Played a fun game last weekend despite having to interupt it several times. For what its worth, here is what we did.
Imagine that Gandalf escapes Moria with the rest of the fellowship, but pursued by the goblins into night, not daylight. I played the fellowship, from the exit of Moria to the forest is 70cm across the table. (Not too far for the sprinters, but the hobbits have a run ahead of them!) The fellowship begin just outside the entrance with 6 goblin archers and 8 warriors in hot pursuit. The goblins can draw a further 3 goblins (or one goblin and a troll) out each end of turn. Simple win for fellowship - the ring bearer and sam reach the forest. Simple win for goblins - the ring bearer doesn't make it or doesn't have at least Sam with him. It was a fun game because the goblins focussed everything on Frodo, who at times would have been a pin cushion but for the Fellowship and Gandalf's light, but in the process of getting Frodo and Sam to safety, Gandalf fell when pinned into a trap with goblins and a troll, then Legolas and Gimli were lost to overwhelming force. Still, the Fellowship won the day... kind of, Merry and Pippin are presently being kept in a freezer for later somewhere in the bowls of Moria...
I agree it does sound very fun and interesting twist too. It is a shame that a lot of games that people play with LOTR are not really as scenario based as they used to be but it's always good when you see/hear of somebody playing a good scenario. Sounds good and thanks for posting this up in here!
I only ever played one game of Lotr and that was Mines Of Noria with my daughter (which I lost). It was fun and your game also sounds like fun. I do like the twist to the story and that is what makes the world of Tolkien much more enjoyable the fact that you can take any basic storyline and move things about a bit and still come up with an entertaining situation which is still within the whole Middle Earth stroyline.
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