This is first game where I wrote down everything I did during the game. It’s more free form than my current format with all the phases and action windows specified. This is when I decided to try playing regularly to at least beat every quest once. My plan back then was to build one deck and play that deck for the cycle and tweak as I went. I did not have a full card pool, but I used whatever I had available at the time. I wanted to build a deck that used cards I liked and worked rather than confine myself to any sort of progression. I started with Mono-Tactics since Tactics Eowyn was new to me at the time. I found the idea of a Tactics deck that could quest exciting. Plus, I remembered hearing about Battle and Seige questing for this cycle.
2x Bofur (Over Hill and Under Hill)
3x Defender of Rammas (Heirs of Númenor)
3x Dúnedain Hunter (The Lost Realm)
3x Eagles of the Misty Mountains (Return to Mirkwood)
2x Grimbold (The Flame of the West)
1x Guthlaf (The Blood of Gondor)
3x Knight of Minas Tirith (Assault on Osgiliath)
3x Knights of the Swan (The Steward’s Fear)
1x Landroval (A Journey to Rhosgobel)
3x Legolas (The Treason of Saruman)
3x Vassal of the Windlord (The Dead Marshes)
3x Winged Guardian (The Hunt for Gollum)
3x Dagger of Westernesse (The Black Riders)
3x Gondorian Shield (The Steward’s Fear)
1x Horn of Gondor (Core Set)
1x Rivendell Bow (The Watcher in the Water)
3x Secret Vigil (The Lost Realm)
3 Heroes, 50 Cards
Deck built on RingsDB.
Play by Play
Turn 1: Played Bofur and Gondorian Shield on Beregond. I didn’t send anyone to quest. Discarded 2 locations from a collateral damage raised threat from 28 to 32. Harbor Thug engages because of the threat raise. No progress made but no threat increase from questing. Beregrond defends against Harbor Thug no problem. Aragorn kills Harbor Thug. Use Bofur ability and get a Dagger of Westernesse.
Turn 2: I drew another Dagger of Westernesse. I played one on Aragon. Then sent Bofur and Eowyn to the quest for 3. Lossarnach Bandit is revealed for no progress and once engaged removes resource I was saving for Eagles of the Misty Mountains. Beregond defends easily. Aragorn attacks nearly killing the bandit.
Turn 3: I draw Grimbold and play a Defender of Rammas. Eowyn and Bofur quest again. Pickpocket revealed and no progress made. Pickpocket engaged. Beregond defends vs the bandit but shadow is lose an attachment. [Gondorian Shield] (/card/06005) discarded since I have another in hand. Defender of Rammas defends vs the pickpocket. Eagles of the Misty Mountains discarded and 1 resource to the pickpocket forced effect. Aragorn kills pickpocket.
Turn 4: I draw Sterner than Steel and play Grimbold and Gondorian Shield. Eowyn, Bofur, and Grimbold quest for 4. City Street surges into Zealous Traitor. No progress but no threat. Traitor engages killing Defender of Rammas. Aragorn takes bandit’s attack undefended for 3 and Alcaron’s Scroll attaches. Beregond defends vs traitor for no damage. Aragorn kills traitor.
Scooped after realizing I’ve been forgetting the Leaping Fish forced effect.