Welcome to the first entry in an ongoing series called TIM RAGE TUESDAYS!
This is a weekly series of articles that will be focusing on the greatest game ever created, BLOOD RAGE by Eric M. Lang and illustrated by Adrian Smith.
That’s right, folks. The sheer awesome power of BLOOD RAGE could not be contained within a single review…no, in fact, we are not even going to be reviewing BLOOD RAGE. Why would we? Everyone already knows how incredible it is. Through this series we will analyze in great detail, a single component from the game each week. The hope is that this will offer more insight into the game for the uninitiated and a deeper look at strategy for those experienced RAGERS!
The first piece of the bloody, ragey pie that we are tackling comes in the form of a monster upgrade.
The Troll Hulk smashes into the game in the first age of three and remains a threat for the rest of the game. In Norse mythology, Trolls often dwell in mountains and are never friendly or helpful to humans. The trolls act like…well…trolls. This theme can be seen in the monster’s ability, as he targets only the lowly human warriors in a single province (area on the board). He sends them all packing to Valhalla in a single, troll punch.
I’m sure he lolz while doing it too.
The troll is one of the more affordable monsters in the game at a cost of 2 RAGE. If used correctly, he can have a great impact on an age, but keep in mind that the cheap cost also makes him pretty weak for a monster. After his big entrance, he kind of fizzles out, so his ability must be taken advantage of.
The best strategy I’ve found for the Troll is to hit quick and make sure he dies in the same age he entered. Get him blown up in Ragnarok for some bonus points, perhaps.
Another way to ensure that your troll investment shows some returns is drafting the clan upgrade, Frigga’s Domain (pay 1 rage to invade with any one of your figures in Valhalla). This upgrade will effectively let you use the troll’s ability to your hearts delight if you can ensure that he can die often. How can you do that? With a little more help from your new best friend, Frigga. Draft the card Frigga’s Sacrifice (As your action, you may destroy 2 of your figures to raise one of your clan stats by 1) and you have insurance that your troll will die, get a bonus clan stat raise, and then drop the troll, warrior killing bomb again.
It’s hilarious IF you can pull it off and spam away with your Troll; however, these two clan upgrades don’t show up until the third age IF they show up at all. IF you do draft them, you could have a mega third age and swing for some big points.
That’s a lot of “If’s” though.
Use him as a big, ugly warrior sniper or don’t use him at all. I usually fall into the latter category with this guy. I rarely draft him. His ability can be great for sure, but I often prefer other monsters. At the end of the day, your ability to squeeze all the awesome out of the troll is going to be very dependent on what your opponents are doing and how much stock they are putting into warriors in the first place. Also keep in mind that your opponents may want their warriors to die through some form of Loki strategy…to them, your Troll will be a dream come true. Always be wary of whom you TROLL SMASH!
So in short, use the troll to troll your friend’s warriors. Wash, rinse, and repeat each age.
And don’t forget to TROLOLOLOLOL!!!!