On Thursday, I had the opportunity to play the first print on demand scenario for The Lord of the Rings LCG at Gen Con 2011. The Massing At Osgiliath, sends the players through the ruins of Osgiliath, across the Anduin river, and through the Pelennor Fields towards the safety of Minas Tirith. Piece of Cake, right?
Well, let's just say they didn't really prepare anyone for what they were about to encounter. We arrived at our table and began to set up the scenario. We had decided not to bring our cards with us because the event info had said that no materials were necessary. Big mistake! It turns out that the scenario was built for constructed decks and we had little chance of success with the pre-cons. That begin said, we were still optimistic we could succeed in our endeavor.
The scenario begins with the heroes encountering a large horde of nasty creatures. In fact, since we were playing with all four players, our staging area was swarming with 12 monsters! It was at this point that we decided to ask the question, “What level scenario is this?” Turns out it was an 8.
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The New Stuff!
One of the coolest aspects of the Lord of the Rings LCG Scenario: The Massing at Osgiliath is the new objective entitled Ranger of Ithilien. When this card is flipped from the encounter deck, the first player takes control of the Ranger and he becomes an ally for your party committed to your quest. Likewise if you flip him as a shadow card, you also have an opportunity to add him to your team by exhausting a character. In addition, he deals 2 damage to the attacking enemy as he appears. It's nice to see a positive card amongst all the negative effects of this encounter deck. Previously, the best you could hope for was nothing, and in this scenario any extra allies you can gain, the better.