Trial Upon the Marches Is Here!
For those who have enjoyed my First Age expansion, or those who are merely interested and looking perhaps to dive in, the first expansion is finally here! Entitled Trial Upon the Marches, this is the first “Adventure Pack” in the custom Doom Mastered cycle, which will take players through the adventures of Túrin Turambar. This expansion is modeled after the official Adventure Pack format used by Fantasy Flight Games and thus included new players cards, a scenario, and of course, a brand new hero: Beleg Strongbow! The quest revolves around your attempts to prove yourself on the marches of Doriath as you battle Orcs intent on raiding and destroying everything in their path. When you’re ready to get started, head over to the Doom Mastered cycle page here at Tales from the Cards! This is where everything related to the cycle will live, including future expansions, any errata, frequently asked questions, and more!
This expansion marks the culmination of several long months of work, although the initial genesis for the quest itself goes much further back in time than that. Players can expect five more expansions in this cycle, ultimately culminating in a final showdown with Glaurung the dragon! Although the story is modeled after Túrin’s story in the Children of Húrin, players are not restricted to what heroes they can use. You will have the choice as to which hero must suffer the Curse of Morgoth initially and your campaign will follow that hero on their journey. This is because the Doom Mastered cycle will feature a full-fledged campaign, with Trial Upon the Marches being just the first step.
For those who are interested in playing First Age on OCTGN, it will soon come pre-loaded. However, until then, you can download and install it yourself, following the instructions on the Doom Mastered page. As for CardWarden, the backup.zip file will be available soon. For those who prefer the printed version, you can print the quest yourself using the provided PDF files or use a third-party printing service.
Finally, I’d like to give a huge thanks to the team of play-testers and proof-readers that gave invaluable help in refining this expansion and helping it to be much better than it would have been otherwise. I couldn’t have done it without all of you!
As always, I’d love to hear feedback about this new expansion. If you have questions about something in the set, or come up with decklists/strategies that you want to share, send them to me and they’ll end up being posted here on Tales!