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  1. Solo Campaign: Peril In Pelargir. My deck contained Aragorn (Ta), Gandalf and Glorfindel (Sp), with 31 threat and a opening hand (after a mulligan) containing Gandalf's Staff, Bow of Yew, another Gandalf's Staff, A Test of Will, Light of Valinor and Pippin. I set up the quest by making The Leaping Fish the active location, attaching Alcaron's Scroll to Gandalf, adding a Harbor Thug to the staging area and shuffling the encounter deck. Round One began with Aragorn, Gandalf and Glorfindel gaining a resource each before I drew Arwen Undomiel (top card: Ranger of Cardolan). I paid 1 from Glorfindel to play Light of Valinor on him and played Bow of Yew on Glorfindel. I discarded Harbor Storehouse, then committed Aragorn (for 3) and Glorfindel (for 3, without exhausting). I drew Market Square, adding it to the staging area. I committed 6 vs 5 threat so added 1 progress to The Leaping Fish. I was forced to engage the Harbor Thug. The Harbor Thug attacked Gandalf (drawing Lossarnach Bandit for no effect), doing no damage before Glorfindel struck back, killing the Harbor Thug. At the end of the round I refreshed my cards and increased my threat to 32. Round Two began with Aragorn, Gandalf and Glorfindel gained a resource before I drew Ranger of Cardolan (top card: Legolas). I paid 2 from Aragorn and Gandalf to play Legolas (top card: Wizard Pipe). I discarded Market Square, then committed Aragorn (for 3) and Glorfindel (for 3, without exhausting). I drew Lurking In Shadows, which surged to another Harbor Thug, which was added to the staging area. I committed 6 vs 5 threat so added another progress to The Leaping Fish. I engaged the Harbor Thug. The Harbor Thug attacked Gandalf (drawing Harbor Storehouse, which drew Lossarnach Bandit for no effect), doing no damage. Glorfindel and Legolas attacked and killed the Harbor Thug. Legolas allowed me to draw Wizard Pipe (top card: Bilbo Baggins). I ended the round by refreshing my cards and raising my threat to 33. The third round began with adding resources before I drew Bilbo Baggins (top card: Magic Ring). I paid 2 from Glorfindel to play Arwen Undomiel. I discarded Pelargir Docks, then committed Aragorn (for 3), Arwen (for 0, buffing Gandalf), Glorfindel (for 3, without exhausting) and Legolas (for 3). I drew Collateral Damage (discarding City Streets and another Collateral Damage and increasing my threat to 35). I committed 9 vs 3 threat so added 4 progress to The Leaping Fish, exploring it, and adding 2 progress to stage 1B. I paid 1 from Gandalf to move to Market Square. I ended the round by refreshing my cards and increasing my threat to 36. Round Four began with adding resources before I drew Magic Ring (top card: Rhovanion Outrider). I paid 2 from Aragorn to play Merry and paid 1 from Gandalf and Glorfindel to play Magic Ring on Aragorn. I committed Aragorn (for 3), Arwen (for 0, buffing Gandalf), Glorfindel (for 3, without exhausting) and Legolas (for 3). I drew Harbor Thug, adding it to the staging area. I committed 9 vs 2 threat so added 1 progress to Market Square, exploring it, and added 6 progress to stage 1B, exploring it. Stage 2 attached Alcaron's Scroll to the Harbor Thug in the staging area. I was forced to engage another Harbor Thug. The Harbor Thug attacked Gandalf (drawing Zealous Traitor for no effect), doing no damage. Glorfindel attacked and killed the Harbor Thug before I exhausted Magic Ring and increased my threat to 37 to play Alcaron's Scroll on Aragorn). At the end of the round I refreshed my cards and increased my threat to 38. Round Five began with adding resources before I drew Rhovanion Outrider (top card: Defender of Rammas). I paid 1 from Aragorn and Gandalf to play Defender of Rammas (top card: Feint). I committed Aragorn (for 3), Arwen (for 0, buffing Gandalf), Glorfindel (for 3, without exhausting) and Legolas (for 3). I drew a third Collateral Damage (discarding Zealous Traitor, Pickpocket, City Streets, Local Trouble, another City Streets and Harbor Thug and increasing my threat to 42). I committed 9 vs 0 threat so added 9 progress to stage 2B. I ended the round by refreshing my cards and raising my threat to 43. Round Six began with adding resources before I drew Feint (top card: The Galadhrim's Greeting). I paid 2 from Glorfindel and 1 from Gandalf to play The Galadhrim's Greeting (top card: Defender of Rammas), lowering my threat to 37. I committed Aragorn (for 3), Arwen (for 0, buffing Defender of Rammas), Gandalf (for 3) and Glorfindel (for 3, without exhausting). I drew Lurking In Shadows, which surged to Pickpocket, adding it to the staging area. I committed 9 vs 3 threat so added 6 progress to stage 2B, exploring it. Stage 3 added a Harbor Thug to the staging area and shuffled the encounter deck. I was forced to engage the Harbor Thug and Pickpocket. The Harbor Thug attacked the Defender of Rammas (drawing Zealous Traitor for no effect), doing no damage. The Pickpocket made a undefended attack on Glorfindel, drawing Umbar Assassin for no effect, removing a resource from Aragorn, discarding Feint and doing 1 damage. Glorfindel attacked and killed the Harbor Thug. Legolas attacked and killed the Pickpocket. I drew Defender of Rammas (top card: Boromir). At the end of the round I refreshed my cards and increased my threat to 38. Round Seven began with adding a resource to each of my heroes before I drew Boromir (top card: Bilbo Baggins). I paid 1 from Gandalf and Glorfindel to play Bilbo Baggins (top card: The Galadhrim's Greetings). I committed Aragorn (for 2), Arwen (for 2, buffing the Defender of Rammas), Bilbo (for 2), Glorfindel (for 3, without exhausting), Legolas (for 1) and Pippin (for 2). I drew Collateral Damage (discarding Lost In The City, Pickpocket, Pelargir Docks, Local Trouble. I was forced to shuffle the encounter discard pile into a new encounter deck and discard Harbor Thug, Lost In The City, another Harbor Thug and another Collateral Damage, increasing my threat to 40). I committed 12 willpower vs 0 threat so added 12 progress to stage 3B. At the end of the round I refreshed my cards and increased my threat to 41. Round Eight began with adding resources before I drew The Galadhrim's Greeting (top card: A Test of Will). I paid 2 from Aragorn and 1 from Gandalf and Glorfindel to play Ranger of Cardolan. I committed Aragorn (for 2), Arwen (for 2, buffing the Defender of Rammas), Bilbo (for 2), Glorfindel (for 3, without exhausting), Legolas (for 1), Pippin (for 2) and Ranger of Cardolan (for 2). I drew Harbor Storehouse, adding it to the staging area. I committed 14 vs 1 threat so added 13 progress to stage 3B, exploring it and winning the game. At the end of the game my score was: Completed rounds (7): (70). Total Threat: 41. Total VP: 3. Final Score: 108.
  2. My go-to powerhouse deck is a Elrond/Gandalf/Sporfindel deck with Vilya for game breaking awesomeness
  3. In the last couple of days I've started to think that the game is coming to an end.
  4. Shadow on the East is on the PDF that my FLGS gets as coming out on the 1st in the UK (at the entirely wrong time of the month for my finances).
  5. According to the pdf my FLGS's supplier puts out the last Circle Undone pack is out on Friday.
  6. This looks like it could be a good one.
  7. I tend to include one or two (my current deck has Mithril Coat to play on Spirit Frodo), but it's not a 'use at all costs' cards and it's a one-of. It'll be handy if I can get it on Frodo since he's a damage sponge (I play Loragorn so can control the threat rise) but if it doesn't get into play it's not game over.
  8. SOLO CAMPAIGN SCENARIO 4: THE STEWARD'S FEAR My heroes were Aragorn (Lo), Frodo Baggins and Glorfindel (Sp), with 24 threat and a opening hand (after a mulligan) containing A Test of Will, Arwen Undomiel, Drinking Song, Gandalf (Core), Northern Tracker and The Galadhrim's Greeting. I set up the scenario by creating the Underworld deck, put cards aside, selecting a random Villain and Plot card, made the Fourth Star (with 1 Underworld card attached) the active location and shuffled the encounter deck Round One began with Aragorn, Frodo and Glorfindel gaining a resource each and my drawing Light of Valinor. In the planning phase I paid 1 from Glorfindel to play Light of Valinor on himself. In the quest phase I committed Aragorn and Glorfindel. I drew A Knife In The Back, which surged to Undeworld Dissident, which was added to the staging area. I committed 5 willpower vs 2 threat so added 3 progress to The Fourth Star. In the encounter phase I engaged the Underworld Dissident. After adding a shadow card the Underworld Dissident made a undefended attack on Frodo, increasing my threat to 27 before Frodo and Glorfindel attacked and killed the Underworld Dissident. At the end of the round I refreshed my cards and increased my threat to 28. Round two began with my heroes gaining a resource each before I drew Fast Hitch. In the planning phase I paid 2 from Frodo to play Arwen Undomiel, paid 1 from Aragorn to play Fast Hitch on Frodo and opted to play Drinking Song (shuffling my hand into my deck and drawing Magic Ring, Light of Valinor, Asfaloth, Elrond's Counsel and Woodmen's Clearing) and played Woodmen's Clearing on The Fourth Star. I played Elrond's Counsel to buff Aragorn and lower my threat to 25, then committed Arwen (buffing Frodo), Aragorn (with buff), Frodo (refreshing with Fast Hitch), Glorfindel (without exhausting). I drew Storehouse, adding it to the staging area with 1 Underworld card under it. I committed 10 willpower vs 2 threat so added 2 progress to The Fourth Star, exploring it so that I drew Miner of the Iron Hills, added a resource to stage 1B and lowered my threat to 22 before I flipped the Underworld card to A Scrap of History. I exhausted Frodo to claim A Scrap of History, add it to the victory display and add a resource to stage 1B. In the travel phase I travelled to the Storehouse. At the end of the round I refreshed my cards and increased my threat to 23. Round three began with each of my heroes gaining a resource before I drew Rhovanion Outrider. In the planning phase I paid 2 from Glorfindel and 1 from Frodo to play Rhovanion Outrider and paid 2 from Aragorn to play Asfaloth on Glorfindel. In the quest phase I committed Arwen (buffing Frodo), Frodo (refreshing with Fast Hitch), Glorfindel (without exhausting) and Rhovanion Outrider. I drew Underworld Dissident, adding him to the staging area. I committed 8 willpower vs 3 threat so added 2 progress to Storehouse, exploring it and adding another resource to stage 1B. I flipped the Underworld card to A Prisoner, adding it to the staging area. I engaged the Underworld Dissident. After adding a shadow card the Underworld Dissident attacked Frodo, drawing Market Square for no effect and doing no damage. Aragorn and Glorfindel attacked and killed the Underworld Dissident. At the end of the round I refreshed my cards and increased my threat to 24. Round four began with my heroes each gaining a resource before I drew The Galadhrim's Greeting. I paid 1 from Frodo and Glorfindel to play Magic Ring on Aragorn. In the quest phase I committed Aragorn, Arwen (buffing Frodo), Frodo (refreshing with Fast Hitch), Glorfindel (without exhausting) and Rhovanion Outrider. I drew City Street, which surged to Houses of the Dead (adding 2 Underworld cards). I committed 10 willpower vs 6 threat so quested successfully. In the travel phase I travelled to City, then exhausted Asfaloth to explore it, adding a final resource to stage 1B and exploring it. Stage 2 revealed the Plot card, Up In Flames, and made Roots of Mindolluin (adding 1 Underworld card). I exhausted Frodo to claim A Prisoner, adding it to the victory display and add 2 resources to stage 2B. At the end of the round I refreshed my cards, increased my threat to 25, added a resource to Up In Flames and discarded Elrond's Counsel. Round five began with my heroes gaining a resource each before I drew Wingfoot. I paid 1 from Aragorn to play Wingfoot on himself, then exhausted Asfaloth to add 2 progress to Roots of Mindolluin. I committed Aragorn (naming Enemy for Wingfoot), Arwen (buffing Frodo), Frodo (refreshing with Fast Hitch) and Rhovanion Outrider (adding 1 progress to Houses of the Dead and buffing himself). I drew Lurking In Shadows, which surged to Market Square, adding it to the staging area. I committed 11 willpower vs 7 threat so added 3 progress to Roots of Mindolluin, exploring it, flipping the Underworld card to Pickpocket and adding it to the staging area, refreshing Aragorn. I travelled to Houses of the Dead. I opted to engage the Pickpocket. The Pickpocket attacked Frodo (I was forced to discard a resource from Frodo and discard Light of Valinor from my hand). The Pickpocket attacked Frodo, drawing False Lead for no effect and doing no damage. Glorfindel attacked and destroyed the Pickpocket. I ended the round by refreshing my cards, increasing my threat to 26, adding a resource to Up In Flames and discarding The Galadhrim's Greeting and Ranger of Cardolan. Round six began with each hero gaining a resource before I drew Henamarth Riversong. I paid 2 from Glorfindel and 1 from Frodo to play The Galadhrim's Greeting, lowering my threat to 20 and paid 1 from Aragorn to play Henamarth Riversong before exhausting Henamarth to scry the encounter deck. I committed Aragorn (naming Location for Wingfoot), Arwen (buffing Frodo), Frodo (refreshing with Fast Hitch), Glorfindel (without exhausting) and Rhovanion Outrider before exhausting Asfaloth to add 2 progress to Houses of the Dead. I drew City Streets, adding it to the staging area and refreshing Aragorn before it surged to Storehouse, which was added to the staging area. I committed 10 willpower vs 7 threat so added 1 progress to House of the Dead, exploring it and adding 1 resource to stage 2B. I flipped the Underworld cards to Secret Map and Pickpocket, adding them to the staging area. I was forced to travel to City Street before I exhausted Aragorn (exhausting Magic Ring and increasing my threat to 21 to refresh him) to claim the Secret Map and add it to the victory display to add 3 progress to City Streets, exploring it and adding a final resource to stage 2B, exploring it. Stage 3 revealed the Villain, Daughter of Beruthiel, and added her to the staging area before I shuffled the Underworld deck into the encounter deck. I was forced to engage the Pickpocket and the Daughter of Beruthiel. The Pickpocket made a undefended attack on Glorfindel (discarding the resource on Aragorn and Miner of the Iron Hills from my hand), drawing Underworld Dissident for no effect and doing 1 damage. The Daughter of Beruthiel attacked Frodo, drawing another Underworld Dissident for no effect and increasing my threat to 24 before I increased my threat to 28 to force her to stay engaged with me. Aragorn and Glorfindel attacked the Daughter of Beruthiel, doing 3 damage. At the end of the round I refreshed my cards, increased my threat to 29, added a resource to Up In Flames and discarded Mithril Shirt, Drinking Song and Fast Hitch. Round seven began with each of my heroes gaining a resource before I drew Unexpected Courage. I paid 1 from Frodo and Glorfindel to play Unexpected Courage on Aragorn before exhausring Henamarth to look at the top of the encounter deck. I committed Aragorn (refreshing with Unexpected Courage), Arwen (buffing Frodo), Frodo (refreshing with Fast Hitch), Glorfindel (without exhausting) and Rhovanion Outrider (buffing and adding a progress to Storehouse). I drew Lost In The City, which added a City Street to the staging area, then exhausted Asfaloth to add 2 progress to City Streets, exploring it. I committed 11 willpower vs 5 threat so added 6 progress to stage 3B. I paid 1 from Aragorn to play travel to Market Square. The Pickpocket made a undefended attack on Aragorn, doing 1 damage. The Daughter of Beruthiel attacked Frodo, increasing my threat to 32 before I increased my theat to 36 so that Aragorn and Glorfindel could kill her. I exhausted Magic Ring and increased my threat to 37 to refresh Aragorn, who immediately killed the Pickpocket. At the end of the round I refreshed my cards, increased my threat to 38, triggered Aragorn's ability to drop my threat to 24 and added a fourth resource to Up In Flames before I discarded Drinking Song, Wingfoot, Northern Tracker and another Northern Tracker. Round eight began with adding resources before I drew Woodmen's Clearing. I committed Aragorn (refreshing with Unexpected Courage), Arwen (buffing Frodo), Frodo (refreshing with Fast Hitch), Glorfindel (without exhausting), Henamarth and Rhovanion Outrider. I drew Local Trouble, which was attached to Aragorn. I committed 12 willpower vs 2 threat so added 1 progress to Market Square, exploring it, and added 9 progress to stage 3B, exploring it and winning the game. My final score was: Total completered Rounds (7): 70. Wounds on heroes: 2. Total Threat: 24. Total VP: 3. Final Score: 93.
  9. SOLO CAMPAIGN SCENARIO 3: SIEGE OF CAIR ANDROS Player Set Up. Heroes: Aragorn (Ta), Gimli (Ta) and Legolas (Ta). Starting Threat: 32. Starting Hand: Beorn, Beorning Guardian, Bow of Yew, Defender of Rammas, Honour Guard and Warrior Sword. Quest Set Up. Added The Approach, the Banks and The Citadel to the staging area. Shuffled the encounter deck. ROUND ONE Resource Phase. Added 1 resource to Aragorn. Added 1 resource to Gimli. Added 1 resource to Legolas. Drew Beorning Skin-Changer. Planning Phase. Paid 1 1 from Aragorn and Legolas to play Defender of Rammas. Played Bow of Yew on Legolas. Quest Phase. Committed: Aragorn (for 2) and Defender of Rammas (for 4). Drew The Masters Malice, which did nothing. Total Defence: 6. Total Threat: 6. Travel Phase. Travelled to the Citadel. Encounter Phase. No engagements. Combat Phase. No combat. Refresh Phase. Refreshed my cards. Increased my threat to 33. ROUND TWO Resource Phase. Added 1 resource to Aragorn. Added 1 resource to Gimli. Added 1 resource to Legolas. Drew Beorning Skin-Changer. Planning Phase. Paid 1 1 from Aragorn and Legolas to play Beorning Skin-Changer. Paid 2 from Gimli to play Honour Guard. Quest Phase. Committed: Aragorn (for 2), Beorning Skin-Changer (for 1) and Defender of Rammas (for 4). Drew Siege Raft, adding it to the staging area and adding 2 damage to The Banks. Total Defence: 7. Total Threat: 6. Added 1 progress to the Citadel. Travel Phase. No travel. Encounter Phase. Engaged the Siege Raft. Combat Phase. Discarded Beorning Skin-Changer to put Beorn into play. Added shadow card to Siege Raft. Siege Raft attacked Gimli (shadow card: The Masters Malice, for no effect), doing 2 damage, which I exhausted Honour Guard to remove 1. Legolas (doing 1 immediate damage) and Beorn attacked and destroyed the Siege Raft. Refresh Phase. Refreshed my cards. Increased my threat to 34. ROUND THREE Resource Phase. Added 1 resource to Aragorn. Added 1 resource to Gimli. Added 1 resource to Legolas. Drew Gondorian Shield. Planning Phase. Paid 1 1 from Aragorn to play Gondorian Shield on himself. Paid 1 from Gimli and Legolas to play Beorning Skin-Changer. Quest Phase. Committed: Aragorn (for 3), Beorning Skin-Changer (for 1) and Defender of Rammas (for 4). Drew Orc Scramblers, dealing 1 damage to The Approach, The Banks (discarding it) and The Citadel and adding it to the staging area. Drew The Power of Mordor, shuffling The Approach and Orc Scramblers into the encounter deck. Increased my threat to 37. Drew Orc Assault, crippling my characters for the round. Drew The Approach, adding it to the staging area. Total Defence: 3. Total Threat: 2. Added 1 progress to the Citadel. Travel Phase. No travel. Encounter Phase. No engagements. Combat Phase. No combat. Refresh Phase. Refreshed my cards. Increased my threat to 38. ROUND FOUR Resource Phase. Added 1 resource to Aragorn. Added 1 resource to Gimli. Added 1 resource to Legolas. Drew Defender of Rammas. Planning Phase. Paid 1 from Gimli and Legolas to play Defender of Rammas. Paid 1 from Aragorn to play Warrior Sword on Legolas. Quest Phase. Committed: Aragorn (for 3), Beorn (for 3), Beorning Skin-Changer (for 1) and Defender of Rammas (for 4). Drew Scourge of Mordor, discarding Proud Hunters. Total Defence: 11. Total Threat: 2. Added 9 progress to the Citadel, exploring it [Total VP: 3]. Travel Phase. Travelled to The Approach. Encounter Phase. No engagements. Combat Phase. No combat. Refresh Phase. Refreshed my cards. Increased my threat to 39. ROUND FIVE Resource Phase. Added 1 resource to Aragorn. Added 1 resource to Gimli. Added 1 resource to Legolas. Drew Beorning Guardian. Planning Phase. Paid 1 from Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas to play Beorning Guardian. Quest Phase. Committed: Aragorn (for 3), Beorn (for 3), Beorning Skin-Changer (for 1) and Defender of Rammas (for 4). Drew Haradrim Elite, adding it to the staging area. It immediately attacked the Defender of Rammas (shadow card: Mumak, for no effect), doing no damage. Total Defence: 11. Total Threat: 3. Added 7 progress to the Approach, exploring it [Total VP: 5]. Added 1 progress to stage 1B. Travel Phase. No travel. Encounter Phase. Engaged the Haradrim Elite. Combat Phase. Added shadow cards. The Haradrim Elite attacked Gimli shadow card: Lieutenant of Mordor, for no effect), doing (after exhausting the Honour Guard) 1 damage. Legolas (doing 1 immediate damage) and Beorning Guardian attacked and destroyed the Haradrim Elite. Refresh Phase. Refreshed my cards. Increased my threat to 40. ROUND SIX Resource Phase. Added 1 resource to Aragorn. Added 1 resource to Gimli. Added 1 resource to Legolas. Drew Beorning Beekeeper. Planning Phase. Paid 1 from Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas to play Beorning Guardian. Quest Phase. Committed: Aragorn (for 3), Beorn (for 3), Beorning Guardian (for 1), Beorning Skin-Changer (for 1) and Defender of Rammas (for 4). Drew Southron Mercenaries, adding it to the staging area. Total Defence: 12. Total Threat: 3. Added 9 progress to stage 1B, exploring it and advancing to stage 2. Travel Phase. No travel. Encounter Phase. Engaged the Southron Mercenary. Combat Phase. Glorfindel took 1 archery damage, exhausting Honour Guard to prevent it. Added shadow cards. The Southron Mercenary attacked the Defender of Rammas (shadow card: Orc Vanguard. I had to draw Southron Support, for no effect, and Orc Assault, for no effect), doing no damage. Legolas (doing 1 immediate damage) and Beorning Guardian attacked and killed the Southron Mercenaries, adding 2 progress to stage 2B. Refresh Phase. Refreshed my cards. Increased my threat to 41. ROUND SEVEN Resource Phase. Added 1 resource to Aragorn. Added 1 resource to Gimli. Added 1 resource to Legolas. Drew Giant Bear. Planning Phase. No planning. Quest Phase. Committed: Aragorn (for 3), Beorn (for 3), Beorning Guardian (for 1), Beorning Skin-Changer (for 1) and Defender of Rammas (for 4). Drew Orc Rabble, adding it to the staging area. Drew another Orc Rabble, adding it to the staging area. Total Defence: 12. Total Threat: 4. Added 8 progress to stage 2B, exploring it and advancing to stage 5. Drew another Orc Rabble, adding it to the staging area. Travel Phase. No travel. Encounter Phase. Engaged all three Orc Rabbles. Combat Phase. Added shadow cards. The first Orc Rabble attacked the Defender of Rammas (shadow card: Scourge of Mordor for +1 attack and drawing Orc Vanguard so drew Southron Mercenaries for +1 and drew Orc Scramblers for +2), killing him. The second Orc Rabble attacked Gimli (shadow card: Orc Arsonist for +1, I drew Southron Support, for no effect), doing 1 damage (after exhausting the Honour Guard). The final Orc Rabble attacked Aragorn (shadow card: Orc War Camp for +1), doing 2 damage. Legolas attacked the first Orc Rabble, killing it and adding 2 progress to stage 5B. Discarded the Beorning Skin-changer to play the Giant Bear. Giant Bear attacked and killed the second Orc Rabble. Beorning Guardian attacked and killed the third Orc Rabble. Refresh Phase. Refreshed my cards. Increased my threat to 42. ROUND EIGHT Resource Phase. Added 1 resource to Aragorn. Added 1 resource to Gimli. Added 1 resource to Legolas. Drew Defender of Rammas. Planning Phase. Paid 2 from Aragorn to play Defender of Rammas. Paid 2 from Gimli and Legolas to play Beorning Beekeeper. Quest Phase. Committed: Aragorn (for 3), Beorn (for 3), Beorning Guardian x2 (for 1 each), Defender of Rammas x2 (for 4 each), Giant Bear (for 3), Gimli (for 2), Honour Guard (for 1) and Legolas (for 1), Drew Orc Arsonist, adding it to the staging area. Total Defence: 23. Total Threat: 3. Added 20 progress to stage 5B, exploring it and winning the quest. My final score was: Finished rounds (7): 70. Total Threat: 42. Total VP: 5. Final Score: 107.
  10. SOLO CAMPAIGN SCENARIO 2: INTO ITHILIEN Player Set Up. My heroes were Elrond, Gandalf and Glorfindel (Sp), with 32 threat and a opening hand (after a mulligan) containing Light of Valinor, The Galadhrim's Greeting, Master of the Forge, Boromir, Asfaloth and Rhovanion Outrider. Quest Set Up. I added Celador to the staging area, made Ithilien Road the active location, added a Southron Company to the staging area and shuffled the encounter deck. ROUND ONE Resource Phase. I added a resource to Elrond, Gandalf and Glorfindel, then drew Gather Information. Planning Phase. I played Gather Information, played Daeron's Runes from the top of my deck (drawing Expert Treasure-Hunter and Master of the Forge and discarding Master of the Forge), paid 1 from Glorfindel to play Light of Valinor on himself and played Expert Treasure-Hunter on Gandalf. Quest Phase. I opted to attempt Gather Information, then committed Celador (for 2) and Glorfindel (for 3, without exhausting). I drew Ithilien Guardian, adding him to the staging area committted to the quest (for 2), he surged to Lost Companion, which removed the Ithilien Guardian from the quest. I committed 5 willpower vs 1 threat so added 4 progress to Ithilien Road, exploring it. I drew Northern Tracker. Travel Phase. No travel. Encounter Phase. I engaged the Southron Company. Combat Phase. The Southron Company attacked Elrond, drawing Mumak for no effect and doing no damage. Gandalf and Glorfindel attacked the Southron Company, killing it. Refresh Phase. I refreshed my cards and increased my threat to 33. ROUND TWO Resource Phase. I added a resource to Elrond, Gandalf and Glorfindel, then drew another Northern Tracker. Planning Phase. I played Daeron's Runes from the top of my deck (drawing Thalion and A Test Of Will and risking discarding A Test Of Will), paid 2 from Elrond to play Master of the Forge, exhausted the Master of the Forge (searching Warden of Healing, Explore Secret Ways, Bilbo Baggins, Scout Ahead and Wizard Pipe, adding Wizard Pipe to my hand and shuffling the rest back into my hand) and paid 2 from Elrond and Gandalf to play Thallion. Quest Phase. I opted to attempt Gather Information, then committed Celador (for 2), Glorfindel (for 3, without exhausting), Ithilien Guardian (for 2) and Thalion (for 2). I drew Southron Company, adding it to the staging area. I committed 9 willpower vs 1 threat so added 8 progress to Gather Information,exploring it (I searched my deck for Shadowfax, then shuffled it). Travel Phase. No travel. Encounter Phase. I engaged the Southron Company. Combat Phase. I refreshed Thalion before the Southron Company attacked Elrond, drawing Watchers In the Woods which increased my threat to 34 before the attack did no damage. Gandalf, Glorfindel and Thalion attacked the Southron Company, killing it. Refresh Phase. I refreshed my cards and increased my threat to 35. ROUND THREE Resource Phase. I added a resource to Elrond, Gandalf and Glorfindel, then drew Expert Treasure-Hunter. Planning Phase. I paid 1 from Gandalf and 2 from Glorfindel to play Shadowfax on Gandalf, then exhausted Master of the Forge (searching Faramir, Henamarth Riversong, Gandalf's Staff, Vilya and Woodmen's Clearing, adding Vilya to my hand and shuffling the rest back into my deck) and played Expert Treasure-Hunter on Glorfindel. Quest Phase. I committed Celador (for 2), Gandalf (for 3, refreshing with Shadowfax), Glorfindel (for 3, without exhausting), Ithilien Guardian (for 2) and Thalion (for 2). I drew Lost Companion, removing Thalion from the quest. I committed 10 attack vs no threat so added 10 progress to stage 1B. I drew Warden of Healing and another Master of the Forge. Travel Phase. No travel. Encounter Phase. No engagements. Combat Phase. No combat. Refresh Phase. I refreshed my cards and increased my threat to 36. ROUND FOUR Resource Phase. I added a resource to Elrond, Gandalf and Glorfindel, then drew Rhovanion Outrider. Planning Phase. I exhausted Master of the Forge (searching Gandalf's Staff, Woodmen's Clearing, Ring of Barahir, Gleowine and Hasty Stroke, adding Gandalf's Staff to my hand and shuffling the rest back into my deck), paid 2 from Elrond to play Warden of Healing and paid 1 from Gandalf and Glorfindel to play Gandalf's Staff on Gandalf. Quest Phase. I committed Celador (for 2), Gandalf (for 3, refreshing with Shadowfax), Glorfindel (for 3, without exhausting), Ithilien Guardian (for 2) and Thalion (for 2). I drew Overgrown Trail, adding it to the staging area. I committed 12 attack vs 4 threat so added 8 progress to stage 1B, exploring it, advancing to stage 3 and taking control of Celafor and Ithilien Guardian. I drew Necklace of Girion and Faramir. Travel Phase. Travelled to Overgrown Trail. Encounter Phase. No engagements. Combat Phase. I refreshed Thalion, then exhausted him to add 3 progress to Overgrown Trail, then exhausted Gandalf's Staff to add 1 resource to Elrond. Refresh Phase. I refreshed my cards and increased my threat to 37. ROUND FIVE Resource Phase. I added a resource to Elrond, Gandalf and Glorfindel, then drew Miner of the Iron Hills. Planning Phase. I exhausted Master of the Forge (searching Woodmen's Clearing, Ring of Barahir, another Ring of Barahir, Arwen Undomiel and The Galadhrim's Greeting, adding Ring of Barahir to my hand and shuffling the rest back into my deck), paid 2 from Elrond to play Asfaloth on Glorfindel and paid 1 from Gandalf to play Wizard Pipe on himself. Quest Phase. I committed Celador (for 2), Gandalf (for 3, refreshing with Shadowfax), Glorfindel (for 3, without exhausting), Ithilien Guardian (for 2) and Thalion (for 2). I drew another Overgrown Trail, adding it to the staging area. I committed 12 attack vs 4 threat so added 3 progress to the active Overgrown Trail, exploring it, and added 5 progress to stage 3B. I drew Elrond's Counsel and Woodmen's Clearing. Travel Phase. I travelled to Overgrown Trail, then exhausted Asfaloth to add 2 progress to it. Encounter Phase. No engagements. Combat Phase. I refreshed Thalion, then exhausted him to add 3 progress to Overgrown Trail, then exhausted Gandalf's Staff to add 1 resource to Glorfindel. Refresh Phase. I refreshed my cards and increased my threat to 38. ROUND SIX Resource Phase. I added a resource to Elrond, Gandalf and Glorfindel, then drew Explore Secret Ways. Planning Phase. I exhausted Master of the Forge (searching Unexpected Courage, Bilbo Baggins, Elrond's Counsel, A Burning Brand and Vilya, added Vilya to my hand and shuffled the rest back into my deck), paid 2 from Glorfindel to play Arwen, paid 2 from Gandalf to play Vilya on Elrond and paid 1 from Elrond to play Explore Secret Ways. Quest Phase. I opted to attempt Explore Secret Ways, then committed Arwen (for 2, buffing Elrond), Celador (for 2), Gandalf (for 3, refreshing with Shadowfax), Glorfindel (for 3, without exhausting), Ithilien Guardian (for 2) and Thalion (for 2). I drew Forest Bat, adding it to the staging area and doing 2 damage to Glorfindel (as well as removing him from the quest). I committed 11 attack vs 1 threat so added 1 progress to Overgrown Trail, exploring it, and added 9 progress to Explore Secret Ways, exploring it. I drew Elrond's Counsel and Daeron's Runes. Travel Phase. No travel. Encounter Phase. I engaged the Forest Bat. Combat Phase. I refreshed Thalion before the Forest Bat attacked him, drawing Southron Mercenaries for +1 attack and doing no damage. Glorfindel attacked and killed the Forest Bat before I exhausted Elrond and Vilya to discard and play Bofur. Refresh Phase. I refreshed my cards and increased my threat to 39. ROUND SEVEN Resource Phase. I added a resource to Elrond, Gandalf and Glorfindel, then drew Hasty Stroke. Planning Phase. I exhausted Master of the Forge (searching Hasty Stroke, A Burning Brand, Woodmen's Clearing, The Galadhrim's Greeting and Narya, added A Burning Brand to my hand and shuffled the rest back into my deck), paid 2 from Elrond to play A Burning Brand on him. Quest Phase. I committed Arwen (for 2, buffing Elrond), Celador (for 2), Gandalf (for 3, refreshing with Shadowfax), Glorfindel (for 3, without exhausting), Ithilien Guardian (for 2) and Thalion (for 2). I drew Southron Company, adding it to the staging area. I committed 14 willpower vs 1 threat so added 13 progress to stage 3B, exploring it and advancing to stage 4. I drew Light of Valinor and Rhovanion Outrider. Travel Phase. No travel. Encounter Phase. I engaged the Southron Company. Combat Phase. I refreshed Thalion before the Southron Company attacked Elrond, drawing Forest Bat and increasing my threat to 40 before the attack did no damage. Gandalf, Glorfindel and Thalion attacked and killed the Southron Company. Refresh Phase. I refreshed my cards and increased my threat to 41. ROUND EIGHT Resource Phase. I added a resource to Elrond, Gandalf and Glorfindel, then drew Woodmen's Clearing. Planning Phase. I paid 3 from Glorfindel and 1 from Elrond to play Northern Tracker. Quest Phase. I exhausted Warden of Healing to heal Glorfindel, then played 2 copies of Elrond's Counsel and 1 from the top of my deck to triple buff Gandalf an lower my threat to 32 and committed Arwen (for 2, buffing Elrond), Bofur (for 2), Celador (for 2), Elrond (for 2), Gandalf (for 6, refreshing with Shadowfax), Glorfindel (for 3, without exhausting), Ithilien Guardian (for 2), Northern Tracker (for 1) and Thalion (for 2). I drew Overgrown Trail, adding it to the staging area. I committed 24 willpower vs 4 threat so added 20 progress to stage 4B, exploring it and winning the quest. My final score was: Completed Rounds (7): 70. Total Threat: 32. Total VP: 2. Final Score: 100.
  11. SOLO CAMPAIGN SCENARIO 1: PERIL IN PELARGIR Player Set Up. My heroes were Elrond, Gandalf and Glorfindel (Sp), with 32 threat and an opening hand (after a mulligan) containing Henamarth Riversong, Bofur, Boromir, Light of Valinor, Ring of Barahir and The Arkenstone. Quest Set Up. I made The Leaping Fish the active location, attached Alcaron's Scroll to Elrond, searched the encounter deck for Harbour Thug and shuffled the encounter deck. ROUND ONE Resource Phase. I added a resource to Elrond, Gandalf and Glorfindel, then drew Galadriel. Planning Phase. I played Expert Treasure-Hunter on Glorfindel from the top of my deck, paid 1 from Elrond to play Henamarth Riversong and paid 1 from Glorfindel to play Light of Valinor on himself. Quest Phase. I discarded Lost In The City, then committed Gandalf (for 3), Glorfindel (for 3, without exhausting) and Henamarth Riversong (for 1). I drew Collateral Damage (discarding Lossarnach Bandit and Harbor Storehouse and increasing my threat to 34. The Harbour Thug engaged me). I committed 7 attack vs 0 threat so added 6 progress to The Leaping Fish, exploring it and added 1 progress to stage 1B. I drew Elrond's Counsel. Travel Phase. No travel. Encounter Phase. No engagements. Combat Phase. The Harbour Thug attacked Elrond, drawing Collateral Damage for no effect and doing no damage. Glorfindel attacked the Harbour Thug, doing 2 damage. Refresh Phase. I refreshed my cards and increased my threat to 35. ROUND TWO Resource Phase. I added a resource to Elrond, Gandalf and Glorfindel, then drew A Test of Will. Planning Phase. I paid 1 from Gandalf to play Cloak of Lorien on Elrond from the top of my deck. Quest Phase. I committed Gandalf (for 3), Glorfindel (for 3, without exhausting) and Henamarth Riversong (for 1). I drew City Streets, which surged to Lurking In Shadows, which moved the Harbour Thug back to the staging area. I committed 7 attack vs 4 threat so added 3 progress to stage 1B. Travel Phase. I was forced to travel to City Streets. Encounter Phase. I engaged the Harbor Thug. Combat Phase. The Harbour Thug attacked Elrond, drawing Local Trouble, for no effect and doing no damage. Glorfindel attacked the Harbour Thug, doing 2 damage, killing it. Refresh Phase. I refreshed my cards and increased my threat to 36. ROUND THREE Resource Phase. I added a resource to Elrond, Gandalf and Glorfindel, then drew Gandalf's Staff. Planning Phase. I paid 2 from Gandalf to play Warden of Healing from the top of my deck and paid 1 from Elrond and Gandalf to play Gandalf's Staff on Gandalf. Quest Phase. I committed Gandalf (for 3), Glorfindel (for 3, without exhausting) and Henamarth Riversong (for 1). I drew Harbour Thug, adding it to the staging area. I committed 7 attack vs 2 threat so added 2 progress to City Streets, exploring it, and added 3 progress to stage 1B, exploring it. Stage 2 added Alcaron's Scroll to the Harbour Thug in the staging area. I drew Warden of Healing. Travel Phase. No travel. Encounter Phase. I engaged the Harbor Thug. Combat Phase. The Harbour Thug attacked Elrond, drawing Zealous Traitor, for no effect and doing no damage. Glorfindel attacked the Harbour Thug, doing 2 damage. Refresh Phase. I refreshed my cards and increased my threat to 37. ROUND FOUR Resource Phase. I added a resource to Elrond, Gandalf and Glorfindel, then drew Cloak of Lorien. Planning Phase. No planning Quest Phase. I paid 1 from Glorfindel, then committed Bofur (for 1), Gandalf (for 3), Glorfindel (for 3, without exhausting) and Henamarth Riversong (for 1). I drew another Collateral Damage (discarding Zealous Traitor, Market Square, Umbar Assassin, City Streets, Lossarnach Bandit and Harbour Thug and increasing my threat to 41). I committed 8 attack vs 0 threat so added 8 threat to stage 2B. I moved Bofur to my hand and drew Woodmen's Clearing. Travel Phase. No travel. Encounter Phase. No engagements. Combat Phase. The Harbour Thug attacked Elrond, drawing Harbour Thug, for no effect and doing no damage. Glorfindel attacked the Harbour Thug, doing 2 damage and killing him, moving Alcaron's Scroll to the staging area. Refresh Phase. I refreshed my cards and increased my threat to 42. ROUND FIVE Resource Phase. I added a resource to Elrond, Gandalf and Glorfindel, then drew A Burning Brand. Planning Phase. I paid 2 from Elrond to play A Burning Brand on himself. Quest Phase. I exhausted Elrond to take control of Alcaron's Scroll and paid 1 from Glorfindel, then committed Bofur (for 1), Gandalf (for 3), Glorfindel (for 3, without exhausting) and Henamarth Riversong (for 1). I drew Harbor Storehouse, adding it to the staging area. I committed 8 attack vs 1 threat so added 7 progress to stage 2B, exploring it. Stage 3 added a Harbour Thug to the staging area. I returned Bofur to my hand and drew Woodmen's Clearing. Travel Phase. I travelled to Harbour Storehouse. Encounter Phase. I engaged the Harbour Thug. Combat Phase. The Harbour Thug made a undefended attack on Elrond, drawing and discarding Local Trouble and doing 3 damage, which I exhausted Warden of Healing to heal 2 of. Glorfindel attacked the Harbour Thug, doing 2 damage. Refresh Phase. I refreshed my cards and increased my threat to 43. ROUND SIX Resource Phase. I added a resource to Elrond, Gandalf and Glorfindel, then drew Daeron's Runes. Planning Phase. I played Daeron's Runes (drawing Vilya and Flame of Arnor and discarding Flame of Arnor), paid 2 from Glorfindel to play Unexpected Courage onto Elrond from the top of my deck and paid 2 from Gandalf to play Vilya on Elrond and paying 1 from Glorfindel to play Ring of Barahir on Elrond before exhausting Elrond (refreshing with Unexpected Courage) and Vilya to discard Asfaloth then play him on Glorfindel before exhausting Asfaloth to add 2 progress to the Harbour Storehouse. Quest Phase. I committed Gandalf (for 3), Glorfindel (for 3, without exhausting) and Henamarth Riversong (for 1). I drew Pelargir Docks, adding it to the staging area. I committed 7 willpower vs 4 threat so added 2 progress to Harbour Storehouse, exploring it, and added 1 progress to stage 3B. Travel Phase. I travelled to Pelargir Docks. Encounter Phase. No engagements. Combat Phase. The Harbour Thug made a undefended attack on Elrond, drawing and discarding Pickpocket and doing no damage. Glorfindel attacked the Harbour Thug, doing 2 damage and killing him. Refresh Phase. I exhausted Warden of Healing to heal Elrond, refreshed my cards and increased my threat to 44. ROUND SEVEN Resource Phase. I added a resource to Elrond, Gandalf and Glorfindel, then drew Bilbo Baggins. Planning Phase. I played Daeron's Runes from the top of my deck (drawing Light of Valinor and Hasty Stroke, then discarding Light of Valinor), played Woodmen's Clearing on Pelargir Docks, paid 1 from Elrond and Glorfindel to play Bilbo Baggins (searching my deck for Wizard Pipe, adding it to my hand and shuffling my deck) and exhausted Asfaloth to add 2 progress to Pelargir Docks. Quest Phase. I played Elrond's Counsel to buff Gandalf nd lower my threat to committed Bilbo (for 2), Elrond (for 3, refreshing Unexpected Courage), Gandalf (for 4), Glorfindel (for 3, without exhausting) and Henamarth Riversong (for 1). I drew Pickpocket, adding him to the staging area. I committed 13 willpower vs 3 threat so added 1 progress to Pelargir Docks, exploring it and lowering my threat to 38, and added 9 progress to stage 3B. I drew Rhovanion Outrider. Travel Phase. No travel. Encounter Phase. I engaged the Pickpocket (discarding a resource from Gandalf and discarded Cloak of Lorien from hand), then exhausted Elrond and Vilya to discard then put Gildor Inglorion into play from the top of my deck. Combat Phase. The Pickpocket attacked Gildor, drawing Zealous Traitor, for no effect and doing no damage. Glorfindel attacked the Pickpocket, doing 3 damage and killing him. Refresh Phase. I refreshed my cards and increased my threat to 39. ROUND EIGHT Resource Phase. I added a resource to Elrond, Gandalf and Glorfindel, then drew Miner of the Iron Hills. Planning Phase. I paid 3 from Elrond to play Galadriel (searching Daeron's Runes, Shadowfax, Elrond's Counsel, Warden of Healing and Vilya, attached Shadowfax to Gandalf and returned the others to the top of my deck). Quest Phase. I played Elrond's Counsel from the top of my deck to buff Gandalf nd lower my threat to 36, committed Bilbo (for 2), Elrond (for 3, refreshing Unexpected Courage), Galadriel (for 3), Gandalf (for 4, refreshing with Shadowfax), Gildor Inglorion (for 3), Glorfindel (for 3, without exhausting) and Henamarth Riversong (for 1). I drew Pelargir Docks, adding it to the staging area. I committed 19 willpower vs 4 threat so added 15 progress to stage 3B, exploring it and winning the game. At the end of the game my final score was: Total Finished Rounds (7): 70. Final Threat: 36. Total VP: 3. Final Score: 103.
  12. After 8 goes at Journey In The Dark ended with a wide variety of losses (I never managed to get past stage 2B) I think I'll go back to basics and field test a pair of decks before trying them against the saga.
  13. I've managed to get as far as finishing The Ring Goes South, with little or no problems.
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