Celebrimbor’s Secret with Smoke Screen Alliance – September 22, 2021

Overview

I have been doing a lot of deckbuilding around Ranger Bow for reasons. I decided to this particular idea out since I like the suite of Pipe cards as an engine. The threat reduction build into it has great synergy with direct damage into the staging area. Last Alliance gives it another resource accelerator without having to draw all the pipes plus Smoke and Think. I remembered Celebrimbor’s Secret being one of the fun Ringmaker quests and decided it was good enough for a late nigh test game.

Decklist

Hero (3)
Aragorn (The Watcher in the Water)
Frodo Baggins (Conflict at the Carrock)
Pippin (Encounter at Amon Dîn)

Contract (0)
1x The Last Alliance (ALeP – Children of Eorl)

Ally (20)
1x Bilbo Baggins (The Road Darkens)
2x Cautious Halfling (Wrath and Ruin)
2x Curious Brandybuck (The Wastes of Eriador)
2x Gaffer Gamgee (Mount Gundabad)
3x Guardian of Ithilien (The City of Corsairs)
2x Ithilien Tracker (Heirs of Númenor)
1x Mablung (The Land of Shadow)
2x Northern Tracker (Core Set)
1x Odo Proudfoot (Under the Ash Mountains)
2x Ranger of Cardolan (The Wastes of Eriador)
1x Robin Smallburrow (The Drowned Ruins)
1x Sam Gamgee (The Thing in the Depths)

Attachment (13)
3x Dúnedain Pipe (The Black Serpent)
3x Hobbit Pipe (The Black Riders)
3x Ranger Bow (Assault on Osgiliath)
3x Spare Pipe (The Land of Sorrow)
1x Thorongil (The Fortress of Nurn)

Event (18)
3x Deep Knowledge (The Voice of Isengard)
3x Drinking Song (Mount Gundabad)
3x Smoke and Think (The Land of Sorrow)
3x Smoke Rings (The Black Riders)
3x The Galadhrim’s Greeting (Core Set)
3x The Shirefolk (Mount Gundabad)

3 Heroes, 51 Cards

Deck built on RingsDB.

Play by Play

Starting Hand

  • Deep Knowledge
  • Cautious Halfling
  • Smoke Rings
  • Spare Pipe
  • Curious Brandybuck
  • Drinking Song

Setup

  • Bellach, The Orcs’ Search, The Secret Chamber, and Collapsed Tower in the staging area.
  • Celebrimbor’s Mould attached to the The Secret Chamber.
  • Threat – 25
  • Last Alliance A and B traits are Hobbit and Ranger
  • 3 time on Stage 1B

Turn 1

1.3 Draw

  • Dunedain Pipe

1.3 Action(s)

  • Deep Knowledge draws Nothern Tracker and Gaffer Gamgee
  • Threat – 27
  • Drinking Song draws Smoke Rings, Spare Pipe, Northern Tracker, Dunedain Pipe, Gaffer Gamgee, The Shirefolk, Hobbit Pipe, and Spare Pipe 2.

2.2 Planning

  • Hobbit Pipe on Pippin
  • Spare Pipe on Frodo and add nothing to hand. Top 5 was all allies.
  • Dunedain Pipe on Aragorn

3.1 Quest Phase

3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Frodo
  • Aragorn
  • Pippin
  • Total Quest Power = 0

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Desecrated Ruins surges
  • Orc Skirmisher
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 5

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +1 quest progress (1 / 14)

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • Collapsed Tower

4.2 Action(s)

  • Exhaust Last Alliance to have The Shirefolk require all heroes to be a Hobbit or Ranger
  • Threat – 23
  • Hobbit Pipe draws Deep Knowledge
  • Deep Knowledge draws Drinking Song and Hobbit Pipe

5.2 Optional Engagement

  • none

5.2 Action(s)

  • none

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 26
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none
  • 1B Time – 2

Turn 2

1.3 Draw

  • Northern Tracker 2

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Hobbit Pipe 2 on Frodo
  • Northern Tracker

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Frodo
  • Aragorn
  • Pippin
  • Northern Tracker
  • Total Quest Power = 7

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Ruined Plaza and deal a damage to it (1 / 2)
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 6

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +1 Collapsed Tower progres (1 / 4)

3.4 Action(s)

  • Dunedain Pipe puts Northern Tracker on bottom of my deck and draw Smoke and Think

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 27
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none
  • 1B Time – 1

Turn 3

1.3 Draw

  • Spare Pipe1

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Gaffer Gamgee
  • Put a Spare Pipe on the bottom of my deck to draw Smoke and Think 2
  • Drinking Song draws Ithillien Ranger, Smoke Rings, Curious Brandybuck, Dunedain Pipe, and Thorongil. qq

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Frodo
  • Aragorn
  • Pippin
  • Northern Tracker and put 1 progress on Ruined Plaza (1 / 2)
  • Gaffer Gamgee
  • Total Quest Power = 8

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Ancient Foundation
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 8

3.3 Action(s)

  • Smoke Rings
  • Quest Power – 11
  • Threat – 24
  • Hobbit Pipes draw Robin Smallburrow and Gaffer Gamgee 2

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +3 Collapsed Tower Progress (4 / 4) and explore it

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • Ancient Foundation and deal a damage to it (1 / 4)
  • Curious Brandybuck put into play

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.2 Optional Engagement

  • none

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 25
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none
  • Put Orc Hunter into play for Bellach’s Scour
  • Ancient Foundation +2 damage (3 / 4)

Turn 4

1.3 Draw

  • Ranger Bow

1.3 Action(s)

  • Dunedain Pipe puts Gaffer Gamgee 2 on the bottom of my deck to draw Mablung

2.2 Planning

  • Mablung and give Orc Skirmisher +5 engagement cost but don’t engage it

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Frodo
  • Aragorn
  • Pippin
  • Northern Tracker and +1 Ruined Plaza progress (2 / 2) to explore it
  • Gaffer Gamgee
  • Curious Brandybuck
  • Mablung
  • Total Quest Power = 12

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Orc Hunting Party gives each orc enemy a shadow and -15 engagement cost
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 6

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +4 Ancient Foundation progress (4 / 4) to explore it
  • Curious Brandybuck put on the bottom of my deck
  • +2 quest progress (3 / 14)

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • The Secret Chamber

4.2 Action(s)

  • Use last alliance to change Pippin’s text to say “Hobbit or Ranger”

5.3 Engagement

  • Orc Hunter
  • Pippin returns it to the staging area
  • Threat – 28
  • Orc Skirmisher and 3 damage dealt to Aragorn

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Orc Skirmisher

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – none
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadows – none and whiff because attack won’t destroy Frodo (Orc Hunting Party and Discovered!)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 4 damage assigned to Frodo and turns into 4 threat
  • Threat – 29
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 30
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none
  • 1B Time – 2

Turn 5

1.3 Draw

  • Odo Proudfoot

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Odo Proudfoot and add Sam Gamgee to hand
  • Sam Gamgee

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Pippin
  • Gaffer Gamgee
  • Mablung
  • Odo Proudfoot
  • Sam Gamgee
  • Total Quest Power = 8

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Orc Skirmisher
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 5

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +1 The Secret Chamber progress (3 / 6)

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • none

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Orc Skirmisher

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Frodo
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – Discard Dunedain Pipe (Spies from Mordor)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 2
  • Threat – 32
  • Spend a Spirit resource to ready and boost Sam
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

6.7 Player Attacks

6.8b Target – Orc Skirmisher

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Aragorn
    • Northern Tracker
    • Sam Gamgee
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 7
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 5
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Target destroyed

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 33
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none
  • Stage 1B Time – 1

Turn 6

1.3 Draw

  • Guardian of Ithilien

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Ithilien Tracker
  • Ranger Bow on Ithilien Tracker

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Pippin
  • Mablung
  • Odo Proudfoot
  • Sam and Gaffer Gamgee
  • Total Quest Power = 8

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Take Cover removes a time counter
  • Bellach adds Orc Hunter to the staging area
  • Surge reveals Broken Lands
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 9

3.3 Action(s)

  • Ithilien Tracker with Ranger Bow deals a damage to Orc Hunter 1 (1 / 3)

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • Threat – 34

3.4 Action(s)

  • Spend a Spirit resource to ready and boost Sam

5.3 Engagement

  • Orc Skrimisther
  • 1B Time – 2

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Orc Skirmisher

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Frodo
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – +1 attack (City Remains)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 3
  • Threat – 37
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

6.7 Player Attacks

6.8b Target – Orc Skirmisher

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Aragorn
    • Northern Tracker
    • Sam
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 7
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 5
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 38
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none
  • 1B Time – 1

Turn 7

1.3 Draw

  • Galadhrim’s Greeting

1.3 Action(s)

  • Galadhrim’s Greeting
  • Threat – 32
  • Hobbit Pipes draw Hobbit Pipe 3 and Gaffer Gamgee 2

2.2 Planning

  • Guardian of Ithilien
  • Last Alliance changes Hobbit Pipe to say “Hobbit or Ranger”
  • Hobbit Pipe on Aragorn
  • Dunedain Pipe on Aragorn
  • Put Gaffer Gamgee 2 on bottom of deck to draw Ranger Bow 2

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Aragorn
  • Pippin
  • Mablung
  • Odo Proudfoot
  • Sam and Gaffer Gamgee
  • Total Quest Power = 10

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Desecrated Ruins deals 3 damage to The Secret Chamber (3 / 6)
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 6

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +3 The Secret Chamber progress (6 / 6) to explore it and add to the victory display
  • Celebrimbor’s Mould attached to Frodo
  • +1 quest progress (1 / 14)

3.4 Action(s)

  • Ithilien Tracker with Ranger Bow deals 1 damage to Orc Hunter 2 (1 / 3)

4.2 Travel

  • Broken Lands

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.2 Optional Engagement

  • Orc Hunter 1

5.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • none

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • Return Gaffer to hand to cancel attack

6.7 Player Attacks

6.8b Target – Orc Hunter 1

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Northern Tracker
    • Guardian of Ithilien
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 3
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 2
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Target destroyed

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 33
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none
  • 1B Time – 0
  • Bellach adds Bellach’s Scout to the staging area
  • 1B Time – 3

Turn 8

1.3 Draw

  • The Shirefolk

1.3 Action(s)

  • Last Alliance exhausted to play The Shirefolk
  • Threat 29
  • Hobbit Pipes draw Ranger of Cardolan x2 and 2nd Northern Tracker

2.2 Planning

  • Ranger Bow on Guardian of Ithilien

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Aragorn
  • Pippin
  • Mablung
  • Odo Proudfoot
  • Sam Gamgee
  • Total Quest Power = 9

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • City Remains
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 7

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +2 Broken Lands progress (2 / 6)

3.4 Action(s)

  • Ithilien Tracker and Guaridan of Ithilien use Ranger Bows to destroy Orc Hunter in the staging area.

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 30
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none
  • 1B Time – 2

Turn 9

1.3 Draw

  • Drinking Song

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Thorongil on Pippin to add his Lore version
  • Gaffer Gamgee
  • Robin Smallburrow
  • Drinking Song draws Guardian of Ithilien, Spare Pipe, and Smoke and Think x2 (Why can’t I seem to get these when I have those expensive rangers in hand?)

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Aragorn
  • Pippin
  • Frodo
  • Mablung
  • Odo Proudfoot
  • Sam and Gaffer Gamgee
  • Robin Smallburrow
  • Total Quest Power = 14

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Orc Skirmisher
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 8

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +4 Broken Lands Progress (6 / 6) to explore it
  • +2 quest progress (3 / 14)

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • City Ruins

4.2 Action(s)

  • Guardian of Ithilien and Ithilien Tracker deal 2 damage to Orc Skirmisher (2 / 4) with their Ranger Bows.

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 31
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none
  • 1B Time – 1

Turn 10

1.3 Draw

  • Curious Brandybuck

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Spare Pipe on Northern Tracker and add Smoke Rings to hand

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Aragorn
  • Frodo
  • Pippin
  • Mablung
  • Odo Proudfoot
  • Sam and Gaffer Gamgee
  • Robin Smallburrow
  • Total Quest Power = 14

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Orc Hound
  • Surges into Discovered!
  • City Ruins +1 damage
  • Bellach adds Orc Hunter to the staging area.
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 8

3.3 Action(s)

  • Guardian of Ithilien and Ithilien Tracker deal 2 damage to Orc Hound (2 / 2) with their Ranger Bows. It is destroyed
  • Staging Area Threat – 7
  • Smoke Rings gives heroes +1 willpower and lowers threat by 6
  • Quest Power – 17
  • Threat – 25
  • Hobbit Pipes draw Cautious Halfling, Northern Tracker, and Curious Brandybuck

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +3 City Remains progress (3 / 3) to explore it and forced effect whiffs because top scour effect in discard pile places a damage on the active location.
  • +7 quest progress (10 / 14)

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 26
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none
  • 1B Time – 0
  • Bellach adds Bellach’s Scout 2 to the staging area

Turn 11

1.3 Draw

  • Ranger Bow

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Guardian of Ithilien for free thanks to Last Alliance
  • Smoke and Think to play Northern Tracker for free
  • Ranger Bow on Guardian of Ithilien
  • Cautious Halfling and top encounter card is a Prowling Orc (Ok, definitely need to clear out some enemies before advancing)q

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • Use Ithilien Tracker to reduce next enemy threat to 0

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Sam and Gaffer Gamgee
  • Robin Smallburrow
  • Cautious Halfling
  • Mablung
  • Total Quest Power = 8

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Prowling Orc
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 6

3.3 Action(s)

  • Guardians of Ithilien use their Ranger Bows to deal 2 damage to Orc Skirmisher (4 / 4) and destroy it.

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +2 quest progress (12 / 14)

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

5.2 Optional Engagement

  • Prowling Orc
  • Pippin draws Ithilien Tracker

5.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • Return Gaffer to cancel attack

6.7 Player Attacks

6.8b Target – Prowling Orc

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Aragorn, Northern Trackers x2, and Odo Proudfoot
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 8
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 5
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Target destroyed

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 27
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none
  • 1B Time – 2

Turn 12

1.3 Draw

  • Gaffer Gamgee 2

1.3 Action(s)

  • Dunedain Pipe puts Gaffer 2 on the bottom of my deck and draws Spare Pipe1

2.2 Planning

  • Gaffer Gamgee with discount
  • Spare Pipe on Northern Tracker 2 and add Galadhrim’s Greeting to hand
  • Galadhrim’s Greeting
  • Threat – 21
  • Hobbit Pipes draw Ranger of Cardolan, Bilbo Baggins, and Galadhrim’s Greeting 2.
  • Smoke and Think to play Ranger of Cardolan for free

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Odo Proudfoot
  • Sam and Gaffer Gamgee
  • Robin Smallburrow
  • Cautious Halfling
  • Total Quest Power = 7

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Prowling Wolf
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 9

3.3 Action(s)

  • Ithilien Tracker and Guardians of Ithilien x2 use their Ranger Bows to deal 3 damage to Orc Hunter (3 / 3) and destroy it.
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 7

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • No threat and no progress

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

5.2 Optional Engagement

  • Prowling Wolf
  • Pippin draws Deep Knowledge

5.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • none

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Prowling Wolf

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Frodo
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – none (Orc Hound)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage –
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

6.7 Player Attacks

6.8b Target – Prowling Wolf

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Aragorn and Northern Tracker
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 5
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 4
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Target destroyed.

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 22
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none
  • 1B Time – 1
  • (Staging area is cleared out a little. Next turn should be good to advance.)

Turn 13

1.3 Draw

  • Smoke Rings

1.3 Action(s)

  • Deep Knowledge draws Dunedain Pipe and The Shirefolk
  • Threat – 24

2.2 Planning

  • Last Alliance to play The Shirefolk
  • Threat – 20
  • Hobbit Pipes draw Cautious Halfling, Gaffer Gamgee 2, and Guardian of Ithilien 3
  • Curious Brandybuck with discount
  • Guardian of Ithilien 3

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Mablung
  • Odo Proudfoot
  • Sam and Gaffer Gamgee
  • Robin Smallburrow
  • Cautious Halfling
  • Curious Brandybuck
  • Total Quest Power = 11

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Prowling Orc
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 7

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +4 quest progress (16 / 14)

  • Advance to Stage 2 and trigger all scour effects

  • Bellach’s Scouts whiff

  • Prowling Orc engages and attacks

  • Pippin draws Ranger of Cardolan 2x

  • 6.4b Action(s)

    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Frodo

  • 6.4.1 Action(s)

    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – whiffs because no active location or excess damage (Collapsed Tower)

  • 6.4.2 Action(s)

    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 3

  • Threat – 27

  • 6.4.3 Action(s)

    • none
  • Bellach attacks

  • 6.4b Action(s)

    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Guardian of Ithilien 3

  • 6.4.1 Action(s)

    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – +0 attack (Broken Lands)

  • 6.4.2 Action(s)

    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 5

  • 6.4.3 Action(s)

    • none
  • Guardian destroyed.

  • Celebrimbor’s Mould attached to Bellach

  • Stage 2B Time – 3

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • Return Gaffer to hand to cancel Prowling Orc attack

6.7 Player Attacks

6.8b Target – Prowling Orc

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Aragorn, Northern Trackers x2, and Ranger of Cardolan
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 9
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 6
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • Ithilien Tracker and Guardians of Ithilien deal 3 damage to a Bellach’s Scout with their Ranger Bows.

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 28
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none

Turn 14

1.3 Draw

  • Smoke and Think (last card)

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Gaffer Gamgee with discount
  • Smoke and Think to play Ranger of Cardolan for free
  • Bilbo Baggins and my deck is empty. No pipes to fetch

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Pippin
  • Odo Proudfoot
  • Sam and Gaffer Gamgee
  • Robin Smallburrow
  • Cautious Halfling
  • Curious Brandybuck
  • Bilbo Baggins
  • Mablung
  • Total Quest Power = 15

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Ancient Foundation
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 6

3.3 Action(s)

  • Ithilien Tracker deals 1 damage to a Bellach’s Scout (4 / 4) and destroys it.
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 4
  • Smoke Rings
  • Quest Power – 16
  • Threat – 21

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +12 quest progress (12 / 12)

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • none

4.2 Action(s)

  • Guardians of Ithilien x2 deal 2 damage to Bellach with their Ranger Bows.

5.2 Optional Engagement

  • Bellach

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • Return Gaffer to hand to cancel attack

6.7 Player Attacks

6.8b Target – Bellach

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Aragorn
    • Frodo
    • Northern Trackers x2
    • Rangers of Cardolan x2
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 12
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 8 (10 / 7)
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Target destroyed, added to the victory display, Celebrimbor’s Mould claimed, and that’s a victory!22

Score 143 = 13 rounds * 10 + 21 threat + 3 hero damage – 8 victory points

Postmortem

I was worried early on in the game. It seemed like I would be taking on too much threat and not building up quick enough to get ahead. Especially with Bellach adding more orcs to the staging area. The Orc Hunting Party in particular I thought was going to get me overwhelmed with enemies. Fortunately Pippin did what he needed to and sent one back up. That gave me breathing room to deal with each one at a time. The Ranger Bows I was pleasantly surprised by. It took a while to get a couple out, but then I could usually kill an orc over the course of two turns. Usually I’d get rid of one right after staging and get some pseudo-questing from them. Especially helpful later when I realized my threat was low enough that I could only optionally engage 1 enemy per turn but had 5 in staging. The bows plus some choice optional engagements got the staging area back to a manageable level.

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