After miserably failing to play the solo mode correctly
, I played a 4th campaign, this time with a correct starting deck, and at last properly beat the Glacien.
There was some really enjoyable tension early on in the game, but I never felt overrun by the monsters. None of them ever made it beyond step 2.
I won the game by sealing both Shadowrifts, but when the second one came out, I had already built 4 walls and was rather confident I would win by building walls if the second Shadowrift happened to be decked.
When the game ended, I had the following cards in my deck:
- 10 Starters
- 8 Heroism
- 2 Might
- 2 Fireball
- 2 Seal
- 1 Blessed Smite
- 1 Holy Aura
- 1 Frenzy
I bought Blessed Smite and Holy Aura as soon as I could.
With Blessed Smite and the 2 starting Strikes, I had a near guarantee of dealing 4 melee hits between Monster turns. That proved effective since most Monsters had 8 life or less.
Holy Aura was huge to prevent wounds. Most of wounds I received came from the Backstabber.
Fireballs were great once I had earned enough Heroism to predictably be able pay 2 magic to get the big exploding fireball. The side damage was a good way to deal with the Freezes that made it to town while still focusing attacks on the big Monsters.
Because I took very few wounds, I almost never used Frenzy. In retrospect this card slowed my deck down more than anything else. I certainly never paid to keep it in play. In contrast I paid every turn to keep Holy Aura. The second Seal was probably excessive too.
I used the Mayor as often as I could to make big attack turns.
I didn't make a full list of the Villagers I bought, but the Gravedigger, Prince and Priest definitely made it in my town. All very useful. The Gravedigger dug out at least 2 Corpses.
I think the tipping point happened around the time I earned my 5th Heroism. At that point I knew I had enough fire power to deal with incoming threats while also being able to buy my way to victory if needed. Even if the tension dropped a little, the game was nonetheless very enjoyable. And throwing that big exploding fireball is always a blast!
PS: I played 1st edition cards with 2nd edition rules, and used the 1st edition Glacien scenario