The Line Unbroken – NC6: Nightmare Breaking of the Fellowship

Still grieving the tragic loss of Beorn in Moria, my fellowship must nonetheless continue with their quest by passing through Lorien and down the Anduin. The loss of the huge frontloaded combat power Beorn brought to the table will be a concern, but I’m pretty sure I can still handle things. And of course this quest in particular gives you a bit of a delay before combat starts to be a thing.

The Nightmare deck for this quest is another of those interesting ones where the Nightmare card gives no rules instructions beyond “You are playing Nightmare mode.” So the mechanics of the quest are exactly as they were in standard difficulty, it’s just that the contents of the encounter deck has changed. And as far as that goes, none of the new encounter cards are that different to the ones in the original, just a bit worse. So the only real points of consideration here are the necessitated hero change and the basic quest structure.

So, I have to take into account the splitting up of decks – both decks have to be able to quest well. Very well, even, since one of them will have to deal with stage 4 and the extra cards it reveals. Fortunately though, unlike other separate staging area quests, this one still allows most cross table interactions like Galadriel+Nenya, Secret Paths or Gildor’s Counsel. And then there’s dealing with the absence of Beorn. As noted, this quest has a bit of a delay before combat starts to become an active concern, and on the other hand replacing Beorn with Eowyn as I planned will very much help on the willpower front. So really tackling the combat question may be more of a thing for the next time I come back to this campaign (at which point Tactics Eowyn will be available and I will almost certainly be using her).

Vigilance Against the Darkness

Heroes:
Gandalf
Eowyn
Galadriel

Allies (14):
Envoy of Pelargir x3
Arwen Undomiel x3
Galadriel’s Handmaiden x3
Sailor of Lune x3
Bilbo Baggins x2

Attachments (27):
Bow of the Galadhrim x3
Gondorian Shield x3
Light of Valinor x3
Unexpected Courage x3
Gandalf’s Staff x3
Song of Battle x3
Wizard Pipe x2
Narya x2
Nenya x2
Shadowfax x2
Glamdring x1

Events (10):
A Test of Will x3
Elrond’s Counsel x3
The Galadhrim’s Greeting x2
Feint x2

Thoughts: The biggest impact from the removal of Beorn is not that I’m much more concerned about my combat capabilities, rather it’s that I don’t have native Tactics access. Since the Bows and Shields are kind of important, I’ve put in Song of Battle so I have the option of playing them from hand as well as from top of deck. The only other Tactics card which still made the cut was Feint, and I cut it down to x2 since it won’t be as reliably playable. Sailors of Lune are in here because they are more able to handle the damage from Sarn Gebir than other questing allies. And then I’ve brought in Envoys as good cheap willpower.

All Strengths Combined

Heroes:
Balin
Haldir of Lorien
Denethor

Allies (15):
Elrond x3
Warden of Healing x3
Galadhrim Minstrel x3
Errand-rider x3
Envoy of Pelargir x3

Attachments (17):
Fellowship of the Ring x3
Steward of Gondor x3
King Under the Mountain x3
Celebrian’s Stone x3
Dunedain Mark x3
A Burning Brand x2

Events (18):
Daeron’s Runes x3
Gildor’s Counsel x3
Secret Paths x3
Sneak Attack x3
Campfire Tales x3
We Are Not Idle x3

Thoughts: This is exactly the same deck I had for Journey in the Dark. I looked at it and couldn’t see anything I felt the need to change.

https://ringsdb.com/fellowship/view/9156/thelineunbroken-nmbreakingofthefellowship
https://ringsdb.com/decklist/view/16644/thelineunbroken-nmbreakingofthefellowshipdeck1-1.0
https://ringsdb.com/decklist/view/16645/thelineunbroken-nmbreakingofthefellowshipdeck2-1.0

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1 Response to The Line Unbroken – NC6: Nightmare Breaking of the Fellowship

  1. Sean Gibbons says:

    So great to have you back…missed the updates!

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