Post by Goodgulf the Grey on Nov 15, 2007 15:34:32 GMT 1
Strider is probably the best example, but the other probable candidate would be Smeagol from the expansion.
Strider can be so helpful in an FP sprint game where corruption damage isn't very signifcant and speed (max use of Character dice) is critical. In this type of game the FP will take the corruption so Strider can guide the FSP quickly and hide using any action dice.
Smeagol can be critical to avoid a "turn stall" and declare in Mordor. If chosen as a random companion when the Fellowship is almost ready to declare then the FP may decide to take the corruption damage.
The only other examples I can think of would be Gandalf, Borormir, Legolas, or Gimli when their corresponding card is on the table and the FP doesn't want to discard the card by losing the companion (probably a rare occurence).
The only other time (I can think of right now) would be when the SP has "We Shall Get It" on the table and the FSP is down to it's last companion and the FP doesn't want Gollum as the Guide.
Post by SevenSpirits on Nov 15, 2007 17:51:31 GMT 1
Those are the best reasons. I can think of three more:
You haven't drawn a Smeagol tile yet, and only have one companion left.
The companion drawn is propping up Smeagol's level. For example, if you have Pippin, Gandalf, Smeagol and draw Gandalf.
You want to get some corruption because you're going to heal it soon anyway. E.g. You have one corruption, are about to play Athelas because you're about to separate Strider, and draw a hobbit. Or you have no corruption and are going to declare in a FP stronghold.