The Line Unbroken – Haradrim Cycle Wrap-Up

So that’s one more cycle down and consequently time to take a look at it as a whole. The Haradrim cycle had solid quests and an interestingly varied selection of player cards, with a nice thematic link between the player cards and the story of the cycle. Continue reading

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The Line Unbroken – G9: Attack on Dol Guldur

So, Attack of Dol Guldur. The 2017 GenCon/Fellowship event quest, GenCon 2017 having occurred in the middle of the Haradrim cycle. I’ve written about this quest before since I played it at a Fellowship event and some months later beat it. So I have an easy time figuring out what I should be doing, but it’s still very difficult. Continue reading

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The Line Unbroken – 69: The Crossings of Poros

The Haradrim cycle concludes with The Crossings of Poros. This cycle is full of great and challenging quests, and this to my mind serves as a great capstone both in terms of difficulty and quality. Continue reading

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The Line Unbroken – 68: The Dungeons of Cirith Gurat

Alright, Dungeons of Cirith Gurat. Big moment in the story of the cycle, as the capture of Kahliel’s son was something put in specifically to make him more sympathetic as a character (to dispel the perspective of Haradrim just being enemies) – so finally rescuing him is a big deal. It’s also another take on the previously seen quest concept of breaking friendly characters out of captivity. As executions of that idea go, it’s… I’d say mixed. Continue reading

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Ignoring the Rules: Multiple Contracts

Alright, it’s been a while since I did one of these, but the latest cycle offered up a fantastic subject with the introduction of contracts, and the attendant rule that you can only use one contract in a deck. Let’s explore the hypothetical possibilities of what we could do if we were allowed multiple contracts in a single deck… Continue reading

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The Line Unbroken – 67: The Black Serpent

Alright, returning to the Haradrim cycle I face The Black Serpent. As one might hope from a confrontation with the only specifically named Haradrim enemy from the books, this to my mind stands out as one of the better quests in a cycle full of good quests. The player cards are an interesting mix as well. Anyway, let’s get into it. Continue reading

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Deckbuilding Challenge: Three Hunters Pelennor

It has been a long time since I tackled a deckbuilding challenge, but that will now be rectified. I’ve actually had a couple of deckbuilding challenges in mind since some time last year but failed to get round to actually doing them, but now I’m at least getting to this one.
(As usual, if you have other deckbuilding challenges you would like to suggest for me, feel free to do so) Continue reading

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The Line Unbroken – Return of the King Wrap-Up

Having made it through Mount Doom, I have wrapped up not just the Mountain of Fire expansion, not just the quests telling the story of Return of the King, but the entirety of the saga campaign. A momentous occasion for me writing this blog. Continue reading

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The Line Unbroken – C18: Mount Doom

It has all led to this (please, no jokes about how this implies my blog is dying, it’s just a good line). The end of the saga campaign, in which we finally take the One Ring to Mount Doom. I don’t think I’d personally rate as my absolute favourite part of the campaign, but it is very good, and serves as an excellent capstone to the journey we’ve been on. Continue reading

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The Line Unbroken – C17: The Black Gate Opens

Here we are for the penultimate quest of the campaign, The Black Gate Opens. This is the infamous unwinnable quest. Honestly this is one of my favourite bits of design in the whole campaign for how well the mechanics tell the story. Continue reading

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