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Subject: One hand solo variant rss

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Michael Olsen
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I recently got this game, and wanted to try it out solo. A few interesting 2-handed variants were available, but I did not find anything I liked for "1-handed play". Which is essential to me.

I shamelessly used some ideas from other variants and came up with these solo rules which seem to work well.

Anyway, here we go. Play as per the rules except as follows:


Only use 1 player (1 mat, 1 dice bag etc.).

The ring is used to mark Glory. Start with one of these values:
7: Easy Difficulty
5: Normal Difficulty
3: Hard Difficulty
3: Very Hard Difficulty (also see Loose conditions below)
(Note: I am not a master player, so these difficulties may need some adjustment)

The cubes are not used.

Play Order

Player, Sauron, Player, Sauron, etc.

Player's Turn

When recruting an Enemy Die is not added to Sauron's Muster Area.

Sauron's Turn

In Step 3 (Corrupt) follow these steps:
A: Reduce Sauron's corruption by any chosen amount by reducing your Glory. 1 Glory spend removes 1 Corruption
B: Corrupt the most expensive card you can given the corruption points (ties decided by Player). You may choose to corrupt a more expensive card than necesary (i.e. a cost 7 card with 6 corruption).
C: Any corruption not "spend" in (B) is saved by Sauron for the next turn.

After step 5 (Roll and Ready Dice) do step 6:

6: If a new location card was not revealed in this turn and if there are no Eye of Sauron Die in Sauron's Muster Area do the following: Put 1 Sauron Die from the Wilds (if any available) in Sauron's Active Pool


You loose if your Glory goes down to 0. You also loose if 6 cards are corrupted. Exception: If you play with the Very Hard Difficulty you will loose if 5 cards are corrupted.

That is it, except obviously the stuff I forgot to mention : - )
Please let me know if something does not make sense.


Edit: Changed the loose conditions for hardest setting. Also changed it named. Changed some text wordings for better clarify.
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I will surely give this a try. thumbsup

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