Sauron’s might is unstoppable! The Age of Orcs begins.
Faramir dies in army battle against Gothmog. Minas Tirith is hastily arming peasants and old men but they won’t be enough. Gondor can lite up all the beacons it can, but there are no more Dead Men and Rohirrim marching to save Minas Tirith, for those forces are spent.
In Imladris the Nazgul decide that the walls would look much better in blood red and get to painting. Those hidden capitals can be nasty as they won’t show enemy characters and challenges get accepted all too easily. I also had a curse barrage and assassins waiting as well.
To my opponent, thank you for a great game! To summarise the DS side as of turn 15, Gothmog would have been able to threaten pretty much anything with a command rank of over 160. I had a full curse squad in place and enough mage skill and mage items for a second one. Gollum had agent skill of 107 and stealth of 40 and Ji Indur was at skill 87 and stealth 50 (although Gollum failed to assassinate Eomer on this turn). My agent squad was also fully doubled and I was able to track Gandalf and the One Ring. I was also very close to recruiting 1000 HC per turn (at the expense of that second curse squad), half of with steel/steel.
I really enjoyed this scenario and will definitely want to play as the FP. I was very much looking for a slow start but the FP came all in. But it seems to have been too much too soon. I doubt the starting FP economy can afford all those troops (2000 HC and 8000 HI) and it also comes at the expense of three of the starting champion slots going to subpar characters. For a while that was also my only hope and I tried to slow those troops down and I guess the expense meant that they had to throw troops on the walls of Minas Morgul and Cirith Ungol on the way to Barad Dur. In the end I was able to stop and completely wipe out the incoming wave with the longer term expense of Minas Morgul and Cirith Ungol being villages that were easy to threaten back and two burned camps.
The new riddles were a nice change for me. Not too hard and with some research all were possible to crack.