The Fords of Isen with Hobbit Decks – November 10, 2019


After successfully completed Against the Shadow cycle, I continued on to Ringmaker. Ringmaker represents a change in how I played the game. Before I was trying to create a single deck that I would tweak as needed during a cycle. This cycle I abandoned that to experiment with more deck types. I started off playing two handed to play more decks. Spoiler alert, two handed play won’t last long. Still, I remember being excited about trying these two decks I found on Ringsdb and since I couldn’t decide which to play I chose both. I had to make changes because of card overlap, but I got a 2 handed fellowship that I was excited for.


Hobbit Necromancers Raise the Dead

Hero (3)
Erestor (The Treachery of Rhudaur)
Frodo Baggins (Conflict at the Carrock)
Merry (The Wastes of Eriador)

Ally (13)
1x Beorn (Core Set)
1x Bilbo Baggins (The Road Darkens)
2x Elven Jeweler (Escape from Mount Gram)
2x Gandalf (Core Set)
1x Gildor Inglorion (The Hills of Emyn Muil)
1x Halbarad (The Flame of the West)
1x Legolas (The Treason of Saruman)
1x Treebeard (The Antlered Crown)
3x Zigil Miner (Khazad-dûm)

Attachment (19)
3x Ancient Mathom (A Journey to Rhosgobel)
3x Expert Treasure-hunter (On the Doorstep)
3x Good Meal (The Redhorn Gate)
3x Hobbit Pipe (The Black Riders)
3x Map of Earnil (Assault on Osgiliath)
2x Protector of Lórien (Core Set)
2x Song of Travel (The Hills of Emyn Muil)

Event (18)
3x A Test of Will (Core Set)
3x Daeron’s Runes (Foundations of Stone)
2x Dwarven Tomb (Core Set)
3x Hidden Cache (The Morgul Vale)
2x Smoke Rings (The Black Riders)
3x Stand and Fight (Core Set)
2x The Galadhrim’s Greeting (Core Set)

3 Heroes, 50 Cards

Ranger Hobbits Lay Traps

Hero (3)
Bilbo Baggins (The Hunt for Gollum)
Pippin (The Black Riders)
Sam Gamgee (The Black Riders)

Ally (17)
2x Anborn (The Blood of Gondor)
3x Bill the Pony (The Black Riders)
2x Galadriel (The Road Darkens)
3x Gandalf (Core Set)
2x Gimli (The Treason of Saruman)
2x Ithilien Archer (Encounter at Amon Dîn)
3x Ithilien Tracker (Heirs of Númenor)

Attachment (24)
3x A Burning Brand (Conflict at the Carrock)
3x Fast Hitch (The Dead Marshes)
3x Forest Snare (Core Set)
3x Hobbit Cloak (The Black Riders)
3x Ithilien Pit (Encounter at Amon Dîn)
3x Ranger Bow (Assault on Osgiliath)
3x Ranger Spikes (Heirs of Númenor)
3x Steward of Gondor (Core Set)

Event (9)
3x Peace, and Thought (Shadow and Flame)
3x Sneak Attack (Core Set)
3x Take No Notice (The Black Riders)

3 Heroes, 50 Cards

Deck built on RingsDB.

Play by Play

Hobbit Rangers = HR Hobbit Necromancers = HN

HR start as first player.

HR starting hand: A Burning BrandPeace, and ThoughtAnbornForest SnareHobbit Cloak, and Bill the Pony

HN starting hand: Hobbit PipeHidden CacheDaeron’s RunesZigil MinerProtector of Lórien, and Halbarad.

Turn 1: HR draw Gandalf and Galadriel. HN draw Map of EarnilHidden CacheDaeron’s Runes, and The Galadhrim’s Greeting.

HR play [Bill the Pony] (/card/141006). Also Hobbit Cloak and A Burning Brand on Sam.

HN play Daeron’s Runes number 1 drawing Treebeard and Stand and Fight then discard HalbaradDaeron’s Runes number 2 played drawing Gandalf and Ancient Mathom then discard Gandalf. Hobbit Pipe played on Merry. Protector of Lórien played on Frodo. Zigil Miner played and exhausted naming Merry and 1. Good Meal and Expert Treasure-hunter milled for no resources.

Sam, Pippin, and Erestor quest for 7. Dunland Chieftan added to the staging area. Merry responds and exhausts to negate his 3 threat. Old Hatred revealed and attached to the quest. Pillaging and Burning has HR draw Take No Notice and HN draws Good Meal. HR raises threat by 7 for 6 cards in hand plus for drawing a card to 30. HN discards 2 Hidden Cache and Treebeard to Protector of Lórien. Then raises threat by 6 for 5 cards in card plus drawing a card. 5 threat in the staging area results in 2 progress placed on the quest.

Travel to The Islet.

HR and HN both optionally engage a prowler. Pippin draws Gandalf and threat is 32. Sam readies then defends the prowler’s attack. No shadow and no damage to Sam. Frodo defends the other prowler attack. Shadow adds 1 attack and discard a card to increase Frodo’s defense so no threat gained.

Refresh, HN discards hand, HR threat is 32,and HN is 1st player with 30.

Turn 2: HN draws Hobbit PipeLegolasSong of TravelBilbo Baggins, and Expert Treasure-hunter. HN threat is 31.

HR draws Steward of Gondor and raise threat to 33.

HN plays Hobbit Pipe on Frodo. Expert Treasure-hunter and Song of Travel on Erestor. Zigil Miner exhausted naming Merry and 1. Daeron’s Runes and Map of Earnil discarded. (I just realized that ally Bilbo is a dead card in this fellowship.

HR doesn’t play any cards during planning.

Erestor, Pippin, Bilbo, and Bill quest for 6. Treachery attached to the quest that will deal 1 damage to a character each time card(s) are drawn. The King’s Road and The Gap of Rohan added to the staging area for 8 threat with the Chieften.

Scoop and look at tweaking HN.


I think these two decks are not great against this quest considering how much card draw they have. Also both require some set up to get going. Plus pretty sure HN lost a lot cards it needed in the first turn from Erestor’s ability.

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