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.
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.
Many of the locations in this scenario have the Aflame X keyword. This represents ships in the Elven fleet and piers in the Grey Havens which are under attack by Corsairs and are being set on fire.
At the end of each round, the players must place 1 damage token on each Aflame location in the staging area. Many encounter card effects can also cause damage tokens to be placed on Aflame locations.
If at any point an Aflame location has damage tokens on it equal to its Aflame X value, it is destroyed, and must be placed facedown underneath The Havens Burn objective card. Cards facedown underneath The Havens Burn are considered to be out of play.
If an Aflame location is explored, it is placed in the discard pile as normal, and all damage tokens on it are also discarded.
The Stormcaller Elite is an encounter set consisting of two double- sided cards: Captain Sahír and Na'asiyah. Each of these cards has an enemy side and an objective ally side. When this encounter set is included in a scenario, the scenario will instruct the players which of these two sides should be used in that scenario. (None of the scenarios in The Grey Havens expansion use the objective ally sides, so you may ignore those sides for the time being.)
Because these cards do not have encounter card backs, they can never be added to or shuffled into the encounter deck or discard pile. If one of them leaves play as an enemy, it is added to the victory display. If one of them leaves play as an objective ally, it is simply removed from the game.
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.