The Line Unbroken – C3: Flight to the Ford

The Black Riders box along with Encounter at Amon Din gave us some nice and interesting stuff for the Hobbit trait, though not all of it really fits together. The EaAD stuff plays more into an idea that hobbits want to mostly just avoid combat, use tricks to get around it, etc, whereas the Black Riders stuff has a focus on benefitting from fighting enemies with engagement costs above their threat. There are some slight exceptions, with Hobbit Pipe/Smoke Rings and Take No Notice fitting in fine with the ‘avoid combat’ approach (while Take No Notice can fit in the other kind of deck it’s so often superfluous I’d rather have something else, but it fits better in a context where you want to avoid engaging the enemies). The Black Riders approach tends to work out better, but I feel that this quest – Flight to the Ford – is perhaps the perfect occasion for me to pull out one of the Amon Din Hobbit cards – Hobbit-sense.
While I’ve shown myself in the other quests to be entirely capable of efficiently dispatching Nazgul, with the Ford of Bruinen helping out here, I think there’s something to be said for taking the thematic approach and just washing them all away. So I’m going for sprint-questing and attack cancellation. In my one test play just after building the decks, I won the quest on round 4 having only defended one attack, that being from the Witch-king. This was obviously a rather extreme and improbable level of success, but it was understandably effective in convincing me that my idea would work. Here are the decks:

A Conspiracy of Friends

Pippin (Lo)
Fatty Bolger

Allies (14):
Wandering Took x3
Gandalf (Core) x3
Defender of Rammas x3
Silvan Refugee x3
Barliman Butterbur x2

Attachments (13):
Fast Hitch x3
Good Meal x2
Rivendell Bow x2
Resourceful x3
Dagger of Westernesse x3

Events (23):
Feint x3
A Test of Will x3
Shadow of the Past x2
Out of the Wild x3
Out of Sight x3
Daeron’s Runes x3
A Good Harvest x3
Hobbit-sense x3

Thoughts: Wandering Took can get me some additional Secrecy. Good Meal is mostly to help in the event I drop out of Secrecy and still want to play Out of the Wild or Out of Sight. A Good Harvest will also help there obviously. I was tempted to include a copy or two of Thicket of Spears in the deck even though I’d only be able to play them via Good Harvest, but I figured 6 events to cancel all attacks against me and 3 to cancel single attacks, plus the potential to get decent defences and readying would probably be enough.

All that is gold does not glitter

Aragorn (Ld)
Sam Gamgee

Allies (18):
Faramir x3
Gandalf (Core) x3
Arwen Undomiel x3
Erestor x2
Envoy of Pelargir x3
White Tower Watchman x3
Bill the Pony x1

Attachments (19):
Steward of Gondor x3
Celebrian’s Stone x3
Unexpected Courage x2
Dunedain Cache x2
Sword that was Broken x3
King Under the Mountain x3
Hobbit Cloak x3

Events (13):
Sneak Attack x3
The Galadhrim’s Greeting x2
Campfire Tales x3
Shadow of the Past x2
Strength of Arms x3

Thoughts: Mono-Leadership allows me to pull out the phenomenally powerful Strength of Arms, along with the massive willpower boosting I can get from Faramir and Sword that was Broken. White Tower Watchmen can potentially take some undefended attacks to save defences and the copies of Feint from the other deck.


Youtube video:Flight to the Ford

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