War of the Ring: Riddles in the Dark
This week while jogging around the remote areas of Ft. Bragg, NC, I found my brain meditating on my recent experience playing War of the Ring with Jon. Now, without a shred of doubt, I know I need to play the game at least ten more times before I can speak with any form of authority or conviction. Nonetheless, I found myself this week pondering the possibility of whether the following variant would work, and if so, if it might be fun.
Riddles in the Dark variant: Both the initial hunt allocation of the Dark forces and the Action Dice results of both sides remain secret until used. The hunt allocation is revealed after the Fellowship's first move. Action dice are revealed by either side as the dice are used. Thus, the Fellowship won't know exactly what the forces of Darkness are plotting and neither side has advance intelligence on the other side's possible moves. Of course, a strict honor code is in force.
To me this might increase the tension level of the game significantly (i.e., a good thing), but also might put the Fellowship at too distinct a disadvantage. Anyway, I want to play vanilla WotR many times more before considering monkeying with it, and by then the expansion set will be out. Still, I'm interested in any thoughts or reactions on this idea.