The Line Unbroken – 48: Across the Ettenmoors

I once described Across the Ettenmoors as ‘Continue to Escape from Mount Gram: Now with 100% more trolls!’ As far as the story is concerned, that is what’s happening, but in gameplay terms and in terms of what’s actually happening this is much more similar to Wastes of Eriador, we’re just trekking across a different bit of the wilderness and being harassed by a different set of enemies. This isn’t particularly a bad thing, just to be clear – the quest still has its own mechanical identity and is enjoyable for different reasons to the other quests it bears a similarity to, but the similarities certainly exist. Continue reading

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Deckbuilding Challenge: Uncaptured Mount Gram

Time for another deckbuilding challenge, I figured following on from two weeks ago doing Shadow of the Past I’d do another scenario specific challenge. It’s also neat timing since I’ve just played Escape from Mount Gram for The Line Unbroken. So, the challenge I’m doing this time was suggested by rsdockery on the FFG forums, and was to play Escape from Mount Gram having no cards captured other than my two additional heroes. Continue reading

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The Line Unbroken – 47: Escape from Mount Gram

Following a lengthy trek through the wilds in Wastes of Eriador, the card game subjects us to one of the great bugbears of video games and has us captured in a cutscene. This doesn’t actually annoy me too much, though inevitably there can be something of a disconnect between the gameplay and the story text if you’ve been handling all the wargs just fine and aren’t particularly weakened at all by the end of the quest – as was the case for me. The story text suggests additional time passing in which your rations run short of course, but that then begs the question of why we’re not weaker at the start of Escape from Mount Gram since we’ve been short of food… whatever, we’re here, we need to break out of the dungeons and it does make for interesting gameplay. Continue reading

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Deck: ‘Tis but a scratch!

This is the third deck I built which branched out from the basic concept of “Warrior allies + Raiment of War.” While putting together the set of Warrior allies I could choose from I realised that a great candidate for Raiment of War is ally Boromir, since his ability depends on taking damage so the additional hit points are especially worthwhile, and he has innate readying to use the bonuses to both defence and attack in the same round without even needing Narya.

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The Line Unbroken – 46: Wastes of Eriador

Alright, back to the Angmar Awakened cycle. My favourite cycle of the game thus far. None of the preceding cycles remotely stand up to it in my opinion, whereas I still haven’t actually played the last two quests in the Dream-chaser cycle so I can’t properly judge. I think I may still prefer Angmar Awakened even once I’ve played those two though. Continue reading

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Deckbuilding Challenge: Tactics Shadow of the Past

Alright, next challenge I’m taking from my list of suggestions is one from Authraw on the FFG forums, who challenged me to: “Defeat A Shadow of the Past without using any Lore, Leadership or Spirit cards.” A tricky one to be sure. Since he specified the spheres I was not to use rather than saying “with a mono-Tactics deck” I can’t loophole any shenanigans with A Good Harvest or Songs or Gandalf. At least I still have Neutral cards to work with. Continue reading

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The Line Unbroken – The Two Towers Wrap-Up

So with Treason of Saruman and Land of Shadow done I am through The Two Towers. Of course these two boxes were something of a shift in the nature of the campaign since they were entering the section where the action is split between two locations, following Aragorn on one side and Frodo on the other. They also, as I’ve already mentioned, inevitably meant that the designers had to make one or two thematic compromises to make the mechanics fit, and this of course continues into Flame of the West and quite possibly Mountain of Fire as well – adjusting timing and our heroes being at places they kind of shouldn’t be going by the actual book events. Fun though. Continue reading

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