Even though I hadn’t had much luck with solo play around The Lord of the Ring LCG’s The Siege of Cair Andros, Kris and I gave it a go the other night. This was part of our nearly weekly 2-player play of LotR LCG. We’re about 35% of the way through the existing scenarios. [EDIT: Since I wrote this, I finally won solo!]
Let’s just say The Siege of Cair Andros is *tough.* The initial mechanic is a refreshing twist. There are a number of locations in the staging area at the start. They take damage under certain conditions as you race to progress through them. If you are successful, you get to skip subsequent stages. Should you fail, you’ll have to slog through a longer quest.
In our first attempt of the evening, Kris and I failed miserably. I was paying the Tactics mono sphere deck I was testing over the past few days. He was playing primarily a dwarf deck with Frodo thrown in. In our play, he quickly threated out and I followed with a TPK shortly thereafter. We decided to give it another go.
Our second go was more successful. We quested off the first Location (The Banks) which removed the troublesome Stage 2AB from the game. The Approach and The Citadel eluded us although we were close on the latter.
We advanced to and through 3B (Breakthrough at the Approach) fairly easily. 4B Breakthrough at the Citadel wasn’t much of problem either, but by this time we had a ton of enemies engaged with us. Some extra quest tokens from Legolas put us into 5B The Last Battle.
We ended up winning by the skin of our teeth with a fortunate combo or two. First, Kris’ Thalin died in battle but my Landroval brought him back and refreshed no less. Thalin cleared out an enemy and we survived the first Combat stage of 5B. Into the next turn, Kris drew and played Defender of Ramas while I drew and played a timely Gandalf. We hadn’t accumlated many VPs so we were still in Siege mode. So the strong-defending DoR and Gandalf were going to contribute an etra 8 points of questing that turn. That plus a buffed-with-Gondorian Shield Berogond saved our bacon.
Result= 6 turn victory @ 168 points!