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Bill Herbst
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Andrew and Bill played a quick game of LotR: the Confrontation, a game in which the light and dark forces battle with asymmetrical forces in a fairly abstract battle for Middle Earth. Bill played the Fellowship and Andrew took the dark side. The opening turn of the game saw Andrew's Orc figure advance into the mountains and kill Pippin. Bill was then able to remove the dangerous Orcs by attacking them with Gimli, who was fortunately on an adjacent space, on the next turn. Subsequent turns saw each player repositioning his forces in his own territories without many direct attacks against the enemy. Bill decided that he had to attempt to cross the mountains, however, so he attacked Andrew's character in Moria, expecting to find the Balrog. He actually wound up finding Shelob who defeated his character and returned to Gondor. Both sides traded characters with Bill using Gandalf to kill several of the more powerful enemies, including the Cave Troll. Unfortunately Gandalf's forays into Mordor left him advanced all the way to Gondor and of little use to Frodo who needed to be escorted through some tough remaining characters including the Witch King. At this point, Andrew used a Nazgul or Black Rider and successfully located Frodo and Sam, although Sam did manage to kill the Ringwraith and avoid Frodo having to retreat on that turn. Bill then made a near-fatal miscalculation. Assuming that the character furthest back in the center of the board was the powerful Witch King, Bill advanced Merry (who automatically kills the Witch King) onto a mountain space with Legolas in the center of the board. Unfortunately, this would have allowed Andrew to bring forward another of his characters into the space next to Frodo and prevent his retreat from a possible attack on the next turn. Fortunately for Bill, Andrew had forgotten which space Frodo had been located in and assumed that the piece that Bill had just advanced (Merry) was Frodo. Andrew then attacked and destroyed Legolas and Merry in the mountains; this ultimately allowed Bill to move Frodo forward into the mountains parallel to Andrew's rear guard forces (who could not attack him sideways) and slip away to a lucky victory.

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