June 23rd - 25th, 2006 - Game Weekend at Home
FRIDAY: What better way to start off a weekend of gaming then with a new game, War of the Ring. Kathy really likes Carcassonne and Andrew was wanting War of the Ring so we (Kathy and I) bought War of the Ring and traded it to Andrew for Carcassonne and all of the expansions that Andrew has bought.
After sorting out all of the pieces for War of the Ring and there are A LOT of pieces, we got started. Andrew and I played the Introductory game with Andrew playing the Shadow player and I played the Free People of Middle Earth. Go Hobbits!! As Free People Player (FPP) I needed to control 2 of the Shadow Player (SP) cities or strongholds OR I needed to destroy the One Ring in Mount Doom. Andrew needed to control 5 FPP cities or strongholds. In the Introductory game the Ring Bearers are not corrupted, if the SP finds the ring bearer (rolls a 6 on a Hunt die) he gets to move the Ring Bearer, away from Mount Doom.
As the game progressed the Ring Bearers were struggling to make it to Mount Doom. The SP was slowly wearing down the FPP and an eventual SP victory was getting closer. My one bright spot as FPP was when Gandolf the White who was brought back in Fangorn forest rallied the Ents. The Ents entered undefended Orthanc and captured/destroyed Suraman (which reduced the SP dice by 1). Neither Andrew or I had played before so neither of us knew what cards the other players had. Saying that he was surprised was an understatement.
It was becoming obvious that the Ring Bearers were not going to make it to Mt. Doom, before the SP achieved a military victory, so I decided to go for a FPP military victory. The 2 weakest SP cities/stronghold that I had units near, were Angmar and Mount Gundabad in the North. So I put all of my efforts into capturing these. Andrew (SP) realized what I was doing but it was too late and I achieved a FPP victory.
War of the Ring sure appears to be a great game next time we are going to play the Regular game.