It had been quite a while since the Dark Lord Sauron saw the tabletop, and he has yet to make an in-game appearance on this blog so I was happy to play him! Andrew and I rolled randomly for armies, and he came up with The Grey Company.
Normally, the Grey Company is tedious to run due to tracking all the stats, but after stealing some loom bands from my daughter, we came up with a much simpler method. A red band for might having been spent, a green for fate, and a blue for will. Boom, done.
For scenarios, we rolled up Heirloom of ages Past (which I veto'd) and Contest of Champions (which Andrew veto'd... more on that later). That left us with Destroy the Supplies.that elven tower is beautiful. With my overwhelming numbers and a drum, I knew the fight would be on Andrew's side of the board.
Aragorn loses a fight while surrounded and trapped. I roll 5 wounds and Andrew passes all 3 fate keeping Aragorn alive on the same turn that I lose one final orc to quarter me.
Whew! This actually came a lot closer than I expected. At one point a draw looked very possible, but then Andrew tipped past broken (2 VPs for Barad Dur as we were not broken), Halbarad died, and Aragorn lost an important fight to get wounded (1 VP). Finally, I did managed to score one objective for 2 VP more.
5-0 in a game that really got quite interesting towards the end!
Closing Thoughts: Honestly, using bands to track the Rangers was WAY BETTER than trying to check the marks on their bases. All of a sudden I'm excited to give them a shot.
Sauron killed one ranger all game. Not one spell went off, and he lost 4 out of the 5 fights he was engaged in. Whoof. BUT overall my dice weren't too bad unlike Andrew who had characteristically horrible dice. I think had his dice been more average this would've been a lot closer.
On that note, in hindsight, I think we both realized Contest of Champions may have actually been a better choice for Andrew. Having to spread over 3 objectives was a tough order- but with all of his might he could've made something happen in a straight up fight.
All in all a fun one and I look forward to more!