Dan Catlin
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We picked this up a couple of weeks ago and at first really stuggled, but have since won the first scenario a couple of times and when I finally tried a dual sphere deck was able to get a victory in Scenario 2. Attached are my notes. Would love any comments if I made mistakes, or blunders that will help us as we head to Scenario 3 this week/weekend. Really starting to enjoy this game now that I'm getting my head around it.

Thanks!


Journey Along the Anduin (Scenario 2)

Deck: 50 Cards (Tourney legal) Spirit/Lore (Eowyn, Dunhere, Denethor)
Neutral: (3 Cards) - 3x Gandalf (Ally)
Spirit: (29 Cards)
7 Cards - (Allies) 2x Northern Tracker, 3x Lorien Guide, 2x Wandering Took
5 Cards - (Attachments) 1x Unexpected Courage, 2x The Favor of the Lady, 2x Power in the
Earth
17 Cards - (Events) 3x Stand and Fight, 1x Fortune or Fate, 2x The Galadhrim's
Greeting, 2x Light in the Dark, 1x Dwarven Tomb, 2x A test of Will, 2x Hasty Stroke,
2x Will of the West, 2x Strength of Will
Lore: (18 Cards)
3 Cards - (Allies) 2x Gleowine, 1x Henamarth Riversong
7 Cards - (Attachments) 2x Forest Snare, 2x Self Preservation, 2x Protector of Lorien,
1x Dark Knowledge
8 Cards - (Events) 3x Lore of Imaldris, 2x Radagast's Cunning, 2x Secret Paths,
1x Lorien's Wealth

Setup: Drew Hill Troll, so no further action required.
Initial Draw: Gandalf, Gandalf, Lorien Guide, Favor of the Lady, Will of the West, Gleowine
Starting Threat: 25

TURN 1:
Resource Phase
- New Resource Level: 2 Spirit, 1 Lore
- Draw: Wandering Took
Planning Phase
- Play "The Favor of the Lady" on Eowyn
Quest Phase
- Commit: Eowyn
- Reveal: Evil Storm, No Effect
- WP 5 vs. Threat 1 = 4 Progress Tokens on Quest
Travel Phase
- None.
Encounter Phase
- Player Engage: None.
- Engagement: None.
Combat
- Deal Shadow Cards: None.
- Enemy Attacks: None.
- Player Attacks: None.
- Denethor looks at next Encounter Card (Misty Mountain Goblins) & leaves it there.
Refresh Phase
- Threat Level: 26

TURN 2:
Resource Phase
- New Resource Level: 2 Spirit, 2 Lore
- Draw: Henamarth Riversong
Planning Phase
- Play Gleowine, Exhaust him to draw a card: Galadhrim's Greeting
Quest Phase
- Commit: Eowyn
- Reveal: Misty Mountain Goblins
- 5 WP vs. 3 Threat = 2 Progress Tokens on Quest (Now 6)
Travel Phase
- None.
Encounter Phase
- Player Engage: None
- Engagement: Misty Mountain Goblins
Combat
- Deal Shadow Cards
- Enemy Attacks: Declare Denethor Defender, Shadow Card is Wargs, +1 Atk effect, so 3 ATK vs. 3 DEF, no Damage.
- Player Attacks: Dunhere Attacks, 2 ATK vs. 1 DEF, 1 DMG. Remove 1 progress token from Quest (5 remain).
Refresh Phase
- Threat Level: 27

TURN 3:
Resource Phase
- New Resource Level: 4 Spirit, 1 Lore
- Draw: Stand & Fight
Planning Phase
- Play Henamarth Riversong
Quest Phase
- Commit: Eowyn
- Reveal: Wargs
- 5 WP vs. 3 Threat = 2 Progress Tokens on Quest (7)
Travel Phase
- None.
Encounter Phase
- Player Engage: None.
- Engagement: Wargs.
Combat
- Deal Shadow Cards
- Enemy Attacks: Denethor Defends Wargs, Shadow Card is Dol Guldur Beastmaster (No Effect), 3 ATK vs. 3 DEF = 0 DMG. Wargs go back to Staging Area. Henamarth Riversong Defends against Misty Mountain Goblins, Shadow Card is Goblin Sniper (No Effect), 2 ATK vs. 0 DEF = 2 DMG, Henamarth Dies. Remove Progress Token (6 left)
- Player Attacks: Dunhere attacks Wargs in Staging Area, 3 ATK vs. 1 DEF = 2 DMG.
- Gleowine exhausts, draw: Hasty Stroke.
Refresh Phase
- Threat Level: 28

TURN 4:
Resource Phase
- New Resource Level: 6 Spirit, 1 Lore.
- Draw: Lorien Guide.
Planning Phase
- Play Wandering Took.
Quest Phase
- Commit: Eowyn
- Reveal: The East Bight
- 5 WP x vs. x 4 Threat = 1 Progress Token on Quest (7)
Travel Phase
- Forced to travel to The East Bight
Encounter Phase
- Player Engage: None.
- Engagement: Wargs
Combat
- Deal Shadow Cards
- Enemy Attacks: Denethor Defends vs. Wargs, Shadow Card is Misty Mountain Goblins, removing 1 token from Quest (6), 3 ATK VS. 3 DEF = 0 DMG. Wandering Took defends vs. Misty Mountain Goblins, Shadow Card is Treacherous Fog, no effect. 2 ATK vs. 1 DEF = 1 DMG. Remove 1 Quest token (5)
- Player Attacks: Dunhere Attacks Wargs, 2 ATK vs. 1 DEF = 1 DMG, killing them.
- Gleowine Exhausts, draw: A Light in the Dark.
Refresh Phase
- Threat Level: 29

TURN 5:
Resource Phase
- New Resource Level: 6 Spirit, 2 Lore
- Draw: Lorien's Wealth
Planning Phase
- Play Lorien's Guide
Quest Phase
- Commit: Eowyn, Lorien's Guide (1 Token on Blight)
- Reveal: Eastern Crows, Eastern Crows, Dol Guldur Orcs (2 DMG on Eowyn)
- 6 WP x vs. x 5 Threat = 1 Progress Token on Bight (2, 5 still on Quest)
Travel Phase
- None.
Encounter Phase
- Player Engage: None.
- Engagement: Dol Guldur Orcs
Combat
- Deal Shadow Cards
- Enemy Attacks: Denethor Defends vs. Misty Mountain Goblins, Shadow Card is Massing at Night, causing draw of Gladden Fields, no effect. 2 ATK vs. 3 DEF = 0 DMG. Remove another token from Quest (4). Wandering Took defends Dol Guldur Orcs, Shadow Card is The Necromancer's Readh, no effect, 2 ATK vs. 1 DEF = 1 DMG, killing Took.
- Player Attacks: Play Stand & Fight to Bring Henamarth Riverson into Play, Both Dunhere and Henamarth attack Misty Mountain Goblins, 3 ATK vs. 1 DEF = 2 DMG, killing them.
- Gleowine exhausts, draw: Unexpected Courage.
Refresh Phase
- Threat Level: 30

TURN 6:
Resource Phase
- New Resource Level: 4 Spirit, 3 Lore
- Draw: Wandering Took
Planning Phase
- Play Galadhrim's Greeting, taking my threat down to 24.
Quest Phase
- Commit: Eowyn, Lorien Guide (+1 token on Blight to 3)
- Reveal: Banks of the Anduin
- 6 WP vs. 4 Threat = 2 Progress Tokens on Blight (5)
Travel Phase
- None.
Encounter Phase
- Player Engage: None.
- Engagement: None.
Combat
- Deal Shadow Cards
- Enemy Attacks: Denethor defends Dol Guldur Orcs, Shadow Card is Goblin Sniper, no effect. 2 ATK vs. 3 DEF = 0 DMG.
- Player Attacks: Dunhere & Henamarth both attack Dol Guldur Orcs, 3 ATK vs. 0 DEF = 3 DMG, killing them.
- Gleowine exhausts, draw: A Test of Will
Refresh Phase
- Threat Level: 25

TURN 6:
Resource Phase
- New Resource Level: 3 Spirit, 4 Lore
- Draw: Lore of Imladris
Planning Phase
- Play Lore of Imladris on Eowyn
Quest Phase
- Commit: Eowyn, Henamarth, Lorien Guide (+1 token on Blight, resolving it)
- Reveal: Gladden Fields
- 7 WP vs. 7 Threat = 0 Progress Tokens on Quest
Travel Phase
- Banks of Anduin
Encounter Phase
- Player Engage: None.
- Engagement: None.
Combat
- Deal Shadow Cards (N/A)
- Enemy Attacks: None.
- Player Attacks: Dunhere attacks Eastern Crows in Staging Area, 3 ATK vs. 0 DEF = 3 DMG, killing them, reshuffling them into Encounter Deck.
- Gleowine exhausts, draw: Northern Tracker.
- Denethor Exhausts, to see Misty Mountain Goblins as next Encounter Card.
Refresh Phase
- Threat Level: 26

TURN 7:
Resource Phase
- New Resource Level: 5 Spirit, 3 Lore
- Draw: Hasty Stroke
Planning Phase
- Play Northern Tracker.
Quest Phase
- Commit: Eowyn, Northern Tracker (Token on Gladden Fields), Lorien Guide (Token on Banks of Anduin)
- Reveal: Misty Mountain Goblins
- 7 WP vs. 7 Threat = 0 Progress Tokens on Quest (Still 4)
Travel Phase
- None.
Encounter Phase
- Player Engage: None.
- Engagement: Misty Mountain Goblins
Combat
- Deal Shadow Cards
- Enemy Attacks: Denethor defends vs. Misty Mountain Goblins, Shadow Card is Evil Storm (no effect), 2 ATK vs. 3 DEF = 0 DMG. Remove one Progress Token from Quest (3)
- Player Attacks: Dunhere attacks Eastern Crows in Staging Area, 3 ATK vs. 0 DEF = 3 DMG, killing them, reshuffling them into Encounter Deck.
- Gleowine exhausts, draw: Radagast's Cunning
- Henamarth Exhausts to see top Encounter Card (Chieftan Ufthak)
Refresh Phase
- Threat Level: 27

TURN 8:
Resource Phase
- New Resource Level: 3 Spirit, 4 Lore
- Draw: Secret Paths
Planning Phase
- Play Unexpected Courage on Denethor
Quest Phase
- Commit: Eowyn, Northern Tracker, Lorien Guide (tokens on Gladden Field and Banks of Anduin)
- Reveal: Chieftan Ufthak, Play Secret Paths on Gladden Fields
- 7 WP vs. 3 Threat = 4 Progress Tokens - 1 completes Banks of Anduin (put it on top of Encounter Deck), 3 on Quest (6)
Travel Phase
- None.
Encounter Phase
- Player Engage: None.
- Engagement: None.
Combat
- Deal Shadow Cards
- Enemy Attacks: Denethor defends against Misty Mountain Goblins, Shadow Card is Banks of Anduin (no effect), 2 ATK vs. 3 DEF = 0 DMG, remove a token from Quest (5).
- Player Attacks: Exhaust Unexpected Courage to Ready Denethor, who attacks with Dunhere & Henamarth Riversong vs. Misty Mountain Goblins, 4 ATK vs. 1 DEF = 3 DMG, killing them.
- Exhaust Gleowine, draw: Northern Tracker.
Refresh Phase
- Threat Level: 28

TURN 9:
Resource Phase
- New Resource Level: 3 Spirit, 4 Lore
- Draw: Radagast's Cunning.
Planning Phase
- No plays.
Quest Phase
- Commit: Eowyn, Northern Tracker (token on Gladden Fields, resolving it, set aside for 3 VP), Lorien Guide.
- Reveal: The East Bight (Rats!)
- 7 WP vs. 4 Threat = 3 Progress Tokens on Quest (8)
Travel Phase
- The East Bight
Encounter Phase
- Player Engage: None.
- Engagement: None.
Combat
- Deal Shadow Cards (N/A)
- Enemy Attacks: None.
- Player Attacks: None.
- Denethor exhausts to look at top Encounter Card (Despair), leaving it there.
- Gleowine exhausts, draw: Strength of Will
Refresh Phase
- Threat Level: 29

TURN 10:
Resource Phase
- New Resource Level: 5 Spirit, 5 Lore
- Draw: Stand & Fight
Planning Phase
- Play Lorien Guide
Quest Phase
- Commit: Eowyn, Northern Tracker, Lorien Guide x2 (2 tokens on Bight), Dunhere, Denethor
- Reveal: Despair, removes 4 tokens from Quest (4)
- 10 WP vs. 3 Threat = 7 Progress Tokens, 4 on Bight (resolved), 3 on Quest (7)
Travel Phase
- None.
Encounter Phase
- Player Engage: None.
- Engagement: None.
Combat
- Deal Shadow Cards (N/A)
- Enemy Attacks: None.
- Player Attacks: None.
- Exhaust Unexpected Courage to ready Denethor, exhaust to look at Encounter Card (Dol Guldur Orcs), leave it in place.
- Exhaust Gleowine, draw: Power in the Earth
Refresh Phase
- Threat Level: 30

TURN 11:
Resource Phase
- New Resource Level: 4 Spirit, 6 Lore
- Draw: Forest Snare
Planning Phase
- Play Gandalf (Spend 2 Spirit, 3 Lore), 4 DMG on Hill Troll
Quest Phase
- Commit: Eowyn
- Reveal: Dol Guldur Orcs, 2 DMG on Eowyn
- 5 WP vs. 5 Threat = Discard Will of West for one extra WP, 1 Progress Token on Quest (8)
Travel Phase
- None.
Encounter Phase
- Player Engage: None.
- Engagement: Hill Troll, Dol Guldur Orcs Engage.
Combat
- Deal Shadow Cards (2)
- Enemy Attacks: Gandalf Defends vs. Hill Troll, Shadow Card is Eastern Crows (+1 ATK), so 7 ATK vs. 4 DEF = 3 DMG on Gandalf. Denethor defends vs. Dol Guldur Orcs, Shadow Card is Marsh Adder (no Effect), 2 ATK vs. 3 DEF = 0 DMG.
- Player Attacks: Exhaust Unexpected Courage on Denethor, Attack Hill Troll with Dunhere, Denethor, Northern Tracker, Lorien Guide x2, Henamarth, 8 ATK vs. 3 DEF = 5 DMG, killing Hill Troll (set aside for VP).
- Quest Card Resolves, we get on the boat!
- Exhaust Gleowine, draw: The Favor of the Lady
Refresh Phase
- Threat Level: 31 (Discard Gandalf)

TURN 12:
Resource Phase
- New Resource Level: 4 Spirit, 4 Lore
- Draw: Galadhrim's Greeting
Planning Phase
- Play Favor of the Lady on Eowyn
Quest Phase
- Commit: Eowyn, Northern Tracker, Lorien Guide x2, Henamarth
- Reveal: Eastern Crows, Surge The Necromancer's Reach (Play Test of Will to Counter), Enchanted Stream
- Play Radagast's Cunning on Chieftan Ufthak, discard Light in the Dark, so 11 WP vs. 3 Threat = 8 Progress Tokens on Quest
Travel Phase
- Enchanted Stream.
- Play Strength of Will, Exhaust Gleowine, puts 2 tokens on Enchanted Stream, resolving it.
Encounter Phase
- Player Engage: None.
- Engagement: None.
Combat
- Deal Shadow Cards (1)
- Enemy Attacks: Denethor defends vs. Dol Guldur Orcs, Shadow Card is Gladden Fields (No Effect), 2 ATK, vs. 3 DEF = 0 DMG. Exhaust Unexpected Courage to Ready Denethor.
- Player Attacks: Dunhere and Denethor attack DG Orcs, 2 ATK vs. 0 DEF = 3 DMG, Killing them.
Refresh Phase
- Threat Level: 32

TURN 13:
Resource Phase
- New Resource Level: 3 Spirit, 4 Lore
- Draw: Self-Preservation
Planning Phase
- Play Self-Preservation on Eowyn, exhaust it to heal the 2 DMG on her.
Quest Phase
- Commit: Eowyn, Denethor, Northern Tracker, Lorien Guide x2, Gleowine, Henamarth
- Reveal: Pursued by Shadow (Raises my Threat by 1 to 33), Evil Storm, no effect.
- 12 WP vs. 3 Threat = 9 Progress Tokens on Quest, resolving it.
- Reveal Banks of Anduin and Despair from Quest 3B, no tokens on Quest, so no effect.
Travel Phase
- None.
Encounter Phase
- Player Engage: None.
- Engagement: None.
Combat
- Deal Shadow Cards (N/A)
- Enemy Attacks: None.
- Player Attacks: Dunhere Attacks Crows in Staging Area, 3 ATK vs. 0 DEF = 3 DMG, kills them, shuffle into deck.
Refresh Phase
- Could have Readied Denethor to look at top Encounter Card, but seems irrelevant with Quest rules in play.
- Threat Level: 33

TURN 14:
Resource Phase
- New Resource Level: 5 Spirit, 2 Lore
- Draw: Lore if Imaldris
Planning Phase
- Play Galadhrim's Greeting, threat down to 27
Quest Phase
- Commit: Eowyn, Northern Tracker (1 token on Banks of Anduin)
- Reveal: None (Quest Rules)
- 7 WP vs. 3 Threat = 4 Progress Tokens on Quest, not needed.
Travel Phase
- None.
Encounter Phase
- Player Engage: None.
- Engagement: None.
Combat
- Deal Shadow Cards: N/A
- Enemy Attacks: None.
- Player Attacks: None.
Refresh Phase
- Exhaust Gleowine, draw: Lorien Guide
- Threat Level: 28

TURN 15:
Resource Phase
- New Resource Level: 4 Spirit, 3 Lore
- Draw: Gleowine
Planning Phase
- Play Gandalf (2 Spirit, 2 Lore), lower threat by 5 to 23.
Quest Phase
- Commit: Eowyn
- Reveal: N/A
- 6 WP vs. 3 Threat = 3 Progress Tokens on Quest (7)
Travel Phase
- None.
- Exhaust Gleowine, draw: Forest Snare
Encounter Phase
- Player Engage: Chieftan Ufthak
- Engagement: N/A
Combat
- Deal Shadow Cards (1)
- Enemy Attacks: Denethor Defends vs. Chieftan Ufthak, Shadow Card is Dol Guldur Orcs, play Hasty Stroke to Counter, 3 ATK vs. 3 DEF = 0 DMG.
- Player Attacks: Exhaust Unexpected Courage to Ready Denethor, attack Chieftan with Everyone (Gandalf, Dunhere, Denethor, Northern Tracker, Lorien Guide x2, Henamarth), 12 ATK vs. 3 DEF = 9 DMG, killing him. We win!!!
Refresh Phase
- Final Threat Level: 23, 1 Spirit Resource Left.

SCORING: 23 Threat Level + 0 Dead Heroes + 0 DMG on Heroes = 23 Player Sub-Total - 7 Victory Points = 16 + 15 turns = 31.

Not only did I finally defeat Anduin, but with a great score, to boot!
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Zeb Ulon

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Nice! I cannot comment (yet) on your game, but only on your final score: you add 10 points per refresh phases, thus you need to add 140, not 15 (the game ending before the refresh phase of the last 15th turn).
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Dan Catlin
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Thanks for that. I know that was added in the FAQ, but I forgot to go back and double-check. Makes me think that I coulda/shoulda tried to finish faster... I was thinking that getting in another Galadhrim's Greeting would pad my score, but the extra turn costs more.
 
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