Post by loweringthebar on Dec 4, 2008 20:11:52 GMT 1
OK, this has been bugging me lately. It's not like I'm losing sleep or anything, but I'm vexed nonetheless.Why do the political markers for the shadow nations have a passive side? I haven't played the expansion yet, but do they start out as passive?
Is there some way to convert the shadow nations from active to passive and avoid conflict altogether? Perhaps the Shire can place sanctions on Mordor and send ambassadors to meet with the Witch King and push a deal for Peace in Middle Earth? Maybe somebody already thought of this and put it in their house rules? I'll bet it's not much fun to play that way... unless you hate conflict.
Post by loweringthebar on Dec 4, 2008 21:31:12 GMT 1
Hmmmm... I considered that possibility since I work in the printing/design field, and it's a logical answer.
However, it's not a controversial, mysterious or even a remotely sexy answer! I think we should all chip in and send Veldrin to Las Vegas for a weekend. I'd like to see his responses on this forum after spending a night doing tequila body shots at the Wynn resort. Please leave your Nazgul in Sweden. ;D
Seriously, thanks for all of your help. You've made the gaming experience much more enjoyable... and logical.
I'd love to go to Vegas, I havr only been to the other side of the "pond" once (when I studied at the University of British Columbia way back in the 20th century).
How about this for a more vivid answer:
The Shadow nations have passive sides to make sure that if the FP go for a military victory the Shadow player can flip the poitical counters to the passive side and claim he lost due to his nations not being prepared for war.
This had been handy for me when I played Roberto Di Meglio (the designer of the game) at Spiel 05 (Essen) and after having battered the Fellowship close to succumbing to the Corruption of the One Ring lost the game to Robeto's clever use of Companions and the event cards which allowed him to move his armies multiple regions to strike at my poorly defended Strongholds.
Post by loweringthebar on Dec 4, 2008 22:49:30 GMT 1
Now you're getting it! That's a cheap, dirty trick... AND I LOVE IT! See, I knew there had to be another reason for the shadow's passive side. The lesson to be learned today; never trust a game designer. LOL