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Dave J McWeasely
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You are the Witch King, besieging Minas Tirith with the standard 1-elite, 9-regular, 3 Nazgul army. You've already laid waste to DEW and Helm's Deep, but you still need 3 VP for the win. Minas Tirith is going to be one of them, since you weaseled around Osgiliath and they're not even at war yet.

Now Gandalf the White beams into Osgiath using Paths of the Woses with two elites, two regulars, and two leaders, plus the two Gondor regulars already there.

Now, suppose on the next move FP puts a Gondor in Druadan Forest. You are surrounded on all sides by the Free.

Warm up question: First of all, trivia question for the uninitiated, what is the FP up to??
Answer: He's trying to play Help Unlooked For and anihilate your army on the cheap. Not to mention kill you. Imagine that!

The Hard Question: Now what is your play?:
Run! Fly away with the WK and Nazgul, leave the orcs to their fate. (but you need those VPs...)
Breakout! Attack Lossarnach or Druadan Forest, sending Gondor to war.
Fight Gandalf!: Attack Gandalf & Co. at Osgiliath with the Witch King's army. You have Words of Power by the way, so you can fight one round without having your leadership zeroed.
Stay on target...: Attack Minas Tirith directly, hoping to wipe it out, or at least severely deplete it thus weakening Help Unlooked For (but this also sends Gondor to war, strengthening the counter-attack.
Attrition Warfare: I forgot to mention you have 3 regulars + the Mouth in Minas Morgul, as well as 5 regulars and a Nazgul in N. Ithilien. You could attack Osgiliath with that, I suppose. You'd lose, but maybe grind them down a bit before they kill Witchie...
 
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Poker-face follow-up question:
If the FP player mentions the possibilty of Help Unlooked For, does that affect your decision?
 
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Attack Druadan Forest, and advance with 0-1 guys (depending on the dice situation). The important thing is to not get surrounded.

This forces them to make a move if they want to fight. If you attack them, they can bleed your army and/or retreat somewhere annoying, and basically waste a lot of your energy. If you don't do anything with the army in MT, you're just asking to be owned by Help Unlooked For. If you attack MT, you're again effectively committing suicide.

Between Druadan and Lossarnach, Druadan is the better target to attack, because if you have to retreat there after a Help Unlooked for, you can go take Edoras. Also, if you attack Lossarnach, you essentially have to move a guy in, otherwise you are not giving yourself a retreat spot.
 
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As the FSP is in Mordor (indicated by having the Mouth out with Gondor not at war), the biggest decision factor is how close they are to dunking the ring. If close, that may force a more aggressive strategy.
 
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