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A Puzzling Situation

Puzzle created by Thorin N. Tatge

Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation 1.0

(Click here for a summary of how to play Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation.)

You're the Good player. Things are going well for you, especially with Frodo's path to Mordor practically clear. Frodo is in Arthedain, with Legolas nearby in Cardolan. Also standing guard are Gimli and Merry together in Mirkwood. The bad news is that the Cave Troll and Black Rider have already reached the Shire. If another Dark character gets there, the game is lost. Fortunately, the only other remaining Dark characters are the Orcs in Dagorlad and the Balrog guarding the tunnel in Moria.

Your unplayed cards are the 3, the 5, Retreat, and Magic. The Dark player has the 1, the 2, the 3, and Retreat. It's your move. How can you guarantee victory for yourself?

                             

Solution

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