Updated: Dec 28, 2019
Riddles in the Dark
Riddles in the Dark is probably my favourite chapter in all of Tolkien's work and I was interested to see how the design team would approach such a unique scenario. They did so through the Riddle mechanic.
Roughly half of the cards in the deck feature the keyword Riddle. When drawing a card with a Riddle effect players can choose to resolve it normally or to answer the riddle. Each riddle asks the players to name a specific combination of card attributes, for example sphere and cost, or cost and type and then, after shuffling their deck, reveal and discard x cards, if they reveal one of the named type they may place a progress on the quest for each matching card revealed.