J. R. Tracy
Continuing my catch-up:
We had eight players tonight for a full slate of wildly ahistoric action.
The Eclipse game wrapped up, with the pack closing in on Sean, who held a dominant central position. Dave was the only one who could challenge Sean's green horde militarily, but while they were going at it, Scott was quietly constructing monoliths for what he called his '2001 Victory'. Congrats to Scott on a win and on introducing a game that was heartily embraced by all.
Bill ponders his tech advances while Sean builds more warships
Player display from Eclipse
Dutch, Jim, and I tried War of the Ring (first edition), my first game since playtesting it many years ago. Dutch took the Free Peoples, while Jim played Saruman and I had Sauron. After some early mustering I went straight for Minas Tirith while the Urak Hai raided the Mark. I was feeling confident, with three Nazgul, the Witch King, and some sweet cards, but after the siege commenced, Dutch parachuted Gandalf the White into the city, nullifying all my nasty leadership bonuses. With the tables turned, I was lucky to get away with my Witch King still in play. Jim had some early success against Rohan but failed to crack Helm's Deep.
And so it begins
With the military campaigns in disarray, we focused on drawing character cards to impede the advance of the Fellowship. Frodo was slowed down but didn't take a lot of corruption hits; however, we got most of the killer tiles ready for when he reached Mordor. It became clear it would all come down to Frodo's final journey through the five Mordor spaces. He had only Merry and Gollum by his side, and Merry quickly ate a corruption bullet. Unfortunately for the dark forces, Shelob's sting managed only a single point of corruption, which proved the difference, as Frodo staggered home with eleven points of pain. Twelve would have turned him to our side, but he scraped in to dunk the Ring for a Free People victory. Our only solace is knowing he'll be in therapy for decades to cope with the memory of his terrible journey.
Success, but at what price?
Finally, Sean, Dave, Scott and Bill closed the evening with Merchants & Marauders - not sure how that one turned out but someone should report shortly.
Sean pleads his case, unsuccessfully
Off to Winter Offensive this weekend - hope to see some of you there!