run unless they want to give the overlord a quick victory.
2.) As the heroes need to be spending actions on searching to find the talisman, on discarding plague casks, and on curing infested villagers, to say nothing of combat initiated by overlord aggression, the heroes cannot run from the plague worms for long.
3.) Once the plague worms catch up to the heroes, the combination of their burrow ability and their width of 2 spaces enables even one plague worm to cut off escape routes for the heroes, and with more they can be completely trapped.
4.) If the overlord manages to discard the Mending Talisman, the heroes can be left in a circumstance where it can be demonstrated with absolute mathematical certainty that the overlord will win the quest, even though no victory conditions have been met yet, and may not be met for several more turns:
a.) overlord has 8 or 9 fatigue tokens
b.) 3 of those are from discarding the Mending Talisman
c.) at least 1 infested villager remains on the board
(Alternatively: The overlord has 6 or more fatigue tokens, 3 from the Mending Talisman, and there are at least 2 infested villagers remaining on the board.)
Thus all that is good and right in the world seems to indicate a "no."
What are your thoughts?
Edited by HPots735, 19 November 2013 - 09:27 AM.