War of the Ring – SPI – solitaire play – Part 3 – The Fellowship enter Cirith Ungol, Shelob dines on raw elf and the fate of the Ring is surprisingly decided.

Posted: November 7, 2013 in Middle Earth - War of the Ring, wargames
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So as the focus switched from the big battles to individuals the Fellowship still undetected arrived at Cirith Ungol.  As the situation in Rohan was turning into a mammoth World War I style battle of attrition I despatched Aragorn to set off meeting up with some 2500 Rohan foot to try to help out.  Meanwhile, Gandalf, Legolas Frodo and Sam encountered Shelob in the servant of Sauron hex.  Still rusty from the rules I decided to let Legolas take on the 8 legged beastie and he was promply eaten infront of the other chaps.  Shame it didn’t happen to mincing Mr Bloom in the movie.  Next up on the expendable list was fatboy Sam.  Using Galadriel’s Light turned the combat decisively in his favour and he despatched her taking just a single wound.  But then the Nazgûl in the same hex finally and successfully detected their quarry entering Minas Morgul. A regular wraith, Gothmog and the Lord of the Nazgûl I expected to be too much even for Gandalf’s wizardry and expected the ring to be taken or Frodo to have to don it but god’s holy trousers! Gandalf cut through all 3 villains with just a single wound, his powers of sorcery reigning supreme every time.

Frodo casts the ring into the fires of Mount Doom

Frodo casts the ring into the fires of Mount Doom

Marching on the fellowship reached Mount Doom, only Gollum could stop them and the role gave no overall control to him so rather easily the ring was destroyed and the Free Peoples were victorious.

What an anti-climax!  The lack of detection success meant the Fellowship just waltzed up and dropped the ring in Mount Doom with hardly any difficulty and way too easily. Moving through the Misty passes when I wasn’t allowed too helped but then even with the same roll at Moria I’d have bundled through.  I suspect I haven’t played this game according to lots of the rules and regs so its time now to re-read the rules, realise all the errors I made and play again a bit more carefully and hopefully have a bit more of a challenge.


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