Readers were encouraged to submit stories about your most epic rounds of combat, and you all did not disappoint. There were so many great tales, that it was hard to choose, but the winner happened to tackle one of my absolute favorite scenarios. We’ll get to the winner in a moment, before I announce them I would like to highlight some of my favorite entries.
Pengolodh shared a wonderful tale of Boromir, Théoden and Glorfindel joining Merry, Brand at the Siege of Cair Andros. With some help from Gandalf the Grey (he always seems to show up at just the right time!), the intrepid warriors defeated three Orc Arbalesters, two Battering Rams, and one Orc Scrambler. That is an impressive feat in any scenario, but the Siege of Cair Andros is particularly challenging. Kudos to Pengolodh for a well-written an exciting account of that battle.
Chuck Wahl told an entertaining story about a very angry Gimli, donning Citadel Plate, and equipped with a Dwarven Axe, Dúnedain Mark and Unexpected Couraged, teaming up with Grimbeorn the Old to kill some trolls. Troll-killing is one of my favorite hobbies, and I always enjoy a good story where trolls meet an untimely end. I also find it very amusing, the thought of Gimli the Dwarf trying to wear man-sized Citadel Plate Mail. The son of Glóin is a stout fellow, by all accounts, but it does give one a silly mental picture.
Noccus gave a stirring account of an epic three-player quest against the Watcher in the Water. After many struggles against the many tentacle of that terrible beat, Boromir sacrificed himself and made calamari out of the beast. Fortune or Fate ultimately brought Boromir back the next round, but I am always a fan of a hero making the noble sacrifice for their comrades, regardless of whether or not the fates intervene on their behalf. Thanks for the wonderful tale, Noccus – now I am hungry for seafood.
Well, the contest has drawn to a close, and it is time to announce a winner. From the creative use of A Good Harvest to play Thicket of Spears to the incomparable teamwork displayed by Brand and Merry, everything about Jban’s tale was appropriately epic. The Massing at Osgiliath happens to be one of my favorite scenarios. I myself have performed my share of epic feats on the Banks of the Anduin, but that is a story for another day.
Using The Hammer-stroke to engage 13 enemies, and then drawing 9 cards with Pippin is pretty amazing in and of itself. On top of that, I really like the creative use of A Good Harvest to allow a deck with non-Tactics heroes to still pay for Thicket of Spears. Using Brand (one of the most underrated heroes, in my opinion) and Merry to then kill all of the engaged enemies is the perfect finish to a fantastic story.
So congratulations to Jban, you are the winner of the contest! Contact the blog at HallOfBeorn@gmail.com and we can arrange to ship you a copy of the Khazad-dûm Nightmare Deck. Thanks again to everyone who participated, and be on the lookout for a new contest very soon – if The Dunland Trap can ever be released.