Had an epic 2-hour stalemate against the Hunt for Gollum encounter deck last night (2 hours! On Gollum! I know, right?!). Actually, we won in the end, but it was a super near thing. The encounter deck spits out so many locations in that quest that we just couldn't keep up, and in some rounds it was all we could do just to break even during the quest phase. So my question is this: how do you all manage large numbers of locations (4-6.. we may have had 7 out at one point) in the staging area?
I've never had a problem with the Hunt for Gollum before, but I guess the Northern Trackers must have come out in a timely manner in previous games. Last night it was a two player game. I had Beravor, Thalin and Legolas. The other player had Aragorn, Eleanor and Eowyn. Both Lorien Guides were in play, but that only helped vs. the active location. The Northern Trackers just didn't want to come out of the deck. I wanted to use my card draw on Beravor to speed up my partner to get those trackers out, but I had to keep questing Beravor just to keep from losing. I found myself wishing I had brought Bilbo instead.
Eventually I hit 50 threat and was out, but it was in this turn, and in the following turn, that both trackers finally came out and got played. Within 2-3 rounds the game was won. Those things DESTROY the Hunt for Gollum encounter deck. Are there any other ways to manage it?!
Aside from the core set, I currently have Gollum and the Carrock adventure packs.
Thanks for any replies!