I am definitely wanting to add a little more danger to the combat, a twist on hiding and friendship, and make the choices have a little more weight thematically.
1. Combat-Give each character three tokens to represent Life Points at the beginning of the game (red glass beads seems appropriate to me). Obtain a regular six-sided die (preferably wooden or at least weathered in appearance).
1a. Each time a player goes to attack a Foe on the Foe Line, pay for it as normal according to the notation on the card. Afterwards, roll the die: your target number is 5-6. 1b. Failing to make a 5-6 results in a wound against that character (and a loss of a Life Point Token). 1c. Players may discard Fight Cards to add to the number rolled (add one to the die roll for each number of fight icons on the cards discarded). 1d. Success means that player may choose ONE of the following rewards: -Move ANY player one space back on the Corruption Line -Draw two Hobbit Cards and give them to any player (including yourself) -Draw two Shields at random and give them to any player (including yourself) -Take any one Life Token from any player and give it to any other player (including yourself) -Move the marker along the Fight track (as available) forward one space. 1e. Any Foes defeated in this manner are kept by the player that defeated them and added to their final score at the end of the game.
2. Hiding-Any time a character utilizes a Hide feature space on the board, that player may draw one Hobbit card on a die roll of 5-6. 2a. As with Combat, players may discard Hiding cards to improve the result (number of Hiding featured equals number added to die roll).
3. Friendship-Any time a character utilizes a Friendship feature space on the board, that player may move ANY other player one space back on the Corruption Line on a die roll of 5-6. 3a. As with Combat, players may discard Friendship cards to improve the result (number of Friendship featured equals number added to die roll).
Notes- -Landing on the same space as the Sauron figure (or having it move onto your space as a result of an event tile, die roll, etc.) still removes your character from the game. -You cannot retrieve lost Life Point Tokens; further, if all yours are lost, then your character is dead and is removed from the game. -Card discards to improve results can only be completed by the Active Player (no other players can assist)