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card review Roäc the Raven

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Roäc the Raven

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Unique. Playable at any site in Northern Rhovanion. Tap and discard to attempt to bring any faction into play - treat this influence check as though it were made by a diplomat.
"'Now I am chief of the great ravens of the Mountain. We are few, but we remember still the king that was of old.'"-Hob

  • Card Number: TW078
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Card Type: Resource Ally
  • Alignment: Hero
  • Artist: Gail McIntosh
Roäc the Raven
written by LV42
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Erratum: Replace "no modifications to the influence check are required." with "treat this influence check as if it was made by a diplomat." {Applicable to Limited edition.}
CRF Notes: #1 His special ability may only be used during the site phase. #2 He can make the attempt by himself. #3 Using this ally to make an influence attempt does not tap a site, and may be done if his company is at a tapped site.
Art by Mark Poole.

Chief of the Great Ravens of Erebor, Roac is the one and only Diplomat Ally for heros. He is easy to bring into play, has a good body (especially if you are a single female raven), and a special ability which is useful anywhere in Middle Earth.

Ease of Play:
Any site in Northern Rhovanion means exactly that. In addition to the obvious sites of Dale, Lake Town, The Lonely Mountain, you can play Refuge. You might need a Refuge after getting mauled at the lonely mountain; so, discard an elf from your hand (you probably are out of GI points anyways), play Refuge, travel there, tap it to bring Ro„c into the company, heal at the beginning of the next turn and then off you go to recruit factions. Of course there are other ways of maximizing your visit to Northern Rhovanion while adding Roac to your company.

His stats reflect his age and diplomatic status: -3/8. He would rather negotiate than fight. His reasonably high body reflects how difficult it is to hit a flying target of his size, and the rugged nature of ravens. His one mind means you can likely play him via Here, There or Yonder after breaking and entering at the Lonely Mountain (or the White Towers, for that matter). Most of the time, you won't be travelling into other Haven's vicinities, so Reluctant Final Parting is no big threat.

Special Ability #1:
Diplomat Ally. If you are running a lean and mean company, with a single character who has diplomatic skills, or even no diplomats in the group (by intention or by death), Roac fills the bill admirably. With his abilty, you have one more way of playing Persuasive Words, New and Old Friendship, Lordly Presence, Pledge of Conduct, Token of Goodwill, and Hour of Need. He is immune to Foolish Words. WARNING. Because he is a diplomat, he could be targeted with Gnaw with Words.

Special Ability #2:
Tap and discard to play ANY FACTION. Send Roac south to influence the Southrons; Roac has no negative modifiers and can utter Persuasive Words and exhibit a Lordly Presence. One MP for 5 nets you four without the long travel to nowhere's-ville, and also avoids all the nastiness of travel to such a parched area of Middle Earth. Or, avoid dragons ahunt and summon the Iron Hill Dwarves while sitting in Lorien trying to figure out how to pack all the goodies Galadriel has bestown upon your company.

In short, Roac is a worthwhile addition to most any faction deck. Unfortunately, he is rarely seen.


Original card review taken from :
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The reviewing team consisted of Gwaihir (Chris Farrell), Gimli (Nathan Bruinooge), Ohtar (Charles E. Bouldin, Esq.), Radagast (James Kight), Joshua B. Grace (Beorn), Martijn Steultjens (Fram Frumgarson), Jason Klank (Saruman) and Jeffery Dobberpuhl (Wormtongue)


Modified on July 3, 2011 08:50 pm

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Subject:    Posted: July 3, 2011 08:50 pm Reply with quote Report content icon

good review on a card rarely used because of its deficeincy - but after this review i would have to add - quote the raven "nevermore" (sorry - i had to go there )
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