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Nate Parkes
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Okay, I've been getting into this game more recently, and enjoying the Grey Company podcast and the Tale of the Cards blog. I've started seeing deckbuilding as an exciting challenge instead of a chore, and I'm making some concessions to my traditional "theme or bust" approach. After all, the entire story of Lord of the Rings is a story of unlikely allies, so dropping Master of the Forge into a Hobbit isn't that tough to justify thematically.

But unfortunately, one of the most crucial, critical and fundamental cards in the whole game is also one of the most thematically jarring and unforgivable.



Unless you attach this card to Denethor, which you almost never will, this two-cost attachment severely alters the narrative and world of Middle-Earth. And what's even crazier is that it can be played on any hero. It doesn't require Gondor, it's grants it!

Aragorn can be Steward of Gondor.
Pippin can be Steward of Gondor.
Bombur can be Steward of Gondor.

Moreover, the magnitude of that title is completely at odds with a 2-cost attachment. If you're playing the "Steward's Fear" scenario, here's the narrative you're presented with:

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In the privacy of the Steward’s inner chambers, Denethor asks the heroes a delicate favor. He fears that a conspiracy has taken root within the walls of Minas Tirith: a cabal under Mordor’s bidding that seeks to usurp the stewardship and deliver Gondor to Sauron. He asks that the heroes discover the truth of this matter...


Shouldn't Denethor be more concerned that YOU will usurp the stewardship, since you're running three copies in your deck?

Anyway, I created 5 different trait-themed "Agent" attachments to replace Steward of Gondor. Thematically, the idea is that the hero with an "agent" attachment has the support of a specific region of Middle-Earth, and functions on their behalf. Forgive my lack of polish--I am not a photoshop whiz:







Naturally, I didn't intend to be able to play any of these AND Steward of Gondor. I almost added that as rules text ("This card counts as a copy of Steward of Gondor") but I figured, it's not like this card is "official" anyway, so why clutter the template.

Also, not that each of these is more limiting than Steward of Gondor (it doesn't grant the trait, it requires it). This was intentional. If I win a game using "Agent of the North" instead of "Steward of Gondor," I can be satisfied that I didn't get any extra help: I would have won if I'd included Steward of Gondor instead (unless there's some scenarios with "Gondor hate" that I'm not aware of).

I'm going to make some proxies of these tonight, so I can feel free to call upon the insane functionality of Steward of Gondor without having those weird moments of "Wait, how did Legolas join the line of Stewards?"
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I take it as having the backing/support of the steward rather than actually being the steward (despite the title keyword), so it doesn't really bother me.
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John85 wrote:
I take it as having the backing/support of the steward rather than actually being the steward (despite the title keyword), so it doesn't really bother me.


Agreed. What mainly bothers me about Steward these days is that when I build a pair of decks to play together Steward can only be in one of them.
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These days you can build two decks and leave steward out of both (in the right builds). But I suspect you intend that a bit tongue in cheek.
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John85 wrote:
I take it as having the backing/support of the steward rather than actually being the steward (despite the title keyword), so it doesn't really bother me.


Ditto....
 
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Just rename the card "Stew of Gondor" and it all makes sense.
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There's lots of good alternatives to steward of Gondor these days. Neither my silvan nor hobbit deck run it. My Gondor and Aragorn decks do. I could happily build a dunedain or dwarf deck without it.
 
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John85 wrote:
I take it as having the backing/support of the steward rather than actually being the steward (despite the title keyword), so it doesn't really bother me.


That's how I've interpreted it in the past (despite the title keyword). I wish the card was actually called "Support of Gondor." It would make perfect sense then.
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Interesting idea -

Further to the concept? - "You may have only one type of "agent" card in the deck?

What think ye?
 
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notrub wrote:
Interesting idea -

Further to the concept? - "You may have only one type of "agent" card in the deck?

What think ye?


That's certainly how I'll play them--it would be insane to effectively have 5 different versions of Steward of Gondor in play at the same time. But since I only planned to use them for my own games, I wasn't too rigorously in spelling out the restrictions.
 
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Amusingly, I appreciate the "Attached character gains the Gondor trait" an awful lot for Steward of Gondor - getting stronger Gondorian Shields and other Gondor synergy is pretty cool!

Perhaps it's more balanced and thematic to make these "Agent" cards restricted to a trait instead of granting one, but I quite like the trait-granting.
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Azeltir wrote:
Amusingly, I appreciate the "Attached character gains the Gondor trait" an awful lot for Steward of Gondor - getting stronger Gondorian Shields and other Gondor synergy is pretty cool!

Perhaps it's more balanced and thematic to make these "Agent" cards restricted to a trait instead of granting one, but I quite like the trait-granting.


Yeah. I'm sure when I'm up against a really brutal scenario, and Gondorian Shield would make the difference, I'll bust out the old Steward. My old Eagles deck featured Legolas the Steward of Gondor so he could get the bonus from the "For Gondor!" event.
 
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I haven't played the game in a bit, but SoG always felt overpowered to me... We would do well/win when we had it in play and get crushed when we did not.
 
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