I haven’t had a chance to attempt Fortress of Nurn again yet. Here are more games from when I started writing down everything I did during the game instead. It’s more free form than my current format with all the phases and action windows specified.
I knew I wanted to use a mono-sphere deck, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to use Mono-Tactics or Mono-Spirit. I started with Mono-Tactics because I liked the idea of Mono-Tactics more. I suspected, however, that Mono-Spirit would be more successful. I decided I would play both against the first couple of scenarios to see which is really better.
2x Damrod (Heirs of Númenor)
1x Dwalin (On the Doorstep)
1x Elfhelm (The Dead Marshes)
3x Emery (The Blood of Gondor)
3x Ethir Swordsman (The Steward’s Fear)
3x Gandalf (Over Hill and Under Hill)
3x Háma (The Treason of Saruman)
3x Lórien Guide (Core Set)
3x Pelargir Shipwright (Assault on Osgiliath)
3x Prince Imrahil (The Flame of the West)
3x Warden of Annúminas (The Lost Realm)
3x Zigil Miner (Khazad-dûm)
3 Heroes, 50 Cards
Deck built on RingsDB.
Play by Play
Turn 1: I draw Gandalf. I play Zigil Miner and Blood of Númenor on Eleanor. I discard Prince Imrahil for a resource on Arwen. Exhaust Zigil Miner naming 3. The Galadhrim’s Greeting and Hasty Stroke discarded netting one resource on Eleanor. I use the remaining resources to play Lórien Guide. Lorien Guide and Arwen quest for 2. Staging adds Zealous Traitor and Lossarnach Bandit to the staging area. Threat increases by 5. All enemies engage killing Zigil Miner due to traitor’s forced effect. I scoop realizing I’ll lose a hero to an undefended attack.
Turn 1: I draw Sword-thain. I play Zigil Miner and use his ability on Eleanor calling 3. Emery and Warden of Annúminas discarded and 1 resource added. I discard Prince Imrahil to add a resource to Arwen Undómiel. Then use Caldara to put Imrahil and the warden into play. Then play Pelargir Shipwright. No one sent to quest. Treachery discarded for the Leaping Fish’s forced effect. Then Harbor Store house added to the staging area. Threat raised by 3 for failing to quest and Harbor Thug engages. Warden defends, no shadow revealed, and takes 1 damage. Everyone else attacks killing the thug. Refresh to 28 threat.
Turn 2: I draw The Galadhrim’s Greeting. I discard Elven-light for a resource. I play another warden. I send the heroes on the quest for 4. Collateral Damage discarded to Leaping Fish and Harbor Thug added to the staging area. 1 progress placed on Leaping Fish. Thug engages and attacks. Damaged warden defends,no shadow, and takes one damage. Remaining allies attack and kill thug. Refresh to 29.
Turn 3: I draw Lórien Guide and play it. I quest with the guide, both wardens and Imrahil for 7. Leaping Fish discards another Collateral Damage. City Street surges into Collateral Damage. I discard 6 encounter cards 2 of which are locations raising my threat by 4 to 32. Harbor Storehouse triggers as well adding 2 more for 34. 3 threat in the staging area means 4 progress placed on Leaping Fish plus the one from the guide exploring it. I travel to City Street. I exhaust Zigil Miner for Eleanor calling 3. Háma and Blood of Númenor discarded for 1 resource. Refresh to 35 threat.
Turn 4: I draw Háma and play him. I quest with Arwen, Imrahil, the wardens, guide, and shipwright for 9 and 1 progress on City Street. Harbor Thug added to staging area. City Street and quest gain 1 and 5 progress, respectively. City Street is explored. I travel to Harbor Storehouse. Thug engages and attacks. Hama defends, no shadow, takes 1 damage. Use Zigil Miner on Eleanor calling 3. Dwalin and Elven-light discarded for 1 resource. Refresh to 36 threat.
Turn 5: I draw and play Blood of Númenor on Eleanor. I also play another Zigil Miner. I quest with Arwen, guide, shipwright, both miners, and Hama for 7 and 1 progress on the Harbor Storehouse. Lurking Shadows returns Harbor Thug to the staging area. Storehouse and quest gain 3 and 2 progress, respectively. Storehouse explored and Stage 1b completed. Alcaron’s Scroll attached to Thug once stage 2b is revealed. Thug engages and attacks. Activate Eleanor’s Blood of Númenor for +2 defense and defend. Shadow discards the 2 resources on Eleanor, but no damage dealt. The wardens attack and kill the thug. Imrahil exhausts to get the scroll. Refresh to 37 threat.
Turn 6: I draw Gandalf. Exhaust one Zigil Miner for Eleanor choosing 3. Lorien Guide and Will of the West discarded for 1 resource. I discard Sword-thain for a resource on Arwen. Play Gandalf. Then send everyone to the quest for 17. Pelargir Docks added during staging for 4 threat. I make 13 progress completing stage 2b. I choose to add a Harbor Thug to the staging area for revealing 3a. I travel to the docks. Thug engages and attacks. Gandalf defends taking no damage but Blood of Númenor discarded because of the shadow card. Refresh to 40 keeping Gandalf in play.
Turn 7: I draw Sword-thain. Then send everyone questing for 19 and 1 progress on the docks. A Pelargir docks is added during staging. The active location is explored with 2 more progress. The quest gains 13 progress. I travel to the new docks. Thug attacks and Gandalf defends. No damage but I lose all resources. Refresh to 43 keeping Gandalf.
Turn 8: I draw a shipwright and play a The Galadhrim’s Greeting to reduce threat to 37. Then send everyone to quest for 19 and a progress on the active location again. Local Trouble is attached to Arwen, but I put 17 progress on the quest to win.
Score = 37 + 8 + 0 + 8*10 – 3 = 122