If an encounter card with the doomed keyword is revealed during the staging step of the quest phase or in setup, each player must raise his threat level by the specified value.
When an encounter card with the surge keyword is revealed during the staging step of the quest phase or in setup, reveal 1 additional card from the encounter deck. Resolve the surge keyword immediately after resolving any when revealed effects on the card.
Jennifer has just engaged the enemy card, Bert, triggering its Sack 1 keyword. She draws the top card of the sack deck and reveals A Strong Sack. Its text reads:
â€œWhen Sacked: Attach to the character (excluding Gandalf) with the highest printed without a Sack attached.â€
The character with the highest is Beorn. However, Beornâ€™s game text says: â€œCannot have attachments.â€ Therefore, he is not an eligible target. So Jennifer must find an eligible target.
The next highest printed is a tie between Gimli and Thalin who both have 2 . Because Jennifer is the first player, she must decide which character to be the target. So she chooses to attach A Strong Sack to Thalin.
The keyword â€œSack Xâ€ is a new keyword in this quest that instructs the players to draw cards from the sack deck. When the keyword Sack Xis triggered by the encounter deck, the first player draws the top X cards from the sack deck and resolves the â€œWhen Sackedâ€ effects on those cards. If players are instructed to draw multiple cards from the sack deck, those cards are drawn and resolved one at a time.
If the Sack X keyword is triggered and there are no cards remaining in the sack deck, the Sack X effect is ignored. If a Sack card leaves play for any reason, shuffle it back into the sack deck.When resolving the â€œwhen sackedâ€ text on a sack card, if there are two or more eligible targets for that card the first player must choose one.
If a sack card instructs players to select a target that is not eligible, the first player must choose an eligible target. If there are no eligible targets, shuffle the Sack card back into the sack deck.
This scenario is played with a separate deck called the â€œsack deck.â€ During setup, remove the seven Sack objectives (card numbers 44-50) from the encounter deck and shuffle them to create this deck.
Should read: "If Troll Purse is discarded, add it to the staging area. If Troll Purse is unattached and in the staging area, attach it to a Troll enemy, if able."
Should read: "If Troll Key is discarded, add it to the staging area. If Troll Key is unattached and in the staging area, attach it to a Troll enemy, if able."
To play normal mode, just follow the setup instructions on the quest card.
When you play normal mode (or easy mode of course) and if you're new to the game, you can also play the "Basic Game" defined in the core set rules:
Newer players or players who want a more basic experience can play and enjoy the game by not dealing shadow cards during the combat phase. This eliminates an element of surprise that could make the game too challenging for a beginner. Once players are comfortable with this experience, they can then add the shadow effects to make combat less predictable and more exciting.