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Subject: A blunder and a card - FP Military win rss

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Isaac Shalev
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Pretty tight game throughout, until the big blunder.

SA brought the S&E and Isengard to war in the first turn, bringing the Southrons up towards Pelargir, and the Easterlings to threaten the DEW line. In the meantime, forces from Dol Guldor went west towards Lorien. FP was moving the Fellowship consistently, but was getting caught each time with 3-4 dice in the Hunt box.

FP mustered the Elves to war in time to recruit two Elites into Lorien before the siege, and eventually dropped Legolas and Gimli there as well. Gandalf was lost in Moriah, even as Cirdan's Elves showed up in Pelargir, while the Corsairs of Umbar slipped in behind them at Lamedon, and laid siege to Dol Amoroth. Fortunately for the FP, Imrahil showed up to bolster the three regulars holed up there, bringing the siege to a stalemate.

Up north, the witch king and another Black Rider showed up to lead the Easterling army against the Iron Hills, and then to lay siege against Erebor. The North moved to war, and King Brand's Men showed up in Dale, joined by the Elves of Mirkwood.

In Rohan, Saruman continued to muster forces. Grima Wormtongue spoke poison to Theoden, who refused to bring Rohan to war, even as Uruk Hai massed at the borders and forded the river Isen. Fortunately, Gandalf the White appeared in Fangorn, and raised both Treebeard and the Hurons to blunt Orthanc's war machine, turning Saruman's attention north, towards Rivendell. Saurman's forces joined up with goblins from around Angmar and Mount Gundabad.

All the while, Lorien held fast under siege, bolstered by the arrival of Gimli and Legolas. Erebor was not so lucky, and fell to the Witch King - only to fall in turn to a relieving army of Elves and Northmen from Dale, who slayed the Witch King and ended the threat on the DEW line for good.

The Fellowship, which had been foundering in and out of Moriah, caught a break when no eyes turned up in the hunt box, allowing it to speed towards Minas Tirith. By now, Strider and Boromir had arrived there already, and Strider, crowned as Aragorn, heir to Isildur, led a large force to Pelargir to meet the Southron threat. Faramir and his Rangers harassed a Sauron army in North Ithilien before falling back to Osgiliath.

At this point, the stage was set. Erebor had been reconquered, but Rivendell had fallen. The siege at Lorien faltered, and a sortie was launched successfully. By now, Wormtongue had done his work, and Theoden, his riders, and Eomer were under siege in Helm's Deep. The North was stirring, with armies gathering in Bree, and the Elves of the Gray Havens were moving east as well. In Gondor, Aragorn and Boromir fell back slowly, retreating after a skirmish in Pelargir, but Gondor still held fast in Osgiliath. SA Forces from Moriah had begun moving west, and made extended camp in Hollin. Once more, forces were massing in Dol Guldor, and setting out towards Lorien.

With Rivendell and Pelargir in enemy hands, Dol Amoroth and Helm's Deep besieged, and forces bearing down on Lorien and Edoras, and with the Southrons and forces from Mordor slowly constricting around Minas Tirith, the war teetered on the edge of a blade. The Fellowship had made it to Minas Tirith, and was en route to Mordor when the discipline of the barbarian Southrons broke.

With Osgiliath still held by Faramir, the Southrons pushed north from Pelargir, seeking to lay siege to Minas Tirith. However, once they had entered Lossarnach, Faramir snuck the garrison (2 reg/1 elite/1 leader) in Osgiliath behind the enemy lines, south to West Harandor (on the FP's last die of a turn), and (on the first die of the next turn) split off one unit to take the empty Umbar, and moved on to Near Harad, threatening a 3rd VP at Far Harad.

The SA, refusing to be distracted by what it perceived as a minor threat, and confident in knowing that it could raise troops in Angmar and the surroundings via event card, thus preventing the FP from taking a 4th point, decided to continue moving north with the Southrons, laying siege to Minas Tirith after a brief skirmish below its walls.

But alas for the SA! The previously beleaguered Elves in Lorien raced with Legolas and Gimli Through a Night and a Day, running through the Dimrill Dale and capturing the empty fortress of Moriah, even as the orcs in Hollin looked on in disbelief. The SA, unable to dislodge either force before the end of the turn, went down in defeat thanks to the enormous blunder of overextending the Southron army up north before securing Osgiliath. Faramir's bravery in sneaking past the enemy, and the valor of Gimli and Legolas in breaking the siege at Lorien and leading the Elves to the gates of Moriah proved more important than the sacrifice of the Ringbearer, the might of Aragorn, or the wizardry of Gandalf.

If not for that mistake, it would have been a very tight race between an SA military victory and a ring dunk. I think FP would have taken it anyway - Fellowship had 1 corruption, Merry and Pippen were still in, all the FP special tiles were in the bag but none of the SA were, and the Fellowship was on the second track, with its last revealed position at Minas Tirith.
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Joel Carlson
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So the question is, were you the Dark Lord? sauron Sounds like you may have been opposing the Ring Bearer
 
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